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The Rundown -- July 3

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 2i
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July 02, 2014
A suicide bomber kills air force officers in Afghanistan, an assassination attempt on a Pakistani journalist, thousands cheer parliament's approval of EU pacts in Moldova, and Kazakhs protest Russian rocket launches.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# RFE/RL mentioned in "New York Times" article on dispute between VOA journalists and union
# Read Merkhat Sharipzhan in "Moscow Times" on Russia's pressure on neighbors 
CPJ quotes RFE/RL on Politkovskaya case
 
Russia
# Russia warns U.S. against more support for Syrian opposition
# Russia softens stance on Bitcoin
# Russia vetoes House of Cards shooting at Security Council
# Russian biker gang attack -- watch until the end
 
Ukraine
# As Kyiv makes gains rebel leaders agree to cease-fire talks
Who's who in the "DPR"
# "Wake up, Ukrainians, and Reconsider Your Struggle" - Maciej Bartkowski, "Kyiv Post"
 
Eastern Europe
# Moscow seeks closer ties with Transdniester after Moldova EU deal
 
Iraq
# Maliki offers general amnesty 
# "The Caliphate Fantasy" - Khaled Diab, "New York Times"
# Ankara no longer resistant to a Kurdish state on its border
# "The 'Sons of Iraq,' Abandoned by Their American Allies" - Philip Dermer, "Wall Street Journal"
# How Iraq's military can bounce back
Water supply key to outcome in Iraq and Syria
 
Iran
# Profile of Qassem Suleimani, the "modern day Karla"
# Zarif posts "defiant" YouTube message to the West on negotiations
Oil risk flares in Iran nuclear talks
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The "good news" from Afghanistan 
# "Afghanistan is Not Iraq -- For Now" - Rob Crilly, "The Telegraph"
# Pakistan approves sweeping anti-terror bill
# Where have Pakistan's militants gone?
# Pakistan's only brewery is coming to the United States
 
Central Asia
# "What Central Asia Taught America about Geopolitics" - Scott Radnitz, "National Interest"
# "From Central Asia to Moscow, Riding the Bribery Express" - Konstantin Salomatin, Eurasianet
 
Of Interest
# Quiz: Can you tell what makes a good Tweet?
# "Guardian" articles being hidden by Google in Europe

The Rundown -- July 2

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- July 1, 2014i
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July 01, 2014
Christians flee Islamic militants in Iraq, utility price hikes spark protest in Armenia, the Hungarian prime minister visits Serbia, plus stories from Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Pakistan
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Merkhat Sharipzhan in Project Syndicate and Gulf News on the struggle of former Soviet countries to head West
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of displaced people in N. Waziristan
 
Russia
# Finland's Lenin museum getting a makeover
# How a hacker helped ProPublica discover a secret infusion of Russian cash to Syria
# "Russia is Punching Above Its Weight" - Mark Galleotti, "Moscow Times"
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine forces launch massive assault in Donetsk and Luhansk
# Russian journalist says reporters were "set up" on night cameraman was killed
# "A Battle in Ukraine Echoes Through the Decades" - Andrew Higgins, "New York Times"
# ViceNews dispatch: the cease-fire that wasn't
 
Iraq
# "Iraq Must Not Come Apart" - Leslie Gelb, "New York Times"
# Why Turkey wants Iraq to break up
# Is ISIL on the brink of "sputtering out?"
# ISIL threatens al-Qaeda as extremist flagship
 
Iran
# Iran has deployed all of its SU-25 attack planes to Iraq
# Former Saudi intelligence chief calls Syria "festering wound" that fostered ISIL
# Iran shoots Modern Family almost scene-for-scene, but without the gay couple
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistan refugees
# Afghanistan trying to block Facebook pages amid heightened election rhetoric
# Pakistan rejects allegations of involvement in Afghanistan fighting
 
Central Asia
# "Guardian" editorial about academic detained in Tajikistan
# Central Asia's new "superstate"
 
Of Interest
# How Jeff Bezos is changing the "Washington Post"

The Rundown -- July 1

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 30i
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June 30, 2014
Daghestan's seaside hotels accommodate refugees fleeing fighting in Ukraine, Moldova's government sponsors Romanian language courses for civil servants, Belarusian Catholics take part in an annual pilgrimage, plus stories from Iraq.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "New York Post" cites RFE/RL on new Kazakh sport legislation
The Blaze writes about John Steinbeck speech delivered over RFE/RL in 1954
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko declares end to cease-fire
# Hundreds of people have dissappeared in eastern Ukraine
# In Ukraine, frustration was growing with Kyiv's peace efforts 
# Russian journalist dies as witness alleges "devious plot"
 
Russia
# A like or a retweet can now be punished by five years in jail 
# HRW on the one-year anniversary of Russia anti-LGBT law
# A rundown of Kremlin far-right outreach
 
Iraq
# Mortar shells hit gates of revered Shi'ite shrine in Sammara 
# ISIL's newest recruits are ten-year-olds
# "Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater" - James Risen, "New York Times"
# The Iraqi Christians who refuse to flee as ISIL attacks
 
Iran
# Officials calling ISIL a U.S. plot to tarnish Muslims
# Bill Burns expected to attend Vienna talks
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# ViceNews video: Afghanistan election dispute pushing country toward political crisis
# Pakistan launches ground operation against militants
# Analyst says 1,000 Chinese jihadists training in Pakistan
# Shi'a are being killed by extremists in Pakistan
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijanis win in Syrian art contest
# Azerbaijan satellite begins broadcasting Russian TV channels 
 
Central Asia
# Yahoo News calls Turkmenistan a "new shopping Mecca"
# Kazakhstan continues Moscow criticism on Baikonur facility 
# Viniculture revival in Kazakhstan 
 
Balkans
# Kosovo arrests three with alleged ties to ISIL 
 
Of Interest
# NYT World Cup "set piece"
# AP will use robots for some business stories

The Rundown -- June 30

RFE/RL in the Media
 
Latin Post cites RFE/RL reporting on Association Agreements signed Friday
Newsy uses RFE/RL Balkans Service video on Princip's legacy
 
Iraq
# New alliances bring old enemies together to fight ISIL advance
# "The ISIS Battle Plan for Baghdad" - Jessica Lews, Institute for the Study of War
# ISIL crucifies eight "moderate" rebels, then displays their bodies
# Lebanon's lessons for Iraq
 
Iran
# Khamenei says Iraq conflict not Sunni-Shia, but between "humanity and barbarity"
# Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Qatar promise to "fight terror" together
# Israel's former ambassador to U.S. says "the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shi'as"
# The effect of turmoil in Iraq on Iran nuclear negotiations
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah says he will not accept any election commission decisions
# How can Afghanistan escape the "aid bubble?"
Social media in Afghanistan grows with expansion of 3g networks
# Pakistani teen set alight after rejecting marriage proposal; another couple hacked to death over unapproved marriaged
# Foreigners avoid "killer mountain" following last year's terror attack
 

Ukraine

# Ihor Kolomoisky has a shark tank in his office, and more in a "Wall Street Journal" profile of the powerful Dnipopetrovsk governor
# Thousands gather in Kyiv to protest cease-fire
 
Russia
# In U.S. nudge, Russia sends planes and experts to Iraq
# Is Russia "replacing U.S." in Iraq?
# Responding to flood of anti-Ukraine propaganda, Russian website stops aggregating trending news 
# U.S. reportedly appointing former Ambassador to Ukraine Mark Tefft to post in Russia (Kommersant, in Russsian)
# Video: Elton John to try to talk to Putin about gay rights on next trip to Russia
 
Central/Eastern Europe
# Vandals deface Lipka Tatar mosque in eastern Poland
# Lavrov denies Russia's role in Polish leak scandal, but says tapes show "political realism
# Belarus university in exile looks to the West
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan says deeper energy ties with U.S. coming
Jury selection begins in trial of Tsarnayev friend
 
Of Interest
# PHOTOS: LGBT couples in the early 20th century
# BBC real time coverage of Archduke Ferdinand assasination
# "On losing" in soccer (2010)

The Rundown -- June 27

RFE/RL Video Roundup – June 26i
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June 26, 2014
Syria carries out air strikes against militant positions around an Iraqi border crossing, displaced civilians in northwestern Pakistan receive humanitarian aid, former government workers protest in Afghanistan, plus stories from Bosnia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Global Voices cites RFE/RL Ukrainian Service report about police using Facebook in western Ukraine to improve accountability
 
Russia
Neighbors with Ukraine's refugees
# Russian policewomen to be disciplined for short skirts
# Kerry turns up pressure on Russia
# "Russia's Military is Back" - Nikolas Gvosdev, "National Interest" 
# Russia's very expensive World Cup failure
 
Ukraine
# Government representatives and rebels to meet Friday; four OSCE observers freed
# Atlantic Council says tactics in the east should be called "terrorism"
# "Toxic Waste, Toxic Scandal in Kalush" - Christopher Miller, "Kyiv Post"
# Is anyone in charge of the Russian nationalists in Ukraine?
 
Eastern Europe
# Moldova preparing for intense blowback from Moscow after signing Association Agreement today
# Residents of Dorotcaia pushing to join Transdniester
 
Iraq
# Read RFE/RL Iraqi service's daily Anbar updates
# ISIL gains doing wonders for recruitment'
# As legislators meet to form new parliament, support for Maliki among Shi'ite factions is slipping
# "Let ISIS Play Out Its Role in History" - David Andelman, "USA Today"
# Iraq spending $1 billion on Zaha Hadid-designed parliament
# Is Iraq Assad's path back to "respectability?"
 
Iran
# "America and Iran Can Save Iraq" - Mohammad Ali Shabani, "New York Times"
# Iraq insurgency causes debate inside Iran about whether regional policy is working
# Drafting of final Iran nuclear accord underway
# A look at Iran's arsenal
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Death toll rises to above 100 in fighting in southern Afghanistan
# Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan rise
# Civilians fleeing N. Waziristan ask "Why weren't we warned?"
 
Central Asia
# "The Tajiks' Forgotten War" - Joshua Kucera, "New York Times"
 
Of Interest
# Can the "New York Times" bury its blogs without weakening impact?
# Rap has become a diplomatic tool

The Rundown -- June 26

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 25i
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June 25, 2014
Government forces battle Sunni militants in Iraq, Russian lawmakers revoke authorization to use military force in Ukraine, nationalists in Armenia protest the trial of their leader, plus stories from Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Fred Petrossian in Global Post on censorship in Iran
News Oklahoma cites Oleksiy Arunyan's story about the consequences of banning methadone clinics in Crimea
Vox uses RFE/RL map of hypothetical future Iraq and Syria
 
Russia
# Russian stocks have completely rebounded since sanctions tumble
Follow the money to see why sanctions aren't working
# Additional sanctions may be delayed
# "Putin Is Not A Nationalist" - Andrei Tsygankov, "Moscow Times"
# Russian Twitter account spoofs State's UkraineProgress with IraqProgress
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine FM welcomes Russian move to vote down Putin right to use force
# Ukraine to sign EU Association Agreement on Friday
# Right Sector seizes oil refinery belonging to partner of Yanukovych's son
# Germany playing "good cop, bad cop" on Ukraine
 
Iraq
Spying dropoff preceded fresh insurgency
# ISIL tries to grab its own airforce
# Iraq's Kurds weigh going it alone
# One Iraqi fighter who came back from Syria to fight ISIL at home
# "Questions Rebels Use to Tell Sunni From Shiite" - Alissa Rubin, "New York Times'
 
Iran
# Iran and Syria now involved in Iraq efforts against militants as U.S. sends in troops; Kerry issues light warning to Syria
# Iran sending in drones and supplies
# Three Iranian troops killed near Iraq border
# Bosnia sinks Iran, ending hopes of advancing; Portuguese coach quits
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Displaced in Pakistan rises to 450,000 as military operation continues
# Afghan forces fight Taliban onslaught in the south
# Airlines halt flights to Peshawar after attack
Dung-free milk desire drives Engro food sales in Pakistan
 
Caucasus
# "Azerbaijan: A Country of Amputated Spirits"- Arzu Geybullayeva, Al Jazeera
 
Central Asia
# Russia and China "talk past each other" at SCO meeting
 
Of Interest
# "Times" ending the Lede blog

The Rundown -- June 25

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 24i
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June 24, 2014
Civilians continue to stream out of an embattled Pakistani tribal area, shop owners in northwestern Pakistan take to the streets to save their businesses, protesters in Moscow demonstrate to protect the Sochi National Park, plus stories from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of displaced civilians in North Waziristan 
 
Iraq/Syria
# In Mosul, feared ISIL crackdown has not materialized 
# Iraq crackdown on Internet to prevent spread of ISIL propaganda 
# Why is Ankara recalibrating its Syria policy
# "Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy" - Peter Beinart, "The Atlantic"
# The seven al-Qaeda rules ISIL is breaking
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Moscow's Afghan Endgame" - Richard Weitz, The Diplomat
# HRW calls on Afghanistan to end "moral crimes" prosecutions
# Navy Seal saviour marked for death by the Taliban
# Pakistan censors "New York Times" story
# Pakistan refugees protest against food shortages
 
Iran
# ISIL hails Messi goal over Iran, calls on him to join jihad
# Rohani breaking norms by fighting back against hardliners
# On Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, "the closest thing Iran has to J. Robert Oppenheimer"
# World Cup euphoria "evoking Iran of our imagination"
Breaking the law to go online in Iran
 
Russia
# Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine
# Goble says Putin carrying out "biggest information special op in modern times"
# Austria and Russia sign South Stream deal
# Psaki superimposed into Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine rebels break cease-fire, shoot down government helicopter; Russia reportedly claims Ukraine broke it
# UN estimates 423 killed in Ukraine's east
# BBC speaks to Ukrainian refugees in Russia
# "Putin Readies Stealth Mode in Ukraine" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
 
Eastern Europe
# Leanca says strong pro-EU stance will eventually lead to benefit in relations with Russia
 
Central Asia
# "Central Asia is China's Backyard, Not Russia's" - Casey Michael, "Moscow Times"
 

The Rundown -- June 24

RFE/RL Video Roundup – June 23i
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June 23, 2014
Tensions run high in Pakistan after clashes involving supporters of a prominent cleric, aid reaches people fleeing violence in Pakistan’s northwest, a prominent Belarusian rights activist pledges to continue his work following his release from prison, plus stories from Afghanistan and Russia.
RFE/RL in the Media

Eurasia Review republishes Golnaz Esfandiari's piece about religious minorities using the Internet to pray 
Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL Russian Service reporter's questioning of why an inexperienced reporter was sent to front lines 
# "Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq crisis 
 
Iraq 
# Video: Kurd president hints strongly of independent path for Iraqi Kurds 
# Key oil refinery seized by rebels 
High tension during Kerry meeting with Maliki 
# "Iraq's House of Cards" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker" 
# The Syrian roots of Iraq's civil war 
# Western intervention a "gift to ISIS"  
 
Iran
# Three people arrested after video of men and women together in support of World Cup team 
# Iran files complaint to FIFA over referee 
# Tehran may allow snap inspections of nuclear facilities in final accord 
# Iran says it could make up for oil supply issues emanating from conflict in Iraq 
# "How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together" - Ben Van Heuvelen, Daily Beast
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghan election official quits over corruption allegations 
# "Will Obama Repeat His Iraq Mistakes in Afghanistan?" - Marc Thiessen, "Washington Post" 
# The men who run Afghanistan: Inside Karzai's inner circle 
# Pakistan military offensive further imperils country's polio crisis 
# Pakistan author's debut novel captures Karachi 
# Clashes in Islamabad over returning cleric 
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine separatists agree to cease-fire until June 27 
# Ukrainian analyst says EU cares less about values than EU 
 
Russia
# Twitter says it did not agree to block "extremist" accounts in Russia 
# "How Putin Uses Ukraine to Undermine His Rivals" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times" 
# Restaurant in Komi launches drone delivery service 
# "Clinton, Russia, and U.S. Foreign Policy" - Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie 
# "The Kremlin Is Trying To Erase Memories Of The Gulag" - Ola Cichowlas, "New Republic" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian president says Russia offered cheaper gas to other Baltic states in exchange for dropping NATO 
 
Central Asia
# Central Asia meddling "suicidal for Russia
# Tajikistan hazing accusations attract attention and denials 
# Anger over air-conditioners in Turkmenistan
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan drops jury trial initiative 
# Georgian opera singer blames husband for anti-gay Facebook rant 
 
Balkans
# Bosnia indicts security chief over February unrest 
 
Of Interest
# Why monarchies still make sense 
# Facebook plans to own your phone

The Rundown -- June 23

RFE/RL in the Media

# GulfNews mentions "crackdown" on RFE/RL in Azerbaijan
# ViceNews uses RFE/RL video of residents fleeing Pakistan's N. Waziristan
# RFE/RL Tajik story about detained academic cited in Toronto Metro News and London Free Press
# Read Daisy Sindelar in "The Atlantic" about an anti-Putin swear that has gone mainstream
# "Sacramento Bee" story asks whether RT is presenting a more balanced view than RFE/RL about "Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria"
 
Ukraine
# Separatists attack Ukrainian positions despite ceasefire 
# "Ukrainian Army Fights Rebels and Neglect" - Caroll Morello, "Washington Post"
# Why separatist movement failed in Kharkiv 
# Kyiv's teen-targeted opera
 
Russia
# Putin says he backs cease-fire, but puts troops on alert
# TechCrunch says Skolkovo project "back on track"
# Russian Interior Ministry drafts 10 year plan for combatting online extremism 
 
Central/Eastern Europe
# In alleged recording Sikorski criticizes U.S. for failing to return "blow job"
# Review of Belarus Free Theatre's new production
# Prominent Belarusian rights' activist freed
 
Iraq
# ISIL captures major Iraqi border post
# Iraq conflict puts strain on Syrian military
# Iraqi government condemns Kurds for "illegal" sale of oil to Israel
# "It's Not Too Late to Reengage With Iraq'" - Ryan Crocker, "Washington Post"
 
Iran
# U.S.-Iran alliance would be a "disaster" for U.S. and Middle East
# Khamenei opposes U.S. action in Iraq
# Netanyahu says U.S. should avoid it 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Audio appears to portray Afghan election officials organizing widespread fraud using code word, "stuffed sheep"
# The U.S. drones that vanished in Afghanistan without a trace
# A Christian convert, on the run in Afghanistan
# IOC may suspend Pakistan
 
Balkans
# Kosovo Albanians clash with police in Mitrovice
 
Of Interest
# The difficulties of selling work in the digital world

The Rundown -- June 20

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 19i
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June 19, 2014
Civilians flee an embattled tribal area in Pakistan, a Russian court hears an appeal in the so-called Bolotnaya case, and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan discuss a road construction project in a disputed border area.
RFE/RL in the Media

France24 cites RFE/RL Tajik service story on army hazing
Eurasianet cites RFE/RL Tajik service on detention of Tajik scholar
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of a checkpoint in Slovyansk
# "Washington Post" mentions RFE/RL in article about CIA bin-Laden devils 
 
Iraq
# Could Chalabi be the consensus leader
# How al-Maliki fell out of favor with the U.S. 
# The monster of Mosul and how he helped ISIL win
# What the Iraq crisis means for Assad 
# "How Arab Backers of the Syrian Rebels See Iraq" - Marc Lynch, "Washington Post" 
# "The Diplomacy of Force" - Roger Cohen, "New York Times" 
 
Iran
# Iran sentences group of tech bloggers to combined 36 years 
# Rohani's Iran not popular in the Middle East
# Unprecedented debate in Iran over capital punishment 
# How Iran's World Cup team has "changed" its image 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Playing With Fire in Afghanistan" - "NYT" editorial 
# Events in Iraq bring new fears over Afghanistan pullout
# HRW says Afghan journalists "betrayed" by NSA surveillance
# Pakistan's fight against Indian influence means it will likely still interfere in Afghanistan 
# Tens of thousands fleeing tribal areas after Pakistan offensive 
 
Russia
# Russia secretly colluding with environmentalists in anti-fracking campaign 
# Lew warns of tougher sanctions for Moscow; markets not worried
# "Putin is Just Getting Started in Ukraine" Michael Weiss, Daily Beast
# Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's "Guardian" comment
# "What's the Matter With Russia" - Keith Gessen, "Foreign Policy"
# Russian sub, a 20 year project, is ready
 
Ukraine
# Fierce fighting, with government claiming 200 rebel casualties 
# Divisions in Ukraine may be overstated
# Separatists in Donetsk targeting city's priests
 
Eastern Europe
# On Jewish life in Moldova
 
Central Asia
# Some Muscovites embrace learning Central Asian languages
# "Kazakhstan Isn't the Next Crimea -- Yet" - Joshua Kucera, Al Jazeera
 
Caucasus
# The "coup" in Abkhazia that was not backed by Russia
 
Of Interest
# Infographic: Linguistic diversity of the planet
# Google collecting "terrifying" amount of information

The Rundown -- June 19

RFERL Video Roundup - June 18i
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June 18, 2014
The Russian foreign minister calls for a lasting cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, Moscow mourns television crew members killed in Ukraine, Pakistani and Tajik leaders discuss energy and transportation projects, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media

Global Voices cites RFE/RL Tajik service on Google blockage in Tajikistan
YahooNews uses RFE/RL Azerbaijani service video of Lavrov presser in Baku
 
Iraq
# "Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq" - Clive Irving, Daily Beast
# ISIL's 2013 annual report 
# How ISIL is gaming social media 
# In occupied cities, ISIL walks fine line between restraint and metting out its version of Islamic law
# Militants in Iraq and Syria are trying to re-create a nation that never existed
# Video: BBC reporter trapped in fighting between Kurdish fighters and ISIL 
 
Iran
# Rohani promises to defend Shi'ite shrines against "killers and terrorists" 
# Saudis give tacit worning to Iran: don't meddle in Iraq
# "Conflict in Iraq Adds New Angle to U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks" - David Sanger, "New York Times" 
# Clinton urges caution
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah protests ballot counting, claiming widespread fraud
# Why Pakistan's Taliban offensive "is a very big deal"
# Twitter restores access to content it blocked last month
 
Ukraine
# Separatists reject cease-fire; seek "urgent help" from Moscow
# "My Mind-Melting Week on the Battlefields of Ukraine" - Julia Ioffe, "New Republic"
# U.N. report says at least 356 are known to have been killed since March from fighting in Ukraine
 
Russia
# "Illusions Gone, I'm Leaving Russia" - Leonid Bershidsky, "Moscow Times"
# Writers, including two Nobel prize winners, condemn Russian "waves of propaganda
# Biden warns of "further costs" to Russia over Ukraine crisis
# Gazprom to start China gas pipeline in August
 
Balkans
# Kosovo Serbs take down barricades, replace them with flower pots
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan shuts down Gulen-linked schools
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan bill toughens penalty for underage alcohol sales and bans sales after 9PM
# Kyrgyzstan moves closer to Russia-like LGBT legislation
 
Of Interest
# Taking a look at the "New York Times'" CMS
# You can now share animated GIFs on Twitter

The Rundown -- June 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 17i
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June 17, 2014
Thousands of complaints filed after Afghanistan’s runoff presidential vote, Serbia and Russia reiterate commitment to a major gas pipeline project, street artists detained in Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan presents its first locally assembled tractors.
RFE/RL in the Media

# RFE/RL mentioned in Foreign Policy piece about new IG audit of BBG
# "The Atlantic" cites a 2006 article by Luke Allnutt on Amercans' knowledge of the outside world
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Afghanistan video
 
Iraq
# Crisis threatens Chinese oil investments
# Did Assad aid ISIL rise to gain sympathy of West?"
# "Can Iraq Be Saved?" - Zalmay Kalizad, "National Interest"
# ViceNews video of new "border" between ISIL and Kurds
 
Iran
# Profile of Qassim Suleimani, the "puppeteer of the Middle East"
# Google Play accessible in Iran for first time in a year
# Iran's intelligence minister warns that emails are not private
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Over 2,500 complaints following Afghanistan election
# Abdullah alleges vote rigging
# General says U.S. increasing surveillance on Afghanistan-Pakistan border
# Why Pakistan may not win in fight against militants
 
Ukraine
# "What Options Do Putin and Ukraine Have Left?" - Linda Kinstler, "New Republic
# Ukraine election narrowly avoided destruction from hackers
# Ukraine suspects terrorism in gas pipeline explosion in the east
# Russian television reporter killed in Ukraine
 
Russia
# Serbia and Russia say they will go ahead with South Stream
# Growing arms trade between Russia and Europe
# U.S. space industry take steps towards ending Russia dependence
# Russia oil trove "locked" without U.S. technology
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus "pleased" with Iranian-made cars
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan trumps Britain for Chinese investment cash
# Kazakhstan demands extradition of Khrapunov
# Ukraine troubles an opportunity for Kazakh chocolate
 
Of Interest
# Twitter: don't do this
 

The Rundown -- June 17

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 16i
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June 16, 2014
Iraqi tribesmen show support for security forces fighting militants in the country's north, Ukrainian activists protest a pro-Putin pianist in New York, Belarusians celebrate the Holiday of the Mermaids, plus stories from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media

Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of checkpoints in Islamabad
 
Iraq
# Why some Iraqis want to give ISIL a chance
# Iraq orders complete Internet shutdown in five provinces
# Tony Blair pens essay on Iraq and the Middle East
# Iraq crisis in maps, photos and videos
# "ISIS Will Fail in Iraq, and Iran Will Be the Victor" - Steven Simon, "New York Times"
 
Iran
# Kerry say U.S. could work with Iran to quell Iraq violence 
# Iran intervention in Iraq would come with its own bevy of risks 
# Iran nuclear talks at critical stage
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Obama faces new test on ending America's wars
# Abdullah claims widespread election fraud, and some officials blaming Karzai
# Pakistani airstrikes hit Taliban strongholds
# Pakistani Taliban threaten retalitory strikes on Lahore and Islamabad 
# I could have carried polio out of Pakistan, and no one would have known
 
Ukraine
# IRI poll shows strong support for Russian language Ukrainian media 
# Poroshenko to propose cease-fire with Ukraine rebels 
# Meet eastern Ukraine's emerging warlords
 
Russia
# Life inside one of Russia's closed cities
# Gazprom cuts gas supply to Ukraine as talks fail
# At least 38,000 troops amassed on border again, according to Ukraine
# NATO claims its photos can prove where mysterious Russian tanks came from 
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus blocks import of Ukrainian candy 
# Russia warns Moldova on EU integration risks 
 
Central Asia
"Kyrgyzstan: Democracy Under Pressure"- Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times
# Uzbekistan's Bukhara Jews could disappear within a decade
 
Of Interest
# How to write an Upworthy headline (if you want to) 

The Rundown -- June 16

RFE/RL in the Media

# ViceNews uses RFE/RL video from PakistanIraq and Afghanistan 
RT uses RFE/RL video from protest outside Russian embassy in Kyiv 
Breitbart cites RFE/RL interview with Mustafa Dzhemilev
Reuters mentions RFE/RL censorship in Tajikistan
Yahoo News refers to students in 1956 Hungary marching through streets with loudspeakers playing RFE/RL 
Haaretz profiles Eduard Kuznetsov, who headed RFE/RL newsdesk from 1983-1990 
 
Iraq
# Militants claim, with photos, to have executed 1,700
# There is no longer a border between Iraq and Syria
# "Rebels’ Fast Strike in Iraq Was Years in the Making"- Tim Arango, Kareem Fahim and Ben Hubbard, "New York Times
# The Iraq arrest that exposed wealth and power of ISIL jihadists
# What the Iraq mess means for oil 
# "No, Obama Didn’t Lose Iraq" - Colin Kahl, Politico 
 
Iran
# Site for stealthily unveiled woman receives half-million likes
# Zoroastrians gather in Iran 
# Iran and U.S. hint at cooperation 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Taliban slices fingers of 11 people for voting in election 
# Pakistan launches military operation against Taliban 
# Karachi police arresting dozens of foreigners, including Uzbeks and Tajiks 
# A profile of the woman in charge of Karachi's police forces
 
Russia
# "Russia on Iraq: 'We Told You So''" - Adam Taylor, "Washington Post"
# "After Annexing Crimea, Euphoric Russia Turns Thoughts to Ukraine" - Neil MacFarquhar, "New York Times" 
# Video claims to show convoy in Rostov moving toward Ukraine 
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine-Russia gas talks approaching deadline 
# "Ukraine Getting Upper Hand Over Russia in Gas Diplomacy" - Alexander Panin, "Moscow Times" 
# Russia lambastes Ukraine FM for calling Putin a "dickhead
# In Ukraine, a day of mourning shows nation divided
# Evacuating children along dangerous route in Ukraine 
 
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan media silent on Karachi airport attack 
# Kazakhstan gives 10-year tax breaks to foreign investors 
# ISIL enters Turkmen city in northern Iraq 

The Rundown -- June 13

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- June 12, 2014i
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June 12, 2014
A city shuts down in western Pakistan, the Belarusian president arrives in Serbia, Ukrainians flee to Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media

# RFE/RL Azerbaijani service cited several times in Foreign Policy article about Azerbaijan lobbying and corruption
# In Real Clear Politics, Lee Edwards says RFE/RL "encouraged Hungarians to rebel" in 1956
# CNN uses RFE/RL video from Rostov and from Iraq 
 
Iraq
# AP describes horrifying new ISIL videos and campaign of intimidation 
# Kurds take Kirkuk as ISIL threatens advance on Baghdad 
# Many of those who fled Mosul now returning back home
# "The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran" - Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy 
# Profile of ISIL head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Jihad's rising leader
 
Iran
# Iran reportedly sends in Revolutionary Guard to help Iraq win back territory 
# Rohani says Iran "ready to intervene
# Iran about to execute 33 Sunnis accused of killing cleric 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# On Afghanistan, "all of America is AWOL
# Using theater to fight against the Taliban 
# CBS Investigation: Wasted money in Afghanistan 
Eyewitness accounts from Pakistan airport attack
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine claims Russia is letting rebels bring in tanks
# Ukraine rejects Putin gas discount offer 
# The economics behind the eastern upheaval 
 
Russia
# Putin and Poroshenko hold first phone call  
# "Putin to Russia: We Will Bury Ourselves" - Owen Matthews, "Newsweek" 
 
Caucasus
# Your government may be corrupt, but is it Azerbaijan corrupt?
# Kiselyov says Armenians should speak Russian 
 
Balkans
Blood feuds still prevail in Albania 
# Bosnian soccer takes root in Iowa 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- June 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- June 11i
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June 11, 2014
Increased security as traffic police get guns in Pakistan, opposition activists detained in Russia, a rally against the Almaty mayor in Kazakhstan, plus more stories from Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
RFE/RL in the Media

Foreign Policy reviews Abubakar Siddique's book, "The Pashtun Question" 
Andrew Sullivan references Carl Schreck's Iraq explainer
Carnegie Center mentions RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service interview with Ambassador Richard Morningstar, which was condemned by a government official 
# Read Carl Schreck's Iraq explainer in "The Atlantic
Washington Free Beacon cites Golnaz Esfandiari's interview with Obama's spiritual adviser 
# CNN uses video of Iraq fighting from RFE/RL's Iraqi service  
 
Iraq
# Iraq militants gain ground and push towards Baghdad as army withers; map of ISIS control  
# What the Mosul siege means for ISIS 
# Iraq seeking U.S. strikes on militants; so far refused 
# Long read from April: "What We Left Behind" - Dexter Filkins, "New Yorker" 
# Tweet: Could earlier help to Syria rebels have prevented this? 
 
Iran
# French FM says Iran nuclear talks "have hit a wall
# Iran Air seeks spare parts while it still can 
# "Iran's Dissidents, Released But Not Freed" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker" 
# Iran's World Cup interest wanes 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Ghani leading in new poll 
# Afghan banks may face blacklist because of failure to combat money laundering 
# U.S. launches drone strikes in Pakistan for first time this year 
# Pakistan's military submit Taliban options to Sharif 
# "Pakistan Must Unleash the Military" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times" 
 
Russia
# Lavrov admits cooperation with separatists -- says Moscow sending aid 
# Are Putin's "European adventures" working? 
# Russia charges three Navalny associates with fraud 
# Putin denies waging war on Internet freedom 
# Russia roles out patriotic candy 
# Russians, including Medvedev, apparently enjoy elevator selfies 
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko says he's ready for talks with separatists if they lay down their arms 
# "Can Ukraine Win Its Information War With Russia?" - Peter Pomerantsev, "The Atlantic" 
# On why Russian neo-Nazis are attracted to the Ukraine conflict 
# "On The Edge Of Civil War In Ukraine" - Mike Giglio, Buzzfeed 
# RT surprised that military recruitment office in Luhansk not running with full staff 
 
Eastern Europe
# World Bank says that eastern Europe growth will drop sharply due to Ukraine crisis
# Lukashenka says west is warming up to him 
 
Central Asia
# Tajikistan brings wild goat from edge of extinction 
# Kazakhstan and South Korea agree to visa free regime 
# Kazakhstan FM's op-ed in "USA Today" on green initiatives 
# Ukraine crisis affects construction in Turkmenistan 
 
Caucasus
# "The Corleones of the Caspian" - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy 
# "Azerbaijan: Caught Between Two EUs" - Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet 
# Music by Armenian composer banned in Baku 
 
Of Interest
# Christian Science Monitor on turning reading into action 

The Rundown -- June 11

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 10i
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June 10, 2014
Insurgent takeover of Iraqi's Mosul causes exodus, another Karachi airport attack in Pakistan, a memorial service for deadly ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan, plus more stories from Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Vice News uses RFE/RL video of residents fleeing violence in Iraq
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of residents fleeing violence in North Waziristan  
 
Iraq
# Insurgents overrun Mosul
# Iraqi soldiers, "exhausted and bereft" shed uniforms and disappear into fleeing crowds 
# Insurgents now have access to U.S. arms intended for Iraqi army 
# "Iraq Unrest Threatens To Redraw Middle East" - Tim Marshall, Sky News 
 
Russia
# Russia says it foiled terror attacks in Moscow and Crimea 
# Should the World Cup be taken from Russia?
# Yakov Smirnoff on being censored by the "department of jokes
# Russia-China Middle East coordination set to grow 
 
Ukraine
# FMs talk in Moscow as battles continue in the east
# Vice dispatch: surrounded by war in Slovyansk 
# A growing internal displacement crisis in the east
 
Eastern Europe
# Shushkevich says Soviet Union "making a comeback"
# Belarus detains man in hijacking attempt
 
Iran
# "Not So Happy in Iran" - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy 
# How much transparency should exist in nuclear negotiations? 
# Turkey says Iran gas discount is "not enough
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Friendly-fire kills five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan soldier 
# "Afghanistan’s ‘Runaway’ Injustice" - Patricia Gossman, HRW 
# In Pakistan, thousands flee North Waziristan 
 
Balkans
# Christian Science Monitor - Kosovo's election "a step forward
 
Central Asia
# Eurasian Union partners fear sanctions could bounce over to them 
# Dismantling Gulnara's business empire
# Uzbekistan plans new smartphone company
# Tajikistan military hazing leads to death (including video of abuse)
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan’s sovereign wealth fund to invest up to $1.8bn in renminbi
 
Of Interest
# How news organizations are using chat apps
# Mobile and social media "intricately linked"
# How to convert Twitter subscribers to email subscribers

The Rundown -- June 10

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 9i
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June 09, 2014
A suicide bombing in Iraq's Kurdish region as clashes continue in western Iraq, militants attack Pakistan's busiest airport, plus stories from Russia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Egypt.
RFE/RL in the Media

Tehelka reviews Abubakar Siddique's book, "The Pashtun Question" 
# "Weekly Standard" and Newsmax uses Golnaz Esfandiari's interview with Obama's spiritual adviser after trip to Iran 
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in "The Atlantic" on Iran's "dispute over heaven" 
# RFE/RL mentioned in "Washington Post" obituary for Isaac Patch 
 
Russia
# Russian stocks rebound from low of Ukraine crisis 
Business as usual in Russia for western oil companies, despite sanctions 
# "Russia is Burdened by the Weight of Empire" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times" 
# "Homophobia in Russia Is Taking a Kafkaesque Turn" - Jay Michaelson, Daily Beast 
# Russian World Cup team banned from tweeting 
 
Ukraine
# Fighting in the east continues as talks begin; Ukraine says it has reached a "mutual understanding" with Russia 
# In first interview as president, Poroshenko says he's forced to negotiate with Russia, because west can't back security guarantees 
# Is Kyiv's battle against separatists backfiring
# Russians find easy assistance in joining Ukraine battle 
# Ukraine activists vow to hold new government's "feet to the fire
 
Eastern Europe
# Fugitive Russian mayor detained in Belarus 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Afghanistan's Youth: The Losers Under Any Government" - Mahbouba Seraj, Huffington Post 
# "In Afghanistan, Give Cash a Chance" - Charles Kenny, BloombergBusinessweeek 
# Can Afghanistan's economy survive without the war
# At least 29 dead in Karachi airport attack 
# "Airport Bloodshed Shows Wide Split on Pakistan’s Future" - Khurrum Anis and Faseeh Mangi, Bloomberg 
# Iran closes border with Pakistan
 
Iran
# Iran says 6 month extension in talks may be necessary 
# A history of modern Iran, told through soccer 
# "Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped" - Shima Shahrabi, Daily Beast 
# "Iran's Youth, Ruled Over By a Long Gone Leader" - Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, Al Arabiya 
 
Central Asia
# Time lapse video shows beauty of Kazakhstan 
# South Korean president to visit Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan next week 
 
Of Interest
# Why Vox wants a different homepage than its partners 

The Rundown -- June 9

RFE/RL in the Media
Clinton papers say then-Sen. Joe Biden was adamant about RFE/RL remaining independent in the 1990s
# Eurasianet says only RFE/RL Kyrgyz service defended Manas' legacy 
 
Russia
# Bulgaria suspends work on South Stream pipeline 
# Russians killed fighting in Ukraine quietly buried in Moscow 
# Jackson Diehl profiles the one Russian legislator "who stands against the Putin agenda"
# "Obama Can Only Blame Himself for Putin's New Navy" - Colby Goodman, Foreign Policy 
 
Ukraine
# Conflict of interest questions over Biden hire at Ukrainian energy firm
# Poroshenko plans new team to take on Putin
# Gas talks to resume today
Shoulder fired SAMs become very real threat in Ukraine
# "Don't Forget Crimea" - Steven Pifer, John Herbst and William Taylor, "New York Times" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Transdniester president says he wants a "civilized divorce" from Moldova 
# Sannikov says Lukashenka invite to Ukraine inauguration "discredits" Poroshenko 
# "Belarus: 20 Years Under Dictatorship" - Mark Rice-Oxley, "Guardian" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Terrorists storm Karachi airport; BBC live updates 
# Suicide attack near Pakistan-Iran border kills 22 
Massive flooding in Afghanistan 
# Afghanistan tightens election security after Abdullah attack 
# "The ISI’s Great Game in Afghanistan" - Omar Aziz, "The Diplomat" 
 
Iran
# U.S. and Iran to conduct direct nuclear talks 
# Some Iranian couples dubious about calls to "multiply"
# Provocative film recasts Iran-Iraq war
 
Iraq
# University in Ramadi raided in day of bloodshed
 
Balkans
# Kosovo's ruling party declares victory in parliamentary election 
 
Of Interest
# "Guardian" launches "New East Network
# "Washington Post" editorial says VOA "needs to keep its objective voice

The Rundown -- June 6

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 5i
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June 05, 2014
Insurgents gather in Afghanistan, a magazine editor goes on trial in Kazakhstan, medical students boycott classes in Pakistan, plus other stories from Tajikistan and Kazakhstan in this roundup of news from RFE/RL's broadcast region.
RFE/RL in the Media

# "Washington Times" on David Satter's Cold War documentary
Vice News uses RFE/RL video of protests in Karachi
 
Russia
# Russia struggles to wean Crimea off Ukraine supplies
# U.S. and Russia may be headed toward gas war in Asia
# "Obama Warns an Absent Russia of Broader Sanctions" - Peter Baker, "New York Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Is an execution recorded by a separatist leader real?
# On working as a foreign correspondent in Ukraine's east
# "Ukraine's Underground Army of Civilians" - David Patrikarakos, Mashable
# "Human Rights a Casualty of Ukraine's Political 'Madness'" - Anna Neistat, "Syndey Morning Herarld" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Why Belarus wants serfdom
# Moscow punishing Lithuania for support of Ukraine
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Western family pleas for help in video
# Americans split on Bergdahl release 
# Pakistan woman survives honor-killing shooting attempt
# Karachi shuts down as protests spread
 
Iran
# Iran demands right to produce fuel for Bushehr plant
# Is Ahmadinejad plotting a comeback?
# Dutch company hit with $21 million fine for trade with Iran
# More reporting on Iran paying Afghan migrants $500 a month to fight in Syria
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan reportedly teaming up with Gulenists in U.S. lobbying push
# Azerbaijan plans for nuclear power raise concerns
 
Balkans
# Serbian prisons reportedly most crowded in Europe
# Kosovo votes under shadow of war crimes probe

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