Friday, November 28, 2014


Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- October 27

Members of a local electoral commission count ballots at a polling station in Kiev.

RFE/RL in the Media
 
Mashable uses video from Ukrainian Service's YouTube page of Darth Vader attempting to vote 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of soldiers voting
# Read Daud Khattak in Foreign Policy on whether IS can gain a foothold in the AFPAK region
 
Russia
# Russia permanently stuck on winter time
# The life of a Ukrainian refugee family in Murmansk 
# "Russia Is Trying to End Sanctions and Save Face" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Pro-Western parties dominate Ukraine election
# Voting in eastern Ukraine was difficult
# Al Jazeera reports Slovyansk residents angry at Kyiv (turnout was 28 percent) 
 
Iraq/Syria
# A look at the terrifying lives in captivity of U.S. and British hostages before their beheadings 
# PKK offshoot reportedly declares autonomy in SE Turkey
# Iraq regains some ground from IS in Iraq
# Is U.S. losing its focus with emphasis on Kobani?
# Covert video of daily life in IS-run Raqqa 
 
Iran
# Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer
# The rise of Sufism as a political force in Iran
# "Ebola is a hoax," says Press TV
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Britain ends combat role in Afghanistan
# Pakistan: "A coup that wasn't"
 
Central Asia
# French appeals court approves extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minister
# A photographic odyssey into the heart of Central Asia
 
 
Caucasus
# Armenia and Azerbaijan presidents to meet in Paris
# "Israel Must Not Sell Arms to the Azeris" - Yair Auron, "Haaretz" 
 
Of Interest
# Life as a journalist "inside the Ebola bubble"

The Rundown -- October 24

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Deadly attacks in Pakistan, protests over planned cuts to maternity benefits in Armenia, and preparations for EXPO-2017 in Kazakhstan (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 23, 2014</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
ViceNews quotes RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" blog by Joanna Paraszczuk
RIA Novosti cites RFE/RL reporting on Iran-China meeting
# Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on Iran acid attack protests cited in The Tower 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL video from Pakistan's Tirah Valley as residents are forced to flee amid fighting 
 
Russia
# Russian ruble hits all time low 
# Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement
 
 
Ukraine
# "Why Ukraine's Revolution Remains Unfinished" - Richard Woods, Reuters
# Ukrainian soldiers' moms are protesting too
# Tymoshenko's party may not win enough votes to earn a seat in parliament 
# "Ukraine Rebels Dream of New Russia" - Dina Newman, BBC
# On developing a "legal system' in Luhansk 
 
Iraq/Syria
# FBI warns journalists that they may be targeted outside Syria
# U.S. investigating report that IS used chlorine gas
# Iraqi forces said to be months away from sustained ground offensive against IS
# IS is using banks and that could make it vulnerable
 
Iran
# Boeing sells first parts to Iran since 1979
# Rohani denounces bill to empower Islamic vigilantes 
# After clashes, tensions rise between Iran and Pakistan
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North" - Azam Ahmed, "New York Times" 
# Russian fighter suspected of terrorism and held in Afghanistan to be prosecuted in U.S.
# Butto's son has his political coming out
# Pakistan seeking to outlaw cannibalism 
Strains showing among Pakistan's jihadist groups 
 
Caucasus
# Germany Foreign Minister calls for end to Azerbaijan-Armenia bloodshed
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 23

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Protests abandoned in Pakistan, a popular news website blocked in Tajikistan, endangered snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Georgia and Russia. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 22</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# Radio Farda cited in Global Voices story on conservative media coverage of acid attacks
Central Asia Online cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service on Turkmenistan's attempts to fortify its border with Afghanistan
 
Russia
# Russian economy stalled in September
# Andrei Tsygankov argues Russian "strong-state" better than Western style democracy
# Russian violations of airspace/maritime in Baltics growing
# "Mud and Loathing on Russia-Ukraine Border" - Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg
 
Ukraine
6,000 year old temple with sacrificial alters discovered in Ukraine
EU approval of Russian pipeline may be seen as a move against Ukraine
# Crimeans won't have much representation in the next parliament
# "Ukrainians See Election Reviving Lost Ardor for Change" - Kateryna Choursina, Daryna Krasnolutska and Peter Laca, Bloomberg
 
Eastern Europe
# Russia to stop meat imports from Moldova
# For Czech firms it's "destination Belarus"
# "Surviving 'Europe's Last Dictator' in Belarus" - Will Nicoli, "Moscow Times" 
 
Iraq/Syria
Four guards convicted in 2007 Blackwarter shooting
Attempted kidnapping in Turkey shows reach of IS
# Senior al-Qaeda fighter pleads for IS to spare Kassig
# Syrian military steps up airstrikes against rebels
# How IS performs a stoning of an alleged adulterer 
 
Iran
# More acid attack protests in Iran
# Who will be Iran's next supreme leader?
# Carter said he could have "wiped Iran off the map
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. ordered to explain withholding of torture photos 
# Police reportedly selling arms to Taliban in Kandahar
Economic optimism returns to Afghanistan
# Pakistan Taliban spokesman sacked after pledging allegiance to IS
# "Following the New Silk Road" - Erica Marat, "Diplomat" 
 
Central Asia
Tajikistan looks to China as Russian remittances dry up; while the country also touts itself as investment frontier
# Kazakhstan to offer caviar baths to tourists 
# Farm family in Kyrgyzstan "rehabilitates" troubled teens from Germany 
 
Caucasus
# "Azerbaijan's Increasingly Intolerant Regime" - Gunay Ismayilova and Samir Kazimki, "New York Times" 
# "Economist" on Leyla Yunus
 

The Rundown -- October 22

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October 21, 2014
A deadly bombing in Afghanistan, a Russian commemoration for victims of terrorism, and a hunger strike against rising energy prices in Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Georgia, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 21</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Brian Whitmore in the "Atlantic" on the Kremlin's youth strategy
 
Russia
# Can a Riga-based news outlet set up by the old Lenta team offer hope for independent media?
# "Russia Today, Argentina Tomorrow" - Fabian Bosoer and Federico Finchelstein, "New York Times" 
# "Guardian" says Sweden joining NATO may now be inevitable 
# Sikorski's "reputation in tatters" as he walks back Putin-Tusk partition story
 
Ukraine
# Still no gas deal 
# A "Foreign Affairs" debate about who started the Ukraine crisis
# Ukraine election factbox
# U.S. senator's sunflower campaign photos are from Ukraine
 
Eastern Europe
# Baltics wary of becoming the next conflict hotspot
 
Iraq/Syria
Enforcer at Treasury is first line of attack against IS 
# The artificial border crossing between IS and Kurdish controlled territory 
# "New Freedoms in Tunisia Drive Support for ISIS" - David Kirkpatrick, "New York Times" 
# "Doubling Down on Disaster in Syria" - Michael Weiss and Faysal Itani, Politico 
 
Iran
# Iran shunning image as OPEC hawk
# Female roles in Iran evolves as divorce rate soars
# Report: U.S. may approve more centrifuges in final deal 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Taliban setting up government services in northern districts 
# "Afghanistan: A shocking Indictment" - Rory Stewart, "New York Review of Books" 
# Video: John Oliver takes on issue of Afghan translators unable to get visas
# Pakistan outraged by robbing of philanthropist in Karachi
# Pakistan court upholds blasphemy death sentence for Christian woman
 
Central Asia
# Central Asia hurting as Russian ruble sinks 
 
Caucasus
# Armenian editor in court for LGBT blacklist

The Rundown -- October 21

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October 20, 2014
A Russian opposition leader is summoned for questioning, Kyrgyz authorities collect biometric data, Georgians call for action against domestic violence, plus stories from Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 20</span></p>
Russia
# CEO of French oil giant dies in Moscow plane crash
# Russia widens crackdown on McDonald's
# "Putin's Coup" - Ben Judah, Politico
# Use of Spice, a synthetic drug, growing in Russia
# A meeting in the U.S. with Russian officials checking on "health and welfare
 
Ukraine
# Ukrainian army appears to have used cluster bombs in Donetsk
# Ukraine votes for parliament with "fresh CVs"
# For first time, Communists in danger of not winning seats in parliament
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus as "peacemaker" between Russia and West?
# Belarus to re-introduce "vagrancy" has administrative offense
 
Iraq/Syria
# U.S. appears to be taking advantage of IS gathering around Kobani; extremist group has lost some 400 men there
# IS may have killed 700 in putting down tribal revolt
# Brookings says U.S. must respond to IS social media threat
# Sunni Arabs feel sting of discrimination in northern Iraq
 
Iran
# Iran state media blames Turkey for death of Press TV reporter
# The Saudi Arabia-Iran clash
# West unmoved by Iran "compromises" in nuclear talks
# "On Iran: Congress, Please Step Aside" - Navid Hassibi, National Interest
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Despite $7 billion U.S. campaign, opium production in Afghanistan at record high
# Three massive challenges that will decide Afghanistan's future
# Pakistan's complicated relationship with Malala 
# Islamabad said to have world's worst airport
 

The Rundown -- October 20

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play in a camp in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc.

RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "Daily News" cites RFE/RL on Lukashenka declaration of Belarusian sausage free from toilet-paper
International Business Times cites RFE/RL reporting on fight with IS
# The "Diplomat" cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service reporting on Turkmenistan building border fence with Afghanistan
Central Asia Online cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service on foreign fighters serving in Afghanistan
# Robert Coalson cited in RIA Novosti piece about Poroshenko 
 
Russia
# Russia's propaganda chief compares Obama to Baghdadi (reason 5: "messianism") 
# Gorbachev says there was never a NATO non-expansion pledge
# Despite crackdown McDonald's bun-producer ramps up Russia production
# Sweden searching for suspected Russian submarine
 
Ukraine
# "Slovyansk: A City With PTSD" - Amie Ferris-Rotman, "Atlantic" 
# German intelligence concludes MH17 shot down by separatists with Ukrainian BUK
# Meet Oleh Lyashko: Ukraine's "pitchfork populist
# The "Euromaidan heroes" running for parliament
 
Iraq/Syria
# U.S. airdrops arms and ammo to Kobani Kurds
# "My Childhood Friend, The ISIS Jihadist" - Jakob Sheikh, Mashable 
# Kobani a "defining moment of nationhood" for Syrian and Turkish Kurds
# The non-Western journalists who have fallen victim to IS
 
Iran
# Obama may try to avoid Congress on potential Iran deal
Acid attacks on women in Iran spread terror 
# Iran vows to aid Lebanese military
# "Chasing a Bad Deal With Iran" - Jennifer Rubin, "Washington Post" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# An artist in Afghanistan: ‘To tell the story, you’ve got to take risks
# Three "horrific inaccuracies" in Homeland's version of Islamabad
# Haqqani members detained in the Persian Gulf, not inside Afghanistan
# Video of Pakistani religious leader slurring words goes viral 
 
Central Asia
# Why dropping the stan from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan may be a bad idea
# Russia's growing military presence in Tajikistan
 
Balkans
#  A Kosovo mom gets her son back from IS
 
Of Interest
# News site traffic coming from Facebook and Google -- Twitter far behind

The Rundown -- October 17

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October 16, 2014
Vladimir Putin at a military parade in Serbia, the Russian ambassador in Kyrgyzstan wants "Putin pub" renamed, a teacher in a Pakistani village opens a school on his veranda, plus stories from Ukraine and Afghanistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 16</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# Irish Times mentions a new RFE/RL-VOA television news program in its Russian media story.
# The St. Petersburg Times quotes RFE/RL in its article about the eight-year anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya. 
# The Guardian reprints RFE/RL's article by Bruce Pannier on the situation along the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border.
 
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist, Index On Censorship
 
 
 
 
 
 
Of Interest
Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices, Guardian
A Century of War Rendered in Art, NYT

The Rundown -- October 16

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October 15, 2014
Students rally in Kosovo to support Albania's national soccer team, the Afghan president urges the Taliban not to attack schools, protesters clash with police in Ukraine, plus stories from Georgia and Russia. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 15</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# Amnesty International: RFE/RL reporter Khadija Ismayilova faces harassment
Human Rights Campaign cites RFE/RL in its reporting on Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law
 
 
 
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan: Group Orders Rights-Linked Review, HRW
 
 
Ukraine
 
Of Interest
The Good, the Bad and the Messy: The Legacy of the First Gulf War - Robert Farley, National Interest

The Rundown -- October 15

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October 14, 2014
High security at a soccer match in Serbia, an antigovernment protest by a hardline Sunni group in Pakistan, angry drivers in Tajikistan, plus stories from Kazakhstan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 14</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
The Advocate cites RFE/RL reporting on gay Russian teen asking for asylum 
Business Recorder reports on Khadija Ismayilova case 
 
 
Russia
# Russian hackers used a bug in Windows to spy on Western governments 
# How Russia could tackle its budget crisis
# Kerry and Lavrov vow cooperation and intelligence sharing on IS
# Massachusetts fringe gubernatorial candidate featured in Russian state-TV anti-gay film 
# "How Russia Sees the Ukraine Crisis" - Paul Saunders, "National Interest" 
 
Ukraine
# Far-right protesters clash with police near parliament
# "Welcome to the Bazar World of the Ukrainian Rebels" - Christopher Miller, Mashable 
 
Eastern Europe
# Moscow denounces Moldova's censorship of Russian TV
 
Iraq/Syria
# Zakaria: Iraq's army has collapsed
# A man frantically tries to save his son from joining IS
# Member of Dutch biker gang fighting alongside Kurds
# "The Unserious Air War Against ISIS" - Mark Gunzinger and John Stillion, "Wall Street Journal" 
 
Iran
# Suleimani photo makeover reveals Iran’s new publicity strategy; a different take
# "New York Times" to offer journalist-led tour of Iran 
# Zarif not as optimistic as Rohani on nuclear talks
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Wounded AP reporter vows to return to Afghanistan
# Afghanistan's power-sharing government: "risk and opportunity
# Pakistan and the U.S. appear to be cooperating on drone strikes again
# Why advocacy-driven reports on drones in Pakistan can be trusted
# Pakistan Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to IS
 
Of Internet
# How "Time" doubled online readership in a year
# How Austria lost on a great art deal
# What it's like to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia 

The Rundown -- October 14

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October 13, 2014
Military rehearsals in Serbia, suicide bombers in Afghanistan, an unusual football match in Georgia, plus stories from Tatarstan and Bosnia.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 13</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# RFE/RL doc on Central Asian jihadists featured on AIB site
Al Arabiya writes about Khadija Ismayilova's travel ban
 
 
Russia
# Russian TV's MH17 propaganda may have inadvertently disproved its own theory 
# "Glory to the 'Russian World'" - Michael Khodarkovsky, "New York Times" 
# Bad news for Russia: Saudis may be set on keeping oil prices low
# "Russia Is Right About Syria" - Natalia Antonova, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# A who's who guide to Ukraine's oligarchs 
# Ukraine says there are fewer Russian troops in the country's east
# "Even Russia's Soccer Hooligans Fear This Song" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg 
# Some Ukrainian parliamentarians still trying to change 2012 language law
 
Iraq/Syria
# This is what an IS training camp looks like
# Erdogan appears to rank Lawrence of Arabia as greater threat than IS
# U.S. outing coalition "partners" before they're ready to admit it themselves
# "Sanguine U.S. View at Odds With ISIS Militants’ Gains" - Julian Barnes, "Wall Street Journal" 
# IS now bragging about enslaving women and children
 
Iran
# Iran in the midst of a tourist boom 
# Rohani says nuclear deal with West is "certain
# Drop in oil prices could hit Iran and Russia harder than sanctions
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A "terrifying night" with Afghanistan's only female warlord
# Taliban may be adopting IS tactics 
Transitioning to being a woman while serving in Afghanistan
# "Pakistan's Original Sin" - Usman Ahmad, Foreign Policy 
 
Central Asia
# Video of streaker being shot in Kazakhstan goes viral
# U.S. condemns Kyrgyzstan for proposed gay propaganda law
 
Caucasus
# Statoil sells stake in Azerbaijan gas project
# Azerbaijan cracks down while chairing Council of Europe
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 13

RFE/RL in the Media
# Robert Coalson's analysis cited in "Washington Post" opinion on East Europeans and Putin
Foreign Policy and UPI cite RFE/RL coverage of arrests of anti-Putin fans at Belarus soccer game
PinkNews cites Carl Schreck's reporting on gay Russian teen in U.S. who's afraid to return home
CPJ on the charges against Khadija Ismayilova
Foreign Policy says RFE/RL and VOA are "aggressive purveyors" of Syrian Observatory's data 
 
Russia
# Who's behind a "shady, propagandistic" photo exhibition in New York 
# Boris Nemtsov on Putin's shortcomings in Ukraine
# With economy sinking, Russian elite beginning to express concern 
# "Chinese lenders grow wary of Russia" - Jack Farchy and Kathrin Hille, "Financial Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Third defense minister since start of crisis resigns 
# "Odessa's Bid to Stay Above Fray is Showing Cracks" - Steven Zeitchik, "LA Times" 
# The separatist fighter from Abkazhia leading the fight for Donetsk airport
 
 
Iraq/Syria
# Turkey will let coalition use its bases; Kurdish rebels say Ankara's inaction imperil peace talks
# Joint Chiefs chairman says Apaches were used to fend off advance of IS towards Baghdad airport
# "US strategy in tatters as militants march on" - Patrick Cockburn, "Independent" 
# Leader of Anbar province calls for U.S. ground troops
# IS now has toll booths 
 
Iran
# "Iran Tries to Open for Business" - Sohrab Ahmari, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Oil markets "hold their breath" during Iran negotiations 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan 
# The "better governance marathon": Ghani's first two weeks
# Chats reveal Indian Mujahideen man’s career dilemma: Syria, Afghanistan or Nepal? 
# Greg Mortenson returns to Afghanistan
# Pakistan says 12 dead in border clashes with India
 
Balkans
Nationalists appear to be leading in Bosnia vote 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 10

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October 09, 2014
Tajikistan bans an opposition group, Iraqis call for international aid for Syrian Kurds, and Russians protest in support of a jailed Azerbaijani rights defender, plus stories from Pakistan, Georgia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 9</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Blade" cites RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service coverage of anti-gay legislation
Wall Street Cheat Sheet cites RFE/RL's infographic on foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
 
Russia
# IS grooms Chechen fighters against Putin
# Russia to import crocodile meat from the Philippines
# "Russia's International Media Poisons Minds" - Christopher Walker, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Duma legislation prompts Russian men to opine on tattoos on the backs of women
Not just Darth Vader participating in Ukraine's election
# A passenger found at MH17 crash site was wearing an oxygen mask
# Putin could meet Poroshenko next week
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A profile of Afghanistan's new first lady
# India and Pakistan trade warnings over heavy Kashmir fighting
# In dry Pakistan, 21 die from toxic liquor in 24 hours
# The scorpion hunters of Pakistan
 
Iraq/Syria
# "New York Times" accuses Erdogan of "cynical political calculations" in refusing to help Kurds in Kobani 
# A friend writes about American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig; his mother tweets at IS and gets angry response 
# IS uses only half of a Quran verse to justify beheadings
# IS may overrun all of Anbar
 
Iran
# Iran targets Turkey gold trader over oil billions
# Iran conducting "mass arrests at home" over IS threat
# Tehran bolstering Assad with drone shipments
 
Central Asia
# "Tajikistan Cracks Down on Internet … Again" - Casey Michel, The Diplomat
# On why Central Asian jihadists are fighting in Syria but not Afghanistan
 
 

The Rundown -- October 9

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October 08, 2014
Russians mourn famed theater director Yuri Lyubimov, Ukraine lays soldiers to rest, and young Bosnians rally for change before the country's elections, plus stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 8</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
Huffington Post Italian cites RFE/RL Crimean unit report on Putin toilet paper
 
Russia
# Top Russian officials starting to realize economy is in trouble; "perfect storm" of bad news for Russian ruble
# Russian economy minister criticizes legislation, passed in Duma, that would compensate those affected by Western sanctions
# The congressman who spied for Russia
# Ten best Putin music videos
 
Ukraine
# Zakharchenko says Strelkov alienated separatist fighters with his disregard for urban areas 
Ten-a-day are dying in eastern Ukraine, despite cease-fire
# "Luhansk, Ukraine: City of Ghosts" - Christopher Miller, Mashable
# Captured Ukrainian pilot's sister to run for parliament
 
Eastern Europe
# Is Belarus beginning to thaw?
 
Iraq/Syria
# Two months of U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, mapped
# Iraqi scholar burns his books to protest Yazidi ethnic cleansing
# Kobani shakes Turkish-Kurd relations
 
Iran
# Khamenei issues red lines ahead of critical nuclear talks 
# Why U.S. and Iran aren't quite on the same side in IS fight
# "Let Go of Grudges Against Cuba, Iran" - Stephen Kinzer, "Boston Globe" 
 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. intensifying Afghanistan airstrikes as drawdown nears
# Five priorities for Afghanistan 
# Amnesty condemns execution of five men in rape case
# Polio cases continue to grow in Pakistan
 
Balkans
# The boy from Kosovo who grew up to be a suicide bomber
# Bosnia and Herzegovina: the world's most complicated system of government?
 
Central Asia
# Nazarbayev's "Wall Street Journal" op ed

The Rundown -- October 8

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October 07, 2014
Flowers for Politkovskaya in Russia, funerals in Iraq, plus stories from Serbia and Tajikistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct 7</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "Washington Times" cites RFE/RL Russia analysis
Slate cites Tom Balmforth's coverage of Putin hagiography on his birthday
Al Arabiya cites RFE/RL Crimean unit reporting on Putin (VV) toilet paper
 
Russia
# How Russia celebrated Putin's birthday
# Syrian rebels reportedly seize Russian spy station
# "Russia’s Unwelcome Citizens" - Olga Zeveleva, "New York Times" 
# Russia on the edge of a long recession
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine ceasefire "a mirage"
# Up to a dozen Ukraine officials have succumbed to "trash bucket challenge"
# Ukrainian students will take Russia's place in FLEX
# Russian man faces up to seven years in prison for fighting in Azov battalion 
 
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian FM says Russia "testing" Baltic states
 
Iraq/Syria
# Why U.S. airstrikes don't seem to be working so far
# Why did the US help the Kurds in Iraq but not in Syria?
# The real ideology driving IS
 
Iran
# Instagram's "rich kids of Tehran" are really rich
# "Is the World Still Afraid of Iran?" - Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera
# Church of England vicar denies backing ‘anti-Semitic hate-fest’ in Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A profile of Pakistan's new spy chief
# Military chief says 14,000 FATA men will join army in next five years
# "Pakistan: The Allure of ISIS" - Ahmed Rashid, "New York Review of Books" 
 
Caucasus
# Russian culture days to make debut in Armenia
# RIA Novosti on possible training of Syrian opposition fighters in Georgia
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan selling bonds for the first time in 14 years to avoid Argentina scenario; a $1 billion bet
 

 

 


The Rundown -- October 7

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October 06, 2014
The ruble falls in Russia, social media are down in Tajikistan, plus stories from Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct 6</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
Atlantic Council cites Crimean unit reporting on discovery of body of Crimean Tatar man
BBC cites RFE/RL Crimean unit reporting on Putin toilet paper
# "The National" reports on video sent to RFE/RL from fighters saying they would be willing to support IS
 
Russia
# Russian anti-corruption campaigner seeks UK asylum
# "Russia's Nuclear Euphoria Ignores Reality" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times" 
# Russia through the nuclear looking glass
 
Ukraine
# Separatist regions may delay elections until November 9
# Six months later, despair and euphoria in Crimea
# "Ukraine's Copycat War With Russia" - Ian Bateson, Al Jazeera
# Dnipropetrovsk gears up for separatist advance
 
Eastern Europe
# Unearthing a barbarous past in eastern Poland 
 
Iraq/Syria
# U.S. air strikes targeted French intelligence agent who defected to Al Qaeda
# 19-year-old arrested at Chicago airport, accused of trying to join IS
# IS ammunition has U.S. and Chinese origins
# Leon Panetta: White House misplayed troop talks
 
Iran
# Iranian troops ordered to leave U.S. troops alone in Iraq
# Shi'ite rebels are Yemen's "new masters"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan still ruled by "bickering warlords"
# Addressing drone impact in Pakistan
 
Caucasus
# China and Iran lock NATO out of Caspian Sea
 
Of Interest
Post-Amazon; "Washington Post" back at the table
 
 

The Rundown -- October 6

RFE/RL in the Media
# Estonian president talks to Al Jazeera about his 10 years working for RFE/RL
# Read Tom Balmforth in the "Guardian" on pieces of Lenin for sale
# Read Daud Khattak in Foreign Policy on splits in the Pakistani Taliban
 
Russia
# Russia very close to banning Bitcoin
# "What Russia is Learning from Frank Sinatra" - Steve Rosenberg, BBC 
 
Ukraine
# Infographics show just how damaged is Ukraine's economy 
# Major clashes at Donetsk airport threaten "ceasefire" 
# Corruption: "Ukraine's enemy within
# "Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Dream of Reviving Soviet Heyday" - Andrew Kramer, "New York Times" 
# Vandals target exhibit in New York connected to Ukraine
 
Eastern Europe
# Latvian pro-Russian party wins the most seats, but likely not enough for ruling coalition 
# Poland navigates around Eastern Europe's strains
 

Iraq/Syria

# UN says IS selling women at "slave markets"
# IS militants conduct public execution of Iraqi soldiers
# The ghost villages of northern Iraq
 
Iran
# Iran releases one journalist on bail, but husband still detained
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# On the BSA and SOFA: "Three birds with one stone"
# Afghanistan reverses expulsion of "New York Times" reporter
# Afghanistan Taliban spokesman's tweet geolocates him in Pakistan
# Pakistan's lessons for Turkey
 
Central Asia
# Kyrgyzstan "growing more Russian"
# In Tajikistan, doubts about promised Russian military aid
 
Caucasus
# Leyla Yunus' family calls on British government and BP to intervene in her case
 
Of Interest
# The story of the CIA agent who spent 20 years in Chinese captivity 

The Rundown -- October 3

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 2i
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October 02, 2014
Car bombs kill 10 in Pakistan and Afghanistan, an Armenian soldier returns home, a Tajik winery has problems selling its wines, plus stories from Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 2</span></p>
REF/RL in the Media
 
# Jan Nowak-Jeziorański: A Sketch for a Portrait, neweasterneurope.eu
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
 
 
Central Asia
 
Iraq/Syria
 
# Fighting ISIS shouldn’t mean appeasing Iran - Clifford D. May, National Post
 
 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 2

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 1i
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October 01, 2014
Kurdish forces battling Islamic militants in Iraq, a girls school bombed in Pakistan, Tajik babies abandoned in Russia, plus stories from Iraq and Armenia
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 1</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
 
 
 
Caucasus
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan: Lawsuits Over Same-Sex Kiss on Poster, HRW
# Russia-Dependence Roils Central Asia’s Fuel Markets, eurasianet.org
# Uzbekistan: Turf War in Tashkent?  eurasianet.org
 
 
Ukraine

The Rundown -- October 1

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 30i
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September 30, 2014
Dwindling protests in Pakistan, queues in Turkmenistan, plus stories from Georgia and Afghanistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 30</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# How rock music sent messages of freedom through Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, newstimes.com
#  Luke Johnson puts a question during briefing on the U.S.-Afghanistan security and defense cooperation agreement, U.S. Department od State
 
Balkans
 
 
 
 
 
Ukraine
 

The Rundown -- September 30

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 29i
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September 29, 2014
A new president in Afghanistan, authors gather in Kyrgyzstan, children meet film stars in Kazakhstan, plus stories from Pakistan and Armenia.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 29</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
 
 
 
Central Asia
 
Russia
# Russia and NATO Should Be Allies, Not Enemies - Nicolai Petro, Robert Ware, MT
# As crises flare in Iraq and Syria, Putin presses - editorial, Chicago Tribune
# Russia's 'Potemkin Village' Elections - Jill Dougherty, Huffington Post
# What Putin Wrought Has World Asking What Russia Might Have Been - Simon Kennedy and Henry Meyer, Bloomberg
 
Ukraine
 
Of Interest

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