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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- August 5

RFE/RL Video Roundup - August 4i
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August 04, 2014
Jailed opposition activists make their pleas in a Moscow court, Serbs honor victims of Croatia's war of the 1990s, and Afghan children perform at a circus festival, plus stories from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tatarstan, and Belarus.
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Moscow Times" cites reporting by Luke Johnson and Carl Schreck on probe of Kremlin-connected businessman in California
EU Observer cites RFE/RL on Russian military exercises 
Barfblog cites RFE/RL Balkans Service on Listeria outbreak in Macedonia 
 
Ukraine
Tracking the Buk on its open-source odyssey 
# Donetsk and Luhansk nearly isolated, but Russia gets propaganda victory
# Separatists using ambulances to transport fighters
# "Wall Street Journal" profiles a Ukrainian prisoner and his N. Ossetian jailer
 
Russia
# Russian buildup makes it ready for cross-border incursion into Ukraine at any moment
# Factbox: The effect of Russia sanctions on European businesses 
# Does Putin need Kudrin?
# Obama may not have been completely accurate in his Russia criticisms 
# The experienced Russian separatist bureaucrats joining Ukraine conflict
# "Putin the (not so) Great" - Michael McFaul, Politico
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus says it can help Ukraine with oil products
# IMF says Belarus and Lithuania will be hardest hit by European sanctions on Russia
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan's tech boom
# Pakistan mountains bereft of foreign climbers a year after terrorist attack
# Pakistan Taliban sends warning to Committee to Protect Journalists
 
Iran
# As German interest in Russia investment wanes, Iran becomes more appealing
# Iran officials say they have armed Hamas for Gaza fight
# Is the jailing of western journalists a ploy to weaken Rohani?
 
Iraq
# Baghdad and Kurds cooperate on counterattack against militants
# India shaken by case of Muslim men missing in Iraq
 
Caucasus
# Death toll now at 18 in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan grapples with reform of sovereign wealth fund
 
Of Interest
# Ten useful IOS apps for mobile journalists 

The Rundown -- August 4

RFE/RL in the Media
# Brian Whitmore quoted in ViceNews on Russian involvement in Ukraine conflict
Real Clear Politics quotes Brian Whitmore on rumors that Putin may be looking for a way out
# "Moscow Times" cites Carl Schreck's report on blocked fake Twitter account of new U.S. ambassador to Russia
CBC cites RFE/RL reporting on social media posts implicating Russia in Ukraine conflict
 
Russia
# David Remnick profiles Michael McFaul
# U.S.-Russia nuclear deal stalls amid tensions
 
Ukraine
# Donetsk residents prepare for long siege; army at outskirts
# "Financial Times" profiles Nuland
# In Slovyansk, a "test for Ukraine
# Maidan camp is still there and some would prefer it wasn't
# Underground art collective strikes eastern Ukraine
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah refuses to accept resumption of vote count
# In Pakistan, millions forced from homes
# Russia's strategic Pakistan play
 
Iraq
# Islamic State seizes Iraq's largest dam
# Facts about Iraq's Yazadi minority
# Iran's Revolutionary Guards defending shrines in Iraq
 
Iran
# In Iran, Gaza demonstrations draw reformists
# How Iran sanction fears hurt humanitarian trade
 
Central Asia 
 
Caucasus
# Escalation in fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh with at least 15 dead

The Rundown -- August 1

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 31i
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July 31, 2014
Rescue teams search for drowning victims in Pakistan, foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meet in Tajikistan, Russian opposition members raise funds to help jailed protesters, and Turkmenistan renovates a city.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Brian Whitmore interviewed on Czech 24
 
Ukraine
# "For Eastern Ukrainians, a Growing Doubt: Is Russia Manipulating Us?" - Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor 
# Ukraine economy accelerates decline
# Vice dispatch: uncovering the mass graves
# "The Ukraine Crisis Explained In GIFs And In-Depth Policy Papers From Esteemed Political Institutions"
 
Russia
# Russia's blogger law goes into effect today
# Putin has unleashed forces he can't control
# Is Moscow using Ukrainian refugees to shift balance in Muslim-majority regions?
# The cats that guard the Hermitage
# A rundown of Russian memes
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan vote audit will restart over the weekend
# Rare sectarian attack in Afghanistan, where 14 Shi'ite Muslims are killed
# U.S. says Pakistan Waziristan offensive is disrupting militant attacks
# At least 32 people drown at Karachi beach
 
Iran
# Quds forces scoff at calls to disarm Hamas
# Is Gaza making a nuclear deal less likely?
# Iran reportedly considering banning Samsung over Israeli commercial
 
Iraq
# Iraq conflict has benefited Assad
# Pro-government militias' "trail of death"
 
Central Asia
# Tajikistan opposition feels heat ahead of elections
 
Caucasus
# Amnesty sharply criticizes arrests in Azerbaijan 
 
Of Interest
# Turkey's "Twitter spies"

The Rundown -- July 31

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 30i
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July 30, 2014
Leading Azerbaijani rights activists questioned in an espionage case, a Kazakh magazine editor fined for an article on Hitler, a Russian ultranationalist goes on trial in Moscow, and entrance exams in Turkmenistan's universities.
RFE/RL in the Media
FoxNews opinion urges expanding RFE/RL "outreach and intensity"
# "Washington Post" and Business Insider use RFE/RL reporting on Strelkov's cursing ban 
 
Ukraine
# Russian soldier's Instagram shows him operating equipment inside Ukraine and a Buk in Russia 
# Ukraine did not provide full account of dangers for flight
# Ukraine claims separatists are laying mines by MH17 crash 
 
Russia
# "Independent" reports that Germany and Russia are working on secret land-for-gas deal to end Ukraine crisis; but "WSJ" reports German-Russia relationship has disintegrated  
# Breakdown of 25-year effort
# "Putin's Losing Streak" - Stephen Holmes and Ivan Krastev, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia?" - Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen Cohen, "The Nation"
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus to host Ukraine-Russia talks
# Belarusians may have their cars seized if caught littering
 
Iraq
# Frontline special: Losing Iraq
# Texas court considers oil Baghdad says Iraqi Kurdistan sold without permission
# Anger in Iraq as militants destroy ancient historic sites
# Baghdad's drifter scene
 
Iran
# "Guardian" editorial urges Rohani to "speak out" on detained journalists
# Video: Mother of "Washington Post" journalist appeals to Tehran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan may cost more than Marshall Plan
# Social media is deadly in Pakistan
# Are parents responsible for Pakistan's Polio surge?
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan rights activist charged with treason
# Will sanctions on Russia hurt Armenia?
 
Central Asia
# Metro riders in Tashkent have to deal with "pre-flight security"
# Dividing the economic spoils post-Gulnara
 
Of Interest
# American suicide bomber in Syria took trip back to U.S. first 

The Rundown -- July 30

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 29i
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July 29, 2014
Iraqis condemn militants' expulsion of Christians from Mosul, Russia bans Ukrainian canned fruits and vegetables, and Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
Business Insider cites Tom Balmforth's report on efforts to brand certain governments "aggressor countries"
CNN, affiliate, use Iraqi Service video of Christian march in Dohuk
 
Russia
# New sanctions: Here's where they'll hurt; but still plenty of loopholes 
# Russia considering ban on EU fruit imports
# "Putin's Ukraine Unreality Show" - Arkady Ostrovsky, "Wall Street Journal" 
 
Ukraine
# Shaun Walker meets Igor Bezler, who threatens to execute him 
# Ukraine fighting closing in on Donetsk
# 17 Horlivka hostages reportedly released 
# CNN video: Ukraine has fired ballistic missiles at rebels 
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus considers ban on Ukrainian beef and dairy 
# The Belarusians fighting on both sides of the Ukraine conflict 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Suicide bomber kills Hamid Karzai's cousin 
# State Department report says Pakistan not punishing attackers of religious minorities 
# Free of the Taliban, Pakistan’s Pashtun poets revive their craft
 
Iran
# Khamenei calls for Muslims around the world to help arm Gaza 
# Why Iran fears an independent Kurdistan 
 
Iraq
# Militants reportedly hold mass execution in Tikrit 
# U.S. plans largest ever sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq 
 
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan joins list of world's worst religious freedom violators 
How strong is the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan?
# Would Turkey consider free trade agreement with Eurasian Union?
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan to buy Russian Yak-130 combat trainers 
 
Of Interest
# The British PR firms spinning stories for dictators 

The Rundown -- July 29

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 28i
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July 28, 2014
Muslims in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Tajikistan celebrate Eid al-Fitr, plus stories from Moldova and Serbia.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Another pro-Azerbaijan op-ed in "The Hill" -- this one criticizes RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service for negative reporting on "wildly popular" Aliyev
# "Moscow Times" mentions RFE/RL Uzbek Service account of attempting to join Ukraine separatists  
 
Russia
# U.S. and Europe to sharply escalate sanctions on Russia; why did it take so long?
# U.S. says Russia violated missile treaty
# Vladimir Putin could cost every Russian citizen $7,000
# BP's "Faustian pact" with Russia goes horribly wrong
# "The Russian Dream Is All About Empire" - Svetlana Alexievich, "Le Monde"
# "Russia’s Corrupt Chokehold on Europe" - Anne Applebaum, Slate
 
Ukraine
Heavy fighting around crash site
# MH17 crash changed very little on the ground in eastern Ukraine
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus may replicate Russian anti-gay law
# Ukraine building 400 km anti-tank ditch on border with Transdniester
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. aims for Afghan elections have changed
# U.S. paratroopers "hope to deal a few final blows" against Taliban
# Rise in blasphemy attacks in Pakistan
 
Iran
# Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy
# "The Road to a Bad Nuclear Deal With Iran" - Ephraim Asculai and Emily B. Landau, "The National Interest"
 
Iraq
# Terrorists groups find buyers for oil
# Iraq falling apart as world focuses on other events
 
Caucasus
# Congressional trip to Azerbaijan may have violated ethics rules
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan wants to host Tour de France
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- July 28

RFE/RL in the Media
 
# RFE/RL mentioned in "Boston Globe" opinion on need for more public diplomacy efforts
# BBG chairman mentions several recent RFE/RL citations in "Time" opinion
# RFE/RL Afghanistan "In Search of the Missing" story reprinted in "Guardian"
 
Ukraine
# Heavy fighting prevents international investigators from reaching crash site
# Ukrainians quietly being replaced by Russians in separatist leadership posts
# U.S. releases photos they say show Russia is firing at Ukraine from Russia
# Bloomberg reporter details capture by Dnipr battalion
 
Russia
# "Russia Is Pregnant with Ukraine" - Vladimir Sorokin, "New York Review of Books" 
# "Economist" on the consequences for Russia's "web of lies"
# Hague court orders Russia to pay $50 billion in Yukos case
# Could Moscow ban McDonald's hamburgers?
 
Eastern Europe
# The Moldovan tunnels that house Goering's wine collection
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Taliban making military gains in Afghanistan
# U.S. loses track of hundreds of thousands of guns given to Afghan police
Four Ahmadis killed in mob attack for alleged blasphemous Facebook post
 
Iraq
# Iraq's top cleric hints Maliki should step aside
# ISIL destroying Shi'ite mosques
# "Let Sunnis Defeat Iraq’s Militants" - Rafe Al-Essawi and Atheel al-Nujaifi, "New York Times"
 
Iran
# Iranian students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions
Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House
# Justice Department moves to censor anti-Iran group's files
# Obama quietly sending more advisers to Iraq
 
Central Asia
# Berdymukhamedov is finally getting his own statue
# Kazakh volleyball star slammed by teammates for being too attractive
 
Of Interest
# Congressman wears lapel pins on both lapels (and mistakes U.S. delegation for Indians)

The Rundown -- July 25

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 24i
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July 24, 2014
Guilty verdicts against Russian opposition activists in a Moscow court, a protest in northern Iraq for Christians evicted by Islamic militants, Afghanistan trains more security forces -- plus stories from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# georgiatoday.ge quoted RFE/RL's interview with aviation and safety researcher David Gleave
# Moscow Times mentioned RFE/RL in its piece on Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev
# RFE/RL has been quoted by Washington Times in its article on Iraq
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan, huffingtonpost
 
Iran
# When Iran Comes In from the Cold..., National Interest
 
Iraq
 
Central Asia
# Energy in Central Asia: A plan to export electricity looks cursed, Economist
# Energy in Central Asia: Not all goes smoothly for Russia in its backyard, Economist
# Tajikistan: Labor Migration Creates Orphan Conundrum, eurasianet.org
 
Russia
 

The Rundown -- July 24

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 23i
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July 23, 2014
Protests in Kabul against civilian casualties of war, a new Islamic center opens at the oldest mosque in Tatarstan, kindergarten for children in Kyrgyzstan's remote mountains -- plus stories from Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
Ukraine
# Vostok Battalion commander admits separatist fighters had a BUK 
# Communist Party ousted from Ukraine parliament 
# The unconventional beliefs of Ukraine separatist leader Borodai's father
# A Dutch reporter covering Ukraine since December on reporting MH17 
# Ukraine accuses Russia of shooting down two of its jets 
 
Russia
# Pomeranstev on seeing MH17 unfold from Moscow
# Russia's "megarich are losing billions
# "Putin Isn’t Panicking" - Masha Gessen, Slate 
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian volunteers join Ukraine conflict on both sides 
 
Iraq
# "Iraq Isn't Our Fight? Think Again" - Emily Manna, Georgetown Public Policy Review 
# Islamic State smuggling oil 
# al-Maliki rejects attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down 
 
Iran
# "Iran Collides With International Community in Mideast Conflicts" - Tom Ridge and Patrick Kennedy, "Roll Call" 
# Christian reportedly sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lip burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan 
# Iran's reformist papers accused of lackluster Gaza coverage 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing 
# "A US-Backed Militia Runs Amok in Afghanistan" - Matthieu Akins, Al Jazeera
# Afghan election result hinges on squabble-prone audit
# Pakistan and India to meet for first time since Modi victory 
 
Central Asia
# Scholar accused of spying in Tajikistan released on bail 
# Labor migration creates orphan conundrum in Tajikistan
 
Of Interest 

The Rundown -- July 23

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 22i
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July 22, 2014
A suicide bomber kills four near Kabul's airport, religious minorities in Pakistan protest against Israel's Gaza offensive, fire destroys a bazaar in southern Tajikistan -- plus stories from Tajikistan and Serbia.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "The Hill" opinion piece criticizing international broadcasting legislation mentions RFE/RL 
# Read Tom Balmforth in "The Guardian" on what Russian newspapers are saying about MH17
 
MH17
# In interviews, Torez residents say they saw what could have been a missile launcher on Thursday 
# The clues which may lead to the launch site 
# U.S. intelligence says Russia "created conditions" for disaster, but doesn't implicate it directly 
# Villagers hold memorial for victims 
 
Russia
# A trending tweet
# France prepared to cancel (one of) its warship sales to Russia; UK government still sending arms to Russia 
# Kudrin warns that Russia risks isolation 
# One fact that explains how "Europe could crush Russia's economy"
# "Why Putin Can't Afford to Dump the Ukrainian Separatists" - Aleksei Eremenko, "Moscow Times" 
# Russia considers progressive taxation 
 
Ukraine
# Profile of "the most dangerous man in Ukraine" (Strelkov) 
 
Eastern Europe
# Ukraine threatens "special duties" on Belarus
 
Iran
# Iran wants what Argentina got 
# Can Iran's nuclear capacity be limited
# "Remaking Iran" - Said Arjomand, Project Syndicate 
# Iran says it will launch "advanced home-made destroyer
 
Iraq/Syria
# Militant threat to Iraqi Christians: "Convert, pay a tax or die
Cyber-war among rival factions in Iraq conflict 
# Iraq Ambassador to the U.S. says he doubts Washington's commitment 
# Returning to service in Iraq...with Blackwater 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits
# "Why Afghanistan's National Unity Government Is Risky" - Srinjoy Bose and Niamat Ibrahimi, Foreign Policy
# "Pakistan's New Fear of Flying" - Bina Shah, "New York Times" 
The Kitchen divides Pakistan's rich and poor 
 
Caucasus
# Tony Blair to advise Azerbaijan on gas project 
 
Central Asia
# Is Kazakhstan a new mining hotspot
# Tajikistan blocks access to Odnoklassniki
 
Of Interest
# How Mashable gets on-the-ground reporting
# "New Yorker" archive free for now  

The Rundown -- July 22

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 21i
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July 21, 2014
Iraqi air strikes target Sunni militants in Fallujah, Afghan students protest civilian casualties during the holy month of Ramadan, Pakistan's displaced tribal leaders ban women from queueing for aid, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Fred Petrossian in Slate on why Iran's elite get to use Facebook, but ordinary citizens are arrested for using it 
# "Russia Beyond the Headlines" cites Robert Coalson's piece on Russian media reaction to MH17 crash 
 
MH17
# Separatists release bodies; black boxes given to Malaysian representatives in "bizarre" 1AM press conference   
 
Ukraine
# Donetsk water supply reportedly could run out in five days 
 
Russia
# Russian billionaires in "horror" as Putin risks isolation 
# "Why Putin Is Willing to Take Big Risks in Ukraine" - Gerald Seib, "Wall Street Journal" 
# France says it's prepared to cancel sale of second Mistral to Russia; but is it prepared for backlash from port town
# Russia firing at Ukraine from within its borders? 
 
Eastern Europe
# Why Belarus smokes and smuggles cigarettes
# Iranian children win Belarus painting competition 
# Moldova says Russian fruit ban is punishment 
 
Iran
# Iran pushing limits on nuclear deal warns former Obama adviser 
# Is Iran about to lash out at its dissidents? 
# "Fuzzy Math From Iran Hawks" - Ali Gharib, "The Nation" 
 
Iraq
# More western fighters joining militants in Iraq and Syria 
# Militants seize Iraq monastery 
# "Iraq: The minorities of Nineveh Plain" - Mina al-Lami, BBC 
# Saddam's former deputy now working with ISIL 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan sending $500,000 in aid to Gaza  
# China to play a "huge" commercial role in Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal 
# Pakistan army may be fighting militants in the wrong place 
# "The Camel Ambulance of Achro Thar" - Tehmina Qureshi, Roads and Kingdoms
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan and EU negotiate new partnership and cooperation agreement 
 
Caucasus
# Armenia's "neo-pagans
 
Balkans
# Tuzla likely to become WizzAir operational base 
 
Of Interest
# How John Kerry's Israel-Palestine peace plan died

The Rundown -- July 21

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Diplomat" links to an interview on RFE/RL's Gandhara site 
# "Belfast Telegraph" uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of mourners at Dutch embassy in Kyiv 
Business Insider cites Mumin Shakirov's interview with a former separatist fighter 
# "New York Times" cites Tom Balmforth's interviews with Russians reacting to Malaysian Airlines disaster 
Al Arabiya cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq conflict 
 
Russia
# Mark Galeotti on the long-term costs of Russia's "covert operations
# "Putin's Deadly Doctrine" - Timothy Garton Ash, "New York Times" 
Anger at Russia building in Malaysia 
# In Russia, conspiracy theory blends with anger at rebels 
# Business groups fall silent on Russia sanctions 
 
Ukraine
# Almost 200 bodies stuck on refrigerated train in Torez; 
# Bezler admits recorded call was his, but says he was talking about a different planewhen Ioffe met Bezler  
# "The Plane That Radicalized Ukraine" - Maxim Eristavi, Politico 
# Survey says 54 percent of Donbas residents support "different forms of separatism" 
 
Iran
Four month extension on Iran negotiations 
# "What Has America Learned from Negotiating with Iran?" - Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett and Seyed Mohammad Marandi, National Interest
 
Iraq
# Militants try to govern as a state 
# Some Sunnis trying to push back against extremists in midst; but other neighborhoods "about to explode
# "Time is running out" for Iraq 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Struggle to keep Afghan girl safe after mullah is accused of rape 
# "Kerry's Miracle" - Ioannis Koskina, Foreign Policy 
# Profile of Pakistan's "master bomb technician
# Nine reasons why it's dangerous to be a journalist in Pakistan 
 
Central Asia
# Family living in Kazakhstan was about to begin new life in Malaysia 
 
Caucasus 
# Azerbaijan journalist reportedly shot to death in Moscow 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- July 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 17i
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July 17, 2014
Iraqi Sunni tribal fighters seize more territory in Anbar Province, Pakistanis displaced by fighting in North Waziristan struggle for assistance, and makeshift memorials near Moscow's subway tragedy -- plus stories from Serbia and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Pakistan and China: A Precarious Friendship?, The Diplomat
# Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Pakistani drama serials win hearts in India, dawn.com
 
Iran
 
Iraq
# Revisiting Kurdistan: 'If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here', Guardian
 
Central Asia
 
Eastern Europe
 
Russia
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of shooting down jet, BBC
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- July17

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 16i
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July 16, 2014
Pakistani children protest militant threats against their schools, Muscovites offer their last respects to a Soviet-era dissident, Afghans protest parliamentary privileges, plus protests in Tbilisi and Peshawar.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
 
Iran
 
Iraq
 
Central Asia
 
Eastern Europe
 
Russia
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine conflict: 'White power' warrior from Sweden, BBC

The Rundown -- July 16

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 15i
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July 15, 2014
A tragedy in the Moscow subway, a jail sentence for an Azerbaijani activist, humanitarian aid for a rebel-held town in Syria -- plus protests in Kabul, Belgrade, and Astana.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# OCCRP publishes an investigative report by Khadija Ismayilova on Swedish telecom giant TeliaSonera and Azerbaijani President's Daughters
# The Guardian reprints RFE/RL's piece by Robert Coalson "Valeria Novodvorskaya: Russia's 'Don Quixote' Of Democracy, Human Rights"
# Ted Lipien on U.S. international broadcasting, Washington Times
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Will Afghanistan Be The New Iraq? mintpressnews.com
 
Iran
 
Iraq
 
Central Asia
 
EU
# Profile - EU's Jean-Claude Juncker, BBC
 
Russia
 
Ukraine

The Rundown -- July 15

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 14i
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July 14, 2014
Afghan party activists demonstrate against a coalition government, Bosnians protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, displaced Pakistanis wait for emergency aid, and fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, leaves houses in ruins.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "The Guardian" republishes RFE/RL's Mumin Shakirov article "I was a separatist fighter in Ukraine."
# Rapsinews cites Uzbek language service of RFE/RL news about Uzbek president’s daughter
 
 
 
 
Central Asia
# Russia Has Lost Control of Central Asian Gas - Casey Michel, Moscow Times
# Tajikistan’s New Roots Music, TOL
 
Russia
# Putin and the West Don't Play by the Same Rules - Alexander Golts, Moscow Times
 
 
Of Interest
In Pictures: Iran's booming consumer culture, Al Jazeera

The Rundown -- July 14

Brazil -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat during the second half of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014

RFE/RL in the Media

# Anne Applebaum mentiones RFE/RL in her piece "Kyiv is set to become a refuge for Moscow’s intellectually oppressed." - nationalpost.com

# Atlantic Monthly mentions RFE/RL infographic on World's Population Day

 

Afghanistan/Pakistan

# Afghan presidential rivals reach deal, brokered by Kerry, to recount all votes, WP

# Afghanistan election: An anxious wait, BBC

# Afghanistan: Wealthy But Unprepared, The Diplomat

# Afghanistan's dangerous game of thrones - Helena Malikyar, Al-Jazeera

# Pakistani Authors Find a Market in India, The Diplomat

 

Iran

# Iran Must Accept Significant Limits on Enrichment, U.S. Official Says, WSJ

# Iran reformist leader's hopes depend on nuclear talks in Vienna, Guardian

# As Iraq's politicians fumble, Iran fears its own quagmire, CS Monitor

# U.S. Warns Iran Over ‘Unworkable’ Plans for Nuclear Power Program, NYT

 

Iraq

# Underage fighters drawn into Iraq sectarian war, Zaman

# Holder Warns on Spread of Terrorism From Iraq and Syria, WSJ

# Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country - Patrick Kockburn, Independent

# Iraq’s Political Stalemate Persists as Militants Inch Closer to Baghdad, NYT

# Can Iraq's lost marshes be restored? - Alia Malek, Al-Jazeera

 

Balkans

# All work and no pay for thousands in the Balkans, Zaman

# Great War Centenary: Was 'jihadist' Serbia a rogue nation?, Sunday Express

 

Central Asia

# Uzbek Minorities Taking Advantage of New Russian Citizenship Rules, MT

 

Russia

# Russia Must Learn to Manage Its Size, MT

# Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling, WP

 

Ukraine

# Civilians Pay a Price for Gains of Ukraine Forces, NYT

# Ukraine conflict: Fighting flares near city of Luhansk, BBC


The Rundown -- July 11

RFERL Video Roundup - July 10i
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July 10, 2014
A bomb attack targets security personnel in Pakistan's Bannu district, Serbian activists demand recognition of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as genocide, Afghan civic organizations call for an investigation of election fraud allegations, and Tatarstan's Muslims join in a mass Iftar.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Partnership with "Guardian" begins with Dmitry Volchek's piece on Russians emigrating to Ukraine
Yahoo News uses video from RFE/RL Pakistan of bomb attack in Bannu
 
Russia
# "Putin's Moves on Ukraine Keep West Guessing" - Gregory White, "Wall Street Journal"
# Public opinion against Russia hardens, even in traditional strong spots like Venezuela, according to Pew
# Will France's Mistral vessels make Russia a naval threat?
 
Ukraine
# Separatist leaders, defiant, say they're consolidating resources in Donetsk
# Amnesty says it has gathered evidence of abductions and torture in eastern Ukraine
# Ukrainians protest against "abandonment" by EU
# Photos of Ukraine cities after separatist retreats
 
Eastern Europe
# Twenty years of Lukashenka 
 
Iraq
# Death toll rising among Shi'ite recruits
# Kurds call Maliki "hysterical," demand his resignation
# On the road to Sammara, glimpses of Iraq's fractured reality
Inside the leadership of Islamic State
# "Iraq Illusions" - Jessica Matthews, "New York Review of Books"
 
Iran
# Iran "last best hope" in Middle East?
# "Obama and the Syria Two-Step" - Michael Doran, Brookings
# Why isn't the BBC protesting about Aliasghar Honarmand's jailing in Iran?
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "In Afghanistan, Third Round of Elections or Coup" - Ioannis Koskinas, Foreign Policy
# "Afghanistan's Worst Fear Is Being Realized" - Mahbouba Seraj, Huffington Post
# Why a Taliban takeover after U.S. withdrawal is unlikely
# Pakistan claims win along border, but enemy slips away
 
Central Asia
# Turkish FM in Uzbekistan to help end strained relations
# Kazakh romance film premieres in Karlovy Vary
 
Of Interest
# Jay Rosen to journalists: Facebook has all the power, you have none

The Rundown -- July 10

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 9i
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July 09, 2014
Bosnians mourn the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Iraqi insurgents take over military barracks in Tikrit, and Pakistani hospitals are on high alert over a deadly virus, plus stories from Russia and Afghanistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Afghan video of UN press conference in Kabul
# "Guardian" cites Claire Bigg's interview with Emin Milli 
 
Russia
# Russia now reportedly shooting at separatists trying to cross border
# Nationalists and rebels angry at Putin
# Dugin calls war between Russia and Ukraine "inevitable"
# Ukrainian pilot captured and charged in Russia with journalists' deaths
# Edward Snowden asks to stay longer in Russia
 
Ukraine
# "Is There a Future for Ukraine?" - Peter Pomerantsev, "The Atlantic"
# "Putin's Three Choices on Ukraine" - Zbigniew Brzezinski, "Washington Post"
 
Eastern Europe
Mixed feelings in Moldova over EU accords
 
Iraq
# Islamic state seizes former chemical weapons site; and Iraq claims they have seized nuclear materials too
# War straining country's largest cemetery 
# "Why Iraq is More Stable Than You Think" - Douglas Ollivant, Politico
 
Iran
# Iran sends three attack planes to Iraqi government
# Kerry expected to join teetering Iran talks
# Iran says it has offered a way to ease impasse over underground reactor
# "Open the Files on the Iran Coup" - Roham Alvandi, "New York Times"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# More than 1,000 children killed so far this year in Afghanistan, according to UN
# Vice documentary on abandoned U.S. interpreters
# Pakistani terror group swears allegiance to Islamic State
# Alumni rage at admissions reforms at elite Pakistan English-language school
 
Central Asia
# Kyrgyzstan bitcoin experiment holds promise for migrant workers
# More in Uzbekistan may be pondering emigration with new Russian citizenship rules
# Niyazov book no longer required reading in Turkmenistan
 
Caucasus
# The Georgian roots of an ISIL commander
 
Of Interest
# An argument for continuing to spy on the Germans

The Rundown -- July 9

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 8i
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July 08, 2014
Abdullah Abdullah claims victory in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election, Bosnians set out on a 120-kilometer journey to honor Srebrenica massacre victims, journalists in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province discuss the plight of internally displaced people, plus stories from Serbia and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Afghanistan video of Abdullah speech
 
Russia
# "Putin's Secret Weapon" - Mark Galeotti, Foreign Policy
# Moscow accuses U.S. of "kidnapping" alleged Russian hacker 
# Navalny publishes photos of alleged Rotenberg mansion
 
Ukraine
# "Winning the Information War" - Jakub Parusinski, "Kyiv Post"
# "Aid Elusive, Crimea Farms Face Hurdles"- Neil MacFarquhar, "New York Times"
# "Inside The Quiet Struggle For LGBT Rights In Ukraine" - Rebecca McCray, ThinkProgress
# Steven Pifer takes on Stephen Cohen's claims about crisis in the east
# AP appoints Pete Leonard Kyiv bureau chief 
 
Iraq
# UN says Islamic State executed imam of mosque where Baghdadi preached
# Iraq VP to U.S.: Stay Out of Our Civil War
# Chinese hackers are really curious about the U.S. and Iraq 
Jihadi brides from West seek lives with militants on the front lines
 
Iran
# Khamenei says Iran needs significantly greater uranium enrichment
# Iranian lawmakers want to restrict Khatami from public
# Iranian reporter sentenced to two years in prison and 50 lashes
# "Iran's Russia Problem" - Mark Hibbs, Carnegie
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah has not declared a parallel government, but says he won vote
# Crisis risks "splitting country"
# "Pakistan's War At Home" - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate
# On army foray, "get used to disappointment"
 
Central Asia
Uzbek food in Queens and Brooklyn
# Video: CNBC analysis of Kazakhstan tourism push
 
Caucasus
# Beard-shaving attack stokes sectarian tension in Azerbaijan
 
Of Interest
# The next big programming language you've never heard of

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