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The Rundown -- November 19

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 18i
November 18, 2014
Pakistani health workers launch a campaign against polio, students celebrate Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize, UNICEF holds a "children's parliament" in Bosnia-Herzegovina, plus stories from Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 18
RFE/RL in the Media
# The Mystery of ISIS’ Foreign Fighters - Joshua Keating, Slate
# Afghanistan Is Not Iraq … Just Ask the Afghan People - Karl W. Eikenberly, Foreign Policy
Pakistan ranks third on Global Terrorism Index The Dawn
Takfirization of Pakistan - Liaquat Ali Khan, Huffington Post
# Pakistan police take harsh justice to the streets: ‘Mostly we get the right people’, The Guardian
Pakistan-Afghan border security a major challenge - Sartaj Aziz, BBC
Eastern Europe
# Uladzimir Matskevich: Lukashenka’s national concept is all about rushing
# Belarus: Struggling with the Same Old Problems - by Anna Maria Dyner, New Eastern Europe
# Leveraging Social Innovation for Impact: Making Education a Priority in Armenia - Carrie Rich, Huffington Post
# Where now for Armenia’s opposition? - David Petrosyan, Open Democracy
Islamic State Does Not Threaten Russia - Casey Michel, Moscow Times

The Rundown -- November 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 17i
November 17, 2014
Celebrations mark 25 years since the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic, a 16-year-old girl is killed in an accident with a hand grenade at a school in Kazakhstan, some 30,000 join anti-government protests in Georgia, plus stories from Bosnia and Kyrgyzstan. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 17
RFE/RL in the Media
Female Afghan politician Shukria Barakzai survives suicide bomb attack on her car, Independent
Before the Beheadings - Jefferey Goldberg, The Atlantic
Challenges to Pakistan's National security - Saima Afzal, Eurasia Review
# Kajaki: Turning a remarkable Afghanistan escape into a film, Independent
Darkening Tangle - Ajit Kumar Singh, SATP
Central Asia
Kazakhstan Benefits From Russia's Misfortune, Moscow Times
Ukraine voted – now what?,
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 14

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 13i
November 13, 2014
Displaced persons clash with police in Pakistan, Kurdish-Iranian women fighting in Iraq, Supreme Court drama in Russia, plus another report from Iraq
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 13
RFE/RL in the Media
ViceNews cites Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on the public outcry over police abuse
# RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" blog cited in International Business Times and Breitbart 
# Tom Balmforth cited in Vox for piece on the occult in Russia 
# Read Joanna Paraszczuk in the "Atlantic" on the frequently asked questions of IS jihadists
# Ukrainian troops used Soviet-era incendiary devices against Iloviask in August
# Some experts say a new Ukraine offensive is unlikely 
# The Meskhetian Turks of eastern Ukraine think about fleeing to Turkey 
# Vehicles used to transport bodies crossing border from Russia
# "Russia Is Building Shopping Malls Where Stalin Held Show Trials" - Peter Pomerantsev, "New Republic" 
# "Putin's New Nostalgia" - Timothy Snyder, "New York Review of Books" 
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian official says Ukraine crisis may push country to the West
# IS and Nusra Front reportedly agree to work together 
# Top ranking U.S. general says he would consider recommending ground troops in Iraq
# No blacklist yet for IS banks
# A sniper trained in Syria awaits IS
# Senators vow to "act decisively" against weak Iran nuclear deal
# "How Iran Jails Journalists and Human Rights Lawyers" - Haleh Esfandiari, "Wall Street Journal" 
# A guide to Iran's nuclear program
# Russia "scuttles" Chinese proposal for peace and reconciliation committee in Afghanistan
# Pakistan court issues arrest warrants for Khan and Qadri
# Saudi Arabia beheads seventh Pakistani on drug charges in one month
Central Asia
# McDonald's expanding into Kazakhstan
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 13

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 12i
November 12, 2014
Serbian ultranationalist returns to hero's welcome, tribal families flee offensive in Pakistan, protest in Armenia, plus stories from Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 12
RFE/RL in the Media
American Enterprise Institute cites RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" for reporting on Uzbek group pledging allegiance to IS
# "Journal of Turkish Weekly" cites RFE/RL Balkans Service for reporting on controversy over Albanian PM's comments
BloombergBusinessweek cites RFE/RL reporting on helicopter shot down by Azerbaijan
# Read Daisy Sindelar in the "Guardian" on five things you can find from the new Sputnik website
# Russia announces new bomber patrols to reach as far as Gulf of Mexico; U.S. says this is "routine
# Russians brace for "thrifty christmas
# The accidental "middle finger" to Putin on new propaganda site Sputnik
# Infographic: Russian provocations
# "Let's Stop Pretending a Ceasefire Ever Existed" - Julia Ioffe and Linda Kinstler, "New Republic" 
# Ostrovsky sits down with the warlords of eastern Ukraine
# Hungary will back EU on Ukraine if it gets help with gas
Eastern Europe
# With coming vote in Moldova, Putin puts Gagauzia in play
# Influential pro-Kremlin analyst says Baltic states should fear for their existence 
# Iraqi Kurds want robots, but Washington wary of defying Baghdad 
# IS shows off tunnels it claims allow fighters to survive U.S. airstrikes
# Sources: Final Iran deal by deadline unlikely
# Rohani tells U.S. to stop making "excessive demands
# The fighters in Iraq who answer to Iran
# In IS war, Iran "will not be a friend of the U.S.
# Protracted elections part of cause of rising opium production in Afghanistan 
# Meet the skater girls of Afghanistan
# The perils of being a drone spotter in Pakistan
# The nuclear implications of Iran-Pakistan tensions
# IS delegation visits Pakistan militants
# Azerbaijan shoots down helicopter near line of contact
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 11i
November 11, 2014
The Albanian prime minister meets ethnic Albanians in Serbia, women and children detained in Kazakhstan, a brothel owner sentenced in Tajikistan, plus stories from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Georgia.
RFE/RL Video Roundup -- November 11
RFE/RL in the Media
# Hungarian dissident discusses RFE/RL's role during the 1989 revolutions in the "Economist"
# Ukraine's currency plunging
# Ukraine separatist leaders meet in Moscow with Russian lawmakers
Howitzers are the weapon of choice for Ukraine separatists 
# Ukraine now largest displacement crisis in Europe since Balkans wars
# "The Iran-Ukraine Affair" - Roger Cohen, "New York Times" 
# Despite collapsing ceasefire, new sanctions on Russia appear unlikely
# "Russia’s Gold Digger Academy" - Peter Pomerantsev, Daily Beast
# Americans participating in leadership conference detained in Russia and deported
# Moscow demands apology for far-right violence outside Russian embassy in Warsaw
# Russia straining to feed and heat Crimea
# Smuggler says he helped send IS fighters to Europe
# On Turkish border town with Kobane, blood is the contraband of choice
# NBC News files first Western report from inside Kobane
Infographic on IS leadership
# "If Iran Says ‘Yes’" - Bret Stephens, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Russia agrees to build more nuclear reactors in Iran
# It costs $5,000 to become an Afghan border guard, but one can make $4,000 a month in bribes
# "Are Ethnic Politics Afghanistan's Greatest Hope?" - Sean Mann, Foreign Policy
# Eight charts that show how Pakistan’s view of India has changed over 30 years
# Network of private schools declares "I am not Malala day
# U.S. embassy denies secret talks with Iran in Baku
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan looks at hedging against falling oil prices
# Uzbekistan university students complain about cotton harvest
# China edging Russia out of Central Asia

The Rundown -- November 11

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 10i
November 10, 2014
Sparks fly as Albania's prime minister visits Serbia, Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, thousands demand President Ilham Aliyev's resignation in Azerbaijan, plus stories from Ukraine and Kazakhstan. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 10
RFE/RL in the Media
# "New York Times" says new Russian news agency's network of bureaus resembles structure of RFE/RL 
Reason cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine crisis 
# Pro-Kremlin analyst says he expects situation in Ukraine to explode in the coming days
# Russian central bank floats ruble
# Russia has yet another international news outlet; CNN, meanwhile, being forced out
# British NGO outlines nearly 40 international incidents involving Russia since start of Ukraine crisis
# "Russia is a Bigger Problem Than ISIS for Obama" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times" 
# Russia and North Korea sign agreement to deport illegal immigrants
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian charged with spying for Belarus
# Syrian rebel leader says attacks on IS undermining anti-Assad forces 
# Turks increasingly sympathetic to IS
# Inside the CIA's Syrian rebel vetting machine 
# Sides appear to still be far apart as nuclear deadline looms
# Khamenei outlines plan to "eliminate" Israel
# Iran's copy of captured U.S. drone takes flight 
# European banks accused of facilitating Iran-backed attacks on US troops in Iraq
# New government brings "hope of change" in Afghanistan 
# On child labor in Afghanistan 
# Secret memo warns IS has "master plan" for Pakistan
IS posters popping up in Lahore
# OSCE urges Azerbaijan to stop repressions of free media 
# Kosovo and Serbia PMs spar on live TV
# "Georgia's Game of Throne" - Christina Maza, Balkanist 
Central Asia
# Nervous Kazakhstan "sensitive" about Ukraine question
# Kazakhstan paroles ex-officer jailed for murder of opposition leader
Of Interest
# Facebook app poses dilemma for publishers

The Rundown -- November 10

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Time" on learning from RFE/RL and VOA that the Berlin Wall had fallen
# YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of attempt to pull down statue of Derzhinsky 
Worse shelling in months as OSCE observes convoys
# Anonymous EU officials have harsh words for Ukraine
# "It's No Time for EU Wobbling Over Ukraine" - Judy Dempsey, "Moscow Times" 
# In depth investigation on origin of BUK
# China and Russia sign deal on second gas route 
# Two brides marry in Saint Petersburg, prompting outrage
# Echo Moskvy under pressure
# Libyan city of Darna pledges allegiance to IS
# Rumors that Baghdadi hit in U.S. air strikes
# Iraqi troops seize parts of important oil refinery town
# The five reasons people join IS
Time running out for U.S. and Iran on nuclear deal
# U.S. plays "oil card" against Iran and Russia
# Port Authority officer kept sources with ties to Iran attacks
# "Obama's Bet On Iran" - Jackson Diehl, "Washington Post"
# Expats explain why they're staying in Afghanistan
# Three-star general on "why we lost" in Afghanistan
# Ghani seeks to mend fences with Pakistan
# Should China be worried about IS gaining ground in Pakistan?
Central Asia
# Saving Kazakhstan's wild apples
# Thousands join opposition protests in Azerbaijan
Of Interest
# East-West Germany seen from space
# Families of those who died crossing wall remember loved ones

The Rundown -- November 7

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 6i
November 06, 2014
Switchover from analogue to digital TV in Kyrgyzstan, a border town recaptured from Islamic State militants in Iraq, a human rights activists ordered to leave Belarus, plus stories from Russia and Armenia. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 6

RFE/RL in the Media

Andrew Sullivan's The Dish quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's coverage of the Iranian press reaction to congressional elections
# RFE/RL Russian Service cited in "Moscow Times" on Soviet-era dissident's trouble renewing his passport
# Backgrounds on the people who "observed" the separatist vote
# East Germans wary of helping Ukraine
# Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to defend Putin
# Prominent Echo Moskvy journalist fired over tweet by Gazprom media
# Putin defends Molotov-Ribbentrop pact 
# Russia's currency is plummeting
Eastern Europe
# Latvian FM comes out on Twitter
# U.S. strike may have killed key French Khorasan Group jihadist
# Iraq's brutal Shi'ite militias
# Pentagon acknowledges more than 600 reported chemical weapons exposure in Iraq
# On trying to shut down IS Twitter accounts
# Obama wrote secret letter to Khamenei about fighting IS
# Ten tails of Iran and Europe
# Iran building "new Hizbollah" in Syria
# Iran’s dog walkers could face 74 lashes
# In Afghanistan, TV soap sends messages of hope
# The complete VICE doc: "Afghanistan: What we're leaving behind"
# Pakistan police officer kills 'blasphemer' with axe
# PM calls Alasania "adventurer, stupid and ambitious"
# Does Tbilisi have its own "Yanukovychs?"
# Azerbaijani Ambassador to UK says country is on "a journey towards human rights"
Central Asia
Uzbekistan's cruel cotton conundrum

The Rundown -- November 6

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 5i
November 05, 2014
Internally displaced persons from Transdniester stage a sit-in in Moldova, the biggest Balkan jazz festival gets under way in Sarajevo, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Serbia. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 5
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Guardian" quotes RFE/RL Russian Service interview on death of actor and anti-Putin activist
# The Diplomat quotes RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service coverage of U.S. Ambassador's statement on Russia
# According to Hurriyet review of "A Mosque in Munich,"  RFE/RL tried to "exploit" minorities against Soviets
# Russian actor and Putin critic found dead in Moscow 
# Russia says it will not attend 2016 nuclear security summit
# Finland warns of a new Cold War with Russia
# Preparations for renewed war begin in eastern Ukraine, as concerns about Mariupol grow 
# Monkey Cage analysis shows little fraud in Ukrainian election
# "Ukraine Has Done Nothing to Tackle Corruption" - Mohammad Zahoor, "Financial Times" 
# Luhansk separatists will not let Ukrainians collect bodies of war dead
# What life is like for Ukrainian prisoners of war
Eastern Europe
# Bikini photo of judge sparks "outrage" in Moldova
Speed dating in Belarusian
# IS Iraq wave "turning into a ripple;" but still making gains in northern Iraq
# Why has IS broken its pattern with Kassig?
# Foreign Policy asks if Erdogan has made a democratic future in Turkey possible by breaking power of military
# The lucrative business of mourning in Iran
# Is Soleimani running the Iraq ground war?
# New Congress may make nuclear deal more difficult for Obama
# Left to fight alone, Afghanistan battles to save wounded
# US army 'loses' military equipment worth $420 million in Afghanistan
# How IS leader Baghdadi tried to recruit Al-Qaeda's al-Zawahiri
# "Times of India" says an army insider may have been the Wagah border suicide bomber
# Political shakeup in Georgia as FM quits
# "Georgia’s Coalition on the Rocks?" - Thomas de Waal, Carnegie 
# Ivanka Trump in Baku, Azherbaijan (sic) 
Central Asia
Sharon Stone at premier for hit Kyrgyzstan film
# Kosovo in "worst political crisis" since independence 
Of Interest
# The World's second languages
# Some people talk social media and news coverage
# Facebook database of government requests
# Europe's Muslims feel under siege

The Rundown -- November 5

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 4i
November 04, 2014
Rival marches mark National Unity Day in Russia, female journalists demand protection from death threats in Afghanistan, plus stories from Serbia and Pakistan. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 4
# France Mistral project director fired
# Russia ranked least prosperous country in Europe
# A review of Peter Pomerantsev's new book
# Poroshenko calls on parliament to repeal special status law ; peace plan "in tatters"
# "Newsweek" provides detailed account of Russian ambush of Ilovaisk
# "'Finlandization' Abandons Ukraine" - Mark Lagon, Will Moreland, Foreign Poiicy
# Video shows "People's Court" voting to sentence man to death in eastern Ukraine
Eastern Europe
# FoxNews explores Moldova's wines
# HRW says Shi'ite militias are using fighting against IS as pretext to destroy Sunni communities
# Nine of IS' top commanders served time in Camp Bucca
# "After Kobane, Saving Aleppo" - Laurent Fabius, "Washington Post"
# Pentagon sought sanctions exemption for Iran investment in Afghanistan
# Iran celebrates 35th anniversary of U.S. hostage crisis 
# Woman jailed for volleyball on hunger strike
# The Afghan doctor who performs 20 surgeries a day
# Afghanistan launches drive against women being used as "decoration" in advertising
# Christian couple killed by Lahore mob for allegedly desecrating Koran
# India and Pakistan cut off border ritual for first time since 1971
# "Pakistan Parliament Emerges From Protests Triumphant" - Saeed Shah, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Georgia gets the Buzzfeed treatment
# Thorbjorn Jagland says there are "glimmers of hope" for Azerbaijan's human rights situation
Of Interest
# The fall of the Berlin Wall: an accident(?)
# 100 tech people to follow on Twitter

The Rundown -- November 4

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 3i
November 03, 2014
Tight security for Ashura in Pakistan, prisoners released in an Amnesty in Tajikistan, separatist elections denounced in Ukraine, plus stories from Afghanistan and Belarus. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 3
RFE/RL in the Media
Christian Science Monitor, "Sofia Globe" and Andrew Sullivan cite RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine elections
# Fighting intensifies as Poroshenko suggests Kyiv could abandon Minsk agreement 
# Ukraine's "body collector
# Getting into parliament "may have been the easy part" for new legislators
# How an Afghan immigrant became a Ukrainian celebrity
# "Washington Post" editorial: Putin resumes "chipping away" at Ukraine
# U.S. worried it could lose Hungary to Russia over MOL gas deal 
# Russia boycotts nuclear meeting
Steve Jobs memorial taken down due to fears it may violate gay "propaganda" law
# Meet the rappers behind the smash hip-hop ode to Putin; the video
# Buzzfeed observes oil trade with IS and middleman at Syria-Turkey border
# U.S.-backed fighters routed by Nusra Front in Syria, defect en masse 
# IS lessons for terror groups on how to use the web
# Former U.S. ambassador describes what he says was dysfunctional withdrawal from Iraq
# Iran tentatively agrees to ship uranium to Russia as part of nuclear deal
# "How the U.S., Not Iran, Is Making Concessions" - Michael Singh, "Wall Street Journal" 
# In pictures: Ashura in Iran
# Top Afghan war commander reportedly reassessing withdrawal timeline
# "Why Afghanistan Courts China" - Zalmay Khalizad, "New York Times" 
# Ghani drops his tribal name
Taliban factions claim responsibility for massive attack on border with India
Central Asia
# "Why are Dzhokhar Tsarnayev's Friends Going to Prison" - Masha Gessen, "New Yorker" 

The Rundown -- November 3

Locals choose agricultural products, which they can buy for a symbolic payment, next to a Donetsk polling station.

RFE/RL in the Media
Latin Post cites RFE/RL's coverage of the unrecognized separatist vote in eastern Ukraine
# Read Malali Bashir in Foreign Policy on "the real first ladies of Afghanistan" 
# "Putin’s Friend Profits in Purge of Schoolbooks" - Jo Becker and Steven Lee Myers, "New York Times" 
# Indigenous Russians harassed by Moscow
# "Why Chinese-Russian Friendship Is Here To Stay" - Gilbert Rozman, "Foreign Affairs" 
# African migrants in Russia describe "hell on earth
# Separatist regions "vote" as Russian personnel and equipment reportedly roll into east again
# Elections, which Moscow recognized, likely to worsen tensions between Russia and the West
# "Ukraine's Last Chance" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg 
Eastern Europe
# Residents of Brest, Belarus discover town is built on Jewish gravestones 
Iraq    /Syria/Turkey
# Erdogan's cemented power symbolized by $350 million palace 
# Shi'ite militia implicated in Sunni mosque massacre 
# Al-Qaeda revives its beef with IS
# Video: Alleged IS fighters discuss buying and selling Yazidi slave girls
# "Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria" - Thomas Friedman, "New York Times" 
# Iran sentences woman to a year in prison for trying to attend a male volleyball game
# Iran defends its human rights record 
# "Iran Poised to Choose Poverty Over Nuclear Disarmament" - Ray Takeyh, "Washington Post"
# America's unfinished prison in Afghanistan -- "a filthy nightmare"
Fanged dear spotted in Afghanistan for first time in 65 years
# Bomb kills at least 50 on Pakistan border crossing with India 
# Daily Beast talks to the families in Georgia of IS militant leaders
# "What Does Russia Really Want With Abkhazia" - Sergei Markedonov, ODR
Of Interest
# How to shoot a protest on an iPhone and produce professional video
# Germany is still divided


The Rundown -- October 31

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 30i
October 30, 2014
Kyiv's oldest movie theater gutted by fire, Armenia's only airline suspends its flights, spam messages start Ebola rumors in Tajikistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 30
RFE/RL in the Media
CPJ cites RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service on another journalist arrest
# Czech intelligence accuses its politicians of being soft on Russia
# Beware the share button in Russia
# FIFA places Crimea on map of Russia
# "Time" exclusive: Putin's Secret Agents
# Ukraine and Russia reach gas agreement
# Some 64 supporters of "dictator laws" return to parliament; and Moscow not happy with negative disposition toward them
# Is the U.S-Turkey alliance crumbling?
# IS destroys important 11th century shrine
# Survivors describe massacre of 600 prisoners in Mosul
# "The Revolution is Over" - "Economist" 
# Does Israeli Iran policy threaten the "special relationship" with the U.S.?
# The recent uptick in hostility towards women in Iran could be directed at Rohani
# Afghanistan "going off the rails" as U.S. withdraws
# Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives
# "Behind India's Pakistan Quandary" - Sharat Sabharwal, The Hindu
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan reportedly suffering gas shortages
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 30

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 29i
October 29, 2014
Opposition lawmakers offer mass resignation in Pakistan, a memorial service for unknown soldiers in Ukraine, plus stories from Georgia and Afghanistan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 29
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment on government pressuring media over Iran acid attack
CPJ cites Esfandiari on acid attacks 
# Russia says it's serious about going it alone on oil exploration
# "Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?" - Kevin Fallon, Daily Beast
# France denies Russia warship delivery reports
# Russians celebrate U.S. rocket explosion, but its engine was made in Russia 
An interactive on the battle for Donetsk airport 
36 hours with the man who started Ukraine's revolution
# "How Putin turned Ukraine to the West" - Oxana Shevel, "Washington Post" 
# Did U.S. call Netanyahu "chickensh--" to send a signal to Iran?
# U.S.-Iran relations move to detente 
# Apple in talks to sell iPhone in Iran
# "The U.S.-Iran Non-Alliance Alliance Against Islamic State" - Aki Peritz and Faris Alikhan, Reuters 
# Iraq victory in Sunni town underlines challenges
# In their words: Sunnis on their treatment in Maliki's Iraq
# An IS fighter sent back to Germany -- to go shopping
# The Iraqi TV comics who take great risks to make fun of IS
# Rebuilding tech in Afghanistan with open source
# West "breaking" promises to Afghanistan's girls
# Pakistan's Taliban launches "quality" English-language magazine
# "ISIL’s rapid rise in Pakistan smacks of desperation" - Tom Hussain, "National
# Georgia one step closer to EU visa liberalization
Armenia and Azerbaijan debate who's Israel's ally in "Haaretz" 
Central Asia
# "Another Wrinkle in Kazakhstan-Russia Relations?" - Casey Michel, "Diplomat" 
# Kazakhstan court orders massive damages over same-sex kiss poster
# Eurasian Union "gets ready to take on the world
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 29

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 28i
October 28, 2014
A $200,000 fine for a controversial advert in Kazakhstan, a journalist knifed in Kosovo, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct 28
RFE/RL in the Media
# Golnaz Esfandiari's recent Iran reporting cited in Democracy Digest and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy
# Joanna Paraszczuk's "Under the Black Flag" blog cited in Al MonitorInternational Business Times and NewsMax
# The "Independent" cites RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service on Bishkek's Putin Pub
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in the "Atlantic" on an artist asking Iranians about their fears 
# U.S. diplomats in Moscow are facing Cold War era harassment ; Moscow denies
# U.S. used 1,000 Nazis during the Cold War 
# Russia's Deputy PM Shuvalov reportedly used offshore companies to avoid import tax on $2 million in dacha construction material
# Nordic, Baltic states face 'new normal' of Russian military threat
# Behind the scenes with the Ukrainian fighters at Donetsk airport who are surrounded, but "refuse to give up"
# Still and East-West divide? Hromadske TV attempts to explain the low turnout
# Russia will be recognizing elections in "people's republics"; Kyiv calls decision destructive ; so tensions ratcheted up for gas talks
# "In Divided Ukraine a Border Takes Shape" - James Marson, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Vox takes a look at how the advance of IS has been stopped over the past month
# IS hostage provides "report" by hostage from Kobane; Daily Beast speculates about whether hostage has Stockholm Syndrome 
# Stories from Iraq of people on the run
# How the West buys "conflict antiquities" from Iraq and Syria
# Reyhaneh Jabbari's heartbreaking last words 
# "Economic Pain Looms Large for Iranians in Nuclear Negotiations" - Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times" 
# "Iran's Shadow War in Iraq" - Paul Shinkman, "U.S. News and World Report" 
# Attack punctuates Taliban advances in Kunduz
# Afghanistan draws closer to China
# "Let's learn" from West's institutional failure in Afghanistan 
# Burqa Avenger is now trying to fight Polio
# EU drops sanctions on Milosevic, family and associates 
# Opposing nationalists need to reach power sharing agreement in Bosnia 
Crimea-Armenia flight hangs in the air
Of Interest
# A very detailed breakdown of how Snowden communicated in the early days of his leak 
# Twitter will soon seem a lot like Facebook 

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 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" 
# Pro-Western parties dominate Ukraine election
# Voting in eastern Ukraine was difficult
# Al Jazeera reports Slovyansk residents angry at Kyiv (turnout was 28 percent) 
# 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 re-arrests leading human rights lawyer
# The rise of Sufism as a political force in Iran
# "Ebola is a hoax," says Press TV
# 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
# 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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October 23, 2014
Deadly attacks in Pakistan, protests over planned cuts to maternity benefits in Armenia, and preparations for EXPO-2017 in Kazakhstan (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 23, 2014
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 
# Russian ruble hits all time low 
# Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement
# "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 
# 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
# Boeing sells first parts to Iran since 1979
# Rohani denounces bill to empower Islamic vigilantes 
# After clashes, tensions rise between Iran and 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 
# Germany Foreign Minister calls for end to Azerbaijan-Armenia bloodshed
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 23

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October 22, 2014
Protests abandoned in Pakistan, a popular news website blocked in Tajikistan, endangered snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Georgia and Russia. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 22
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
# 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
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" 
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 
# More acid attack protests in Iran
# Who will be Iran's next supreme leader?
# Carter said he could have "wiped Iran off the map
# 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 
# "Azerbaijan's Increasingly Intolerant Regime" - Gunay Ismayilova and Samir Kazimki, "New York Times" 
# "Economist" on Leyla Yunus

The Rundown -- October 22

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 21i
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.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 21
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Brian Whitmore in the "Atlantic" on the Kremlin's youth strategy
# 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
# 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
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 shunning image as OPEC hawk
# Female roles in Iran evolves as divorce rate soars
# Report: U.S. may approve more centrifuges in final deal 
# 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 
# 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.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - October 20
# 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
# 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
# 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 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
# 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

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