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The Rundown -- December 19

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December 18, 2014
Peshawar mourns after the Taliban's school attack, Muscovites rush to the stores as the ruble drops, a political prisoner is released in Belarus, plus stories from Afghanistan, Serbia, and Armenia.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 18
RFE/RL in the Media
# Luke Johnson on the Bill Press Show (1:39)
# Brian Whitmore on Monocle (6:30)
Yahoo uses RFE/RL Radio Mashaal video from memorial at site of Peshawar school attack
 
Russia
# "Putin Isn't Worried. You Should Be."- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg 
# Why Putin's quote about bears is important for understanding today's Russia
# Lavrov gets four Pinocchios from "Washington Post"
Well known Russian troll apparently banned from Twitter
 
Ukraine
# Some separatist supporters fear Moscow is abandoning them
# Ukrainian journalists concerned over new "ministry of truth
 
Eastern Europe
# Lukashenka demands trade with Russia be in dollars and Euros
 
Iraq/Syria
# U.S. says three top IS leaders killed in air strikes
# Unreleased report outlines "radically revised" strategy for peace in Syria
# "A United Iraq Is Pushing ISIS Back" - Haider Al-Abadi, "Wall Street Journal" 
 
Iran
# UN approves measure targeting Iran, Syria and North Korea
# Iran unveils memorial honoring Jewish "martyrs" 
# "Castro, Cuba, Obama—and Iran" - Elliott Abrams, "Weekly Standard" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan's new millionaires
# Will Peshawar attack spur cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
# Taliban had prepared list of boys to kill in Peshawar school; told to kill soldiers after massacring pupils
# Mumbai attacks mastermind allowed bail in Pakistan; prosecutor appeals
 
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan preparing for "rubberstamp" vote
# Kyrgyzstan's new anti-gay law is even "worse than Russia's"
 
Caucasus
# Retiring congressman already negotiating lobbying deal with Azerbaijan
 

The Rundown -- December 18

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December 17, 2014
Funerals for the victims of a Taliban attack in Pakistan, an Eastern European summit in Serbia, and a protest against the destruction of cultural heritage in Georgia, plus stories from Macedonia and Iraq.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 17
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Daud Khattak in Foreign Policy on the Pakistan Taliban's desperate act
Yahoo uses RFE/RL Radio Mashaal video from Peshawar on the day after
# "Washington Times" cites RFE/RL report on Russian TV's racist advice for New Year's
 
Russia
# Behind the scenes in February, Putin advisors said an eastern Ukraine adventure was affordable -- they may have been wrong
# "How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy" - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast
# Leon Bershidsky: Recent Russian actions in Scandinavia about Arctic, not Ukraine 
# "Will the Real Russia Please Stand Up?" - Michael Kofman, Reuters
# Why nothing is working right now
 
 
Ukraine
# With Russia in economic crisis at home, questions over what that means for Ukraine
# Ukraine military says separatists resume attacks in eastern Ukraine
# Ukraine bans News Year's Eve fireworks out of respect for east
 
Belarus
# Lukashenka says Russian behavior arouses "suspicion"
 
Iraq/Syria
# Some 97 percent of all December air strikes in Iraq were carried out by U.S.
# IS murders 150 women for refusing to marry, according to Iraq's Human Rights Ministry
# Iraq says it could revise oil supply plans
# What the unmasking of an IS troll tells us about the Syrian jihad's message around the world 
 
Iran
# Is Obama's Cuba announcement a hint of things to come with Iran?; Khamenei opposes normalization
# Iran says it requested extradition of Sydney gunman 14 years ago
# What is behind Hamas-Iran rapprochement?
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Drone strike in Afghanistan kills four Pakistani Taliban
# Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan targeting children of the elite
# The Pakistani Taliban is weakening
# "Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired" - Chris Allbritton, Daily Beast
# "Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State" - Matthieu Aikins, "Rolling Stone" 
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhs react to video of their countrymen fighting with IS militants being used as “cannon fodder” 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- December 17

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December 16, 2014
Taliban gunmen take over a school in Peshawar in one of Pakistan's worst attacks; Kazakhs mourn the victims of suppressed protests; Georgia investigates claims of abuse in prison; and Afghanistan moves ahead with plans for an international railway.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - December 16
RFE/RL in the Media
# "New Yorker" and "Atlantic" quote RFE/RL Radio Mashaal reporting from scene of Pakistan attack; ViceFox and Yahoo use video
Yahoo uses RFE/RL Russian Service interviews from streets of Moscow
International Business Times cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine crisis
# RFE/RL Belarusian Service cited in BBC for draft Gandalf campaign
Buzzfeed ruble meme breakdown uses cartoon from RFE/RL Ukrainian Service
 
Pakistan
# Most deadly terror attack in Pakistan's history leaves 145 dead
# "The real reasons" for the attack
# Before attack, security situation had improved slightly compared to other years
# Who are the Pakistani Taliban?
# Afghan Taliban condemns
# "U.S. May Get Dragged Into Pakistan’s New War" - Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, Bloomberg View
 
Russia
# Ruble continues rise despite interest rate increase
# Now people are starting to panic; "a disaster"; Apple pauses online sales
# Central Bank chief says Russians should get used to a new way of life
# How the ruble collapse could shift power in Russia
 
Ukraine
# Lavrov says degree of autonomy for Donetsk and Luhansk should be determined by Ukrainians
# Amnesty: Humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine sliding toward disaster
Obama to sign Ukraine support bill, which includes new Russia sanctions
 
Eastern Europe
# Lukashenka asks Russia to "clarify" some things
 
Iraq/Syria
# Iraqi government stops payment of "ghost soldiers"
# IS releases photos of mass execution of Sunni tribal fighters
# IS destroys at least six border control stations on Jordan-Iraq border
# IS selling antiquities to Western collectors 
 
Iran
# EU looking to Iran and Russia to help end Syrian civil war
# Saudi Arabia reportedly demands Hamas end rapprochement with Iran
 
Central Asia
# Ruble breakdown hurting remittance economy of Russia's neighbors
# "Kazakhstan’s Illusion of Progress" - Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera 
 
Balkans
# Once ignored, Kosovo exits sports limbo
 

The Rundown -- December 16

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December 15, 2014
Disgruntled EXPO workers clash with police in Kazakhstan, an anti-polio drive resumes following a Taliban attack in Pakistan, a show seeks UNESCO status for rugs in Moldova, plus stories from Bosnia and Afghanistan (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - December 15
RFE/RL in the Media
 
Reporters Without Borders launches petition to free Khadija Ismayilova 
# BBG Governor Matthew Armstrong on RFE/RL's role in countering Russia's "war on information"
 
Russia
# Russian ruble falls to new low; Central Bank raises interest rate to 17 percent
# Why the ruble fell as oil rose (Bitcoin has had a worse year, at least)
# Russia depleting currency reserves rather quickly
# The fraudulent "hawkish" think tank that may be a Russian set-up 
 
Ukraine
# Lavrov calls for autonomy for Donbas within eastern Ukraine
# UN Report: Human rights abuses in eastern Ukraine are rampant
# "Ukraine's Real Crisis: A Demographics and Health Time Bomb" - Judy Twigg Wayne Merry, National Interest
# "Ukraine Underplays Role of Far Right" - David Stern, BBC 
 
Eastern Europe
# "Moldova: EU Integration at All Costs" - Vladimir Soloviev, Institute of Modern Russia
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
China may join operations against IS; while 300 Chinese reportedly fighting on IS side
# Iraq's new PM challenged with forming common front against IS
# Sunni tribes who fight against IS face heavy toll
# Arrests of journalists in Turkey a new "witch hunt"; Erdogan tells EU to mind its own business
 
Iran
# Paris and Washington sparing behind the scenes on Iran nuclear deal
# Is Iran already cheating?
# Iranian support seen as crucial for Yemen's Houthis
# Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Crocodiles suffer from Taliban attacks on Sufi shrines
# 87-year-old American woman and her "passion for conserving Afghanistan's heritage"
# Khan leads Lahore protests
 
Central Asia
# RT on Kazakhstan's "sleepy hollow"
# Kazakhstan FM asks for spot on UNSC
# "Yes, Uzbekistan Is Putin’s Friend" - Paolo Sorbello, "Diplomat"
 
Balkans
# Li to visit Serbia
# Video: Tito's "blue train" open for visitors
 
Of Interest
# Only five white rhinos left and one is in the Czech Republic
# Pageviews are nothing without a product

The Rundown -- December 15

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RFE/RL in the Media
# The Bureau of Investigative Journalism cites Sailab Mehsud's reporting for Gandhara on the Taliban in North Waziristan
Haaretz on Khadija Ismayilova's detention and what it may mean for Israel's relations with Azerbaijan 
# "Moscow Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on methadone clinics in Crimea
 
 
Russia
# Google engineering most recent tech outfit to be leaving Russia
# Russian Defense Ministry denies its plane nearly collided with a Swedish passenger jet
# Moscow reacts angrily to threat of new U.S. sanctions
# The scenarios where Russia might use a nuclear weapon
# "Russia’s Ideology: There Is No Truth" - Peter Pomerantsev, "New York Times"
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko grants Ukrainian citizenship to Belarusian Neo-Nazi
Hacked Russian Interior Ministry files appear to show involvement in eastern Ukraine
# Ukraine has first casualty free day in seven months
# Will the West come to Ukraine's aid in financial shortfall?
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# The man behind IS' most popular Twitter account after his arrest; IS supporters demand his release
Record numbers of Shi'a pilgrims flock to Iraq’s Karbala for Arbaeen
# Turkish police raid news outlets tied to Gulen, arrest 23
# The girl who ran to Syria to marry a militant and the mother who brought her back
 
Iran
# FBI warns that Iran hackers may target U.S. defense, energy firms
# Iran extends visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees
# Why Iran couldn't secretly build a bomb
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# An especially deadly day in Afghanistan
# Vast swaths of southern Afghanistan already in Taliban hands
# How the Taliban groom child suicide bombers
 
Central Asia
# China and Kazakhstan sign $14 billion in deals
 
Of Interest
# Instagram may be making a run at Twitter in news

The Rundown -- December 12

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December 11, 2014
A suicide bomber kills soldiers in Kabul, Kadyrov supporters egg activists in Russia, drug smugglers arrested in Afghanistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina,
RFE/RL Video Roundup -- Dec. 11
RFE/RL in the Media
Buzzfeed on the Khadija Ismayilova detention and why it may mean the "end of free speech" in Azerbaijan 
# "Washington Post" editorial on Ismayilova
# Ismayilova lawyer disbarred 
 
Russia
# Crimean de facto prime minister comes with Putin to India
# Putin's friends still reaping billions, but perhaps causing tension outside his circle
# Russia raises interest rate to 10.5 percent; is Russia's economic crisis being overstated?
# Moscow "shocked" by CIA torture report
 
Ukraine
# "A New Reformist Offensive in Ukraine" - Anders Aslund, "Kyiv Post" 
# "The Corrupt Cops of Rebel-Held East Ukraine" - Kristina Jovanovski, Daily Beast
# How a 29-year-old Ukrainian made a billion on Russian gas
# Christian Caryl: The biggest threat to Ukraine is corruption, not Putin
 
Eastern Europe
 
Iraq/Syria
# Baghdad presses Hagel for greater military support
# "Guardian" long read: "ISIS: The Inside Story
# IS used predatory tactics to convince American teens to join
# TV channel says most popular IS Twitter account is run by an Indian executive
 
Iran
# Iran reporting: The "risks, rewards and mysteries
# Is Iran stalling for time in nuclear negotiations?
# Detention of "Washington Post" reporter taking "devastating toll" on him
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. closes its final detention center in Afghanistan 
# "Afghanistan Uncertainties" - Geoffrey Norman, "National Review" 
# Malala plans to return to Pakistan next year
# FBI investigation into ex-US diplomat casts cloud over relations with Pakistan
 
Central Asia
# Rock star takes trip to Uzbekistan and doesn't perform at party
# 20th Century Fox reportedly to open Kazakhstan office
 

The Rundown -- December 11

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December 10, 2014
Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq, rallies in Georgia and Moldova for jailed Azerbaijani journalists, an antigovernment march in Armenia, plus stories from Pakistan and Iraq.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 10
RFE/RL in the Media
# Abubakar Siddique quoted in "New Yorker" piece about drones in Pakistan 
# Read Arzu Geybullayeva in Global Voices on Azerbaijan's cracking image 
 
Russia
# Gorbachev calls for U.S.-Russia summit
# Russia's creeping descent into Internet censorship; new filtering system coming
# "The Myth of the Russian Oligarchs" - Masha Gessen, "New York Times" 
# "Why Moscow Should Worry about Terrorism" - Ilan Berman, "Foreign Affairs" 
 
Ukraine
# IMF warns Ukraine faces financial collapse without $15 billion bailout
# Reuters finds Chechens fighting among east Ukraine separatists 
# Russian general says small military mission is in eastern Ukraine at Kyiv's request
# Families living in Donetsk cellars feel they've been abandoned by Kyiv
 
Iraq/Syria
# IS trying to sell body of James Foley for $1 million
# IS fighting creating three separate armies in Iraq
Little surprise in Iraq over Senate report on CIA interrogations
 
Iran
# Rohani calls drop in oil prices "treachery
# A rare animal shelter in Tehran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Washington Post" suggests revised timetable for troop drawdown in Afghanistan
# "Seven Ways Afghanistan is a Total Mess" - AJ Vicens, "Mother Jones"
# Afghanistan's Bruce Lee "reincarnation" becomes Web hit
# The complicated ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. 
# "China's Big Plans for Pakistan" - Gordon Chang, "National Interest"
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan's debt comeback spoiled by drop in oil and Russia sanctions
 
Caucasus
# EU turns to Azerbaijan for gas
# Russia's lower house approves Armenia's entry into Eurasian Union
 
 
Balkans
# IOC grants full Olympic recognition to Kosovo
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- December 10

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December 09, 2014
A roadside bomb blows up a police station in Pakistan, unpaid workers protest in Armenia, and an anticorruption conference in Afghanistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 9
RFE/RL in the Media
# Margarita Simonyan, in RT editorial, mistakes John O'Sullivan for current RFE/RL executive editor (as, apparently, does the print version of the "Spectator")
# Social media campaign to free Khadija Ismayilova covered by Al Jazeera and Reuters
# Read Zarangez Navruzshoh in "Guardian" on Tajikistan turning to Hollywood to teach population English 
 
 
Russia
# "Time" says Putin cut Ukraine criticism from speech ahead of peace talks 
# A dispatch from Grozny
# Russian oligarch buys James Watson's Nobel prize for $4.7 million, says he will return it to him
# "Is Russia 2015 Venezuela 1983?" - Paul Krugman, "New York Times" 
 
Ukraine
Bomb explosion at Odesa army-support organization 
# "Day of silence" largely observed 
# Ukraine's border wall with Russia will cost over $500 million
 
Eastern Europe
# Seven arrested on suspicion of uranium smuggling in Moldova 
# Belarusian journalist Alesin could face 15 years in prison
 
Iraq/Syria
# IS beheading video used equipment costing $200,000 and may have taken six hours to film 
# How relatively liberal Raqqa became an IS bastion
# IS posts photos apparently showing man accused of "sodomy" being thrown off roof
# Iraq pushes halting advance against IS 
 
Iran
# Rohani lashes out at Revolutionary Guard
# Video catches abuse of Afghans in Iran
# Hamas' envoy to Iran is now based in Turkey
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan vets trying to cultivate peace through Saffron 
# In Kandahar, some made rich by U.S. presence now face uncertain future
# Another anti-polio worker killed in Pakistan
 
Central Asia
# Russia, Uzbekistan agree on $890 million debt settlement 
# Russia to increase oil transit to China through Kazakhstan 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- December 9

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December 08, 2014
The gruesome aftermath of a Taliban attack on a police station in Afghanistan, angry chemical workers march on the main government building in Armenia, an imprisoned opposition politician loses a court battle in Kazakhstan, plus stories from Georgia and Pakistan. (RFE/RL)
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 8
RFE/RL in the Media
CNN and Reuters use RFE/RL Afghan Service video of aftermath of Taliban attack
# Joanna Paraszczuk, author of "Under the Black Flag" blog, interviewed by Syria Direct
# "Guardian" and "Spiegel" cover Khadija Ismayilova detention
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment on Iranian unwed couples living together 
 
Russia
# Russia looking for a way out of crisis behind the scenes?
# Russia's strategy for undermining West "working"; on Moscow's links with Europe's right
# The downfall of the ruble in one chart
 
Ukraine
# "Novaya Gazeta" claims Moscow trying to convince separatists to accept autonomy within Ukraine
# Courtney Weaver explores Ukraine's separatist leadership
 
Eastern Europe
# Prominent journalist detained in Belarus
# "Moldova's Woes Make It Fair Game for Russia" - William Hill, "Moscow Times"
 
Iraq/Syria
# Iraqi officials want to retake Mosul this winter, despite U.S. warnings
# Gulf states set to form NATO-inspired military alliance
# IS fighters killing "faster than statisticians can count
# "ISIS Has a Message. Do We?" - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast
 
Iran
# U.S. privately accuses Iran of breaking sanctions
# Sanctions monitors say photos of Soleimani in Iraq defy travel ban
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan involved in serious PPP bid for ring road in Almaty
# Kazakhs buying rubles for bargain-shopping along Russian border; but Tenge crunched
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Combat mission ends after 13 years
# Pakistan schools in crisis
# A Pakistani slave's path to freedom
 
Of Interest
# Release of CIA torture report expected today

The Rundown -- December 8

Khadija Ismayilova in Prague on May 30, 2013.

RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Detention on Friday of Khadija Ismayilova covered in "New York Times," "USA Today," Foreign PolicyAPFrance 24CPJAmnesty and others 
Global Voices cites RFE/RL Tajik video of women being humiliated for "dishonoring" country in Russia
# In "Guardian" profile, soldier who executed Ceausescu said he learned about revolution from RFE/RL 
# Daisy Sindelar's report about LRAD quoted in Raw Story report about Eric Garner protests 
 
Russia
# Merkel: Russia "punishing" countries for leaning towards Europe
# "Next: Russia Unplugged" - Maxim Trudolyubov, "New York Times" 
# After ruble fall, "traditional Russian fatalism" back in force
# "Crafting a Win-Win-Win for Russia, Ukraine and the West" - Michael O'Hanlon and Jeremy Shapiro, "Washington Post" 
# Russian teens sneak onto Saint Petersburg international airport runway and take photos on planes
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko says new Minsk talks may take place on Tuesday
# The controversial new Radical Party MP
 
Eastern Europe
# On gender equality in Belarus
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# "A Turkish City on the Frontier of Syria’s War" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker" 
# Winter brings fresh threat to refugees fleeing IS
# Israel "sends warning to Assad, Russia and Iran" with Damascus airstrikes 
# Canadian IS fighter calls for more attacks in Canada 
 
Iran
# "Washington Post" reporter charged in Iran after four months in detention
# Methamphetamine use soaring 
# Iran confirms airstrikes against IS in Iraq
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghan students find inspiration in IS success 
# "New York Times" editorial on "backsliding in Afghanistan
# Afghan Taliban still use old American textbooks
# Pakistan claims it killed NYC bomb plotter in raid
 

The Rundown -- December 5

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December 04, 2014
Low-paid Pakistani workers demand salary hikes, furloughed workers in Armenia protest for back pay, a pilot recycling program in Kyrgyzstan -- plus more stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 4
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
 
Iran
# Report - Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era World Politics Review,
# A nuclear deal with Iran will require the West to reevaluate its presumptions, WP
# Iran against IS: My enemy's enemy?, DW
 
Caucasus
# Georgia and Russia: Dreams deferred, Economist
 
Eastern Europe
# Moldova’s election: Slouching towards Europe, Economist
# Moldova Is Next Battleground for Russia and EU, MT
 
 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- December 4

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December 03, 2014
State regulators take steps to close Russia's last independent regional TV broadcaster, Armenians mock lawmakers over a treaty to join a Russian-led trade bloc, tree planting day in Macedonia -- plus stories about international disabilities day in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Serbia.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 3
RFE/RL in the Media
# In "Wall Street Journal," Jeffrey Gedmin says RFE/RL and VOA "doing good work, but suffer from the Obama administration’s lack of vision and strategy"
YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of battle in eastern Ukraine
 
Russia
# Security forces battle militants in downtown Grozny -- at least five police officers dead 
# Kalashnikov relaunching the Kalashnikov
# Audience of 12-34 year-olds on VKontakte now surpasses any television channel in Russia
# Russian prostitutes said to consider pegging prices to dollar, due to tumbling ruble
# "Russia Is Using Extortion in the Arctic" - Mark Galeotti, "Moscow Times"
 
Ukraine
# At least 50 patients have died at one psychiatric hospital in eastern Ukraine since fighting began
# An interview with Right Sector's Jewish deputy
Eastern Europe
# Russia alleges "gross violations" in Moldova election
 
Iraq/Syria
# In interview Assad floats idea of a military alliance with the U.S. against IS
# Iraq says woman detained in Lebanon is not Baghdadi's wife
# U.S. says IS setting up Libya training camps
# From Egypt pro-democracy advocate to IS fighter
 
Iran
# Iran using U.S.-made jets to bomb IS targets
# Iran shifts from proxy warfare to outright military support
# Iran extends imprisonment of "Washington Post" reporter
# New report says Iran hackers took control of entire airport security systems
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Can Western governments convince at home that commitment to Afghanistan is necessary? 
# "What the US Owes Afghanistan" - Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch 
# Pop singer-turned-Imam in Pakistan accused of blasphemy
# "The Pakistani Origins of the Israeli State" - Ishaan Tharoor, "Washington Post"
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- December 3

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December 02, 2014
Protesters demand justice in Ukraine, Pakistani colleges struck by political violence, helping the disabled in Tajikistan, and a new press law in Afghanistan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - December 2
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Robert Coalson analysis of Moldovan elections cited in "New York Times
# RFE/RL reporting on foreign national appointed to Ukraine government cited in International Business Times 
Al Monitor cites RFE/RL infographic on foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
# "Washington Times" cites RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" blog for reporting on Russia banning IS analysis sites 
# "Toronto Star" profiles RFE/RL Ukrainian Service reporter 
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment on Khamenei’s call for an end to domestic criticism of nuclear talks
 
Russia
# Moscow admits Russia will fall into recession next year; Putin's "new reality"
# Finland and Russia deepen energy ties
# Pavel Durov's strange exile
 
Ukraine
# Ukrainian billionaire Firtash, wanted by the U.S., but advising Britain
# Ukraine creates its own "ministry of truth
# Video shows rockets being launched next to apartment complex in Donetsk
# Change of leadership in Crimea means property grab
 
Iraq/Syria
# Wife of IS leader reportedly captured in Lebanon; fell in love with Baghdadi online
# Iraqi government and Kurds reach deal to share oil revenue
# "LOL": Teen IS wife blogs about death of husband
# The disgruntled French IS jihadis 
# "ISIS: What the US Doesn’t Understand" - Ahmed Rashid, "New York Review of Books" 
 
Iran
# Iran carries out air strikes on IS targets in Iraq
# Iran says documents on alleged atom bomb research are full of mistakes
# Report says cyber-attacks originated inside Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# After her family is killed, South African doctor continues work at hospital in Afghanistan
# "Afghanistan Cannot Be Left to Anarchy" - Con Coughlin, "Telegraph" 
# Former Ohio state official, facing 15 years in prison in the U.S., is hiding in Pakistan
# Life in Pakistan's tribal frontier
 
Central Asia
# Central Asian migrants feel the pain of Russian economic downturn
 
Of Interest
# WhatsApp competitor Telegraph (created by Durov) offers $300,000 for cracking its encryption

The Rundown -- December 2

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December 01, 2014
Pro-European Union politicians edge ahead of pro-Russian parties in Moldova's elections, Armenians protest against joining a Russian-led trade bloc, allegations of government corruption and cronyism in Russia's Irkutsk Region -- plus stories from Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, and Pakistan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - December 1
RFE/RL in the Media
Czech TV uses RFE/RL Tajik Service footage of meeting between Czech and Tajik presidents 
 
Russia
# Russia says there will be no South Stream pipeline
# Amid worst day for Ruble since 1998 Kudrin says decline will continue for two years
# The advancing "chill" of the new Cold War
# The lobbyists being hired to fight Russia sanctions in Washington
 
Ukraine
# Russian and Ukrainian officials agree to truce around Donetsk airport
# Haunting aerial drone footage of Chernobyl 
# East Ukraine schools turn to web for education
 
Eastern Europe
# After close vote, Moldova officials vow to push Europe ties
# Edward Lucas becomes the world's first "e resident"
 
Iraq/Syria
# Egypt thwarts IS bid to commandeer ship and attack Israel
# Iraq has been paying 50,000 "ghost soldiers"
# Brookings profiles IS
Video: Targeting IS' black market oil trade
 
Iran
# Is coalition providing air support for Iran's militias?
# Iran reportedly to turn uranium into reactor fuel under extended deal
# Why Sudan is embracing Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Situation deteriorating steadily in Afghanistan
# International aid agencies call for temporary exit from Afghanistan
# Khan threatens to "shut down" Pakistan
Investigation into claims Islamic leaders used 1 million in public money for Pakistan school
 
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan: "The Tyranny You Haven't Heard Of" - Fred Hiatt, "Washington Post"
 
Balkans
# In depth look at Russian soft power in the Balkans
 
Of Interest
# Krugman blames Europe's economic problems on Germany 
# Encryption is becoming the default

The Rundown -- December 1

Voters head to the polls in Moldova.

RFE/RL in the Media
 
# RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service reporter briefly detained and questioned by police 
# "Jerusalem Post" quotes piece by Golnaz Esfandiari about protests in Iran
Sputnik cites RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" blog
BBC cites the RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service Facebook page in story on mascots for the European Games 
# 26 years ago the Soviet Union stopped jamming RFE/RL broadcasts for the first time in 30 years, according to UPI
 
Moldova
# Pro-Russian parties edge ahead in vote, with European integration on the line
 
Russia
Thousands protest against healthcare cuts
# Picasso painting from Hermitage allegedly offered as kickback to secure Russia World Cup bid
# Anne Applebaum reviews "Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?
# "Russia Is Losing the Battle Against HIV" - Cesar Chelala, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# "Spiegel" timeline on how the "EU lost Russia over Ukraine"
# Russia sends another "aid convoy" to Ukraine
# The daily struggles of Donetsk residents
 
Iraq/Syria
Raqqa is the new target for coalition airstrikes; a civilian "nightmare"
# IS creating junk food economy with demand for Snickers, Pringles and Red Bull
 
Iran
# Gulf states launch joint command to counter IS, Iran
# Khamenei says armed forces will build up 'irrespective' of diplomacy
# "Guardian" on Iran negotiations: They may doomed, but it's the best chance for a peaceful resolution
# "It's always Movember" in Iran 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "America, Don't Give Up on Afghanistan" - Paul D. Miller, "New Republic" 
# "The Taliban's Psychiatrist" - Tahir Qadiry, BBC 
# Kabul police chief quits after South African family dies in Taliban attack 
# Pakistan and Iran's border stress
 
Of Interest
# "New Yorker" profiles Angela Merkel

The Rundown -- November 26

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 25i
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November 25, 2014
Soldiers buried in Armenia, fraud charges shut down a bank in Afghanistan, activists occupy an old theater in Serbia, plus stories from Pakistan, Georgia, and Moldova.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 25
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# A story of an Afghan woman who told RFE/RL how she murdered between 10 and 25 Taliban militants... breitbart.com
# ibtimes.co.in mentions RFE/RL in a report on Islamic State's battle for Kobani
# The Moscow Times cites RFE/RL in it's article about Russian journalists and activist who seek asylum in West
# BBC gives profile of the Chech Republic in which it mentiones relocation of  RFE/RL from Munich to Prague.
# euromaidanpress.com reprints Serhiy Drachuk's report on violence against women in Ukraine and war in Donbas
 
 
 
Iran
# Iran talks: Hardliners and the shifting deadline - Massoumeh Torfeh, Al-Jazeera
# Iran's nuclear programme: Keep on talking, Economist
Iran’s Supreme Leader Dismisses Western Pressure on Nuclear Issue, NYT
# Iran: Diplomacy Infinitum, New Yorker
Now what on Iran? - Jennifer Rubin, WP
The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy
 
Caucasus
 
Eastern Europe
 
 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 25

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 24i
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November 24, 2014
Nationwide rallies after a politician is assassinated in Pakistan, Syrian Kurds in Turkey monitor Kobani fighting, Syrian Kurdish women train to battle Islamic State fighters, plus stories from Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup Nov. 24
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# White House fact sheet mentions RFE/RL's news programs and website devoted to events in Crimea
# Radek Sikorski comments a role of RFE/RL during the Cold War, Huffington Post
# Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson writes about the BBG's new contracting model
 
 
 
Iran
Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to end of June, BBC
The truth about beheadings - Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Al-Jazeera
# The Deeper Meaning of the Iran Nuclear Talks: ISIS, the Middle East and Beyond, National Interest
Iran nuclear talks extension raises risk of cataclysmic failure, Guardian
U.S. and Iran Put More Time On the Clock in Nuclear Talks, Foreign Policy
 
Balkans
The Western Balkans Are Becoming Russia’s New Playground - Judy Dempsey, carnegieeurope.eu
# Serbia’s IMF deal: can Belgrade grasp the nettle? - Andrew MacDowall, FT
 
Eastern Europe
Russia's Project Moldova - Marc Champion, Bloomberg
# Informal education in Belarus: The Flying University and the European College of Liberal Arts, eurobelarus.info
 
Russia
# U.S. - Russian Relations: From Bad to Worse? Sergei Rogov and Sergei Karaganov explain why U.S.- Russian relations have reached a dangerous low point, Moscow Times
Russian radio station forced to impose social media rules, Telegraph
# Putin Youth: The Young Russians Who See the President as a Father, Newsweek
# Book Review: The True Russia in Book 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible', Moscow Times
# Why Russia and Japan Are Making Nice, The Diplomat
 
Ukraine
Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias? - Jamie Dettmer, thedailybeast.com
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 24

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 21i
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November 21, 2014
Poles run from Warsaw to Kyiv to celebrate Ukraine's Maidan movement, Kurdish fighters bury a comrade killed in Kobani, and a bombing strikes a military convoy in Pakistan, plus stories from Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Georgia.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 21
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine, whitehouse.gov
# The Peoples Voice cites RFE/RL report "New Ukraine Coalition Agreed, Sets NATO as Priority"
 
 
Eastern Europe
 
Caucasus
The Costs of Exile. Leaders in countries of the former USSR are increasingly driving their best and brightest into emigration... Foreign Policy
 
Central Asia
 
 
 
 
Of Interest
# Report - Paying Taxes 2015, World Bank, PWC

The Rundown -- November 21

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 20i
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November 20, 2014
An imprisoned activist is freed in Kazakhstan, Taliban militants attack a foreigners' compound in Kabul, and Tajik migrant workers face new rules for traveling to Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tatarstan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 20
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# silkroadreporters.com mentions RFE/RL's report on western firms which help Central Asian states to spy on citizens.
# centralasiaonline.com gives a credit to RFE/RL's report about arrest of 11 suspects in connection with charges of kidnapping brides in Kyrgyzstan.
# panorama.am cites RFE/RL report on lovers who were arrested in Nakhichevan by police for walking together.
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Ashraf Ghani against the chaos, Economist
Stopgap Democracy, Foreign Affairs
# China in Afghanistan: Is the Engagement Really a Win-Win? - Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy, IPCS
Tolerance for Women and Girls in Afghanistan, Not Silence - Maryam Zar, Huffington Post
What Indians Really Think About the Foreign Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Foreign Policy
Do You Know Where Afghanistan Is? - Huffington Post
Husband of Pakistani Christian woman pleads for blasphemy pardon, The Guardian
# US and Pakistan: Will the relationship endure? - Brajesh Upadhyay, BBC
 
 
 
Russia
The New European Disorder - Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard, ecfr.eu
Putin plays hardball - Joe Nocera, rutlandherald.com
East-West conflict set to run and run - Mark Mardell, BBC
East-West Meets Far North - Jochen Bittner, NYT
# Russia: The Putin Paradox, strategypage.com
 

The Rundown -- November 20

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 19i
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November 19, 2014
A McDonald's reopens in Moscow, displaced persons complain of corruption in Pakistan, Pakistani journalists remember slain colleagues, plus a report from Kazakhstan.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 19
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# On Sunday, November 16, German TV, ARD featured "Nastoyashchee Vremya" (Current Time), RFE/RL's signature TV show its weekly Europamagazin program (in German). The part about "Current Time" starts from 20th minute.
 
Balkans
# The Islamic State and The Balkans. Washington Sends in Prosecutors and “Counter-Terrorism Advisers”, globalresearch.ca
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
India and Pakistan 'battle' for Afghanistan, DW
Afghan businesses hope for change, BBC
A Man and a Motorcycle - Candace Rondeaux, Foreign Policy
Can India and Pakistan Go Green? - Sanjay Upadhyay, Ahmad Rafay Alam, Foreign Policy
Taxpayers charged for Afghan project months after KBR contract terminated, Washington Times
The Antis: anti-imperialist or anti-feminist? - Meredith Tax, Open Democracy
# Pakistan: Why Are Christians Being Persecuted? - Roomana Hukil, IPCS
 
Iraq/Syria
ISIS and the Intimate Kill - Simon Kottee, The Atlantic
The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy
Why the World Did Not Know about WMD in Iraq, frontpagemag.com
What Happened to Immunity for U.S. Troops in Iraq? - Peter D. Feaver, Mitchel B. Reiss, Foreign Policy
 
Iran
5 reasons why Iran wants a nuclear deal, and may fail, USA Today
Don’t rush into a deal with Iran - Yehuda Yaakov, Boston Globe
The Iran nuclear talks: Too big to fail?, The Guardian
An Ahmadinejad comeback? Why rumors are a warning shot for Iran's Rouhani, CS Monitor
# Online "Sigheh"in Iran: Revolutionary or Restricting? - Mehrnaz Samimi, Huffingtom Post
 
Central Asia
# Turkey’s Strategy for Turkmenistan: What Is Behind Erdoğan’s Last Visit to Ashgabat?, Carnegie Endowment
 
 
# East Ukraine: Back in the USSR, The Daily Beast
Only a vote can end the suffering in eastern Ukraine, Guardian
# Former Soviet Dissident Shares Views on War in Ukraine: A conversation with Ukrainian human rights activist Myroslav Marynovych, aleteia.org
 

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