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Communications / The Rundown

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.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 20</span></p>
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.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 19</span></p>
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
 

The Rundown -- November 19

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 18i
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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.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 18</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# The Mystery of ISIS’ Foreign Fighters - Joshua Keating, Slate
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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 eurobelarus.info
# Belarus: Struggling with the Same Old Problems - by Anna Maria Dyner, New Eastern Europe
 
Balkans
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 17</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
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
 
 
 
Russia
 
Ukraine
Ukraine voted – now what?, visegradinsight.eu
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 14

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 13i
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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
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 13</span></p>
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
 
Ukraine
# 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 
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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
 
Iran
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
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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
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 12</span></p>
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
# 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
 
Ukraine
# "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 
 
Iraq/Syria
# Iraqi Kurds want robots, but Washington wary of defying Baghdad 
# IS shows off tunnels it claims allow fighters to survive U.S. airstrikes
 
Iran
# 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.
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan shoots down helicopter near line of contact
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 11i
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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.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup -- November 11</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Hungarian dissident discusses RFE/RL's role during the 1989 revolutions in the "Economist"
 
Ukraine
# 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" 
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# 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
 
Iran
# "If Iran Says ‘Yes’" - Bret Stephens, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Russia agrees to build more nuclear reactors in Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 10</span></p>
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 
 
Ukraine
# Pro-Kremlin analyst says he expects situation in Ukraine to explode in the coming days
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria 
# Syrian rebel leader says attacks on IS undermining anti-Assad forces 
# Turks increasingly sympathetic to IS
# Inside the CIA's Syrian rebel vetting machine 
 
Iran
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# OSCE urges Azerbaijan to stop repressions of free media 
 
Balkans
# 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 
 
Ukraine
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
 
Russia
# China and Russia sign deal on second gas route 
# Two brides marry in Saint Petersburg, prompting outrage
# Echo Moskvy under pressure
 
Iraq
# 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
 
Iran
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"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 6</span></p>

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
 
Ukraine
# Backgrounds on the people who "observed" the separatist vote
# East Germans wary of helping Ukraine
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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
 
Iran
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 5</span></p>
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
 
Russia
# 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
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# 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
 
Iran
# The lucrative business of mourning in Iran
# Is Soleimani running the Iraq ground war?
# New Congress may make nuclear deal more difficult for Obama
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
 
Balkans
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 4</span></p>
Russia
# France Mistral project director fired
# Russia ranked least prosperous country in Europe
# A review of Peter Pomerantsev's new book
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# 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"
 
Iran
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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" 
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 3</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
Christian Science Monitor, "Sofia Globe" and Andrew Sullivan cite RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine elections
 
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# 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
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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" 
 
Russia
# "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
 
Ukraine
# 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
# 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"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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 
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 30</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
CPJ cites RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service on another journalist arrest
 
 
Russia
# 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
# Ukraine and Russia reach gas agreement
# Some 64 supporters of "dictator laws" return to parliament; and Moscow not happy with negative disposition toward them
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# Is the U.S-Turkey alliance crumbling?
# IS destroys important 11th century shrine
# Survivors describe massacre of 600 prisoners in Mosul
 
Iran
# "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/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
 
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan reportedly suffering gas shortages
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 30

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 29i
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October 29, 2014
Opposition lawmakers offer mass resignation in Pakistan, a memorial service for unknown soldiers in Ukraine, plus stories from Georgia and Afghanistan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 29</span></p>
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
# 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 
 
Ukraine
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" 
 
Iran
# 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/Syria
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct 28</span></p>
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 
 
 
Russia
# 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
 
Ukraine
# 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" 
 
Iraq/Syia
# 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
 
Iran
# 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" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Balkans
# EU drops sanctions on Milosevic, family and associates 
# Opposing nationalists need to reach power sharing agreement in Bosnia 
 
Caucasus
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
# Russia permanently stuck on winter time
# The life of a Ukrainian refugee family in Murmansk 
# "Russia Is Trying to End Sanctions and Save Face" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Pro-Western parties dominate Ukraine election
# Voting in eastern Ukraine was difficult
# Al Jazeera reports Slovyansk residents angry at Kyiv (turnout was 28 percent) 
 
Iraq/Syria
# A look at the terrifying lives in captivity of U.S. and British hostages before their beheadings 
# PKK offshoot reportedly declares autonomy in SE Turkey
# Iraq regains some ground from IS in Iraq
# Is U.S. losing its focus with emphasis on Kobani?
# Covert video of daily life in IS-run Raqqa 
 
Iran
# Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer
# The rise of Sufism as a political force in Iran
# "Ebola is a hoax," says Press TV
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Britain ends combat role in Afghanistan
# Pakistan: "A coup that wasn't"
 
Central Asia
# French appeals court approves extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minister
# A photographic odyssey into the heart of Central Asia
 
 
Caucasus
# Armenia and Azerbaijan presidents to meet in Paris
# "Israel Must Not Sell Arms to the Azeris" - Yair Auron, "Haaretz" 
 
Of Interest
# Life as a journalist "inside the Ebola bubble"

The Rundown -- October 24

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

The Rundown -- October 23

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

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