Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- September 16

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 15i
September 15, 2014
The gang rape verdict in Afghanistan, the Russian rouble at an all-time low, prison sentences for mass killing in Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Pakistan and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Examiner" picks up Li Luo's infographic on foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
Daily Beast cites RFE/RL reporting on anti-gay acts in Kazakhstan
# "The Nation" cites RFE/RL reporting on Scottish referendum
# RFE/RL Russian Service coverage of LGBT rally cited in Muftah in piece about nationalist split
Carnegie mentions RFE/RL in piece about West's long-term readiness for Ukraine
# Russia warns of "far-reaching, unfortunate consequences" over "ethnic tensions" in Baltics; full speech text
# Russia to create emergency fund to deal with sanctions 
# "Russians Will Not Yield" - Sergey Karaganov, "Financial Times" 
# What Russia was saying about Ukraine one year ago
Ian Bateson 
# "How Putin Got His Way in Ukraine" - Simon Shuster, "Time" 
# Five ways for NATO, U.S. to support Ukraine
# Photos: Kyiv in '55
Middle East
# A long-read from inside Aleppo
# Al-Qaeda militants flooding into Yemen amid unrest
# In search of a digital caliphate
# Inside the chilling online world of the women of IS
# Khamenei says he personally rejected U.S. offer on cooperation over IS; Kerry says open to it
# Iran providing logistical support, weapons to fighters in Iraq
# Iran rethinking its support for Assad
# Why the candidates can't reach a deal 
# Could Karzai stay on?
# Al-Qaeda Indian branch "laughing stock" of terror world?
# Turkish EU minister calls for new era in relations with Armenians
# Azerbaijan shows off military industrial complex at country's first weapons show
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 15


RFE/RL in the Media
# Abubakar Siddique's "The Pashtun Question" reviewed by Daniel Sewer 
Index on Censorship quotes Emily Thompson's piece on censorship fears in Macedonia
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL footage of Islamabad protesters
# Moscow city elections symbol of decline of Russian opposition
# Dutch organize tomato fight to protest Russia sanctions
# On Scotland vote, Russia's a yes, China's a no
# Dozhd journalist hospitalized after street attack 
# "It’s Time to Back Away from the Russian Wolf" - Tony Brenton, "Telegraph" 
# Despite "cease-fire," heavy fighting kills at least six on Sunday
# Party of Regions to boycott parliamentary elections
# Crimeans vote in Russian elections
# Defense minister says NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine
# New Iraq PM says no more airstrikes on civilian areas 
# Foreigners in Al-Qaeda's Syrian cell said to be planning attacks on West
# "The Three Types of People Who Fight for ISIS" - Graeme Wood, "New Republic" 
# "Exclusive: ISIS Starts Recruiting in Istanbul’s Vulnerable Suburbs" - Alev Scott and Alexander Christie-Miller, "Newsweek" 
# A 14-year-old Yazidi girl tells her story of escape
# U.S. seeking to exclude Iran from group fighting IS; Iran's mixed feelings about cooperation
# Jailed for watching volleyball in Iran
# Afghanistan gets a really big flag
Suicide in Afghanistan outpaces murder and war deaths
# Pakistan rejects Afghan criticism of border trench
# Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claims two Pakistan attacks 
# Pakistan protest talks deadlocked following arrests 
# Will NATO build military bases in Azerbaijan?
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 11i
September 11, 2014
Putin in Tajikistan, back to school in Iraq, American barbecue in Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Nenad Pejic in "Roll Call" responding to criticism of RFE/RL's lack of propaganda in Azerbaijan
# RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service cited by Eurasianet on arbitration suits in Kyrgyzstan
# RFE/RL mentioned in Daily Signal piece about broadcasting reform
# White House announces new Russia sanctions
# Mark Galeotti on what Putin is thinking and doing
# What's worse than Putin?
# Russia "seriously concerned" about IS
# The alarming new Ukraine crisis map
# Ukraine begins building wall at Russian border
# HRW: Questions and answers about the laws of war in Ukraine
# Very detailed Ukraine crisis timeline
Eastern Europe
# As of June, a rise in positive perceptions of the EU among Moldovans 
# "Obama’s Unauthorized War" - David Cole, "New York Review of Books" 
# The new template for U.S. counter-terrorism 
# By limiting U.S. goals is Obama making eventual withdrawal less likely?
# Tehran slams coalition announced in Obama's speech; backs efforts to form unity government 
# Iran trial for "Happy" video begins
# "What Might Happen If Iran Becomes America’s Covert Ally?" - Hanna Kowlowska, "New York Times" 
# "The Only Choice Left For Afghanistan" - Ioannis Koskinas, Foreign Policy
# Is Pakistan's blasphemy law being abused?
# Anti-Taliban cleric rises on message of peace in Pakistan
Central Asia
# Rattled by Russian expansionism, Tashkent looks east
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 11

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 10i
September 10, 2014
Diplomacy in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan's 'sleeping village,' waning protests in Pakistan - plus stories from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Central Asia Online quotes RFE/RL Turkmen Service on Afghan-Turkmens
# Former RFE/RL reporter quoted in Bloomberg article about post-Communist titans buying up media
# Exclusive: "Newsweek" talks to Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine
# Russian nationalists join Scottish "Yes" campaign in droves
# Putin takes over Russian military industrial complex
# Gazprom limits Polish gas supplies
# "Peace on Putin's Terms" - Joshua Yaffa, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Is ceasefire just a "politically useful fiction?
# The Neo-Nazi Azov battalion: Ukraine's "greatest weapon" and "greatest threat"
# Ukrainian villages torn apart by violence after MH17 crash
Eastern Europe
# Belarus becomes gourmet hub for Moscow chefs
# One "incredibly revealing line" from Obama's speech; Obama's 6-point plan
# Can IS actually be destroyed?
What's next for the Syrian regime's non-state allies?
# Many Iranians think IS is "an American invention"
# Ghani not yet declared winner, but begins outlining plans for new government 
# Afghanistan accuses U.S. of killing civilians in airstrike
# Sharif's predicament shows the power of the deep state in Pakistan
# Death toll in India and Pakistan reaches 400
# "Russia's Next Land Grab" - Brenda Shaffer, "New York Times" 
# Israeli defense minister in Azerbaijan
Central Asia
# "Islamic Caliphate for Kazakhstan: Disturbing Signs and Signals" - Zhulduz Baizakova, Jamestown Foundation
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 10

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 9i
September 09, 2014
Fighting in Afghanistan, destroyed schools in Pakistan, Tajik Independence Day, plus stories from Serbia and Moldova.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Rob Coalson in the "Atlantic" on whether Putin is channeling Solzhenitsyn 
# Read RFE/RL Russian Service's account of the Russians protesting the Ukraine conflict in the "Guardian"
# "Sydney Morning Herald" cites RFE/RL reporting on Russia sanctions
# German TV shows Nazi symbols on helmets of Ukrainian soldiers
# Yanukovych's palace is still an emblem of dysfunction
# U.S. military aid to Ukraine stalls
# "Want to Help Ukraine? Stop Accepting Its Stolen Cash" - Oliver Bullough, Foreign Policy
# Gessen's rebuttal of Adomanis and his rebuttal of her rebuttal 
# An interview with Gleb Pavlovsky 
# Break with the West slows Russia's tech scene
# Explaining the "rally around the flag" effect in Russia
# "Russia and the Menace of Unreality" - Peter Pomerantsev, "Atlantic" 
# Despite denials, U.S. and Iran again discuss IS 
# Iran is a drone power
# Iran-Russia talks may strike at sanctions
# Ahmadinejad's awkward meeting with hospitalized Khamenei
# Most ministers approved by parliament
# Obama expected to expand targets in Iraq
# Congress expected to avoid vote on Syria, Iraq strikes
# "Wall Street Journal": Dick Cheney is "still right" and Obama is wrong
Shi'ite militias present a problem
# Abdullah declares premature victory
# Ceremony with Karzai collapses in discord
# The major problems with Afghanistan's rape trial
# Pakistan minister claims protests have cost economy $1 trillion
Central Asia
# Karimova, downfall complete, to face corruption charges in Uzbekistan
# Tehran calls on Azerbaijan to confront "grouplet" that had anti-Iran meeting in Baku
# Armenia's blind gain opportunities in massage
Of Interest 

The Rundown -- September 9

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 8i
September 08, 2014
Crisis talks in Pakistan, a day of mourning in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the 10th Muslim Film Festival in Tatarstan, plus stories from Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.

RFE/RL in the Media

# Golnaz Esfandiari story about a female editor accused of promoting feminism carried by the "Guardian" and cited by Huffington PostHarvard Kennedy School and Al Arabiya
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari's story about hardliner outrage over Internet humor in Informed Comment
# "USA Today" cites RFE/RL reporting on Russia sanctions
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of protest in Islamabad 
# "Central Asia Magazine" writes about RFE/RL Turkmen Service's contribution to free media in Turkmenistan
# UN says conflict death toll now above 3,000
# Russia aims to choke off gas re-exports to Ukraine
# A victory rally held in Donetsk
# BBC investigative report says Russians controlled Buk that shot down MH17
# "Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino" - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast
# "Give Diplomacy With Russia a Chance" - Jack Matlock, Thomas Pickering, James Collins, "New York Times" 
# Putin's "guerrilla strategy
# Iraq swears in new parliament
# Still captive, Yazidi girl tells reporter over the phone of horrors as IS sex slave
# Captured IS fighter is Chinese
# Baghdad bureau chief's Reddit AMA
Detente on the horizon between Iran and Saudi Arabia?
# Why Kissinger may be wrong about Iran
# Rohani criticizes strict enforcement of the veil 
# Former U.S. envoy under investigation for money laundering
# Fears of Taliban backlash in Kandahar 
# Floods kill hundreds in India and Pakistan
Central Asia
# Why is oil-rich Kazakhstan out of gasoline?
# Uzbekistan tightens screws on bloggers
# "New York Times" collects documents on Azerbaijan and think tanks 
# Baku, Kyiv discuss supplies of Azerbaijani oil to Ukrainian refineries
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 8

RFE/RL in the Media
Buzzfeed story about Russian state radio trying to buy airtime from RFE/RL Iraq Service 
Foreign Policy and "Moscow Times" cite RFE/RL Belarusian reporting on students in trouble for ice bucket challenge 
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Balkans video of trapped coalminers in Bosnia
Breitbart cites RFE/RL reporting of Iraq crisis
# Anatomy of the Ilovaisk bloodbath 
# Hitchens' rebuttal of Judah's "arm Ukraine"
# "Why Ukraine Should Withdraw from Russian-Held Donbas" - Alexander Motyl, Foreign Affairs
# "Ukraine: A Catastrophic Defeat" - Tim Judah, "New York Review of Books" 
# Russian Orthodox clergy likely aiding Ukraine separatists 
# Ukraine crisis accelerates China-Russia energy cooperation
# Why does Putin keep talking about his nuclear weapons?
# Carnegie Center rebuttal of Anna Applebaum's recent pieces about Russia
# Aided by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi troops launch ground offensive to secure Anbar dam 
# In place of 'boots on the ground,' U.S. seeks contractors for Iraq 
# Khamenei has prostate surgery
# Anger as Iran bans women from 70 university degree courses 
# A profile of the central character in Jon Stewart's new film 
# Kissinger says Iran is a bigger problem than IS
# Afghanistan court sentences seven men to death for gang rape 
# Taliban closing in on Kunduz 
# Afghanistan's women bikers
# "NATO's Leaders Need a Reality Check on Afghanistan" - Rachel Reid, Huffington Post
# IS propaganda material turns up in India and Pakistan
# Azerbaijani officials raid IREX offices
Of Interest
# Reddit makes AMAs more readable

The Rundown -- September 5

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 4i
September 04, 2014
A road deal to avoid disputes on a Central Asian border, Afghans want UN help to stop rockets from Pakistan, cooking lessons in Tajikistan -- plus stories from Pakistan, and Kazakhstan.

RFE/RL in the Media

# RFE/RL Belarusian Service cited by BBC for report on boy fined for ice-bucket challenging Lukashenka 
# Read Elena Rykovtseva in the "Guardian" on the questions asked to Putin by Russian up-and-comers
# Read Robert Coalson in Huffington Post on a Russian general's plan for Ukraine
# Separatists and Kyiv talk cease-fire, but first Mariupol under attack 
# Following the Russian convoy in eastern Ukraine
# A "worrying factor": Ukraine's 15 nuclear reactors
# A reminder that Ukraine tried to join NATO in 2008
# "Russia is Winning" - Edward Lucas, Delfi
# Russia promotes huge resettlement program for Ukrainians in Russia
# Novorossiya is not [ethnic] Russian
# NATO summit a "win for the U.S.
# How a single gesture is helping IS militants recruit
# Rasmussen says NATO would consider intervening in Iraq if asked
# Kurds say they will give unified Iraq one more chance
# Prominent Christian cleric in Iraq blames U.S. for current troubles
# Another survivor of an IS massacre tells his tale
# Iran nuclear talks to continue in New York 
# Two policy advisors say U.S. must curb nuclear demands on Iran to win deal 
# More and more people are pessimistic about prospect of a deal (case 1 and 2
# Was Amerli a  U.S. or Iranian victory? 
# In Afghanistan, women identify men accused of gang rape
# Taliban attack intelligence base in eastern Afghanistan
Lack of Afghan president at NATO summit indicative of simmering problems
# Tensions appear to ease in Pakistan protests 
# Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan's "most dangerous man"
Of Interest
# Facebook-style filtered feed coming to Twitter 

The Rundown -- September 4

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 3i
September 03, 2014
Remembering victims of Russia's Beslan school massacre, Georgians stop an anti-American protest in Tbilisi, problems caused by protests in Pakistan -- plus stories from Central Asia.
RFE/RL in the Media
Breitbart cites Luke Johnson's piece on Russians protesting Russian actions in Ukraine
# "Washington Post" mentions Estonian president's time working at RFE/RL 
# First video of "little green men" in Ukraine?
# Putin's "peace plan" for Ukraine  
# Keith Gessen explores the origins of the local separatist movement in Donetsk
# Inside the "kill zone" of eastern Ukraine
# Obama calls on NATO to fortify militaries of Ukraine and other countries near Russia
# France postpones delivery of warships to Russia
# Russia to conduct major nuclear exercises this month
# The FSB still hangs out at Russian universities 
Eastern Europe
# Gagauzia exempted from Russian embargo on Moldovan wine
# Will Europe come to the rescue of Moldova?
# Harrowing video on man who survived IS massacre
What's next for the would-be-caliphate?
# Rand Paul's strategy to counter IS would involve Syria and Iran 
# IS militants have forced Iran to radically shift policy in Iraq
# Women in Iran may be banned from working in cafes
# Afghanistan NATO coalition shrinking fast
# Will women be protected once NATO leaves?
# U.S. rules out mediation to solve Pakistan crisis
Central Asia
# Radioactive container goes missing in Kazakhstan
# Kazakhstan's Al Hilal Islamic Bank eyes regional footprint
# Kansas linguist working on Latinizing Kazakh language
# Erdogan visits Azerbaijan, takes tough line on Armenia over Karabakh
# "Keep Georgia on the Path to NATO" - Luke Coffey, "National Interest" 
Of Interest
# Saudi Arabia's mysterious Twitter whistleblower 

The Rundown -- September 3

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 2i
September 02, 2014
Pakistan's political crisis, refugees from northern Iraq seek safety, protests in Kyrgyzstan -- plus stories from Afghanistan and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media
YahooNews uses RFE/RL video of protests in Islamabad 
# "The Dying Russians" - Masha Gessen, "New York Review of Books" 
# "Call Putin’s Bluff – He Will Not Cut Off Europe’s Gas" - Matthew Bryza, "Financial Times" 
# "Finland's Lesson for Ukraine" - Rene Nyberg, "New York Times" 
# Ukrainian TV producer accuses RT of being responsible for thousands of deaths live on RT
# In abandoned SE Ukraine, a "journey through no-man's land"
# NATO to conduct military exercises in western Ukraine 
# The unlikely success of the "Kyiv Post"
# "It's a War, Stupid!" - Gary Kasparov, "Time" 
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian man sues three news agencies for use of the term Belorussia 
# Dexter Filkins on the death of Steven Sotloff
# IS militants apparently released video accidentally
# An American in IS's "retweet army"
# "What ISIS's Leader Really Wants" - Graeme Wood, "New Republic" 
# Meet the IS truthers
# A Christian prisoner in Iran
# Iran says it has disrupted foreign plots to recruit people associated with its nuclear program
# 3g and 4g now working in Iran
# Taliban addresses NATO, saying ready to play "central role" in Afghanistan
# Afghan militant group fighters may join IS militants
# How fighting in Pakistan affects the war against Polio
# Khan colleague says he's plotting with military to oust the government
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan celebrates independence day with most of its borders closed
# Putin approves Armenia joining customs union
Of Interest
# Facebook "report" button increasingly being used to repress

The Rundown -- September 2

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 1i
September 01, 2014
Protesters storm Pakistan's state TV headquarters, Afghanistan plans a new trade route with India and Iran, and a new school year begins across Europe and Asia -- with stories from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Central Asia.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Luke Johnson appears on the Bill Press Show (1:40) 
# Read Tom Balmforth in the "Guardian" on the pain of living after surviving the Beslan school siege 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL video from protest outside Pakistan state television 
# British oil industrialist accuses of BP of spurning its role in North Sea in favor of championing Russia
# "Putin's Bait and Switch" - Ian Bateson, Russia 
# U.S P.R. Firm's "fine line" in representing Russia 
# Russia confirms all five geckos died on space mission
# Ukraine military shifts to defense to prevent further gains
# In first Minsk meeting, Ukraine separatists ask for autonomy, not independence
# The foreign fighters in Ukraine's war
# "Ukraine—The Way Out" - Anatol Lieven, "New York Review of Books" 
# Ukrainian Facebook users being attacked by Kremlin bots
Eastern Europe
Appeal by Polish intellectuals to the citizens and governments of Europe
# "In Search of a Strategy" - Steve Coll, "New Yorker" 
# UN says acts of inhumanity on "unimaginable scale
# "The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed" - Peter Beinart, "Atlantic" 
# Iran-Iraq conflict remembered through the lives of widows 
# Rohani urges clerics to tolerate Internet
# Afghanistan’s election stalemate "casts shadow" on NATO summit
# Taliban near control of Kunduz 
# "Decaying Guantanamo Defies Closing Plans" - Charlie Savage, "New York Times" 
# First China industrial park to be built in Pakistan
# Pakistan state tv stormed
Central Asia
# "How Sanctions Will Strengthen Putin's Regional Clout" - Nate Schenkkan, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Azerbaijan reportedly buying Israeli coast guard vessels 
Of Interest
# Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but love invading the privacy of women
# Protecting your photos from hackers

The Rundown -- September 1

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" editorial says Ukraine crisis shows importance of RFE/RL 
# "Atlantic" uses visualization on world's displaced people created by Li Luo
CNN uses video of fighting in Donetsk shot by RFE/RL Moldovan Service's Andrei Babitsky 
VOA quotes RFE/RL's Fred Petrossian on surveillance in Iran 
# "National Review" cites Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson story on muted Crimea speech
# Putin urges talks on "statehood" for southeastern Ukraine
# American white nationalists to hold conference with Dugin and Hungarian nationalists in October 
# Does China stand to benefit the most in fight between Ukraine and Russia?
# "Vladimir Putin Isn't Going to Stop" - Miriam Elder, Buzzfeed
# Separatists taunt dying Ukrainian soldier 
# Separatist attack Ukrainian ship from coast 
# Poor man's drone warfare in eastern Ukraine
# "Arm Ukraine or Surrender" - Ben Judah, "New York Times" 
# Siege of Amerli broken; do strikes represent mission creep?
# IS fighters begin to blend in, making defeating them an even greater challenge
# Militants now using humvees for suicide bomb attacks
# Iran criticizes new U.S. sanctions on banks and businesses 
# "U.S. and Iran Unlikely Allies in Iraq Battle" - Tim Arango and Azam Ahmed, "New York Times" 
# IS forces U.S. to alter withdrawal plans for Afghanistan
# Armed men reportedly gang rape women in suburban Kabul
# Pakistan crisis turns violent as three die and hundreds are injured; army meeting again 
Central Asia
# Controversy surrounding Putin's statement on Kazakhstan
# Tajik citizen named one if IS leaders
Of Interest
# Obama's "minimalist" Middle East strategy



The Rundown -- August 29

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 28i
August 28, 2014
Ukrainians protest at the Defense Ministry in Kyiv, talks between protesters and government break down in Pakistan, an early cotton harvest in Turkmenistan, plus stories from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Daisy Sindelar's profile of Leyla and Arif Yunis in the "Guardian
# Read Glenn Kates and RFE/RL Russian Service in the "Guardian" on Russians asking "are we at war?"  
# Read Brian Whitmore in the "Atlantic" on Russia's next "frozen conflict" 
# "Economist" cites cartoon by RFE/RL's Balkans Service 
# RFE/RL Russian journalists tell Forbes Russian about emails with insults and threats  (RU)
# "New Republic" cites RFE/RL feature about Russian soldiers turning up in Ukraine 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of protest in Kyiv 
# Russian troops, tanks gain ground in southeastern Ukraine
# Obama does not call it an invasion, but Power tough at UN 
# In late night release Putin notes "visible success" of "Novorossiya," calls on it to free Ukrainian troops in "humanitarian corridor
# "Mr. Putin's Wake Up Call" - "Economist"
# Is it just about "learning to talk to" Putin? 
# "How to Stop Putin’s War in Ukraine" - Stephen Pifer, Politico 
# "Putin Ends the Interregnum" - Lilia Shevtsova, American Interest 
# Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies
# How IS became the richest terrorist group in the world
# Iraqi Christians weigh taking up arms against IS
# The many ways to map the Islamic State 


# Russia and Iran foreign ministers to meet in Moscow over Tehran's nuclear program
# Iran was first to supply Kurds with weapons to battle IS
# U.S. may use a national security law to halt lawsuit against Iran group 
# U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Yemen
# Historic Afghan minaret in danger of collapse
# Afghanistan and Pakistan crises throw U.S. planning into flux
# Army intervenes in Pakistan political crisis 
# Hindus facing eviction from Pakistan army 
Central Asia
# Afghanistan and Tajik officials complete joint border management course
Of Interest
# Journalists haunted by clicks

The Rundown -- August 28

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 27i
August 27, 2014
Pakistani antigovernment protests continue, Afghan officials charge Pakistani spy agency with helping Taliban, Tajik students panic over university registration, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" publishes RFE/RL-translated letter from jailed Azerbaijani activist
# Russia appears to be invading Ukraine
# The war will be announced on Twitter 
# "Helping Ukraine Is a U.S. Imperative" - William Perry and George Shultz, "Wall Street Journal" 
# "Who Cares About Ukraine?" - Thomas Graham, Politico 
# Video: Embedded with the far-right Russians moving from Russia to Ukraine
# The lesson Putin learned from Syrian red-lines 
# FBI investigating role in sophisticated U.S. bank hacking 
# "The West Forgets History. Putin Repeats It" - Matthew Kaminski, "Wall Street Journal" 
# "Russia Has Forgotten Beslan" - Ivan Sukhov, "Moscow Times" 
Eastern Europe
# Lukashenka "scores points" with Brussels over Minsk meeting
# Moldova-Romania gas pipeline completed
# Egypt deports Palestinian Syrians back to the conflict zone
# Is PKK becoming a new Middle East power?
# "Don't Start a War Over a Hostage" - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast
# Iranian state-media says "CIA agents" helping IS
# Facebook crackdown getting worse in Iran
# Iran and the P5+1: "Getting to yes
# Election audits to continue without candidates' observers
# Afghanistan's leaders are living dangerously 
# Afghanistan's one time booming war economy slows
# "Skirmishes Put Feeling of Wartime on India-Pakistan Border" - Ellen Barry and Salman Masood, "New York Times' 
# Iran hints Azerbaijan responsible for alleged Israeli drone
# In Azerbaijan "family is the first fear" of LGBT community 
# In Kosovo, a clothing shop inspired by Hillary Clinton
Of Interest
# Lessons learned from journalism grant projects that worked and didn't 

The Rundown -- August 27

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 26i
August 26, 2014
Antigovernment protests continue in Pakistan, wildfires burn in Kyrgyzstan, officials want to reduce lavish parties in Afghanistan, and a cricket tourney in Kabul.
RFE/RL in the Media
Gawker quotes Carl Schreck story about American volunteer in Ukraine, but gives credit to "NYT" 
# "Roll Call" opinion says Congress should stop funding RFE/RL because it doesn't say enough nice things about Azerbaijan government  
# Putin and Poroshenkp hold talks as Russia admits soldiers in Ukraine by "accident" 
# In new front in southern Ukraine, "strong indications" that shells, tanks coming from Russia
# Video shows large column of Chechen fighters, apparently preparing to enter Ukraine
# "Donetsk Is Neither Grozny Nor Stalingrad" - Mark Galeotti, "Moscow Times" 
# Russia's new air force "is a mystery
Europe's farmers feel weight of Russian ban
# "Putin Pops Russia’s Tech Bubble" - Kevin Maney, "Newsweek" 
# U.S. surveillance planes said to be flying over Syria
# A new name for IS? (QSIS)
# Locations of bases U.S. can use for airstrikes 
# Iran supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds
# "U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other" - Eli Lake, Daily Beast
# Saudi Arabia and Iran hold "constructive" talks 
# U.S. Coast Guard fires on Iranian fishing boat 
# U.S.'s diplomat general leaves Afghanistan
# Afghanistan to ask UN to help stop rocket attacks from Pakistan
# Militant groups taking root in Pakistan cities
# "Hard-Line Splinter Group, Galvanized by ISIS, Emerges From Pakistani Taliban" - Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud and Declan Walsh, "New York Times" 
Central Asia
# Two killed in border skirmish between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
# Tajikistan: "Under China's Economic Thumb"   

The Rundown -- August 26

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 25i
August 25, 2014
Opposition protesters hold their ground in Islamabad, displaced people in northwest Pakistan face expulsion from their temporary homes, shelling hits civilian homes in Iraq's Anbar Province, and Socialist Party supporters march in Moldova.
RFE/RL in the Media
CNN uses RFE/RL video of Pakistan protests
# Book on history of RFE/RL mentioned in Daily Beast story about a potential victims of Communism memorial 
Baltic Times cites RFE/RL on Abkhazia elections
# AP witnesses Russian weapons convoys rolling into east Ukraine
# "Russia is Already Invading Ukraine" - David Frum, "Atlantic" 
# Sanctions limiting Russian lenders' access to foreign financing 
# In Donetsk, woman accused of helping Ukraine, forced to take humiliating public abuse
# Poroshenko dissolves parliament
# Turchynov says military action likely to end by October 
# Slim chance of progress at today's Poroshenko, Putin, EU meeting
# Higher number of Ukrainians support Ukrainian independence than ever before
# The mystery over the downed drone
# Iran says it arrested four "spies" associated with its nuclear program
# Iran's divorce rate rising
On the frontline with the Shi'ite fighters battling IS
# IS accused of ethnic cleansing after Mosul prison massacre
# "ISIS and the New Middle East Cold War" - Gregory Grause, Brookings
# U.S. general in Afghanistan for transition talks
Financial crisis looming over Afghanistan
# Pakistan cleric warns of 48-hour deadline; but court gives protesters 24 hours to clear avenue
# Frontline: Pakistan’s “Forgotten Crisis
# Former Ambassador: Current Ambassador "ignores bogus charges against rights activists in Azerbaijan"
Of Interest
# Facebook updates "click-baiting" algorithm 
# How the NSA built its own secret Google

The Rundown -- August 25

RFE/RL in the Media
# Two book reviews and an article about Abubakar Siddique’s book, "The Pashtuns," in GulfNews (reviewarticle) and Dawn
# RFE/RL Turkmen Service mentioned in "Financial Times" piece about Turkmenistan's authoritarianism 
# "Moscow Times" opinion piece says RFE/RL and VOA have done little to sway public opinion
# "New York Times" mentions RFE/RL past broadcasts in story on tensions with Russians in Latvia 
# On Independence Day, separatists march hostages through Donetsk streets
# Donbas battalion abandoned in the east
# Ukraine says trucks from "aid convoy" were used to loot high-grade military equipment
# "Russia won’t feel absolutely secure unless all its neighbors feel absolutely insecure
# Russia sanctions hurting British dairy farmers
# "Russia Pines for the 19th Century" - Alex Bayer, "Moscow Times" 
# China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia
# What foreign fighters read before traveling to Syria
# How to geo-locate an IS training camp
# UN warns of possible massacre in northern Iraqi town of Amerli
# Islamic state renews push for Iraq's main oil refinery
# UN reports 190,000 killed -- but number may be much higher
# Iran says it shot down Israeli drone
# Iran unveils new short-range missiles
Worst fighting in years in southern Afghanistan district 
# Does Afghanistan need a unity government?
# Abdullah on Hard Talk
# Khan stirs fears of crisis
# Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply 
Central Asia
# Tony Blair gives Kazakhstan’s autocratic president "tips on how to defend a massacre
# The women Tajikistan's Russia-bound men leave behind
# Is Macedonia going neo-classical or kitsch
Of Interest
# How we've paid for music from 1983 to today in one gif

The Rundown -- August 22

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 21i
August 21, 2014
Antigovernment protests continue in Pakistan, UN relief operation under way in Iraq, McDonald's closed in Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan
RFE/RL in the Media
# Carl Schreck's profile of American who died fighting in Ukraine quoted in "New York Times" and RT
Business Insider mentions Luke Johnson and Carl Schreck report on Lesin probe 
# "Daily Mail" quotes Tom Balmforth's piece on McDonald's being shut down in Russia
# "New Yorker" quotes interview by Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service with grocery magnate 
# European leaders worried about Ukraine military success in east 
# Last gasp attempt to gain back territory before Russian "aid" convoy allowed to enter Ukraine (likely today) 
# British student describes torture and detainment by separatists
# Moscow children's fashion show has "Ukraine" commit suicide 
# Russia gets its "color revolution"
# European banks expect "limited" impact from Russia sanctions; brewers hurt 
# Russian official says U.S. meat not welcome back, even after sanctions expire
# Russia loses "special relationship" with Germany 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus cancels ban on live cattle from EU 
# ISIL learning how to govern 
# Does U.S.-Kurd relationship need to adapt for new realities?
# Net closes in on "Jihadi John
# West may "have no choice" but to move closer to Iran to fight ISIL
# AFP confuses Arak with Iraq -- resulting in some major confusion
# Iran's parliament tries to stop Ahmadinejad's comeback
# "Washington Post" editorial pans Obama's Afghanistan pullout strategy 
# Amid Afghanistan's escalating war, a battle to beat polio
Infographic: Cross-border movement from Pakistan to Afghanistan
# Sharif caught between opposition and military
# Khan suspends talks with government, blaming U.S. interference 
# Serbia "torn" between Russia and the EU
Central Asia
# "New York Times" writes about skylines on the Kazakh steppe and "Economist" writes about steak on the steppe
# Uzbekistan's top officials about to be ousted?
# Abkhazia holds presidential election amid Ukraine turmoil
Of Interest

The Rundown -- August 21

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 20i
August 20, 2014
Opposition protesters threaten the prime minister in Pakistan, Afghans celebrate independence in Tajikistan, an exhibit on repression against activists in Russia, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

RFE/RL in the Media

# Wolfgang Renicke, writing in Project Syndicate, suggests RFE/RL create a Hungarian service 
"Wall Street Journal" Marketwatch cites RFE/RL report about Ramzan Kadyrov's cell phone search
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment about Iranian officials' reaction to an Iranian woman winning a prestigious math prize 
# Read Anna Shamanska in the "Atlantic" on Russian TV's efforts to tie Ukrainian leaders to separatists 
# Read Tom Balmforth and Glenn Kates in the "Guardian" on the painting of a Stalin tower in Ukrainian colors 
# Read Glenn Kates in the "Guardian" on who's in and who's out among the separatists 
# Ferguson perfect for Russian trolling
# Russia closes four McDondalds for sanitary violations
# Russia wants Bulgarians to stop vandalizing Soviet monuments
# "The Top Secret Family Life of Vladimir Putin" - Owen Matthews, "Newsweek" 
# "Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion" - Andrew Kramer, "New York Times"  
# "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault" - John J. Mearsheimer, "Foreign Affairs" 
Richard Branson has a plan to solve the Ukraine crisis 
# Ukraine super-rich helping fund and fight 
Eastern Europe
# Not sure if this is real
# The social media strategy behind James Foley's murder 
# One Yazidi refuses to convert so IS kills everyone
# Vice Video: Yazidis from mountain have mostly fled to Syria, under protection of PKK 
# UN calls Iraq most rapidly developing humanitarian disaster in recent memory
# Iran's parliament dismisses moderate science minister
# "Sanctions Cause Iranian Airplane Crashes" - Amir Handjani, "The Hill"
# Iran "giving advice" to Iraqi Kurds
# Photojournalist held in Iran released on bail
# Afghanistan orders expulsion of "New York Times" correspondent
# Coalition soldier stabbed to death in Afghanistan
# Protesters threaten violence in Islamabad 
# "The Fate of Feminism in Pakistan" - Bina Shah, "New York Times" 
Central Asia
# Satellite: Where China and Kazakhstan meet
Of Interest
# How Norwegian public radio is using Snapchat to attract younger audiences 
# Should Twitter and YouTube remove Foley images?

The Rundown -- August 20

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 19i
August 19, 2014
Barrel bombs dropped in Iraq, flooded Serbian cities rebuilt, the Sarajevo film festival in full swing, plus a story from Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" cites Tom Balmforth's report about claim Kadyrov searched 1,000 people for cell phone
NPR links to RFE/RL story about protests in Pakistan
# Food prices up 6 percent in Moscow and 10 percent in Saint Petersburg 
# In nod to Moscow, NATO to shun major eastern footprint
# "Hurt Putin Hurt Yourself?" - Vauhini Vara, "New Yorker" 
# "Russia Always Cheats on Arms Treaties" - Keith Payne and Mark Schneider, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Putin and Poroshenko to meet next week; but de-escalation may not be coming any time soon
# American fighter said to have been killed in battle; Vice's profile
# Ukraine bans 14 channels for airing "war propaganda
# The new Metropolitan Onufry has a lot on his plate 
# "Kiev Must Show Compassion to Eastern Ukraine" - Natalia Antonova, "Moscow Times" 
# Video appears to show American journalist beheaded; wanted to bring world closer to conflict in Syria
# "Vanity Fair" long-read about journalists missing in Syria
# Many Yazidis fear their female relatives are doomed in ISIL's hands
# Poet known as "lioness of Iran" dies at 87
# One result of Gaza: Iran and Hamas are back together
Billionaire named in suit against anti-Iran group
# Afghanistan bars "New York Times" reporter from leaving country
# "Obama Holds to Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline" - Mark Landler, "New York Times" 
# Sharif told he must "share space with the army"
# Protesters march on parliament
# Russian troops to study drone use in Armenia
Central Asia
# Is Turkmenistan losing Iran as a gas customer?
# Tajikistan struggles to stem rise of Jihadi recruits

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