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The Rundown -- April 23

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 22i
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April 22, 2014
A deadly roadside bomb hits northwest Pakistan, Russian communists mark the 144th birthday of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, and an exhibition of historical manuscripts opens in Baghdad, plus stories from Afghanistan, Georgia, and Serbia.
RFE/RL in the Media

Council on Foreign Relations cites Daisy Sindelar's interview with Ivan Lozowy
Today's Zaman cites RFE/RL reporting on Crimean Tatar leader
 
Russia
# Navalny may be jailed for a long time after latest conviction
# New law restricts Russian bloggers
# "Putin's Empire of the Mind" - Mark Galleotti and Andrew Bowen, Foreign Policy
# Can Snowden survive against Putin?
# DC theatre cancels major Russian theatre festival
 
Ukraine
Doubts raised about photos tying Russian units to Ukraine
# After body of politician found in Slovyansk, Turchynov relaunches "antiterror" operation
# Simon Ostrovsky, Vice News correspondent, detained in Slovyansk
# In Ukraine both sides call the other fascist 
Donetsk cousins: one's a Ukrainian nationalist, the other's a separatist
# Poroshenko visited Israel in secret to ask for support for territorial integrity
# "Fact sheet" on U.S. crisis support for Ukraine
 
Eastern Europe
# U.S. sending 600 ground troops to eastern Europe this week
# Belarusian vacationers to avoid Crimea this year
# Lukashenka warns against repeat of Ukraine "mistakes"
 
Iran
# Iran's divorce rate is rising
#mustseeIran hashtag creates two very different pictures of Iran
# In letters, Evin prisoners describe brutal attack 
# "The Iranian Nuclear Deal Is Working" - Joe Cirincione, "The Atlantic" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Will Afghanistan and Pakistan resume proxy war after U.S. withdrawal?
# Republicans say leaving fewer than 10,000 troops would be "fatal mistake"
# Pakistan army demands Geo news closure
 
Iraq
# Iraq teeters on the edge of civil war
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan vets burn magazines comparing Putin to Hitler
# Nazarabayev's nephew in New York apartment row
 
Balkans
 
Of Interest
# Reporting on drone strikes

The Rundown -- April 22

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 21i
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April 21, 2014
Pakistan destroys opium crops, the parents of Azerbaijani prisoners go on hunger strike, and Kazakh veterans protest a reappraisal of Hitler, plus stories from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq.
RFE/RL in the Media

# "Miami Herald" refers to RFE/RL in column about free expression
# "New York Times" uses RFE/RL video and my tweets in coverage of Putin's Q and A
# "The New Republic" cites RFE/RL in feature on "the next Ukraine" in the former Soviet space
Heritage Foundation recommends putting RFE/RL under direction of NED
# Read Ildar Gabidullin in Al Jazeera on the possibilities for referendums in Russia
# Read Daud Khattak in the "Express Tribune" on the dangers to journalists in Pakistan
# Read Carl Schreck in "The Atlantic" on Soviet rock and roll
 
Russia
# Snowden may regret decision to question Putin
# Obama losing influence among BRICS
# "What Putin Is Costing Russia" - Ilan Berman, "Wall Street Journal" 
# "Putin and the Exile" - David Remnick, "New Yorker" 
# "In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin" - Peter Baker, "New York Times" 
# Who will suffer and who will benefit from Obama's new "containment" policy
 
Ukraine
# Lavrov threatens to "stop" civil war 
Photos link masked men in East Ukraine to Russia
# "Donetsk People's Republic's" anti-Semitic intro to its TV channel
# Will Ukraine be stable enough for next month's elections?
# Press conferences in eastern Ukraine getting "weirder and weirder
# "Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic" - Neil MacFarquhar, "New York Times" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Which former Soviet State could be next?
# Moldova prohibits Russian TV channels
# "Putin Adversary to Obama: We Need You" - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. forces in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 troops
# On the dangers of reporting from Afghanistan
# Pakistan "backs Narendra Modi" as India's next PM
 
Iran
# Tehran angry about seizure of New York skyscraper
# Iran to cut gas subsidy this week
# Iran denies reports of attack on Elvin prison
# Nuclear agency reshuffle in Iran
# Iran to allow first public concert
# Video: Iranian version of "Happy"
 
Iraq
# Iraq long-read in the "New Yorker": "That trusted middleman is still us. And we are not there
# Attacks across Iraq kill at least 33
 
Caucasus
# "Azerbaijan and the Bear Next Door" - Norma Zager, "The Hill"
# CPJ condemns jailing of Azerbaijani journalist on espionage charges
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- April 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 17i
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April 17, 2014
Ukrainians call for a boycott on Russian fuel, schools stand abandoned in northwest Pakistan, and an outbreak of snakes alarms Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Russia and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media

# "Wall Street Journal" opinion piece, which says VOA and RFE/RL have weakened, calls for changes in BBG structure
# "The Guardian" cites Daisy Sindelar's interview with Ivan Lozowy
 
Ukraine
# Ukrainian Ambassador to U.S. appeals for support in "Washington Post"
# Pamphlets warning Jews of Donetsk
# Edward Lucas says Ukraine crisis could be start of World War III
# How the "Kyiv Post" functions
New dispatch from Ostrovsky
 
Russia
# Sides agree to deescalation 
# "Russia's New Challenge to Europe" - Ulrich Speck, Carnegie
# Can biometrics establish a link between Moscow and the gunmen in eastern Ukraine?
 
Eastern Europe
# Putin says Transdniester should be able to choose its own fate
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE 
# Pakistani Christians sentenced to death over blasphemous text
# The dangers of being a journalist in Pakistan
 
Iran
# UN watchdog says Iran ahead of schedule in compliance
# U.S. releases funds to Iran
# Why is there a U.S. plane in Iran?
# Iran officials offer words of advice to Russia on sanctions
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan says it's "disappointed" over Kashagan setback
# Kazakh businessman reportedly offers ransom for murder of Dnipropetrovsk governor
 
Caucasus
# OSCE and Azerbaijan parliament sign agreement
 
Of Interest
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The Rundown -- April 17

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- Apr. 16i
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April 16, 2014
Pro-Russian separatists seize military vehicles in Ukraine, an anti-LGBT protest in Russia, and poor children get free clothes in Pakistan, plus more reports from Afghanistan, Russia, and Pakistan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

AL.com cites RFE/RL's coverage of Ukraine crisis
 
Russia
# VKontakte founder says FSB asked him to turn over Euromaidan account information
# U.S. says toughest sanctions will only come if Russia invades
# "Playing Putin's Game" - Walter Russell Mead, "The American Interest" 
# Duma passes first reading of bill that would end direct mayoral elections
# How McDonalds went from zero to hero in Russia
 
Ukraine
# Anti- terrorist operation "a spectacular debacle
# Leonid Ragozin: people in Donbas really hate instability
# "What Drives the Hate in Eastern Ukraine" - Oksana Grytsenko, "Kyiv Post" 
# "Why Ukraine's May 25 Election Is So Important" - George Liber, "Moscow Times" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Gagauzia's "tough choice" between Russia and the EU
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Deep corruption at Afghanistan's border crossings 
# Do Afghan election results increase chance U.S. will stay?
# Women of Afghanistan "stand to be counted
# Pakistan Taliban end ceasefire 
# A solar solution to Pakistan's gas crisis
# Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats 
 
Iran
# Mother of victim halts Iranian's execution at last minute
# Iran "ready to help Europe" with natural gas
# Could Israel carry out a surprise attack on Iran?
# Azerbaijan and Iran seeking closer military ties
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan considers Aral Sea cooperation with Uzbekistan
 
Caucasus
# Armenian said to be first person killed in eastern Ukraine violence
# Azerbaijan clamping down on Facebook activists 
# Azerbaijan to build Olympic complex
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- April 16

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 15i
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April 15, 2014
Women and children protest in Kazakhstan, market workers worry about their jobs in Tajikistan, a protest at the Duma in Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Moldova, Georgia, and Serbia in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media
WSJ Marketwatch cites Farangis Najibullah on Russia's political weatherman
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine launches "gradual" operation in the east
# A Russian journalist's 24 hour ordeal at Kyiv airport
# "The Ukraine Situation Requires More Nuance" - Volodymyr Ishchenko, "The Guardian"
# How to repatriate Ukraine's stolen assets
 
Russia
# "U.S. Should Send Troops" - James Jeffrey, "Washington Post"
# "Spiegel" on growing ties between European far right and Moscow 
# "Crimea Helped Putin Hijack the Nationalists" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times"
# "Russia is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine" - David Herszenhorn, "New York Times"
What would Russia do if it crossed into Ukraine? 
# Divisive debate in Germany over Russia
# Russia and China racing to finish gas talks
 
Eastern Europe
# New round of Transdniester talks in May
# Moldova is "newest front" between Russia and the West
 
Iran
# Khamenei having trouble controlling his hardliners; Zarif says he's not worried about hardliner push-back
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan minister kidnapped in Kabul
# NATO airstrike in Afghanistan reportedly kills civilians
# Confidential U.S. assessment says Afghanistan not ready to govern on its own
# Afghan economy faces serious revenue shortfall 
# Afghanistan journalists' Taliban boycott
# Pakistan to establish polio vaccine checkpoints
 
Iraq
# Clegg demands release of Iraq inquiry
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan appears to back Gulen crackdown 
 
Central Asia
# Tajik remittances more than half GDP
 
Of Interest
# The guy who invented the Twitter disclaimer
# It may be okay to kill comments

The Rundown -- April 15

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 14i
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April 14, 2014
Rioting in northern Iraq, a protest over land seizures in Kazakhstan, and a former Taliban leader's disappearance, plus stories from the Russian republics of Tatarstan and Daghestan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

World Bulletin features RFE/RL map of Russian ties in FSU
NPR cites RFE/RL coverage of Ukraine crisis
 
Russia
# White House prepping new sanctions against Moscow
# Israel and U.S. split over Russia response
# Pentagon not happy with Russian jet buzzing Navy ship 
 
Ukraine
# "Cossacks" in Slovyansk 
# "Ukraine's Defense Dilemma" - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie 
# Support for Russia has decreased in the South and East, according to recent polling
# Thirty lions at Crimean safari park face starvation
 
Iran
# Iran official voices concern over fate of nuclear power plant
# Iran wants UN committee meeting on U.S. ban of envoy
# Iran minister hints country could replace Russia as gas supplier to EU
 
Iraq
# "Iraq’s Elections Setting Up ‘Worst Case Scenario’" - James Kitfield, Defense One
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "A Hedgehog and a Fox Explain Afghanistan" - Douglas Ollivant, Foreign Policy
# "America's Ugly Win in Afghanistan" - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times
# Senior Taliban member goes missing in UAE
RT's take on progress in Afghanistan
# Pakistan to release 12 Taliban militants
 
Caucasus
New PM appointed in Armenia

The Rundown -- April 14

RFE/RL in the Media

# Read Fred Petrossian in the "Washington Post" on the decline of Iran's blogosphere
NPR cites RFE/RL on Ukraine crisis
Al Arabiya uses RFE/RL photo of controversial Iranian diplomat
 
Russia
# Russia spent higher percentage of GDP on arms than U.S. for first time since 2003
# Some 5,000 protest government media crackdown in Moscow
# "It's Time to Stop Romanticizing Russia" - Christian Neef, Spiegel
# Russia's role is to "incite, support and protect" Ukraine militants 
 
Ukraine
# Churkin says up to west to avoid civil war
# Miners have joined the pro-Russia protests in Donetsk
# Ukraine says it can prove Russia coordinated attacks
# U.S. State Department: "Ten more false claims about Ukraine"
Status of towns in eastern Ukraine as of 9PM
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah ahead so far in vote count, but runoff likely
# "The diplomatic brain drain" in Afghanistan
# Pakistan says next round of Taliban talks coming
# Judge dismisses murder charge against 9-year-old
 
Iran
# Iran says it's sticking with UN nominee despite U.S. objections 
# Iran calls off plan to send warships to Atlantic
# "Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?" - Abbas Milani and Israel Waismel-Manor, "New York Times"
# "Sanctions are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief" - Rick Gladstone, "New York Times"
# Public executions in Iran draw crowds
# The photographer who stages murders in Iran
 
Caucasus
# Sarkisian says he won't run for president again
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan fears "Russian spring"
# Kazakh authorities may soon have ability to cut all communications within hours

The Rundown -- April 11

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- Apr. 10i
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April 10, 2014
A fire seriously damages the Ukrainian Communist Party headquarters, the commander of U.S. forces meets with Afghanistan's military, blind cricket teams face-off in Pakistan, plus stories from Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

"USA Today" interviews 
Vaclav Havel fellows 
Ivan Beliaev and Ildar Gabidullin  
Al Monitor cites Carl Schreck's story on on Seymor Hersh Syria claims
# Read Lyubov Chizhova and Farangis Najibullah in "The Atlantic" on how Russian schools are teaching Crimea
 
Russia
# U.S. says tougher sanctions may be coming
# Putin's letter to Europe
# Dmitry Kiselyov compares his situation to the Dreyfus affair
# UN hints at rigged Crimea vote
# "Putin's War Against Russia's Last Independent TV Channel" - Tikhon Dzyadko, "The Guardian" 
# "Playing to Putin's End Game" - Nicholas Burns, "Boston Globe"
 
Ukraine
# CPJ demands Ukraine allow Russian journalists into the country 
# HRW criticizes new lustration law
# Burger King reportedly moving into Crimea
# Russia and the Great Patriotic War in Donetsk
# Infographic: Ukraine separatist movements
 
Europe
# "NATO Must Avoid New Cold War Borders" - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie
# "Germany's New Ostpolitik" - Jakob Mischke and Andreas Umland, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Germany and the romanticization of Russia
# Pic: Jobbik at PACE: "Crimea legally belongs to Russia! Transcarpathia legally belongs to Hungary!" 
 
Iran
# The rising price of dowries in Iran
# Russia and U.S. disagree over oil deal with Iran
# Israel's new satellite is likely meant to keep watch over Iran
# Khamenei gets Twitteratti treatment
 
Iraq
# Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge
# Iraq signs preliminary deal for Czech planes
# Iraq gets first Pizza Hut
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "The irreversible journey" of Afghanistan's women
# The weakening of the "tribal factor" in Kandahar
# Pakistan rejects claim that Baluch group carried out market attack
# On Pakistan's YouTube ban
 

The Rundown -- April 10

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- Apr. 9i
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April 09, 2014
Pro-Russian activists rally in Ukraine's Donetsk, a bomb explosion hits a Pakistani market, Armenians demand the implementation of a Constitutional Court ruling, plus stories from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

# "National Review" cites Rob Coalson's piece on Russian television
# Council of Europe interviews Khadija Ismayilova after hearing on investigative journalism 
 
Russia
# Russia says it's near agreement in long sought gas deal with China
# Will Ukraine crisis derail southern gas pipeline?
# Russia did not provide complete information on Tsarnayev
# Analysts say Russia playing for influence -- rather than prepping invasion -- in Ukraine; but might invade anyway
# Is the West prepared for Putin's next move?
# Did NATO expansion set off Ukrainian crisis?
# The difficult life of opposition in Russia's regions
 
Ukraine
# "The Radical Skepticism of Ukraine's Students" - Peter Pomerantsev, "New Yorker"
# Putin warns Kyiv against irreversible mistakes
# Putin's "beachhead" in eastern Ukraine 
# Ukraine's richest man gambles on peacemaker role
# Ukraine halts natural gas imports from Russia
# Pro-Kremlin viral video imagines war in Ukraine
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus Free Theatre given UK residency
# Top NATO commander says U.S. troops may be sent to eastern Europe
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# More children are dying from explosives left by U.S. forces
# Election day in Afghanistan was more violent than most other days
# The "driving role of Pakistan" in the Afghan war
# An al-Qaeda leader explains Twitter recruitment
 
Iran
# Iran says U.S. reaction to UN envoy choice is unacceptable 
# Denying visa would test U.S. influence at UN
# Diplomat also reportedly implicated in Rome death of Iranian dissident
# Ahmadinejad may have just joined Twitter 
 
Caucasus
Gulen was major issue in Erdogan-Aliyev talks
# Aliyev's selfie with Dutch ambassadors attracts attention
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan mulls criminalizing calls for separatism
# Foreign Ministry offers contest for foreign journalists' reporting in Kazakhstan
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- April 9

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 8i
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April 08, 2014
Ukrainian forces expel pro-Russian protesters from a building in Kharkiv, a Belarusian dissident is released from prison, an Iraqi city hosts an international flower show, plus stories from Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Serbia in this roundup of stories from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

# "The New Republic" cites Andriy Kuznetsov's "ominous dispatch" from Luhansk
Reason cites RFE/RL coverage of crisis in Ukraine
 
Russia
# Rhetoric towards Ukraine and West heats up 
# Swedish security services worried about Russia war preparations
# How Moscow is trying to integrate Crimea's Muslims
# Russia court forces closure of Memorial NGO because of "foreign agent" dispute
# "You Can't Beat Putin Because He's Already Won" - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy
 
Ukraine
# Did a Russian invasion of Ukraine just get more likely?
# Jewish community leaders in Dnipropetrovsk reject anti-semitism claims
# EU to set up support group for Ukraine economy
# In Luhansk, separatists prepare for "long siege"
# Who are the "human shields" in Luhansk? 
Inside occupied Donetsk
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus says it's working on a cure for AIDS
# Tensions high on Ukraine's border with Transdniester 
# Moldovan winemakers struggle 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Fewer election complaints than in '09
Mixed picture emerging from Afghan vote
# "Four Reasons Elections Won't Fix Afghanistan" - Michael Kugelman, "The Diplomat"
# Afghanistan child bride gets second chance at life
# In Pakistan, giant portrait puts face on drone strikes
# On the 9-month-old charged with attempted murder
 
Iran
# Iran wants nuclear deal drafting by mid-May
Asian ambitions for Iran's Navy?
# Carney says Iran choice of envoy "not viable"
# RT says nuclear talks collapsing 
# Domestic tensions "boil" in Iran
 
Iraq
# Sen. Rand Paul once said Iraq invasion was for Halliburton profit
Quality issues emerge with Iraq oil in Asia
# Some parts of Anbar won't have voting because of violence
 
Central Asia
# Russian Embassy in Dushanbe says local Russians support Ukraine policy 
# Kazakhstan's offshore woes
 
Caucasus
# Putin submits Russia-Armenia military deal for Duma approval
# The Armenians of Estonia
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- April 8

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 7i
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April 07, 2014
Pro-Russian activists occupy government buildings in eastern Ukraine, anti-Russian protesters march in Moldova, Kyrgyzstan commemorates its April 2010 uprising, plus stories from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Serbia in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

# Robert Coalson's piece about a day in Russian TV included on "Financial Times" list of "smart reads"; also republished in "The Atlantic"
Washington Free Beacon cites RFE/RL Russian Service interview with Boris Nemtsov
# "Le Monde" cites report by Andriy Kuznetsov from the standoff in Luhansk 
 
Russia
# Lavrov, in "The Guardian," says it's West, not Russia, stirring up tension
# Is Putin sabotaging Ukraine?
# The return of "New Russia"
Possible risks for Moscow in the event of an attack on Ukraine
# Putin warns FSB about NGO dangers
 
Ukraine
# Are Yanukovych's old aides working with the separatists in the east?
Russia's options in Ukraine
# Russia accuses Ukraine of using "U.S. mercenaries" in the east
# How one Crimean separatist has dodged sanctions
# The less Americans know about Ukraine the more they want to intervene
 
Eastern Europe
# Moldova requests extradition of Russian banker from UK
 
Iran
# Senate votes unanimously to deny potential Iran UN envoy entry to U.S. 
# U.S. senators pushing hard line against Iran-Russia deal
# Hizbollah says it has helped Assad win in Syria
# Iran struggling to receive promised unfrozen oil revenue
# Revolutionary Guard says it has dismantled a foreign spy ring
# Heroin a common enemy of U.S. and Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "The Ghost Polls of Afghanistan"- Matthieu Aikins, Harpers
# Afghanistan's new middle class is the "key to stability"
# Pakistan military hints at irritation over Musharraf trial
# Pakistan security forces kill 30 in Balochistan
 
Iraq
# Iraq signs preliminary deal for Czech planes
# Two more executions in Iraq
# Glaxo investigates possible misconduct in Iraq
 
Of Interest
# Is Vox a smarter Wikipedia?
# How advertising cookies let observers follow you around the web

The Rundown -- April 7

RFE/RL in the Media

Bloomberg cites RFE/RL Azeri interview with former U.S. ambassador in story on angst in Azerbaijan over Russia moves 
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of storming of security agency building in Luhansk
Eurasianet cited RFE/RL Kyrgyz coverage of gold mine riots
 
Russia
# Putin's high-profile defenders in Europe
# The CIA's secret plan to print "Dr. Zhivago" 
# "Defend the West: Is it Time to Rearm?" - Brendan Simms, "New Statesman" 
# Czech president says NATO should act if Russia invades eastern Ukraine
# Putin more like Nicholas I than Peter?
# Saakashvili's warning
# Russia's "oil sickness" stifles reform
 
Ukraine
# Pro-Russia protesters seize government buildings in eastern Ukraine
# Was a Russian general behind Euromaidan massacre?
# Authorities arrest group said to be planning attack against Kyiv government
# Yatsenyuk says Ukraine will stick with austerity
# Nationalist-linked Ukraine reporter found murdered
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Estimated 7 million people turn out for relatively peaceful Afghan vote
# Many voters were scared to vote in Wardak province
# WSJ calls for "credible U.S. force" to remain in Afghanistan
# "Afghanistan's Coming Coup?" - Paul Miller, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Pakistani Taliban launch Urdu website
# Pakistan to release Taliban prisoners
 
Iran
# Abducted border guards released
# U.S. allows Boeing to sell air components to Iran
# Experts split over Iran nuclear weapons fatwa
# "Sheldon: Iran's Best Friend" - Thomas Friedman, "New York Times" 
 
Iraq
# ISIS expands around Baghdad
 
Caucasus
# "Checking Putin's Eurasian Ambitions" - Svante Cornell, "Wall Street Journal"
# Dugan says an Azerbaijan that is hostile to Russia "will instantly cease to exist"
# Could Russia exploit ethnic differences in Georgia's south?
 
Central Asia
# Russia, Uzbekistan floating buffer states in Afghanistan to stem flow of Islamism 
 
Of Interest
# Ezra Klein left "Washington Post" for Vox because its CMS was made for journalists

The Rundown -- April 4

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- Apr. 3i
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April 03, 2014
Loyal soldiers leave Crimea for Ukraine, the military reassures voters in Afghanistan, and new army recruits in Tajikistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan in a roundup of reports from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

# "New York Post" and "The Age" take screen grab from Ukrainian service video of Maidan snipers
Eurasianet cites RFE/RL's Armenian Service on Armenia's lost apricot season
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine charges riot police, Yanukovych, with Maidan deaths 
# Ukraine bans the sale of some Russian food products
# Ukrainians try to boycott all things Russian 
# Simon Ostrovsky video of the clearing of Right Sector from Dnipro and of Crimean Tatars
# 14 things to know about Petro Poroshenko 
 
Russia
# Russia accuses 25 Ukrainians of planning terror attacks
# Russia says it has weathered the worst of the economic storm
# Russia deputy FM recommends yoga for U.S. officials still vexed by Crimea annexation
# Cambridge House refuses to publish book on Putin links to organized crime
 
Eastern Europe
# Special forces mobilize in Chisinau
# Gagauzia asks Russia to open consulate
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Where Afghanistan soldiers get training
# "Sex, lies and social media" in Afghan elections
# "Give Afghanistan a Chance" - Patrick Christy, "US News"
# "Campaign of Resilience" - photos from the trail
# Pakistan to tighten border for Afghan elections
 
Iran
# Age mellows some former captors of U.S. hostages
# Iran official now says all five captured border guards are still alive
# Experts say design of Arak plant need to be changed
Twitter and the 2009 Iran protests
 
Iraq
# "Iraq's Biggest Killer Hits Cairo" - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast
 
Caucasus
# Armenian prime minister resigns
 
Of Interest
# Turkey turns its back on the EU

The Rundown -- April 3

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 2i
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April 02, 2014
A suicide-bomb attack in Afghanistan, the election campaign begins in Iraq, and a bank protest in Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Georgia in a roundup of reports from countries covered by RFE/RL.
Russia
# NASA cuts ties with Russia, with exception of space station
Divisions among Russian emgires on Ukraine
# "Why Russians Long for the Soviet Union" - Victor Davidoff, "Moscow Times"
# "Putin's Nightingales" - David Remnick, "New Yorker"
# "In Crimea, Russia Showcases a Rebooted Army" -C.J. Chivers and David Herszenhorn  
 
Ukraine
# What happened in Ukraine: A daily update
# Ukraine to get its own social network
# Ukraine far-right leader "shot himself
# Firtash charged with racketeering in the U.S. 
# David Frum asks why the weak response from the West over Russian calls for federalism
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus withdraws Interpol request for Suleiman Kerimov
# Gagauzia labor migrants ask Russia for simpler citizenship procedures
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Bomb kills six outside ministry compound in Afghanistan
# "Afghanistan and the Bottom Line" - Jamie Tarabay, Al Jazeera 
# The things an Afghan election observer carries
Retail politics in Afghanistan
# Pakistan police apologize for German tourist's two week detention
 
Iran
# Iran and Russia working on $20 billion oil-for-food deal
# State Department notifies Iran of "serious concerns" about UN choice
# Israeli opposition leader throws support behind Iran talks
# Mother of Iranian passenger on Flight 370 "suffers in silence"
 
Central Asia
# China promises Tajikistan hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid
 
Caucasus
# Kim Kardashian makes plea for Kessab 
# Iran’s gas courtship of Armenia 
# Erdogan to make first post-vote trip to Azerbaijan
 
Of Interest
# What the NYT new news app is trying to do

The Rundown -- April 2

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 1i
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April 01, 2014
Ultranationalists disarmed in Ukraine, Defense Ministers meeting in Tajikistan, a pro-Crimea rally in Russia's Bashkortostan, and stories from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Afghanistan in a roundup of reports from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

# House passes measure that includes funding for RFE/RL and VOA Ukraine broadcasting
# "Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL survey of Russian media environment
# "Moscow Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on EU concern over Transdniester 
# Read Rob Coalson's profile of Petro Poroshenko in "The Atlantic"
 
Russia
# Finland frets as Russia launches military drills on its border 
# Manhattan real estate feels a Russian chill
# Pavel Durov leaves VKontakte amid Kremlin pressure
# President of RT America facing prison for tax fraud
Profile of Dmitry Kiselyov
 
Ukraine
# 25 tales of corruption and control found at Yanukovych's house
# U.S. military donations showing up for sale online in Ukraine
# Russia imposes large hike on Ukrainian gas prices
# "Experts on Ukraine Still Getting It Wrong" - Alexander Motyl, "World Affairs Journal"
 
Eastern Europe
Undercover report from Transdniester 
# If Transdniester is a new flashpoint, how should Europe react?
# Belarus supports Ukraine's "choice of integration vector"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan Analysts Network election rundown
# Karzai, to live near palace, plans to maintain influence
# The radicalization of some of Afghanistan's educated youth
# To protect foreigners, Afghanistan shuts down their hangouts
# Pakistan Ahmadi arrested on blasphemy charges
# Pakistan rejects Afghan allegation of involvement in terror attacks
 
Iran
# UN report assails Iran persecution of religious minorities
# Cheney calls for strikes on Iran at Republican gathering
# "Is Iran a Military Threat?" - Shahram Chubin, Carnegie
# 60% of Iran students use Viber and WeChat says office of Supreme Leader
 
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan fined $500,000 for nine doping cases
# Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs are to meet in Moscow in early April
 
Of Interest
# Young Syrian refugees perform Shakespeare 
# The case for profanity in print

The Rundown -- April 1

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Mar. 31i
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March 31, 2014
A former president is indicted for treason in Pakistan, a bridge is bombed in Iraq, and an opposition leader is released from jail in Belarus, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Iraq in a roundup of reports from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

Eurasianet cites RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service on base closures in Kyrgyzstan 
# Ron Paul, writing for Russia Today (RT), criticizes RFE/RL as propaganda
 
Russia
# Germans invoking Crimea precedent want their Republic back 
# "Putin's New War on Traitors" - Joshua Yaffa, "New Yorker" 
# "Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?" - Ralf Neukirch, Spiegel 
# Why did BRICS back Russia on Crimea?
# "Russia's Anti-Western Ideology Has Global Consequences" - Anne Applebaum, "Washington Post" 
 
Ukraine
Darth Vader running for president 
# Kyiv calls Medvedev visit to Crimea a "crude violation"
# "Ukraine's Best Worst Hope" - Gregory Feifer, Politico
# Ukraine's troops "cope on donations"
# Infographic: Crimea vs. Kosovo
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan gets the most foreign aid
# An Afghan couple on the run
No U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan in March
# The $400,000 camel meant to stand at new U.S. Embassy in islamabad
# Is Musharraf preparing to leave Pakistan?
 
Iran
# Iran director screens film to save man on death row
# How far did Turkey go to help Iran avoid sanctions?
# Former U.S. hostage angry about UN envoy appointee 
 
Caucasus
# Turkey trade with Russia diverted through Georgia
# Armenian bill would ban online anonymity 
 
Central Asia
# Moscow deploys missiles to Kazakhstan border
# Uzbekistan tightens Internet cafe scrutiny
# Karimova's selfies from house arrest
 
Of Interest
# Google public DNS intercepted in Turkey

The Rundown -- March 31

Russia
# Is Warsaw the only thing standing in between Putin and Europe? 
# With addition of Ukrainian ships, Russian Navy now larger than U.S Navy 
# Ten reasons Russia is "likely" to invade Crimea
# Seven parts of Russia that other countries can call theirs 
# "Putin's Reckless Gamble" - Stephen Sestanovich, "New York Times" 
# "My Friend, Stalin's Daughter" - Nicholas Thompson, "New Yorker" 
 
Ukraine
# Ukrainian FM calls Russian FM comments "patronizing
# "Ukraine's Hopes Riding On a Chocolatier" - Andrew Kramer, "New York Times" 
Ecuador won't recognize Ukrainian government
# Crimea switches to Moscow time
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents hold talks
# U.S. gives Moldova $10 million to reinforce border
# Moscow reaching out to Gagauzia 
 
Turkey
# Erdogan's wins big in municipal elections, promises to go after enemies
# Turkey on the road to "Fahrenheit 451?"
# Five things to know about Turkey's social media ban
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Analyzing the election polls
# Potential domestic and external "spoilers" in Afghanistan election
# Afghanistan, India and Iran to sign pact that will give Kabul port access
# "The Interpreters We Left Behind" - Paul Solotaroff, "Mens Journal" 
# Pakistani Taliban agrees to extend ceasefire 
 
Iran
# Iran's pick for UN Ambassador was a member of group involved in 1979 Embassy hostage-taking
# Iran begins to rock out
# Iran's chief rabbi dies 
# Iran and Israel pursue cold peace in Gaza
# "Veiled Truths" - Hossein Fatemi, "New York Times" 
 
Central Asia
# What does Crimea mean for Kazakhstan oil?
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan's warming ties with Iran
# Medvedev says Armenia's customs union roadmap has been implemented
# Glazyev says customs union will be good for all Caucasian states
 
Of Interest
# French far right has best showing ever in local polls
Map of countries blocking Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

The Rundown -- March 28

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March 27, 2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai hosts the international Norouz festival, Pakistani paramedics demand a pay rise, and an exhibition titled "Ten Centuries of Art in Belarus" opens in Minsk, plus stories from Russia and Belarus in the countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

Al Arabiya reports on Kurdish officer to be tried for murder of RFE/RL's Baghdad bureau chief
# "Washington Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on Transdniester
ShalomLife cites RFE/RL's UkraineUnspun report on Russian anchor's remarks about the Holocaust
 
Russia
# George Shultz on dealing with Russia
# Target of anti-gay attacks, Russia's largest gay club shuts down 
# "Obama's European History Lesson" - John Cassidy, "New Yorker" 
 
Ukraine
# Tymoshenko to run for president
# Invasion of Russia increasingly likely according to U.S. intel
# Ukraine "finds new hero" in commander who stood up to Russians
# James Sherr: Time to stop praising Ukraine "for exercising restraint"
 
Iran
# Iran plans to increase gas imports by March 2015
# Iran and Iraq part of global rise in capital punishment 
# Western firms seek a safe way into Iran
# Russia not ready to "retaliate" in Iran talks
# Iran urges UN action over abducted soldiers
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Faces of modern Kabul
# Afghan election official say state employees being used to back Rassoul 
# The importance of Afghanistan's first lady
# Afghanistan's multinational mobile phone company
# Pakistan court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy
# Chief judge in Musharraf treason trial quits
 
Central Asia
# Dushanbe moves to seize assets of troubled Ukrainian oligarch 
# Tajikistan and Afghanistan sign cooperation documents
 
Balkans
# Bosnia finds wartime mass grave
# EU slams Bosnia on lack of progress with EU accession 
 
Of Interest
# Turkey blocks YouTube after new leak

The Rundown -- March 27

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March 26, 2014
Crimean retirees queue up for pensions, traders in Pakistan strike against extortion, and a commemoration in Serbia for Albanian victims of the war in Kosovo, plus stories from Afghanistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Iraq, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media

# Read Charles Recknagel in "The Atlantic" on Russia restarting a Soviet era fitness program
Daily Beast profile of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves mentions his former employment at RFE/RL 
Business Insider cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukrainian troop movements near Ukraine
 
Russia
# New U.S. intel assessment says invasion of E. Ukraine more likely than previously thought
# Russia sets up hotline for anti-Russian rights abuses in Ukraine
# Crimea's fighting dolphins switch sides
# Russia to direct $2.8 from reserves to Crimea
# Russia considers making Crimea a casino hub
# "Western Sanctions Are a Sign of Weakness" - Igor Ivanov, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Interim defense minister ousted over Crimea response
# Signs of Russian control begin appearing at street level in Crimea -- to mixed reaction
# Crimean Tatars may hold their own vote
# Hard line nationalists turn on the new administration
# "Ukraine's Phantom Neo-Nazi Menace" - David Frum, "The Atlantic" 
 
Eastern Europe
# "Belarus Wants Out" - Andrew Wilson, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Gazprom says business in Belarus, Ukraine not affected by crisis
# Belarusian opposition marches in support of Kyiv
# Russian military holds exercises in Transdniester 
 
Iran
# Iranians make moonshine
# Iran warns Pakistan after abducted soldier's reported execution
# Iran hangs 16 in reprisal for killings
# The evolution of Iran's ethnic Baluch insurgency
# "Are You Brave Enough to Invest in Iran?" - Matthew Lynn, MarketWatch 
 
Iraq
# Iraq electoral commission resigns en masse
# Obama sort of defends Iraq war
# Reporters Without Borders expresses concern about attacks on journalists in Iraq
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghan candidate quits presidential race, backs a frontrunner 
# "Afghanistan: Miserable, But Not as Bad as You Think" - Rob Crilly, "The Telegraph" 
# Karzai says Afghanistan will further cement ties with China
# Pakistan lawmaker battles to raise punishment for child marriage 
# Pakistani minister rules out concessions to Taliban
 
Central Asia
# Is Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border dispute about oil?
# Uzbekistan joins CIS free trade zone
 
Caucasus
Energy ramifications of Crimea crisis for Azerbaijan
# Armenia steps back comments on Crimea annexation 
 
Of Interest
# "New York Times" bets on own reputation with new mobile app 
# Some doubt about North Korean men being required to get Kim Jung un haircut 
# Twitter responds to Turkey

The Rundown -- March 26

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March 25, 2014
Tight security in Kabul following a suicide attack, Kyrgyz women's rights activists march for peace, and a protest in Pakistan against the abduction of civilians, plus stories from Russia, Armenia, and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# House bill provides $10 million for increased broadcasts to Ukraine by RFE/RL and VOA
# "Newsweek" quotes RFE/RL interview with Mark Galeotti on Ukraine sanctions
WorldCrunch cites Daisy Sindelar's piece about Tymoshenko's "Nuland moment"
 
Russia
# Tsarnaev may have escaped U.S. authorities because of spelling error
# Obama says Russia is a regional power, but not a geopolitical foe 
# "For Putin, Out With the Old Favorites" - Ellen Barry, "New York Times" 
# Putin's fear of technology keeps spies in the dark
# Robert Gates says West has to play long game to challenge Putin
# Website lists Russian "traitors" who opposed Crimea invasion (Russian)
 
Ukraine
# Ukrainian Catholics say they're forced to flee Crimea
# Ukraine battles to rebuild depleted military
# Russian military expert says Russia will invade Eastern Ukraine by mid-May or not at all
# Most Americans say U.S. doesn't have a responsibility in Ukraine
# Senate likely to pass bill with $1 billion in loan guarantees this week
# "Citizens in Uniforms: Post-Euromaidan Reality" - Anna Zamejc and Pawel Rybicki 
# Ukraine battles to rebuild a depleted military
 
Eastern Europe
# Why Transdniester could be next 
# Belarus and NATO discuss new partnership goals
 
Iran
# Iran says one of five abducted border guards has been killed 
# Iran resumes monetary aid to Hamas
# Tehran smog clears during Nowruz
# U.S. authorizes academic exchanges with Iran
# "A Cappuccino With the CIA" - Roya Hakakian, "New York Times" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Video: In U.S. criticism Rumsfeld says "a trained ape" can get a status of forces agreement done
# Murdered Afghan journalist's son regains consciousness 
# An assessment of the Taliban's military capability
# Karachi emerging as an "indie music capital"
# "Saudi Arabia's Pilgrimage to Pakistan" - Mai Yamani, Project Syndicate
 
Iraq
# Iraq buys $1.5 billion in gold 
# First polio case in 14 years
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan to expand representation in NATO
 
Of Interest
Can you spot a liar? (The Rundown got 9/10) 

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