Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- September 23

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 22i
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September 22, 2014
A massacre commemorated in Pakistan, Peshmerga fighters advance in Iraq, Gay Pride in Belgrade - plus stories from Kazakhstan and Tatarstan.
 
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The Guardian view on Afghanistan’s new government: better late than never
# Afghanistan's disputed election: Divide and rule, Economist.com
 
Caucasus
 
Iran
# Islamic State: David Cameron to meet Iran’s President to discuss Isis threat, Independent
 
Iraq/Syria
# The Arab War on Terror, Foreign Policy
 
Russia
 
Ukraine

The Rundown -- September 22

Thousands March In Moscow For Peace In Ukrainei
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September 21, 2014
Thousands of people marched in Moscow on September 21 to protest against the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's support for pro-Russian separatists. Demonstrators chanted slogans such as "No to war," "Don't shoot your brothers," and "Ukraine, we are with you." Peace marches were also taking place in St. Petersburg and in cities in Ukraine. (Video by Ivan Voronin, RFE/RL's Russian Service)

RFE/RL in the Media

# "London Review of Books" reviews Abubakar Siddique's "The Pashtun Question" 
AOL uses RFE/RL Iraqi Service video of bombing aftermath in Kirkuk
Slate writes about Lyubov Chizhova's "very matter of fact" interview with Yevgeny Chichvarkin
Breitbart cites RFE/RL reporting on Russia detaining Lithuanian fishing vessel
 
Russia
# Thousands protest in Moscow antiwar demonstration
# Russia says Scottish vote may have been rigged
# Putin considering plan to unplug Internet "in an emergency"
One-fifth of Russian oil production at risk due to sanctions
 
Ukraine
Fighting continues despite new agreements in Minsk
# Donbas's disappearing Jewish community
 
Iraq/Syria
# "Iraq: The Outlaw State" - Max Rodenbeck, "New York Review of Books"
# A more direct threat than IS
# Bloomberg editorial: Obama is "Iraq's only honest broker
# Baghdad's "peace carnival"
 
Iran
# China and Iran to conduct joint naval exercises
# Iran wants more flexibility on its enrichment program in exchange for IS help
# Iran judiciary says Tango, Viber and WhatsApp should be blocked
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Deal reached -- a look at the new government
# NATO eyes "very fast" security deal with Afghanistan 
# Refugees deported from Australia reportedly killed in Afghanistan
# Khan gathers thousands in Karachi
 
Caucasus
# Saakashvili's life in Williamsburg exile
 
Of Interest
# David Brooks would spend $500 million on making us friends
# China, the climate and the fate of the planet

The Rundown -- September 19

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 18i
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September 18, 2014
Protests in Pakistan, a devastated bridge in Iraq, plus stories from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
RFE/RL in the Media 
# First "Roll Call," now "The Hill" -- RFE/RL called the Russia Today of Azerbaijan 
# New RFE/RL-VOA joint Russian TV production mentioned in White House fact sheet on Ukraine
 
Ukraine
# "Ukraine Leader’s Plea Nets Less Than He Wanted" - Michael Shear, "New York Times" 
# White House "fact sheet" on support for Ukraine
# "A Premature Party for Poroshenko" - Leon Aron, Foreign Policy
# Ukraine's blood bucket challenge 
 
Russia
# BBC reporter investigating Russian soldiers dying in Ukraine attacked in Astrakhan, but files incisive story anyway
# Russia demands more changes to EU-Ukraine trade deal
# Poland wants Russian veto limited at UN
# "Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy" - Peter Pomerantsev, "World Affairs Journal" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Baltic states weary of Russia's more strident tone
# Russian Foreign Ministry condemns vandalism of Soviet monuments in Lithuania 
 
Iraq
# Militants show reach in Baghdad with series of attacks overnight
# Can Iraq's rising Shi'ite militias be just as bad as IS? 
# CIA privately skeptical about new Syria strategy
# AFP will no longer allow freelancers to report from Syria
 
Iran
# Rohani faces tougher audience at UN this year
# Obama open to talking with Rohani at UN
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan asks for $537 million
# Liberal professor of Islam shot dead in Karachi 
# Why Malala can't return to Pakistan
 
Central Asia
# Russia tightens control over Kyrgyzstan 
 
Balkans
# "How Hard Times Are Healing Bosnia" - Peter Lippman "The Nation" 
# Israeli FM secretly meets with Dodik in Vienna
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 17i
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September 17, 2014
Arrests in Kosovo, floods in Serbia, women's volleyball in Afghanistan - plus stories from Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL Balkans video of flooding in Serbia 
The Blaze uses Li Luo's map of foreign fighter's in Syria 
 
Ukraine
# Moscow calls eastern Ukraine special status laws "a step in the right direction
# One million civil servants to be screened for corruption 
# "Ghosts of the Maidan" - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy 
# "Time to Give Ukraine Defensive Weapons"- Steven Pifer and Strobe Talbott, CNN
 
Russia
# Russia and Egypt sign preliminary $3.5 billion arms deal 
# How Bulgaria and Interpol are helping Vladimir Putin imprison European citizens 
# Russia "extremism" cases double, largely Internet-related
# "Russia is Our Most Dangerous Neighbor" - Martin Wolf, "Financial Times" 
 
Eastern Europe
# "Food fest" in Belarus following sanctions
# "Belarus And Poland: Brought Together By Russian Sanctions?" - Paula Borowska, Belarus Digest 
 
Iraq/Syria
# Kurds retake seven Christian villages 
# Rand Paul spreads McCain/IS meeting hoax 
# Militants under growing pressure 
 
Iran
# "Happy" dancers sentenced to  six months and 91 lashes 
# Iran detains UK citizen over ban on women watching sports alongside men
# Breakthrough in New York nuclear talks "unlikely
# Zarif says any deal is better than nothing 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Washington Post" editorial: Afghanistan stability depends on Abdullah-Ghani deal 
Seventh journalist killed in Afghanistan this year 
# An interview with a Taliban insider 
# Pakistan airstrikes kill 40 militants near border with Afghanistan 
# Pakistan economy battered by floods and political unrest 
 
Balkans
# Kosovo imams held in raids on IS recruitment 
# Sarajevo creates unit to catch stray dogs 
 
Of Interest
# Scotland was once "Europe's Afghanistan," says Niall Ferguson

The Rundown -- September 17

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 16i
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September 16, 2014
A deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan, shelling in Iraq, chewing tobacco in Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Montenegro and Kazakhstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Reuters and Yahoo use RFE/RL Crimean video of armed men surrounding Crimean Tatar Mejlis building 
Carnegie suggests outlets like RFE/RL should broadcast in the Baltics 
Washington Free Beacon cites RFE/RL coverage of vote in Crimea 
 
 
Russia
# Patriarch Kirill given SU-35 fighter jet 
# Kremlin-connected oligarch Usmanov buys full control of VKontakte
# Russia's 15th richest man placed under house arrest 
# New NASA spacecraft will end U.S. reliance on Russian Soyuz 
# "How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?" - Alix Rijckaert and Michel Viatteau, AFP
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers eastern Ukraine elections
# Ukrainians throw Party of Regions MP into dumpster outside parliament 
 
Iraq/Syria
# Syrian opposition blasts reports that it signed truce with IS 
# IS rape campaign across Iraq and Syria 
# Pentagon sees possible role for U.S. ground forces in Iraq 
# How to make money in Iraq defending those charged with terrorism
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Ghani campaign strategist on how he won "fair and square"
# Pakistan politician forced off flight after forcing passengers to wait two hours (the video)
 
Iran
# How Iran could become "shadow enemy" of U.S. in IS campaign; or are they allies?  
# "Iran Lawsuit Has Eric Holder Terrified" - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg
# Is Rohani's Iran tilting East?
 
Central Asia
# Nixon once refused to leave Soviet Union without recipe for plov 
# In Kazakhstan, gays threatened with blood test 
# "Ukraine Should Avoid Kazakhstan's Example" - Casey Michel, "Moscow Times" 

The Rundown -- September 16

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 15i
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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
# 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
 
Ukraine
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
 
Iran
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Why the candidates can't reach a deal 
# Could Karzai stay on?
# Al-Qaeda Indian branch "laughing stock" of terror world?
 
Caucasus
# 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

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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
 
Russia
# 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" 
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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
 
Iran
# U.S. seeking to exclude Iran from group fighting IS; Iran's mixed feelings about cooperation
# Jailed for watching volleyball in Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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 
 
Caucasus
# Will NATO build military bases in Azerbaijan?
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- September 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept 11i
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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
 
 
Russia
# 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
 
Ukraine
# 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 
 
Iraq/Syria
# "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?
 
Iran
# 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" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "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
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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
 
Russia
# 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
 
 
Ukraine
# "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
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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?
 
Iran
# Many Iranians think IS is "an American invention"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# "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
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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
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
 
Russia
# 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" 
 
Iran
# 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
 
Iraq
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
Russia
# 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
# 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
 
Iran
Detente on the horizon between Iran and Saudi Arabia?
# Why Kissinger may be wrong about Iran
# Rohani criticizes strict enforcement of the veil 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# "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
 
 
Ukraine
# 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" 
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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 
 
Iran
# 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/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijani officials raid IREX offices
 
Of Interest
# Reddit makes AMAs more readable

The Rundown -- September 5

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 4i
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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
 
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
# "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.
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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
# 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? 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
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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 
 
Ukraine
# 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
 
Russia
# 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?
 
Iraq
# Harrowing video on man who survived IS massacre
What's next for the would-be-caliphate?
 
Iran
# 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/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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 
 
Russia
# "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" 
 
Ukraine
# 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 
 
Iraq
# 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
 
Iran
# 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
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
# 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
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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 
 
Russia
# 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
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria
# "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
# Iran-Iraq conflict remembered through the lives of widows 
# Rohani urges clerics to tolerate Internet
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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" 
 
Caucasus
# 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
 
Russia
# 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
 
Ukraine
# 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" 
 
Iraq
# 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
# 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" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
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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 
 
Ukraine
# Russian troops, tanks gain ground in southeastern Ukraine
# Obama does not call it an invasion, but Power tough at UN 
 
Russia
# 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/Syria
# 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 

Iran

# 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 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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
 
Caucasus
 
Of Interest
# Journalists haunted by clicks

The Rundown -- August 28

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 27i
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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
 
Ukraine
# 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 
 
Russia
# 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
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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
 
Iran
# Iranian state-media says "CIA agents" helping IS
# Facebook crackdown getting worse in Iran
# Iran and the P5+1: "Getting to yes
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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' 
 
Caucasus
# Iran hints Azerbaijan responsible for alleged Israeli drone
# In Azerbaijan "family is the first fear" of LGBT community 
 
Balkans
# 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
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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  
 
Ukraine
# 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
# 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" 
 
Iraq/Syria
# 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
# 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 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# 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"   

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