Friday, November 28, 2014


Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- November 26

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

The Rundown -- November 25

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

The Rundown -- November 24

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

The Rundown -- November 21

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

The Rundown -- November 20

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

The Rundown -- November 19

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 18i
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November 18, 2014
Pakistani health workers launch a campaign against polio, students celebrate Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize, UNICEF holds a "children's parliament" in Bosnia-Herzegovina, plus stories from Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 18</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# The Mystery of ISIS’ Foreign Fighters - Joshua Keating, Slate
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan Is Not Iraq … Just Ask the Afghan People - Karl W. Eikenberly, Foreign Policy
Pakistan ranks third on Global Terrorism Index The Dawn
Takfirization of Pakistan - Liaquat Ali Khan, Huffington Post
# Pakistan police take harsh justice to the streets: ‘Mostly we get the right people’, The Guardian
Pakistan-Afghan border security a major challenge - Sartaj Aziz, BBC
 
Eastern Europe
# Uladzimir Matskevich: Lukashenka’s national concept is all about rushing eurobelarus.info
# Belarus: Struggling with the Same Old Problems - by Anna Maria Dyner, New Eastern Europe
 
Balkans
 
Caucasus
# Leveraging Social Innovation for Impact: Making Education a Priority in Armenia - Carrie Rich, Huffington Post
# Where now for Armenia’s opposition? - David Petrosyan, Open Democracy
 
 
 
Islamic State Does Not Threaten Russia - Casey Michel, Moscow Times
 
 

The Rundown -- November 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 17i
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November 17, 2014
Celebrations mark 25 years since the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic, a 16-year-old girl is killed in an accident with a hand grenade at a school in Kazakhstan, some 30,000 join anti-government protests in Georgia, plus stories from Bosnia and Kyrgyzstan. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 17</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Female Afghan politician Shukria Barakzai survives suicide bomb attack on her car, Independent
Before the Beheadings - Jefferey Goldberg, The Atlantic
Challenges to Pakistan's National security - Saima Afzal, Eurasia Review
# Kajaki: Turning a remarkable Afghanistan escape into a film, Independent
Darkening Tangle - Ajit Kumar Singh, SATP
 
Central Asia
Kazakhstan Benefits From Russia's Misfortune, Moscow Times
 
 
 
Russia
 
Ukraine
Ukraine voted – now what?, visegradinsight.eu
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 14

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 13i
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November 13, 2014
Displaced persons clash with police in Pakistan, Kurdish-Iranian women fighting in Iraq, Supreme Court drama in Russia, plus another report from Iraq
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 13</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
ViceNews cites Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on the public outcry over police abuse
# RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" blog cited in International Business Times and Breitbart 
# Tom Balmforth cited in Vox for piece on the occult in Russia 
# Read Joanna Paraszczuk in the "Atlantic" on the frequently asked questions of IS jihadists
 
Ukraine
# Ukrainian troops used Soviet-era incendiary devices against Iloviask in August
# Some experts say a new Ukraine offensive is unlikely 
# The Meskhetian Turks of eastern Ukraine think about fleeing to Turkey 
 
Russia
# Vehicles used to transport bodies crossing border from Russia
# "Russia Is Building Shopping Malls Where Stalin Held Show Trials" - Peter Pomerantsev, "New Republic" 
# "Putin's New Nostalgia" - Timothy Snyder, "New York Review of Books" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian official says Ukraine crisis may push country to the West
 
Iraq/Syria
# IS and Nusra Front reportedly agree to work together 
# Top ranking U.S. general says he would consider recommending ground troops in Iraq
# No blacklist yet for IS banks
# A sniper trained in Syria awaits IS
 
Iran
# Senators vow to "act decisively" against weak Iran nuclear deal
# "How Iran Jails Journalists and Human Rights Lawyers" - Haleh Esfandiari, "Wall Street Journal" 
# A guide to Iran's nuclear program
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Russia "scuttles" Chinese proposal for peace and reconciliation committee in Afghanistan
# Pakistan court issues arrest warrants for Khan and Qadri
# Saudi Arabia beheads seventh Pakistani on drug charges in one month
 
Central Asia
# McDonald's expanding into Kazakhstan
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 13

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 12i
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November 12, 2014
Serbian ultranationalist returns to hero's welcome, tribal families flee offensive in Pakistan, protest in Armenia, plus stories from Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 12</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
American Enterprise Institute cites RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" for reporting on Uzbek group pledging allegiance to IS
# "Journal of Turkish Weekly" cites RFE/RL Balkans Service for reporting on controversy over Albanian PM's comments
BloombergBusinessweek cites RFE/RL reporting on helicopter shot down by Azerbaijan
# Read Daisy Sindelar in the "Guardian" on five things you can find from the new Sputnik website
 
Russia
# Russia announces new bomber patrols to reach as far as Gulf of Mexico; U.S. says this is "routine
# Russians brace for "thrifty christmas
# The accidental "middle finger" to Putin on new propaganda site Sputnik
# Infographic: Russian provocations
 
Ukraine
# "Let's Stop Pretending a Ceasefire Ever Existed" - Julia Ioffe and Linda Kinstler, "New Republic" 
# Ostrovsky sits down with the warlords of eastern Ukraine
# Hungary will back EU on Ukraine if it gets help with gas
 
Eastern Europe
# With coming vote in Moldova, Putin puts Gagauzia in play
# Influential pro-Kremlin analyst says Baltic states should fear for their existence 
 
Iraq/Syria
# Iraqi Kurds want robots, but Washington wary of defying Baghdad 
# IS shows off tunnels it claims allow fighters to survive U.S. airstrikes
 
Iran
# Sources: Final Iran deal by deadline unlikely
# Rohani tells U.S. to stop making "excessive demands
# The fighters in Iraq who answer to Iran
# In IS war, Iran "will not be a friend of the U.S.
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Protracted elections part of cause of rising opium production in Afghanistan 
# Meet the skater girls of Afghanistan
# The perils of being a drone spotter in Pakistan
# The nuclear implications of Iran-Pakistan tensions
# IS delegation visits Pakistan militants
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan shoots down helicopter near line of contact
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- November 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 11i
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November 11, 2014
The Albanian prime minister meets ethnic Albanians in Serbia, women and children detained in Kazakhstan, a brothel owner sentenced in Tajikistan, plus stories from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Georgia.
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup -- November 11</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Hungarian dissident discusses RFE/RL's role during the 1989 revolutions in the "Economist"
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine's currency plunging
# Ukraine separatist leaders meet in Moscow with Russian lawmakers
Howitzers are the weapon of choice for Ukraine separatists 
# Ukraine now largest displacement crisis in Europe since Balkans wars
# "The Iran-Ukraine Affair" - Roger Cohen, "New York Times" 
 
Russia
# Despite collapsing ceasefire, new sanctions on Russia appear unlikely
# "Russia’s Gold Digger Academy" - Peter Pomerantsev, Daily Beast
# Americans participating in leadership conference detained in Russia and deported
# Moscow demands apology for far-right violence outside Russian embassy in Warsaw
# Russia straining to feed and heat Crimea
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# Smuggler says he helped send IS fighters to Europe
# On Turkish border town with Kobane, blood is the contraband of choice
# NBC News files first Western report from inside Kobane
Infographic on IS leadership
 
Iran
# "If Iran Says ‘Yes’" - Bret Stephens, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Russia agrees to build more nuclear reactors in Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# It costs $5,000 to become an Afghan border guard, but one can make $4,000 a month in bribes
# "Are Ethnic Politics Afghanistan's Greatest Hope?" - Sean Mann, Foreign Policy
# Eight charts that show how Pakistan’s view of India has changed over 30 years
# Network of private schools declares "I am not Malala day
 
Caucasus
# U.S. embassy denies secret talks with Iran in Baku
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan looks at hedging against falling oil prices
# Uzbekistan university students complain about cotton harvest
# China edging Russia out of Central Asia
 

The Rundown -- November 11

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 10i
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November 10, 2014
Sparks fly as Albania's prime minister visits Serbia, Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, thousands demand President Ilham Aliyev's resignation in Azerbaijan, plus stories from Ukraine and Kazakhstan. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 10</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# "New York Times" says new Russian news agency's network of bureaus resembles structure of RFE/RL 
Reason cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine crisis 
 
Ukraine
# Pro-Kremlin analyst says he expects situation in Ukraine to explode in the coming days
 
Russia
# Russian central bank floats ruble
# Russia has yet another international news outlet; CNN, meanwhile, being forced out
# British NGO outlines nearly 40 international incidents involving Russia since start of Ukraine crisis
# "Russia is a Bigger Problem Than ISIS for Obama" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times" 
# Russia and North Korea sign agreement to deport illegal immigrants
 
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian charged with spying for Belarus
 
Iraq/Syria 
# Syrian rebel leader says attacks on IS undermining anti-Assad forces 
# Turks increasingly sympathetic to IS
# Inside the CIA's Syrian rebel vetting machine 
 
Iran
# Sides appear to still be far apart as nuclear deadline looms
# Khamenei outlines plan to "eliminate" Israel
# Iran's copy of captured U.S. drone takes flight 
# European banks accused of facilitating Iran-backed attacks on US troops in Iraq
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# New government brings "hope of change" in Afghanistan 
# On child labor in Afghanistan 
# Secret memo warns IS has "master plan" for Pakistan
IS posters popping up in Lahore
 
Caucasus
# OSCE urges Azerbaijan to stop repressions of free media 
 
Balkans
# Kosovo and Serbia PMs spar on live TV
# "Georgia's Game of Throne" - Christina Maza, Balkanist 
 
Central Asia
# Nervous Kazakhstan "sensitive" about Ukraine question
# Kazakhstan paroles ex-officer jailed for murder of opposition leader
 
Of Interest
# Facebook app poses dilemma for publishers

The Rundown -- November 10

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Time" on learning from RFE/RL and VOA that the Berlin Wall had fallen
# YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of attempt to pull down statue of Derzhinsky 
 
Ukraine
Worse shelling in months as OSCE observes convoys
# Anonymous EU officials have harsh words for Ukraine
# "It's No Time for EU Wobbling Over Ukraine" - Judy Dempsey, "Moscow Times" 
# In depth investigation on origin of BUK
 
Russia
# China and Russia sign deal on second gas route 
# Two brides marry in Saint Petersburg, prompting outrage
# Echo Moskvy under pressure
 
Iraq
# Libyan city of Darna pledges allegiance to IS
# Rumors that Baghdadi hit in U.S. air strikes
# Iraqi troops seize parts of important oil refinery town
# The five reasons people join IS
 
Iran
Time running out for U.S. and Iran on nuclear deal
# U.S. plays "oil card" against Iran and Russia
# Port Authority officer kept sources with ties to Iran attacks
# "Obama's Bet On Iran" - Jackson Diehl, "Washington Post"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Expats explain why they're staying in Afghanistan
# Three-star general on "why we lost" in Afghanistan
# Ghani seeks to mend fences with Pakistan
# Should China be worried about IS gaining ground in Pakistan?
 
Central Asia
# Saving Kazakhstan's wild apples
 
Caucasus
# Thousands join opposition protests in Azerbaijan
 
Of Interest
# East-West Germany seen from space
# Families of those who died crossing wall remember loved ones

The Rundown -- November 7

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 6i
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November 06, 2014
Switchover from analogue to digital TV in Kyrgyzstan, a border town recaptured from Islamic State militants in Iraq, a human rights activists ordered to leave Belarus, plus stories from Russia and Armenia. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 6</span></p>

RFE/RL in the Media

Andrew Sullivan's The Dish quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's coverage of the Iranian press reaction to congressional elections
# RFE/RL Russian Service cited in "Moscow Times" on Soviet-era dissident's trouble renewing his passport
 
Ukraine
# Backgrounds on the people who "observed" the separatist vote
# East Germans wary of helping Ukraine
 
Russia
# Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to defend Putin
# Prominent Echo Moskvy journalist fired over tweet by Gazprom media
# Putin defends Molotov-Ribbentrop pact 
# Russia's currency is plummeting
 
Eastern Europe
# Latvian FM comes out on Twitter
 
Iraq/Syria
# U.S. strike may have killed key French Khorasan Group jihadist
# Iraq's brutal Shi'ite militias
# Pentagon acknowledges more than 600 reported chemical weapons exposure in Iraq
# On trying to shut down IS Twitter accounts
 
Iran
# Obama wrote secret letter to Khamenei about fighting IS
# Ten tails of Iran and Europe
# Iran building "new Hizbollah" in Syria
# Iran’s dog walkers could face 74 lashes
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# In Afghanistan, TV soap sends messages of hope
# The complete VICE doc: "Afghanistan: What we're leaving behind"
# Pakistan police officer kills 'blasphemer' with axe
 
Caucasus
# PM calls Alasania "adventurer, stupid and ambitious"
# Does Tbilisi have its own "Yanukovychs?"
# Azerbaijani Ambassador to UK says country is on "a journey towards human rights"
 
Central Asia
Uzbekistan's cruel cotton conundrum

The Rundown -- November 6

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 5i
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November 05, 2014
Internally displaced persons from Transdniester stage a sit-in in Moldova, the biggest Balkan jazz festival gets under way in Sarajevo, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Serbia. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 5</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Guardian" quotes RFE/RL Russian Service interview on death of actor and anti-Putin activist
# The Diplomat quotes RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service coverage of U.S. Ambassador's statement on Russia
# According to Hurriyet review of "A Mosque in Munich,"  RFE/RL tried to "exploit" minorities against Soviets
 
Russia
# Russian actor and Putin critic found dead in Moscow 
# Russia says it will not attend 2016 nuclear security summit
# Finland warns of a new Cold War with Russia
 
Ukraine
# Preparations for renewed war begin in eastern Ukraine, as concerns about Mariupol grow 
# Monkey Cage analysis shows little fraud in Ukrainian election
# "Ukraine Has Done Nothing to Tackle Corruption" - Mohammad Zahoor, "Financial Times" 
# Luhansk separatists will not let Ukrainians collect bodies of war dead
# What life is like for Ukrainian prisoners of war
 
Eastern Europe
# Bikini photo of judge sparks "outrage" in Moldova
Speed dating in Belarusian
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# IS Iraq wave "turning into a ripple;" but still making gains in northern Iraq
# Why has IS broken its pattern with Kassig?
# Foreign Policy asks if Erdogan has made a democratic future in Turkey possible by breaking power of military
 
Iran
# The lucrative business of mourning in Iran
# Is Soleimani running the Iraq ground war?
# New Congress may make nuclear deal more difficult for Obama
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Left to fight alone, Afghanistan battles to save wounded
# US army 'loses' military equipment worth $420 million in Afghanistan
# How IS leader Baghdadi tried to recruit Al-Qaeda's al-Zawahiri
# "Times of India" says an army insider may have been the Wagah border suicide bomber
 
Caucasus
# Political shakeup in Georgia as FM quits
# "Georgia’s Coalition on the Rocks?" - Thomas de Waal, Carnegie 
# Ivanka Trump in Baku, Azherbaijan (sic) 
 
Central Asia
Sharon Stone at premier for hit Kyrgyzstan film
 
Balkans
# Kosovo in "worst political crisis" since independence 
 
Of Interest
# The World's second languages
# Some people talk social media and news coverage
# Facebook database of government requests
# Europe's Muslims feel under siege

The Rundown -- November 5

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 4i
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November 04, 2014
Rival marches mark National Unity Day in Russia, female journalists demand protection from death threats in Afghanistan, plus stories from Serbia and Pakistan. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 4</span></p>
Russia
# France Mistral project director fired
# Russia ranked least prosperous country in Europe
# A review of Peter Pomerantsev's new book
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko calls on parliament to repeal special status law ; peace plan "in tatters"
# "Newsweek" provides detailed account of Russian ambush of Ilovaisk
# "'Finlandization' Abandons Ukraine" - Mark Lagon, Will Moreland, Foreign Poiicy
# Video shows "People's Court" voting to sentence man to death in eastern Ukraine
 
Eastern Europe
# FoxNews explores Moldova's wines
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# HRW says Shi'ite militias are using fighting against IS as pretext to destroy Sunni communities
# Nine of IS' top commanders served time in Camp Bucca
# "After Kobane, Saving Aleppo" - Laurent Fabius, "Washington Post"
 
Iran
# Pentagon sought sanctions exemption for Iran investment in Afghanistan
# Iran celebrates 35th anniversary of U.S. hostage crisis 
# Woman jailed for volleyball on hunger strike
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The Afghan doctor who performs 20 surgeries a day
# Afghanistan launches drive against women being used as "decoration" in advertising
# Christian couple killed by Lahore mob for allegedly desecrating Koran
# India and Pakistan cut off border ritual for first time since 1971
# "Pakistan Parliament Emerges From Protests Triumphant" - Saeed Shah, "Wall Street Journal" 
 
Caucasus
# Georgia gets the Buzzfeed treatment
# Thorbjorn Jagland says there are "glimmers of hope" for Azerbaijan's human rights situation
 
Of Interest
# The fall of the Berlin Wall: an accident(?)
# 100 tech people to follow on Twitter

The Rundown -- November 4

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov. 3i
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November 03, 2014
Tight security for Ashura in Pakistan, prisoners released in an Amnesty in Tajikistan, separatist elections denounced in Ukraine, plus stories from Afghanistan and Belarus. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Nov 3</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
Christian Science Monitor, "Sofia Globe" and Andrew Sullivan cite RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine elections
 
 
Ukraine
# Fighting intensifies as Poroshenko suggests Kyiv could abandon Minsk agreement 
# Ukraine's "body collector
# Getting into parliament "may have been the easy part" for new legislators
# How an Afghan immigrant became a Ukrainian celebrity
# "Washington Post" editorial: Putin resumes "chipping away" at Ukraine
 
Russia
# U.S. worried it could lose Hungary to Russia over MOL gas deal 
# Russia boycotts nuclear meeting
Steve Jobs memorial taken down due to fears it may violate gay "propaganda" law
# Meet the rappers behind the smash hip-hop ode to Putin; the video
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# Buzzfeed observes oil trade with IS and middleman at Syria-Turkey border
# U.S.-backed fighters routed by Nusra Front in Syria, defect en masse 
# IS lessons for terror groups on how to use the web
# Former U.S. ambassador describes what he says was dysfunctional withdrawal from Iraq
 
Iran
# Iran tentatively agrees to ship uranium to Russia as part of nuclear deal
# "How the U.S., Not Iran, Is Making Concessions" - Michael Singh, "Wall Street Journal" 
# In pictures: Ashura in Iran
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Top Afghan war commander reportedly reassessing withdrawal timeline
# "Why Afghanistan Courts China" - Zalmay Khalizad, "New York Times" 
# Ghani drops his tribal name
Taliban factions claim responsibility for massive attack on border with India
 
Central Asia
# "Why are Dzhokhar Tsarnayev's Friends Going to Prison" - Masha Gessen, "New Yorker" 
 

The Rundown -- November 3

Locals choose agricultural products, which they can buy for a symbolic payment, next to a Donetsk polling station.

RFE/RL in the Media
Latin Post cites RFE/RL's coverage of the unrecognized separatist vote in eastern Ukraine
# Read Malali Bashir in Foreign Policy on "the real first ladies of Afghanistan" 
 
Russia
# "Putin’s Friend Profits in Purge of Schoolbooks" - Jo Becker and Steven Lee Myers, "New York Times" 
# Indigenous Russians harassed by Moscow
# "Why Chinese-Russian Friendship Is Here To Stay" - Gilbert Rozman, "Foreign Affairs" 
# African migrants in Russia describe "hell on earth
 
Ukraine
# Separatist regions "vote" as Russian personnel and equipment reportedly roll into east again
# Elections, which Moscow recognized, likely to worsen tensions between Russia and the West
# "Ukraine's Last Chance" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg 
 
Eastern Europe
# Residents of Brest, Belarus discover town is built on Jewish gravestones 
 
Iraq    /Syria/Turkey
# Erdogan's cemented power symbolized by $350 million palace 
# Shi'ite militia implicated in Sunni mosque massacre 
# Al-Qaeda revives its beef with IS
# Video: Alleged IS fighters discuss buying and selling Yazidi slave girls
# "Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria" - Thomas Friedman, "New York Times" 
 
Iran
# Iran sentences woman to a year in prison for trying to attend a male volleyball game
# Iran defends its human rights record 
# "Iran Poised to Choose Poverty Over Nuclear Disarmament" - Ray Takeyh, "Washington Post"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# America's unfinished prison in Afghanistan -- "a filthy nightmare"
Fanged dear spotted in Afghanistan for first time in 65 years
# Bomb kills at least 50 on Pakistan border crossing with India 
 
Caucasus
# Daily Beast talks to the families in Georgia of IS militant leaders
# "What Does Russia Really Want With Abkhazia" - Sergei Markedonov, ODR
 
Of Interest
# How to shoot a protest on an iPhone and produce professional video
# Germany is still divided
 

 


The Rundown -- October 31

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 30i
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October 30, 2014
Kyiv's oldest movie theater gutted by fire, Armenia's only airline suspends its flights, spam messages start Ebola rumors in Tajikistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan
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RFE/RL in the Media
CPJ cites RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service on another journalist arrest
 
 
Russia
# Czech intelligence accuses its politicians of being soft on Russia
# Beware the share button in Russia
# FIFA places Crimea on map of Russia
# "Time" exclusive: Putin's Secret Agents
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine and Russia reach gas agreement
# Some 64 supporters of "dictator laws" return to parliament; and Moscow not happy with negative disposition toward them
 
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# Is the U.S-Turkey alliance crumbling?
# IS destroys important 11th century shrine
# Survivors describe massacre of 600 prisoners in Mosul
 
Iran
# "The Revolution is Over" - "Economist" 
# Does Israeli Iran policy threaten the "special relationship" with the U.S.?
# The recent uptick in hostility towards women in Iran could be directed at Rohani
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan "going off the rails" as U.S. withdraws
# Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives
# "Behind India's Pakistan Quandary" - Sharat Sabharwal, The Hindu
 
Caucasus
 
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan reportedly suffering gas shortages
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 30

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 29i
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October 29, 2014
Opposition lawmakers offer mass resignation in Pakistan, a memorial service for unknown soldiers in Ukraine, plus stories from Georgia and Afghanistan.
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RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment on government pressuring media over Iran acid attack
CPJ cites Esfandiari on acid attacks 
 
 
Russia
# Russia says it's serious about going it alone on oil exploration
# "Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?" - Kevin Fallon, Daily Beast
# France denies Russia warship delivery reports
# Russians celebrate U.S. rocket explosion, but its engine was made in Russia 
 
Ukraine
An interactive on the battle for Donetsk airport 
36 hours with the man who started Ukraine's revolution
# "How Putin turned Ukraine to the West" - Oxana Shevel, "Washington Post" 
 
Iran
# Did U.S. call Netanyahu "chickensh--" to send a signal to Iran?
# U.S.-Iran relations move to detente 
# Apple in talks to sell iPhone in Iran
# "The U.S.-Iran Non-Alliance Alliance Against Islamic State" - Aki Peritz and Faris Alikhan, Reuters 
 
Iraq/Syria
# Iraq victory in Sunni town underlines challenges
# In their words: Sunnis on their treatment in Maliki's Iraq
# An IS fighter sent back to Germany -- to go shopping
# The Iraqi TV comics who take great risks to make fun of IS
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Rebuilding tech in Afghanistan with open source
# West "breaking" promises to Afghanistan's girls
# Pakistan's Taliban launches "quality" English-language magazine
# "ISIL’s rapid rise in Pakistan smacks of desperation" - Tom Hussain, "National
 
Caucasus
# Georgia one step closer to EU visa liberalization
Armenia and Azerbaijan debate who's Israel's ally in "Haaretz" 
 
Central Asia
# "Another Wrinkle in Kazakhstan-Russia Relations?" - Casey Michel, "Diplomat" 
# Kazakhstan court orders massive damages over same-sex kiss poster
# Eurasian Union "gets ready to take on the world
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- October 29

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct. 28i
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October 28, 2014
A $200,000 fine for a controversial advert in Kazakhstan, a journalist knifed in Kosovo, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. (RFE/RL)
<p class='photo_caption'><span>RFE/RL Video Roundup - Oct 28</span></p>
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Golnaz Esfandiari's recent Iran reporting cited in Democracy Digest and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy
# Joanna Paraszczuk's "Under the Black Flag" blog cited in Al MonitorInternational Business Times and NewsMax
# The "Independent" cites RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service on Bishkek's Putin Pub
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in the "Atlantic" on an artist asking Iranians about their fears 
 
 
Russia
# U.S. diplomats in Moscow are facing Cold War era harassment ; Moscow denies
# U.S. used 1,000 Nazis during the Cold War 
# Russia's Deputy PM Shuvalov reportedly used offshore companies to avoid import tax on $2 million in dacha construction material
# Nordic, Baltic states face 'new normal' of Russian military threat
 
Ukraine
# Behind the scenes with the Ukrainian fighters at Donetsk airport who are surrounded, but "refuse to give up"
# Still and East-West divide? Hromadske TV attempts to explain the low turnout
# Russia will be recognizing elections in "people's republics"; Kyiv calls decision destructive ; so tensions ratcheted up for gas talks
# "In Divided Ukraine a Border Takes Shape" - James Marson, "Wall Street Journal" 
 
Iraq/Syia
# Vox takes a look at how the advance of IS has been stopped over the past month
# IS hostage provides "report" by hostage from Kobane; Daily Beast speculates about whether hostage has Stockholm Syndrome 
# Stories from Iraq of people on the run
# How the West buys "conflict antiquities" from Iraq and Syria
 
Iran
# Reyhaneh Jabbari's heartbreaking last words 
# "Economic Pain Looms Large for Iranians in Nuclear Negotiations" - Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times" 
# "Iran's Shadow War in Iraq" - Paul Shinkman, "U.S. News and World Report" 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Attack punctuates Taliban advances in Kunduz
# Afghanistan draws closer to China
# "Let's learn" from West's institutional failure in Afghanistan 
# Burqa Avenger is now trying to fight Polio
 
Balkans
# EU drops sanctions on Milosevic, family and associates 
# Opposing nationalists need to reach power sharing agreement in Bosnia 
 
Caucasus
Crimea-Armenia flight hangs in the air
 
Of Interest
# A very detailed breakdown of how Snowden communicated in the early days of his leak 
# Twitter will soon seem a lot like Facebook 

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