Friday, December 19, 2014


Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- August 7

RFE/RL in the Media
# Balkan Insight reports on the threat of closure for RFE/RL Balkans language services 
 
Middle East
# Is Al-Qaeda Yemen plot just a way for Ayman al-Zawahri to reassert authority
# Huffington Post on why McClatchy reported on Zawahri intercept and "The New York Times" didn't 
# Ryan Crocker: Assad will Prevail "Yard by Bloody Yard
# How coup verdicts in Turkey may deepen political divide - "Time" 
# "Erdogan Silences Dissent in Divided Turkey" - Hasnain Kazim, "Spiegel" 
# Criticism of Hezbollah inside Lebanon "increasingly bold" over Assad support 
 
Iran
# "Iran's Leader Reaches Out to U.S., Vows to Resolve Nuclear Row" - Marcus George and Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters 
# "Mr. Rouhani, You’re No Gorbachev" - Ben Cohen, Slate 
# Musavi, 2009 opposition presidential candidate, out of hospital, still under house arrest 
 
Iraq
# "Baghdad's Man Inside the Beltway" - Josh Rogin, "Foreign Policy"  
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Attack last night after soccer match kills 11 children as violence puts Pakistan government "on defensive
# 13 people pulled off bus and shot dead in southwest Pakistan 
# Musharraf a no-show at indictment for Bhutto murder 
# "The Enduring Art of Afghanistan" - Kevin Sites, Vice 
 
 
Russia
# "4 Reasons Why Miriam Elder is Wrong about Putin and Gays" - Kevin Rothrock, Russia!  (in reference to this piece
# Obama tells Leno he has "no tolerance" for anti-gay laws, but says "Russia is not unique" 
# Inside a migrant detention camp
# "The New York Times" tracks Navalny's campaign 
 
Ukraine
# Anna Nemtsova interviews Ukraine's "real life Barbie
# Ukrainian far-right group "cake attacks" Russian bank over Roshen chocolate row 
 
Central Asia
# In Alatau, Kazakhstan, a tour of a modernized Soviet-era nuclear reactor 
 
Of Interest
# "Why Drones Fail" - Audrey Kurth Cronin, "Foreign Affairs" 
# How to buy fake protesters   
# "Boston Bombing Suspect Was Steeped in Conspiracies" - Allan Cullison, "The Wall Street Journal" 
# Video: With "Washington Post" sold to Jeff Bezos, was this 1981 report a harbinger of things to come? 

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