Friday, August 22, 2014


Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- August 28

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal on Karzai Pakistan visit 
# BBC cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service coverage of people being forced to ride bicycles in Turkmenistan 

 
Syria
# The goal should be regime change  - "The Wall Street Journal" editorial
# Saudis allegedly try to convince Moscow to dump Assad 
# "Barack Obama's Choice on Syria Will Define his Presidency" - James Mann, "The New Republic" 
# "Syria Debate Deepens Republican Divide" - McKay Coppins, Kate Nocera, BuzzFeed 
# "How Useful Is the 'Kosovo Precedent?'" - Joshua Keating, Slate 
 
Middle East
# Mubarak backers return to public life 
 
Iran
# First test of diplomacy under Rohani with Oman Sultan and UN Undersecretary visit 
# Iran's support for Assad is mixed blessing for West - Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie 
# Iran to name first female ambassador 
# Iran officials walk fine line on Syria 
# Syria strike could dash hopes for Iran talks 
 
Iraq
# Iraq court clears way for al-Maliki to run for a third term 
 
Russia
# Russian police seize painting of Putin in women's underwear - Reuters 
# A tribute to Moscow's best park 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Came home. Moved on. Couldn't forget
# Civilians becoming targets in Afghanistan 
# "Pakistan: Bloodbath on Death Row?" - Taha Siddiqui, The Diplomat 
 
Central Asia
# Tajikistan independence tree dies in Dushanbe  
 
Eastern Europe
# Police say weapons found in Femen office 
# Russia warns Belarus over Uralkali head's arrest 
 
Balkans
# Amnesty International denounces Kosovo UN mission for failing to address atrocities against Serbs 
 
Of Interest
# In first half of year, 74 countries demanded information on 38,000 Facebook users 

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