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June 11, 2014
Increased security as traffic police get guns in Pakistan, opposition activists detained in Russia, a rally against the Almaty mayor in Kazakhstan, plus more stories from Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- June 11

RFE/RL in the Media

Foreign Policy reviews Abubakar Siddique's book, "The Pashtun Question" 
Andrew Sullivan references Carl Schreck's Iraq explainer
Carnegie Center mentions RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service interview with Ambassador Richard Morningstar, which was condemned by a government official 
# Read Carl Schreck's Iraq explainer in "The Atlantic
Washington Free Beacon cites Golnaz Esfandiari's interview with Obama's spiritual adviser 
# CNN uses video of Iraq fighting from RFE/RL's Iraqi service  
 
Iraq
# Iraq militants gain ground and push towards Baghdad as army withers; map of ISIS control  
# What the Mosul siege means for ISIS 
# Iraq seeking U.S. strikes on militants; so far refused 
# Long read from April: "What We Left Behind" - Dexter Filkins, "New Yorker" 
# Tweet: Could earlier help to Syria rebels have prevented this? 
 
Iran
# French FM says Iran nuclear talks "have hit a wall
# Iran Air seeks spare parts while it still can 
# "Iran's Dissidents, Released But Not Freed" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker" 
# Iran's World Cup interest wanes 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Ghani leading in new poll 
# Afghan banks may face blacklist because of failure to combat money laundering 
# U.S. launches drone strikes in Pakistan for first time this year 
# Pakistan's military submit Taliban options to Sharif 
# "Pakistan Must Unleash the Military" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times" 
 
Russia
# Lavrov admits cooperation with separatists -- says Moscow sending aid 
# Are Putin's "European adventures" working? 
# Russia charges three Navalny associates with fraud 
# Putin denies waging war on Internet freedom 
# Russia roles out patriotic candy 
# Russians, including Medvedev, apparently enjoy elevator selfies 
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko says he's ready for talks with separatists if they lay down their arms 
# "Can Ukraine Win Its Information War With Russia?" - Peter Pomerantsev, "The Atlantic" 
# On why Russian neo-Nazis are attracted to the Ukraine conflict 
# "On The Edge Of Civil War In Ukraine" - Mike Giglio, Buzzfeed 
# RT surprised that military recruitment office in Luhansk not running with full staff 
 
Eastern Europe
# World Bank says that eastern Europe growth will drop sharply due to Ukraine crisis
# Lukashenka says west is warming up to him 
 
Central Asia
# Tajikistan brings wild goat from edge of extinction 
# Kazakhstan and South Korea agree to visa free regime 
# Kazakhstan FM's op-ed in "USA Today" on green initiatives 
# Ukraine crisis affects construction in Turkmenistan 
 
Caucasus
# "The Corleones of the Caspian" - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy 
# "Azerbaijan: Caught Between Two EUs" - Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet 
# Music by Armenian composer banned in Baku 
 
Of Interest
# Christian Science Monitor on turning reading into action 

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