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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown - February 5

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RFE/RL In The Media
# "Trial by Video" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"
# The Washington Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iran

International Press Review

Iran
# "Take Iran at its Word" - Douglas Murray, "The Wall St. Journal"
# "Why is the U.S. Subsidizing Iran?" - Frederick Starr, "Foreign Policy"
# Former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi has been arrested
# Iran's new stealth jet doesn't look like much of a fighter

Russia
# Will there be a mob turf war in Sochi?
# Russia's push for a smut-free Internet sparks (more) censorship fears
# "The Days of Engaging Russia Are Over" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# Russia shipped $15 billion in arms last year
#  Alexander Lebedev will start a new TV station in London

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The UK has invited the Taliban to peace talks
# Abbottabad may get a theme park
# The scouts head to Afghanistan
# Printing press employees have been arrested for blasphemy
# Zero Dark Thirty is a hit in Pakistan

Of Interest
# Georgia's population is aging fast according to a new study
# Stray cats are dying in basements in Belarus
# "Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media" - Evgeny Morozov, "The New Republic"
# "Syria is not Iraq" - Shadi Hamid, "The Atlantic"

Science/Tech
# Today is "Safe Internet Day" -- here are some tips
# Twitter purchased the social TV analytics firm Bluefin
# Medieval famines may have been caused by extreme space events
# Can dogs be gay?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# A new memo details the legal justification for targeting Americans abroad
# 54 countries helped the CIA with renditions after 9/11
# "The Fall and Rise of the West" - Roger Altman, "Foreign Affairs"
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