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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown - February 21

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on terrorists and social media, the Kremlin fight against Aleksei Navalny, and the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan
# "Al-Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on Syrian Kurds in Iraq
# "The Atlantic" cites RFE/RL reporting on Kosovo
# An editorial by "The Washington Post" discusses RFE/RL in Russia
# "Wired" cites RFE/RL reporting on dashcams in Russia

International Press Review

Iran
# Iran will set up a $4bn oil refinery in Gwadar
# "Make Tehran a Serious Offer" - Yousaf Butt, "National Interest"
# "Iran Can’t Agree to a Damn Thing" - Patrick Clawson, "Foreign Policy"
# Nigeria claims it has broken up an Iranian terror cell

Russia
# Russia has offered to mediate talks with Syria
# "Putin Declares War on Sleaze" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"
# Inside the Pussy Riot letters

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Australia has offered asylum to 2,500 Hazara families
# Senior Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested
# "The US Needs a Mediator for Afghanistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times"
# The Asian Human Rights Commission on sectarian killings in Pakistan
# Great photos from Afghanistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# A Tajik journalist was stabbed in Moscow
# "The Women of Stalin's Gulag" - Paul Gregory, "Real Clear World"

Of Interest
# J.M. Berger on terrorists and social media (RFE/RL's take on the issue)
# The detective investigating Oscar Pistorius is facing 7 counts of attempted murder
# The Oxford comma and the Internet

Science/Tech
# Immortality through Twitter is finally possible
# Some nice conspiracy theories about the Russian meteorite
# The universe is finite, everybody panic

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# U.S. aid to The Caucasus and Central Asia will decrease
# "Wooing Russia and its Influence" - David Ignatius, "The Washington Post"
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