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The Rundown - February 28

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on political trials in Iran
# "Mapping North Korea’s Brutal Labor Camps" - Courtney Brooks, "World Affairs Journal"
# "Al Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraqi Kurdistan

International Press Review

Iran
# Javendafar: Iran celebrating a "limited victory"
# "Why Iran Says 'No'" - Hussein Banai, "LA Times"
# Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran has an "elected" government

Russia
# The lawyer for Max Shatto's family says the boy's bruises were self-inflicted
# "The Four Stages of Putinism" - Andrei Piontkovsky, "Project Syndicate"
# Vladimir Putin says the Russian military needs a serious upgrade
# Russian explorer Artur Chilingarov is leading the charge on Arctic claims
# A look at Mikhail Gorbachev's new memoir

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "The Express Tribune" interviews former Taliban leader Syed Muhammad Akbar Agha
# "Missed Opportunity in Afghanistan"- Mujib Mashal, "Time"
# "Pakistan’s Energy Savior: Iran" - Zachary Keck, "The Diplomat"
# The Taliban has denied a role in the death of journalist Malik Mumtaz

Of Interest
# Van Cliburn has died at 78
# "The Failings of a Czech President" - James Kirchick, "Der Spiegel"
# Azerbaijan wants to get away from Russian names
# "Kazakhstan’s Quest for Global Nuclear Importance" - Joshua Foust, "Transitionistas"

Science & Technology
# A U.S. millionaire wants to fund a trip to and from Mars
# Astronomers found a black hole spinning at nearly the speed of the light
# Scientisits have discovered on of the oldest animal fossils ever found

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The House holds a hearing on Islamic militancy in Central Asia
# U.S. Representative Chris Smith has been denied a Russian visa
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