Friday, October 31, 2014


Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown - March 6

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic"on the horrors of Stalin's gulags, a trip to Vorkuta, and the hopes of Tehranis
# "A Pale Reflection of Reality" - Masha Gessen, "The New York Times"

International Press Review

Russia
# The Bolshoi's lead dancer has been arrested in connection with an acid attack on the theater's director
# "Vladimir Putin's Many Identities" - Nikolas Gvosdev, "National Interest"
# Some of Russia's ethnic minorities are on the verge of extinction
# The fall of the Bulgarian government at the hands of a Russian energy monopoly

Iran 
# World powers are expecting progress from Iran on the nuclear issue
# DIscussion: "The Rise & Fall of Iran in Arab and Muslim Eyes"

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# There is some tension over what will become of U.S. military bases in Afghanistan
# Pakistan and the U.S. are at odds over drone strikes
# "How Democracy Kills in Indonesia and Pakistan" - Pankaj Mishra, "Bloomberg"
# "How To Do Empire Right?" - Manan Ahmed Asif, "The Caravan"
# Omar Waraich on Pakistan's literary festivals

Iraq
# 48 Syrain soldiers were ambushed in Iraq
# "The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq" - CHristian Caryl, "Foreign Policy"
# The final report of the Iraq reconstruction's inspector general
# "The New Normal in Baghdad" - Peter Harling, "LeMonde Diplomatique"

Of Interest
# Hugo Chavez is dead at age 58
# "Does it Matter if the West Gives Military Aid to Uzbekistan?" - Sarah Kendzior, "Al Jazeera"
# A Soviet soldier was found alive in Afghanistan
# "Voting Against Freedom" - Joshua Kucera, "Wilson Quarterly"
# "Importance of Rogun Dam for the War on Terror" - Hillary Kramer, "Forbes"

Science & Technology
# Pew looks at the (often overstated) effects of Twitter
# Could the ancient Romans have built a digital computer?
# Giant camels used to roam the Arctic

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan" - Vali Nasr, "Foreign Policy"
# The Pentagon says it is unprepared for a full-scale cyber attack
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