# The rial took another dip
after failed nuclear talks
# "Helping Iran Make TRR Fuel
" - Mark Hibbs, "Arms Control Wonk"
# "How Russia and Azerbaijan Weaken Europe’s Values
" - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Endowment
# Moving photos
(and some of cute dogs) from St. Petersburg
# "How A Female Photographer Sees Her Afghanistan
" - Marie McGrory, "NPR"
# Wikileaks has released diplomatic cables
from the 1970s (here
# PHOTOS: Syria in ruins
# Time to take a dive
beneath Europa's ice sheets
# Kazakhstan was the perfect place
for a diplomatic disagreement...
# ...more from Scott Peterson
"can't go on forever"
# The shifting of Iran's economy
# "The Pain of Following Iran in U.S. Media
" - Rami Khouri, "The Daily Star"
# "Russia's Digital Underground
" - Soldatov & Borogan, "Foreign Policy"
The new wave of creativity and culture
# "The Kremlin's World
" - Ariel Cohen, "The New York Times"
# An airstrike killed a senior Taliban commander but also claimed the lives
of several women and children
# Some in the Taliban ranks are sick of fighting
# The Afghan army went in to the Tengi Valley
alone last week
# Some rural construction projects
are better than others
# Helmand's most senior police woman
has a real gem of a brother
RFE/RL Target Region
# Watch our Google Hangout
with Raffi Hovannisian
# Some of Yulia Tymoshenko's political allies
were released from jail
# "Culture War in Belarus
" - Simon Lewis, "Open Democracy"
# A new film on 38 Jews who lived in a cave
in Ukraine to excape the Holocaust
# Why dictators
don't like jokes
# The rise and rise of Vice media
Science & Technology
# Fusion rockets could making getting to Mars
a lot easier
# This is really not a human
, it's a robot
# Brain games
aren't making you any smarter
# You will be hired by a robot
U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood
" - Mark Mazzetti, "The New York Times"
# Remembering U.S. diplomat
# Immigration reform legislation
may be introduced this week
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis
of Shields and Brooks