The Rundown — September 8

RFE/RL in the Media

# Buzzfeed story about Russian state radio trying to buy airtime from RFE/RL Iraq Service 

# Foreign Policy and “Moscow Times” cite RFE/RL Belarusian reporting on students in trouble for ice bucket challenge 

# Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Balkans video of trapped coalminers in Bosnia

# Breitbart cites RFE/RL reporting of Iraq crisis

 

 

Ukraine

# Cease-fire does not appear to be holding

# Anatomy of the Ilovaisk bloodbath 

# Hitchens’ rebuttal of Judah’s “arm Ukraine”

# “Why Ukraine Should Withdraw from Russian-Held Donbas” – Alexander Motyl, Foreign Affairs

# “Ukraine: A Catastrophic Defeat” – Tim Judah, “New York Review of Books” 

 

Russia

# Russian Orthodox clergy likely aiding Ukraine separatists 

# Ukraine crisis accelerates China-Russia energy cooperation

# Why does Putin keep talking about his nuclear weapons?

# Carnegie Center rebuttal of Anna Applebaum’s recent pieces about Russia

 

Iraq/Syria

# Aided by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi troops launch ground offensive to secure Anbar dam 

# In place of ‘boots on the ground,’ U.S. seeks contractors for Iraq 

# Map of IS massacres 

 

Iran

# Khamenei has prostate surgery

# Anger as Iran bans women from 70 university degree courses 

# A profile of the central character in Jon Stewart’s new film 

# Kissinger says Iran is a bigger problem than IS

 

Afghanistan/Pakistan

# Afghanistan court sentences seven men to death for gang rape 

# Taliban closing in on Kunduz 

# Afghanistan’s women bikers

# “NATO’s Leaders Need a Reality Check on Afghanistan” – Rachel Reid, Huffington Post

# IS propaganda material turns up in India and Pakistan

 

Caucasus

# Azerbaijani officials raid IREX offices

 

Of Interest

# Reddit makes AMAs more readable

# Obama and the world

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