Accessibility links

Breaking News

The Rundown -- July 9

RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Richard Solash in "The Atlantic" on "what happens when people in Pakistan start taking MIT classes"

# Egypt interim president announces constitutional referendum to take place in four months
# “On Sheep and Infidels” - Sarah Carr, “Mada Masr”
# “The Most Worrying Thing About Egypt's Coup: the Police” - Thanassis Cambanis, “The Atlantic”
# Al Jazeera journalists forced out of military briefing
# Video - “Human Rights Watch” on victims of sexual assault
# “Snowden Made the Right Call When He Fled the U.S.” - Daniel Ellsberg, “The Washington Post”
# Spiegel’s interview with Edward Snowden

# Al Jazeera publishes leaked "Abbottabad Commission" report by Pakistan on the Bin Laden raid. Commission calls raid “a story of complacency, ignorance, negligence, incompetence, irresponsibility and possibly worse.” Also, The al Qaeda leader was pulled over for speeding.
# “Secret Move Keeps Bin Laden Records in the Shadows” - Richard Lardner, “The Associated Press ”
# Peace talks on hold, Pakistan’s new government seeks alternate strategy for dealing with extremism
# "U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan" - Mark Mazzetti and Matthew Rosenberg, "The New York Times"
# “Crooks, Thieves and the Independent Mayors Who Run Russia” - Kevin Rothrock, “Global Voices”
# In penal colony, Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova seeks good news, but doesn’t get it
# “Meet the families Vladimir Putin Doesn't Want to Exist” - Julia Ioffe and Max Avdeev, “The New Republic”
# Russia says floating nuclear power plant coming soon
# In Russia, dogs ride the Metro
Central Asia
# Tajikistan authorities pressure AP stringer
# Marriage-obsessed Tajik MP focuses ire on Chinese
# Rumours spread that Islam Karimov’s daughter bought a $58 million Beverly Hills mansion
Eastern Europe
# “A Dangerous New Role for Ukraine’s Media” - Halya Coynash, “Transitions Online”
# Miss Minsk beauty contest winner at center of controversy
# Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev named “head of state of the year
Of Interest
# Pain and recovery of Boston Marathon victim Jeff Bauman
# Video - Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force-fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure
# “How Syria’s Civil War Became a Holy Crusade” - Thomas Hegghammer and Aaron Y. Zelin, “Foreign Affairs”