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The Rundown -- August 12

RFE/RL in the Media
# Interfax quotes RFE/RL Ukrainian Service interview with the new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine
Middle East
# Egypt police put off dispersal of pro-Morsi protesters again
# Evidence that Muslim Brotherhood loyalists are torturing political opponents
# Infographic -- Cairo sit-ins
# Syria is "one of the most hostile conflict zones for news gatherers in recent memory"
# "Russia’s Stimulus Plan: Open the Gulag Gates" -- Andrew E. Kramer, "The New York Times"
# Does an online support group for gay Russian teens run afoul of "propaganda" law?
# Longread: On growing up gay in Russia
# "As a Gay Parent I Must Flee Russia or Lose My Children" -- Masha Gessen, "The Guardian"
# 10 reasons "to dump" $1.1 billion arms contract with Russia
# "The Wrong Way to Punish Putin" -- Daniel Treisman, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Start talks with Iran" -- "The Washington Post" editorial
# "Judge Iran’s Regime by its Actions, not by Empty Words" - FM John Baird, "The Globe and Mail"
# Iran as "unbridled defender" of Shi'a Islam
# Iran's Press TV made a movie about American frats
# Afghan female MP, now in a shelter, and seeking asylum
# Pakistan accuses India of firing on its border post
# At least 9 dead in Karachi after poisoning from homemade liquor
# 69 killed in Iraq car bombings on Saturday
# "Syria Splits Shi'ite Clergy in Iraq and Iran " - Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor
Central Asia
# Hot chocolate in Uzbek prisons
# U.S.-funded biothreat research lab being built in Kazakhstan
Eastern Europe
# 500 year-old Easter egg discovered in Lviv
# Nokia volunteers map Belarus
Of Interest
# Understanding how the brain speaks two languages
# "Insider's view" of administration's response to NSA leaks