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The Rundown -- August 15

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# 11 international organizations urge President Aliyev to stop blackmail campaign against Khadija Ismayilova

# "West Warned Sisi to the End: Don't Do It" - Paul Taylor, Reuters
# "It's Time for Washington to Cut Egypt Loose" - Marc Lynch, "Foreign Policy"
# Newsweek journalist's account of how military moved in and then beat him up
# Text messages between slain reporter and her mother before reporter's death
# Interior minister promises to restore peace to nation as it was "before January 25"
# Freedom House Infographic - "Rights Violations in Egypt After Mubarak"
# American at World Championships in Moscow dedicates his silver medal to gay friends
# Miss Universe Pageant host won't host in Russia because of "gay propaganda" laws
# Police saw off door of Navalny supporter's apartment
# Russia Today is doing quite well
# "Saudi Feud too Bitter for New Iran President to Fix" - Angus McDowall and Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters
# Being a gay poet in Iran
# Khamenei now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr
# "Pakistan Struggles With Terror Strategy" - Saeed Shah, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Churchill's grandson calls for asylum to be granted to Afghan interpreters
# Afghanistan mineral deposits may be worth up to $1 trillion
# U.S. commander says Afghanistan's future rests on foreign troops
# Video - The family of a suicide bombing victim speaks
# Editor charged with "criminal hooliganism" in Azerbaijan
# In Turkmenistan, as Niyazov is phased out, legacy of Berdymukhamedov’s father advances
# U.S. Ambassador's awkward encounter with Saakashvili and Ivanishvili
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan arrests six men for "conspiring to assassinate government officials"
Of Interest
# Bradley Manning speaks
# Google says users should have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are private
# A "clash of civilizations" over gay rights?