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The Rundown -- August 29

RFE/RL in the Media
# RFE/RL reporting on Syrian Kurds cited in "The Washington Post" feature on good news from the Middle East
# In interview with The Huffington Post, a blogger and rights activist cites Radio Liberty among a small list of independent media in Russia
# "How an Insular Beltway Elite Makes Wars of Choice More Likely" - Conor Friedersdorf, "The Atlantic"
# "How to Oust Assad" - Michael Weiss, "Foreign Affairs"
# Russia and Iran warn against intervention
# The conventional wisdom [on Syria] is wrong - Joshua Foust, Medium
# Will pragmatism from Iran keep talks alive if U.S. strikes Syria?
# New inspectors' report says Iran has slowed uranium gathering
# U.S. asks Iran to return missing citizens
# Leading Russian LGBT activist says he's quitting movement over article that says he's under the control of the Kremlin
# "Putin Filmmaker Says Lonely Leader Scared to Loosen Grip" - Evgenia Pismennaya & Irina Reznik, Bloomberg
# What if Russia had colonized America?
# A controversial condom ad in Pakistan
# Pakistan launches mobile mediation court to clear backlog
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan club may face UEFA sanctions for pre-game ritual slaughter
# Pakistan Army Chief of Staff Kayani in Tajikistan
Eastern Europe
# Russia orders Belarus oil cut over potash dispute