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The Rundown -- September 5

RFE/RL in the Media
# "The Washington Post" links to Golnaz Esfandiari's piece on the Iranian Foreign Minister's Facebook account

# Hearings hint at Obama's "true intentions"
# "Bait and Switch" - Bruce Ackerman, "Foreign Policy"
# "Hezbollah's Empty Threats Against Israel" - Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor
# "Assad Wages War Shielded With a Smile" - Neil MacFarquhar and Ben Hubbard, "The New York Times"
# Assad's Instagram is a sight to behold
Middle East
# Snowden leaks show Al-Qaeda working to fight drones
# Syria and Egypt herald the return of "Nasserism"
# "No, Iran Doesn't Need Assad" - Sune Engel Rasmussen, "The Atlatntic"
# "Reading Syria from Tehran" - "The Economist"
# Can Iran "help fix" Syria crisis?
# Twitter account said to belong to Rohani wishes all Jews a "blessed Rosh Hashanah"
# Concerns linger over preparedness of Afghanistan security forces; and "bleeding recruits" due to attacks
# Woman steals $1.1 million from Afghan bank
# Human Rights watch on abuses towards women in Afghanistan
# Pakistan Supreme Court rejects petition against drone strikes
# Putin AP interview on relations with Obama, Snowden and Snowden
# A night on the town with an anti-migrant vigilante group
# "Putin's No Stalin" - Dimitri A. Simes, The National Interest
# Navalny's campaign doing better than Kremlin expected
Eastern Europe
# Nordic and Baltic states condemn Russian pressure on Moldova h
# Yanukovych pushing Parliament on EU association measures, despite Kremlin pressure
# Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party organizing march against Jewish pilgrimage to Uman
# "An Offer Sargsyan Could Not Refuse" - Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Moscow Center
# Yerevan says EU customs agreement is still possible
# Women in Nakhichevan banned from wearing patterned tights
Central Asia
# Human Rights Foundation condemns Kanye West
# Jennifer Lopez tells "Cosmopolitan" she she made a mistake in performing in Turkmenistan
# Students in Uzbekistan will learn English before Russian
Of Interest
# "My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America" - Elizabeth Wurtzel, The Daily Beast