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The Rundown -- September 24

RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Daud Khattak's piece in "The Express Tribune" on the perils of negotiating with the Taliban
# Listen to Golnaz Esfandiari -- along with Dennis Roth and Marc Lynch -- discuss Iran diplomacy on "To the Point"
# Richard Solash's interview with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu on U.S. adoptions cited by Interfax, RIA Novosti, Russia Beyond the Headlines and several Russian publications
# "The Nation" cites RFE/RL's reporting on cases before the European Court of Human Rights coming from Russia
# Global Post cites Daisy Sindelar's reporting on the Miss Uzbekistan mystery
# The Iranian operative "directing Assad's war in Syria"
# Threats to Syrian Christians worry Congress
Middle East
# "What Path Will Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Choose?" - Ashraf El-Sherif, Carnegie
# Turkey's EU negotiating chief says country will probably never join
# Jerusalem and Amman "on a collision course"
# Kerry to meet Iranian FM at UN
# Convincing Congress to lift sanctions will be difficult
# "A U.S. Detente with Iran Could be Game-Changing" - David Gardner, "Financial Times"
# "Give Iran a Chance" - Hooman Majd, "New York Times"
# "Why We Should Be Skeptical" - Ilan Berman, Forbes
# "This Time, the West Must Not Turn its Back on Diplomacy" - Mohammad Khatami, "The Guardian"
# Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on why she's on hunger strike
# Gay rights groups protest Metropolitan Opera's opening night of Tchaicovksky
# "Kant shooting" stirs debate about rubber bullets in Russia
# "Grand Diplomacy is Back" - Fyodor Lukyanov, RIA Novosti
# "The Secret American Subculture of Putin Worshippers" - Marin Cogan, National Journal
# Christians protest across Pakistan after bombing kills 81
# "The Path to Afghan Stability" - "Washington Post" editorial
# A "social media war" among Pakistanis and Indians
# Renowned architect Zaha Hadid defends projects in Azerbaijan
# Former Armenian presidential candidate convicted of attempted murder
Central Asia
# Putin warns that Syria conflict could spill over into Central Asia
Eastern Europe
# $2.6 billion deal will make Ukraine China's largest overseas farmer
# Moody's downgrades Ukraine bond rating
Of Interest
# Police in Sweden create a database of Roma
# "Susan Rice: The Comback Queen" - Jason Harowitz, "Vogue"