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The Rundown -- September 25

RFE/RL in the Media
# Jeffrey Gedmin writes about RFE/RL's "currency in hope" in the Huffington Post
Middle East
# Muslim Brotherhood banned and assets seized
# "Losing Libya's Revolution" - Nicolas Pelham, "New York Review of Books"
# Fears of mass starvation in Syria
# Less combative rhetoric at UNGA than in years past from Iran
# The handshake that wasn't
# "U.S. and Iran: The Art of a Nuclear Deal" - Ali Gharib, Al Jazeera
# "How Obama Was Checkmated by Iran" - Fouad Ajami, Bloomberg
# Putin hasn't visited UNGA since 2005
# Russia sells AK-47 stake
# Russia opens piracy case against Greenpeace, which could carry 15 year penalty
# "How Vladimir Putin is Expanding His Empire" - Anne Applebaum, Slate
# "Life in a Russian Prison" - Masha Gessen, "New York Times"
# Visa for Afghan interpreter, who inspired 100,000 to sign petition, put on hold
# Large earthquake hits Pakistan
# Pakistan to institute death penalty for false blasphemy accusations
Eastern Europe
# Russia threatens to back Ukraine partition
# Ukrainian EU Integration: "Economic Convergence Or Economic Collapse?" - Mark Adomanis, Forbes
# Ukrainian photographer's five years of photos of people sitting on a bench outside his flat
# Russia occupation zone gradually expanding in Georgia
# Aleppo will host Armenian Independence Day celebration
Central Asia
# HRW on an Uzbek journalist who was "forcibly disappeared"
# Serbia to make Romani an official language
# A convicted war criminal urges peace in the Balkans
Of Interest
# Is Twitter more of a privacy threat than Facebook?
# "Is Obama Like Ike?" - Michael Doran, "Commentary"