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The Rundown -- October 2

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Foreign Policy" on government shutdown and why international broadcasters are still running
# How it might be reported if it were happening somewhere else
# How Yeltsin handled a stubborn legislature 20 years ago
# Special Immigrant Visas likely over
# Should Obama go to Asia anyway?
Middle East
# "Remember Cairo" - Shadi Hamid and Peter Mandaville, "Foreign Policy"
# Global Post hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
# The 90 Jews of Yemen
# Infographic: How 5 countries could become 14
# Netanyahu rebukes Iran overtures at UN, says he's prepared to stand alone
# Iran calls Netanyahu a "liar"
# "Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy" - Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times"
# "Iran Opens Its Fist" - Gary Sick, "New York Review of Books"
# "Old Atrocities, Now Official Galvanize Afghanistan" - Rod Nordland, "New York Times"
# Generals forced to retire for security lapse
# "Why Americans Can't Remember Afghanistan" - Ann Jones, "Mother Jones"
# Pakistani Taliban welcome cleric's call for ceasefire
# Tilapia conscripted in the fight against dengue virus
# Iraq to build special division of Shia militia members
# Months of violence may be leading to civil war
# Alaska helps fill hole of Russian caviar market
# "Monsters of Russian Journalism" - Kevin Rothrock, Russia!
# "Is Russia Losing Control of Its Far East?" - Andrew Bowen and Luke Rodeheffer, "The Diplomat"
# "Russia Enters New Era of Stagnation" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Eastern Europe
# Almost 200,000 Moldovans to be denied Russia entry
# "As Ukraine Looks West to Europe, Russia's Shadow Looms" - Luke Baker and Justyna Pawlak, Reuters
# "Lukashenko Exploits Putin's Weakness" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# Human rights groups says 142 journalists, religious activists and human rights defenders in jail in advance of Azerbaijan elections
Central Asia
# Tajikistan to allow Russian troops to stay in country
Of Interest
# Are dolphins not that smart?