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The Rundown -- October 4

# Khadija Ismayilova takes fight to European Court of Human Rights
# "Wall Street Journal" cites Ismayilova ECHR request and Frud Bezhan's reporting on Afghanistan resource curse potential in "Corruption Currents" digest
# Reporters Without Borders reports on families of Radio Farda journalists being threatened in Iran
# The National quotes Kirill Kobrin's take on Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's hunger-strike in the Power Vertical podcast
Middle East
# Among rebels it's now a battle between "moderate" salafists and radical Islamists
# "In Syria, Doctors Beware" - Saleyha Ahsan, "New York Times"
# Saudi Arabia cancelled UNGA speech out of frustration
# Turkish parliament renews mandate for force in Syria
# "The Rise of Persian Salafism" - Mehdi Khalaji, The Washington Institute
# The steps Israel could take to prevent a deal with Iran
# Shutdown has "depleted" Iran office, says State
# "What an Iran Deal Would Look Like" - Fareed Zakaria, "Time"
# Rohani's "political tightrope" at home
# NASDAQ helping to set up stock exchange in Erbil
# The man who brought Al-Qaeda to Afghanistan, running for president
# Special Immigrant Visa program extended through December
# Analysis of electoral alliances forming in upcoming Afghan elections
# Land rights rally in Islamabad
# Pakistan bomb squads underfunded
# Entire Greenpeace crew charged with piracy
# 2,000 people set to gather in Stockholm stadium to sing Russian anthem, while waving rainbow flag
# Sochi workers targeted for deportation - HRW
# Russian beer market set to sink 30% by 2014 (compared to 2008)
# Photos - Series profiles lesbian couples in Russia
Central Asia
# "Central Asia's Path to Energy Independence" - Joe Parson, "Moscow Times"
Eastern Europe
# Russian "intransigence" helps Ukraine look west
# Lukashenka opines on American exceptionalism
Of Interest
# The best and worst countries to be elderly