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The Rundown -- October 21

RFE/RL in the Media
# Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL reporting on the attack on a provincial governor
# In BBC profile on Lech Walesa, a Polish actor remembers learning about the dissident by listening to RFE/RL
Middle East
# Syria talks set for Nov 23-24
# "Arab School Textbooks Rewritten After Regime Changes" - Borzou Daragahi, "Financial Times"
# "On the Ground With Syria's New Smugglers" - Matthew Shaer, "The New Republic"
# Four of the ten most polluted cities in the world are in Iran
# Iran to ease visa rules to encourage tourism
# Rift emerging between U.S. and Israel over Iran
# "Iran's Diplomacy Shows a Recognition of Its Decline" - Katerina Dalacoura, "Financial Times"
# Afghan army commander defects, with weapons, to Taliban
# Balkh province and its glorious ancient treasures
# Sharif in U.S. as $1.6 billion aid package resumes
# "Iraq's South Rises Again" - Robert Tollast, The National Interest
# One of Putin's lost cranes is found and brought to Moscow
# Duma deputy withdraws bill to take children away from gay parents
# A new mission for Russian space industry: fighting asteroids
# "Conversations With the Parents of Russia's Neo-Nazis" - Olesya Gerasimenko, OpenDemocracy
# First gay pride march in Podgorica
# Mother of deported Roma girl who touched off protests in France, beaten in Kosovo
Eastern Europe
# "Lviv’s, and a Family’s, Stories in Architecture" - Alex Ulam, "New York Times"
# "Femen Activists to Bring 'Sextremism' to UK" - Zoe Holman, "The Guardian"
# Cat serves as drug mule in Moldovan prison
# Overview of upcoming Georgian elections
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