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The Rundown -- November 26

RFE/RL in the Media
# Canal Plus (French TV) features RFE/RL Azerbaijani bureau and Khadija Ismayilova in report on an Azeri oligarch's investment in a French football club
# Golnaz Esfandiari discusses Iran deal on NPR affiliate
# International Business Times cites RFE/RL on neo-Nazi governor elected in Slovakia
# Read Brian Whitmore in "The Atlantic" on Russia's "next Pussy Riot"
# National Interest piece recommends against "throwing more money at" RFE/RL and VOA to help Iran
Middle East
# Syrian peace talks to start in January
# A new American course in the Middle East?
# "New York Times" editorial offers guarded support for Iran deal
# Rafsanjani says permanent settlement can come in year
# Israeli public gives deal a chance
# An interview with Joseph Cirincione
# "Iran's Future is Now" - Trita Parsi, Reuters
# Karzai making more demands and U.S. says it may pull all troops
# Afghanistan considers reinstating stoning as punishment for adultery
# Pakistani police block protesters from blockading NATO trucks
# Pakistan's domestic drones
# France offers Iraq weapons, training and intelligence cooperation
# Syrian conflict fuels Iraq terror threat
# Putin's Gazprom problem
# Stalin-era interior design heads to Miami
# Red Square Louis Vuitton suitcase more popular than mausoleum
# "Russia's Ukraine Power Play Pays Off" - Rajan Menon, National Interest
# Photos: "The Sochi Project" - Genevieve Fussell, "New Yorker"
Eastern Europe
# Ukrainian opposition keeps up the pressure
# Yanukovych reportedly admits backing off of deal due to pressure from Russia
# Ukraine hit by cyber attacks and censorship
# "Now What For Georgia and Moldova" - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie
# "Georgia's Westward Course" - Jackson Diehl, "Washington Post"
# The Arab sheikh who "saved" an Armenian monastery
Central Asia
# A month in a Kyrgyz prison
Of Interest
# Is this what "reporting" has come to?