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The Rundown -- March 5

Ukraine -- Ukrainian marines look at a Russian ship floating out of the Sevastopol bay, March 4, 2014
Ukraine -- Ukrainian marines look at a Russian ship floating out of the Sevastopol bay, March 4, 2014
RFE/RL in the Media

# Ceska Televize (CT) presents Sergei Danilochkin in its program "Debate from One World 2014: Syria - the moral dilemma of the world."
# Czech News Agency (CTK) quotes Lidove noviny in relation to RFE/RL broadcasting to Iran.
# New York Times Blog mentions RFE/RL interview with Russian historian and professor of philosophy Andrei Zubov.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

# U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 AP
# Afghanistan to Disband Crucial Guard Force Wall Street Journal
# Fizza Malik: Face of Pakistan's latest tragedy BBC
# ANALYSIS - Pakistan-Taliban Peace Talks: A Futile Exercise? Eurasia Review
# HALEH ESFANDIARI Rely on Iran and Pakistan for Help New York Times
# CELESTE WARD GVENTER Adjusting the War on Terror to Fit the Times New York Times
# ALI AHMAD JALALI An Effective Military and Good Government New York Times
# FAWZIA KOOFI Patience to Deal With Perceptions New York Times
# GULNUR AYBET A Longer Term Counterterrorism Strategy New York Times
# JAVID AHMAD Afghan Stability Is in India’s Interest New York Times


# Iran should face more pressure to dismantle nuclear program, Netanyahu tells AIPAC Washington Post


# Forget Obama and the EU. The man who should really have the Nobel Peace Prize is an obscure Iraqi cleric Telegraph
# ARGUMENT Mission Impossible Foreign Policy

Eastern Europe

# EU vs. Moscow: Russia Tries to Woo Back Moldova Spiegel
# Belarus: Unintended Consequences of Crisis in Ukraine Jamestown


# Bernie Ecclestone signs deal to host F1 grand prix in Azerbaijan Guardian
# EU to Georgia: Gay Marriage Not a Requirement for Integration Eurasia View

Central Asia

# Russia-Ukraine Crisis Alarms Central Asian Strongmen Eurasia View


# Putin, Flashing Disdain, Defends Action in Crimea New York Times
# Classic performance as Russia’s Vladimir Putin breaks his silence Financial Times
# U.S. considers sanctions on Russian banks Financial Times
# High Stakes Limit Bid to Cow Putin Wall Street Journal
# Russian site recruits 'volunteers' for Ukraine BBC
# EU-Russia sanctions: 6 areas of manoeuvre Financial Times
# HOLMAN JENKINS Forgiving Putin — Again Wall Street Journal
# RUSLAN PUKHOV What Putin Really Wants New York Times
# THOMAS FRIEDMAN Why Putin Doesn’t Respect Us New York Times
# VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA Ukraine is Putin’s, not Russia’s, war Washington Post
# ANALYSIS - When sanctions work Financial Times
# FACTBOX - Russian companies with exposure to Ukraine Reuters


Ukraine crisis: Germany's Russian conundrum BBC
Obama, Kerry dismiss Putin’s rationale for Russian intervention in Ukraine Washington Post
Europe divided over Russia as NATO meets on Ukraine crisis Washington Post
Kerry Takes Offer of Aid to Ukraine and Pushes Back at Russian Claims New York Times
Kiev consolidates power and seeks to unite nation Financial Times
Panel Probes Split Over Ukraine by U.S. Spy Agencies Wall Street Journal
EDITORIAL A Rational Response to Ukraine’s Crisis New York Times
EDITORIAL Europe’s dilemma over Ukraine Financial Times
SIMON JENKINS Ukraine has revealed the new world of western impotence Guardian
ASKOLD KRUSHELNYCKY Crimea's War of Nerves Foreign Policy
ANDREW WOOD Russia in Ukraine: How the West Could Win Chatham House
ANALYSIS - No Easy Way Out of Ukraine Crisis New York Times
ANALYSIS - Ukraine crisis: Does Russia have a case? BBC
ANALYSIS - Ukraine and the 'Little Cold War' Stratfor

Of Interest

# SURVEY - The Web at 25 in the U.S. Pew Research Center
# 25 years of the World Wide Web: 25 Web superstars Telegraph
# Singapore named the world's most expensive city BBC
# Technology: Rise of the replicants Financial Times
# Man-made meat will nourish the body and soul Financial Times