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The Rundown -- August 25

RFE/RL in the Media
# Two book reviews and an article about Abubakar Siddique’s book, "The Pashtuns," in GulfNews (review; article) and Dawn
# RFE/RL Turkmen Service mentioned in "Financial Times" piece about Turkmenistan's authoritarianism
# "Moscow Times" opinion piece says RFE/RL and VOA have done little to sway public opinion
# "New York Times" mentions RFE/RL past broadcasts in story on tensions with Russians in Latvia
# On Independence Day, separatists march hostages through Donetsk streets
# Donbas battalion abandoned in the east
# Ukraine says trucks from "aid convoy" were used to loot high-grade military equipment
# "Russia won’t feel absolutely secure unless all its neighbors feel absolutely insecure"
# Russia sanctions hurting British dairy farmers
# "Russia Pines for the 19th Century" - Alex Bayer, "Moscow Times"
# China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia
# What foreign fighters read before traveling to Syria
# How to geo-locate an IS training camp
# UN warns of possible massacre in northern Iraqi town of Amerli
# Islamic state renews push for Iraq's main oil refinery
# UN reports 190,000 killed -- but number may be much higher
# Iran unveils new short-range missiles
# Worst fighting in years in southern Afghanistan district
# Does Afghanistan need a unity government?
# Abdullah on Hard Talk
# Khan stirs fears of crisis
# Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply
Central Asia
# Tony Blair gives Kazakhstan’s autocratic president "tips on how to defend a massacre"
# The women Tajikistan's Russia-bound men leave behind
# Is Macedonia going neo-classical or kitsch?
Of Interest
# How we've paid for music from 1983 to today in one gif