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The Rundown -- September 8

RFE/RL in the Media
# Buzzfeed story about Russian state radio trying to buy airtime from RFE/RL Iraq Service
# Foreign Policy and "Moscow Times" cite RFE/RL Belarusian reporting on students in trouble for ice bucket challenge
# Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Balkans video of trapped coalminers in Bosnia
# Breitbart cites RFE/RL reporting of Iraq crisis
# Anatomy of the Ilovaisk bloodbath
# Hitchens' rebuttal of Judah's "arm Ukraine"
# "Why Ukraine Should Withdraw from Russian-Held Donbas" - Alexander Motyl, Foreign Affairs
# "Ukraine: A Catastrophic Defeat" - Tim Judah, "New York Review of Books"
# Russian Orthodox clergy likely aiding Ukraine separatists
# Ukraine crisis accelerates China-Russia energy cooperation
# Why does Putin keep talking about his nuclear weapons?
# Carnegie Center rebuttal of Anna Applebaum's recent pieces about Russia
# Aided by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi troops launch ground offensive to secure Anbar dam
# In place of 'boots on the ground,' U.S. seeks contractors for Iraq
# Khamenei has prostate surgery
# Anger as Iran bans women from 70 university degree courses
# A profile of the central character in Jon Stewart's new film
# Kissinger says Iran is a bigger problem than IS
# Afghanistan court sentences seven men to death for gang rape
# Taliban closing in on Kunduz
# Afghanistan's women bikers
# "NATO's Leaders Need a Reality Check on Afghanistan" - Rachel Reid, Huffington Post
# IS propaganda material turns up in India and Pakistan
# Azerbaijani officials raid IREX offices
Of Interest
# Reddit makes AMAs more readable