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The Rundown - May 23

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Atlantic" cites Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on gay rights in Iran
# The "Financial Times" and "The Economist" mention Khadija Ismayilova's case in reports on Azerbaijan

International Press Review

# Iran says it will offer UN access to nuclear sites
# "An Underwhelming Approach to Iran's Nuclear Ambitions" - Gerecht & Dubowitz, "The Washington Post"
# "There is an Alternative to the Iran Impasse" - Hossein Mousavian, "Financial Times"
# "Taking Maybe For An Answer" - Jon B. Alterman, "Foreign Policy"
# "'Reality Check' For Iran Nuclear Talks" - Geneive Abdo, "CNN"

# Igor Sechin has been named CEO of OAO Rosneft
# A review of recent public opinion polling in Russia
# "New Government Has Old Problems" - Martin Gilman, "Moscow Times"
# The Duma advanced a law on higher fines for protesters

# Countries involved in the TAPI pipeline signed a commercial agreement
# There was a drone strike in North Waziristan
# "Why Are We Abandoning the Afghans?" - Ahmed Rashid, "New York Review of Books"
# Raza Rumi on Pakistan's "censorship fetish"

Of Interest
# "The Algorithmic Arms Race" - Tommy Wilkes & Laurence Fletcher, "Reuters"
# Kenneth Roth on NATO and human rights
# "Inside Moammar Gadhafi’s Secret Surveillance Network" - Matthieu Aikins, "Wired"

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# Iran recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan
# The Jamestown Foundation on Central Asian borders
# "Spiegel" reports Yulia Tymoshenko's German doctors

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Ryan Crocker’s Afghanistan: Mission Impossible" - Ron Moreau, "Newsweek"
# Joshua Kucera reports from Kazakhstan on U.S.-Kazakh relations