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The Rundown - June 25

RFE/RL In The Media
# "A Tale of Two Verdicts" - Daud Khattak, "Foreign Policy"
# Iraq has ordered the closure of 44 media outlets
# "Global Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on the attempted suicide of Adrian Nastase
# CPJ cites RFE/RL reporting on the case of Andrzej Poczobut

International Press Review

# It is becoming more difficult for Iranian oil ships to dock at foreign ports
# "Why Russia Won't Play Ball on Iran" - Mark Katz, "The Diplomat"
# "Not-so-Crazy in Tehran" - Nicholas Kristof, "The New York Times"

# A list of the arms Russia has sold to Syria
# Alexei Bayer says Russian activists are "disappointed" by the U.S.
# Lyudmila Alexeyeva has resigned from the Presidential Human Rights Council

# "Return of the Taleban Puritans?" - Thomas Ruttig, Afghan Analysts Network
# "No Country for Armed Men" - Ahmed Rashid, "Foreign Policy"
# Pakistan has complained to Afghanistan about border incursions
# Hamid Karzai says the Amu Darya oil tender was awarded fairly

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# "The Great Caspian Arms Race" - Joshua Kucera, "Foreign Policy"
# Paul Rimple on the political battle between Mikhail Sakaashvili and Bidzina Ivanishvili

Of Interest
# "A Weapon We Can’t Control" - Misha Glenny, "International Herald Tribune"
# There is too much focus on high-profile dissidents
# Anthony Shadid reportedly fought with his editors before his last trip to Syria
# "The Manifest Destiny of Artificial Intelligence" - Brian Hayes, "American Scientist"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Several U.S. lawmakers adjusted their financial portfolios during the 2008 crisis
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields & Brooks