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The Rundown - July 31

RFE/RL In The Media
# Registan translates and reprints an RFE/RL Tajik Service report on Tolib Ayombekov

International Press Review

# Bank fraud can carry stiff punishment in the Islamic Republic
# Iran says the Strait of Hormuz will remain open
# U.S. lawmakers are drawing up new sanctions on Iran
# The "LA Times" reports on discontent in Iran

# "Syria is Different Through Russian Eyes" - Andrei Nekrasov, "Financial Times"
# "Gap Between Moscow and Regions Widens" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"
# To stay in Russia, or to leave?
# Dmitry Medvedev may -- just may -- run for president again

# The Haqqani Network creates a mess of U.S.-Pakistan relations
# "Aid Will Not Sustain Afghanistan’s Economy" - Rashid & Crow, "Financial Times"
# Afghan mobile customers have access to a new literacy app

Of Interest
# Adnan Hajizada discussed his story on Reddit
# "The Economist" on Skype security
# One of the main critics of "NBC" coverage of the Olympics had his Twitter account suspended

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Dullest Campaign Ever" - David Brooks, "The New York Times"
# "The New Yorker" on Paul Ryan and the republicans