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The Rundown - August 2

RFE/RL In The Media
# RFE/RL's Denise Hassanzade Ajiri has won an MJ Bear Fellowship
# "Business Insider" cites RFE/RL reporting on the teddy bear drop in Belarus

International Press Review

# The Crown Center on Iranian politics ahead of elections in 2013
# "Tehran Takedown" - Michael Ledeen, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Censors in Iran classed some as un-Islamic, pornographic or too gay"

# New polling shows Russians increasingly back opposition protests
# "A New Terrorist Battleground" - Sergey Markedonov, "National Interest"
# "Reviving Rural Russia" - Nikolas Sluchevsky, "Moscow Times"

# "Peace Signals From the Taliban" - Ahmed Rashid, BBC
# "The Wall St. Journal" reports on the south/central Asian drug trade
# "Malik Riaz: Master of the Game" - Waqar Mustafa, "Newsline"
# Afghanistan's finance minister is under scrutiny for corruption

Of Interest
# "The Washington Post" has launched a new crowd-sourcing platform
# Ethnic Armenians describe the fighting (or lack of it) in Aleppo, Syria
# Luke Allnutt on the Twitter lynch mob
# Is anything actually original anymore?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "America's Constrained Choice" - Mohamed El-Erian, "Project Syndicate"
# "A Law to Strengthen Our Cyberdefense" - Carter & Lute, "The New York Times"