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The Rundown - August 3

RFE/RL In The Media
# The "LA Times" and "The Week" cite RFE/RL reporting on the Belarus teddy bear drop
# "THe Prague Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on the Pussy Riot trial
# The Council on Foreign Relations links to Richard Solash's reporting on the drought in the U.S.

International Press Review

# "Russia Must Switch Course on Syria" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# Kaliningrad residents can travel visa-free to parts of Poland
# "Russia's Minor-League Navy" - Ariel Cohen, "National Interest"
# vKontakte isn't exactly gay-friendly

# "The Case for Continued Engagement With Iran" - Mary Kaszynski, "The Diplomat"
# Iran is trying to secure the release of its aid workers abducted in Libya

# Afghan soldiers are struggling without their American counterparts
# James Cunningham has been confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
# Afghan nationals may be forced to leave Tajikistan

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# "How I'd Build Peace in The Caucasus" - Bidzina Ivanishvili, "The Wall St. Journal"
# "The New Yorker" on Azerbaijan's Olympic boxing scandal
# Kyrgyzstan wants to revise its deal over the Kumtor gold mine

Of Interest
# CJR goes inside the AP's North Korea bureau
# Facebook says as many as 83 million accounts are fake
# Milton Friedman: the man who saved capitalism

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Guardian" reports from a drone pilot training center in Nevada
# The "Financial Times" on big business and the presidential election