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The Rundown - August 6

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Next Web" cites RFE/RL reporting on vKontankte's status updates
# The S.M.A.R.T. Media Center has opened in Tbilisi
# "Foreign Policy" links to RFE/RL coverage of elections (and sport) in Georgia

International Press Review

# Hamid Karzai will accept the impeachment of his defense and interior ministers
# "Afghan Aid Project Not a Road to Nowhere" - Ronald Neumann, "The Washington Post"

# "A Mafia in FATA: Haqqanis and Drones" - Myra MacDonald, "Reuters"
# "Another Threat in Pakistan, in Sheep’s Clothing" - Michael Kugelman, "International Herald Tribune"
# "How Drones Changed the Game in Pakistan" - Hussain Nadim, "National Interest"

# "Why the Kremlin Should Read Navalny's Blog" - Victor Davidoff, "Moscow Times"
# "Making Punk a Threat Again" - Spencer Ackerman, "Foreign Policy"
# The Hungry Duck bar is re-opening in Moscow

# "Threaten Iran with War to Prevent War" - Anthony Cordesman, "Real Clear World"
# Saudi King Abdullah has invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Mecca
# "Global Post" on the dismissal of boxer Ali Mazaheri from the Olympics
# Nearly 50 Iranian pilgrims were kidnapped in Syria

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# Al Qaeda prisoners tried to tunnel out of jail in Iraq
# The IMU says leader Uthman Adil was killed in a drone strike
# Buzzfeed on corruption in the ranks of Azerbaijani boxing

Of Interest
# "Reuters" has suffered two hacks in the last 48 hours
# "The Naked and the TED" - Evgeny Morozov, "The New Republic"
# Jonathan Shainin on the massive power outage in India

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Leak Police" - Bill Keller, "The New York Times"
# A senior Obama advisor took a $100,000 speaking fee from a firm tied to Iran and Syria
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields and Brooks