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The Rundown - August 14

RFE/RL In The Media
# "AFP" cites RFE/RL's interview with Nadezhda Ostapchuk
# "World Crunch" cites RFE/RL reporting on Vladimir Putin's private wealth

International Press Review

# Donating to Iranian quake victims is complicated
# "Is Khamenei Preparing Iran For a Nuclear Concession?" - Fatemah Aman, "Al Monitor"
# "Iran's Favorite Bankers" - L. Gordon Crovitz, "The Wall St. Journal"
# Iran is set to host a gathering of the Nonaligned Movement

# "Putin's Russia Is Becoming a Flawless Dictatorship" - Diez, Mayr, & Schepp, "Spiegel"
# "The Pussy Riot Trial Won't Bring Down Putin" - John Kampfner, "The Independent"
# "Syria's Russia Connection" - Coker & Valentino-Devries, "The Wall St. Journal"
# "Putin's Fake Anti-Corruption Drive" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"

# The TTP has threatened mobile phone shops in NW Pakistan
# Pakistan will launch an army offensive against militants
# "Bamiyan Buddhas: Should They be Rebuilt?" - Stephanie Hegarty, "BBC"
# "Have Obama and Romney Forgotten Afghanistan?" - Dexter Filkins, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# Refugees from Andijan, Uzbekistan have set up in Phoenix, Arizona
# Sarah Kendzior on self-censorship
# Investors are preparing for the Euro to collapse

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Paul Pillar on foreign policy as a non-issue in the U.S. presidential election
# Wikileaks documents show how authorities are using TrapWire