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The Rundown - August 15

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Atlantic" cites RFE/RL reporting on poor parking habits in Kazakhstan
# CPJ cites RFE/RL reporting on journalists attacked in Kazakhstan
# "Global Voices" cites RFE/RL reporting on Olympic success (and nonsuccess) for Central Asia

International Press Review

# Standard Chartered has reached a $340 million settlement
# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has skipped the quake-hit area for a summit in Saudi Arabia
# Iran is still able to get around some sanctions
# Several of Iran's nuclear facilities are built along a major fault line
# How Facebook has helped quake relief
# Two reformist parties have been banned from the next presidential election

# The "BBC" on the church-and-state relationship in Russia
# "Russia's Veto Diplomacy" - Corboy, Courtney, & Yalowitz, "International Herald Tribune"
# A primer on the Russian naval base Tartus in Syria
# The Kalashnikov has a new market -- the U.S.

# "Afghanistan’s Taliban Wish Al Qaeda Would Go Away" - Moreau & Yousafzai, "Newsweek"
# "Afghan Princelings" - Mujib Mashal, "Time"
# New public opinion polling numbers from Afghanistan

Of Interest
# "Uzbekistan Deserves Better" - Sanjar Umarov, "LA Times"
# Turkey is re-thinking possible EU membership
# Stirring pictures from the war in Syria
# An overview of renewed violence in Iraq
# "McClatchy" reports on the secret CIA detention center in Poland