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The Rundown - August 16

RFE/RL In The Media
# Joshua Foust talks Turkmenistan on Bloggingheads
# "Hurriyet" cites RFE/RL reporting on a Pakistani Army offensive in the tribal regions

International Press Review

# Barbara Slavin reports that sanctions are making quake relief more difficult (photos)
# Syrian officials reportedly did not allow Iran to conduct a raid to free prisoners
# "The Ayatollah's Pregnant Pause" - Jeffrey Lewis, "Foreign Policy"
# Family members of nuclear scientists who were killed have sued Israel, the U.S., and the UK

# Pussy Riot gets the headlines as other protesters get the dock
# Russia's Olympic champions got some nice Audis

# Militants attacked the Minhas air force base in Punjab
# The Taliban is settling scores in Karachi

Of Interest
# Meet the man who dug the hole Saddam Hussein was hiding in
# The BBC sits down with Ukrainian satirist Andrey Kurkov
# Evgeny Morozov on TrapWire
# Eric Morse on the collective lack of a good sense of humor among dictatorships
# Free countries did well in the Olympics

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The MeK may remain on the U.S. terrorist list
# Jeffrey Gedmin on U.S. international broadcasting
# A group of ex-special operations soldiers are mounting a political attack on the Obama Administration