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The Rundown - August 23

RFE/RL In The Media
# The "Moscow Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on a Khimki forest activist's arrest in Spain

International Press Review

# "The Life and Death of a Great Russian City" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"
# "Pussy? I Prefer Their Old Stuff" - Courtney Weaver, "Financial Times"
# "Old Wives' Tales" - Yelena Akhtiorskaya, "The New Republic"
# It's official, the Kremlin can name the heads of state-run companies

# Afghan officials blame foreign spies for insider attacks on coalition troops
# Rabail Baig on honor killings in Afghanistan
# "Pakistan: The Demon the West Created" - Tarek Fatah, "Toronto Sun"

# "All the Ayatollah's Men" - Ray Takeyh, "National Interest"
# Haleh Esfandiari on women's education in Iran
# RBS wants to know if its dealings with Iran are legal

Of Interest
# EurasiaNet on smugglers on the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan border
# "The Crisis of Europe" - Timothy Garton Ash, "Foreign Affairs"
# "In Defense of the Serbs" - Michael Dobbs, "Foreign Poilcy"
# How technology democratizes and degrades writing

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. has issued no criminal charges against Julian Assange
# The "PBS Newshour" on the looming "fiscal cliff"
Donations from media companies tilt heavily towards democrats