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The Rundown - August 28

# Iran is reportedly sending reinforcements to Syria
# "Talkfest in Tehran" - David Bosco, "Foreign Policy"

# A report says Vladimir Putin is living the (material) good life
# Two big sporting events mean a hotel boom for Russia

# Abdul Raziq survived a massive car bomb in Kandahar
# "‘Green on Blue’ Killings Explained" - Moreau & Yousafzai, "Newsweek"
# U.S. troops escaped charges for desecrating Korans and urinating on dead Taliban fighters

# At least 18 people are dead in Karachi violence
# A group of Christians has moved into the forest outside Islamabad
# From the archives: "Newsline" interviews a Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan (1994)

# Kyrgyzstan's secret police will monitor the Internet
# How hackers are changing the news
# "The Internet: Command & Control" - Thomas, Waters, & Fontanella-Khan, "Financial Times"

Of Interest
# "Doing Business with Despots?" - Walter Poncus, "The Washington Post"
# Marlène Laruelle on Uzbekistan's withdrawal from the CSTO
# "Islam and the Arab Awakening" - Tariq Ramadan, "Guernica"
# Arctic sea ice is at record lows
# Debate: Should government fund the arts?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Presidential-Appointee Problem" - Nikolas Gvosdev, "National Interest"
# "This Election Could be Republicans’ Last Chance" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"