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The Rundown - August 29

RFE/RL In The Media
# Think Progress cites Radio Farda's interview with Senator Joe Lieberman

International Press Review

# "Khimki Is a Litmus Test for Opposition" - Georgy Bovt, "Moscow Times"
# "Putin's Bad Neighbor Policy" - Anders Aslund, "Project Syndicate"
# Taisiya Osipova faces eight years in prison
# Sufi leader Said-Afandi was killed in a suicide attack in Daghestan

# Ban Ki-Moon is expected to raise criticisms while in Tehran this week

# "Foreign Policy" interviews human rights activist Baba Jan Hunzai
# Vladimir Putin will travel to Pakistan in October
# "The News International" reports on Pakistan's Hindus
# Why did Pakistan perform so poorly at the Olympics

# Iraq excuted 21 people for terrorism offences
# "Iraq at the Crossroads" - Dov Zakheim, "National Interest"

Of Interest
# Amnesty's website was hacked by supporters of the Syrian government
# The death toll in Darya, Syria has reached 400
# "A Critic's Manifesto" - Daniel Mendelsohn, "The New Yorker"
# "The Wall St. Journal" has a new smartphone-powered video channel

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Mitt Romney is officially the GOP candidate for president
# Foreign Affairs: "Essays for the Presidency"
# "Afghanistan - The 'Who Cares?' War" - Max Boot, "The Wall St. Journal"
# A reporter for "The New York Times" shared a draft oped with the CIA prior to publication