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The Rundown - September 24

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Newsweek" and "The American Conservative" cite RFE/RL reporting on the prisoner abuse scandal in Georgia
# "Digital Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on an Iranian cleric getting smacked by a "badly veiled" woman
# "The New York Times," "Interfax," "The Moscow Times," and "RIA Novosti" on RFE/RL's ceasing medium wave broadcasting in Russia
# "The Christian Science Monitor" cites RFE/RL reportin gon parliamentary elections in Belarus

International Press Review

# As natural gas prices fall, Gazprom is feeling the sting
# U.S. companies may be paying bribes in Russia (RU)

# Afghanistan has banned newspapers from Pakistan
# The U.S. and Pakistan are planning a "joint action" to negotiate with the Taliban
# The surge in Afghanistan has officially ended
# "Time to be Honest About Afghanistan" - Rory Stewart, "Financial Times"

# David Ignatius interviews Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
# Iran denies hacking American banks
# Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's daughter has been put in jail
# Human Rights Watch on expanding education in Iran
# Standard Chartered will pay $340 million in fines

# Brian Whitmore: "The 'Cold War' in the Kremlin"
# A new collection of Tsarist-era films has been donated to a ST. Petersburg film studio

Of Interest
# "The Fight for Kurdistan" - Jenna Krajeski, "The New Yorker"
# An Australian Major General on a lifetime of war
# A review of the Free Syrian Army
# It's cotton-picking time in Uzbekistan

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields ad Brooks
# Josh Kucera on the Georgian elections as viewed from Washington
# Mmmm...culinary diplomacy