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The Rundown - October 2

RFE/RL In The Media
# Vladimir Ryzhkov mentions RFE/RL's Radio Svoboda in a piece on Russia
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Central Asia, Russia, and elections in Georgia
# "UPI" cites RFE/RL reporting on elections in Georgia

International Press Review

Georgia Votes
# Both parties are claiming electoral victory (our live blog)
# "Georgia's Electoral Showdown" - James Kirchick, "Foreign Policy"

# "An Olympic Demolition" - Yulia Gorbunova, "The Wall St. Journal"
# A court has ordered "Innocence of Muslims" to be blocked in Russia
# IISS on Russia's interests in Syria
# USAID is out and the Kremlin may tighten controls over other NGOs

# The Iranian rial is in freefall

# NYT: the U.S. is abandoning hopes of a peace deal with the Taliban
# A classified memo in the German government paints a dire picture of Afghanistan
# Afghanistan has cut some restrictions on media
# William Byrd offers some Afghan history lessons
# "Reuters" on a Pakistani private detective who tracks cheating spouses

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# "The Balkans, Post-Pax Americana" - Gordon Bardos, "National Interest"
# Kyrgyzstan's government banned a film about gay Muslim men from being shown

Of Interest
# "Muslim Rage Is About Politics, Not Religion" - Husain Haqqani, "Newsweek"
# Remembering Eric Hobsbawm

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Hackers attacked a White House computer system
# A video has emerged of American journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria