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The Rundown - January 23

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Keshek (or is it Harissa?)
# "Another Out-Of-Control-Printer Bill" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Guardian" quotes Kirill Kobrin on Russian politics
# "Al-Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraqi Kurdistan
# "CJR" on the Smith-Mundt Act

International Press Review

# International outrage over the hanging of a man who was a minor when he committed his crime
# "Obama's Moment of Truth on Iran" - Reza Marashi, "Foreign Policy"
# Iran's currency continues its downward pitch
# Maybe there aren't 30,000 Iranian spies after all
# Man on the street: sanctions are hurting Iran

# "A Cold Soldier for Russian Dissidents" - Oleg Kashin, "International Herald Tribune"
# Lituanian prosecutors are investigating Russian organized crime groups
# "9 Reasons Why Stability in Russia May Be Elusive" - Anders Aslund, "Moscow Times"
# A gay rights rally in Moscow turned violent
# Russian nationals are leaving Syria
# Russia is selling some multi-purpose submarines
# It's always to best to keep one's grammar in order

# Sahra Shikeeb is Afghanistan's first female district governor
# Pakistan wants answers from the U.S. on drone policy
# Pakistan has banned video games depicting it as a terrorist haven

RFE/RL Target Region
# The rise of big pharma in Kazakhstan
# Azerbaijan's gas and oil export numbers are down
# "Serbia's Olive Branch" - Ted Galen Carpenter, "National Interest"
# An interview with "Girl Rising" director Richard E. Robbins

Of Interest
# U.S. regulators weigh in on corporate social media policies
# Actual results from Facebook's new search function
# Some unexpected election results (sort of) in Israel
# No word yet on Doritos sanctions on North Korea
# Time to start mining asteroids

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Force" - Jill Lepore, "The New Yorker"
# Wall Street's fear index is real and it is scary, but less so than before
# Gen. John Allen has been cleared in the Petraeus case