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The Rundown - January 31

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Washington Post" cites RFE/RL Russian Service reporting on Russia's proposed anti-gay law
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Ansar ul-Islam in Pakistan and Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts

International Press Review

# Recent arrests in Tehran may just be the beginning
# Bootleg versions of "Argo" are all the rage in Iran

# "Der Spiegel" reports: "The Dark World of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater"
# Russia has backed out of a crime-fighting agreement with the U.S.
# "Moscow Must end the Deadlock in Syria" - Bassma Kodmani, "Financial Times"
# The French sold Russia warships that don't work in the cold
# Russia's mob wars continue

# Pics of Afghanistan in the 1960s
# A father turns his son over to authorities out of fear he was planning to be a bomber
# Media in Afghanistan may struggle after the exit of international forces
# The Kajaki Dam remains a series of walls and holes

# The U.K. has been sued for providing intelligence for a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan
# Militant groups are fighting it out along NATO transit lines

RFE/RL Target Region
# "The League of Authoritarian Gentlemen" - Alexander Cooley, "Foreign Policy"
# "A New Energy Partner for Europe" - Alexandros Petersen, "National Interest"
# Harvard reproduced ancient Mesopotamian art using 3D printing
# A statue of Heydar Aliyev could not, in the end, bring Azerbaijan and Mexico closer

Of Interest
# "The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution" - Jacob Silverman, "The New Republic"
# Migrants move more money than foreign aid offices
# Israel attacked a military site in Syria (what was the target?)
# "Kurdistan's Female Fighters" - Jenna Krajeski, "The Atlantic"

# Chinese hackers have been targeting "The New York Times" for months
# How far down does life go?
# Facebook is spending a lot of money (and making a little too)

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Damon Wilson: Chuck Hagel is good; Danielle Pletka: Hagel is bad (the whip count)
# Where is the U.S. getting its gas from in Afghanistan?