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The Rundown - February 1

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on two Russian girls learning about the Holocaust
# "Radio World" reports on intimidation against Radio Farda journalists
# "Al Jazeera" cites RFE/RL reporting on Turkmenistan's new media law

International Press Review

# Iran will speed up nuclear fuel production
# The effects of sanctions on Iranian oil export

# "The West's Flawed 'Civilization Burden'" - Robert Shlegel, "Moscow Times"
# Volgograd will be Stalingrad again, if only for a fleeting moment
# Russia's top banker diplomatically swats Putin away on interest rates
# "The Economist" on anti-Americanism in Russia
# A Russian judge heads to Syria for vacation, gets shot

# The Afghan Youth Orchestra is facing backlash over its international tour
# Pakistan's Baluchistan: "Minerals, militants, and meddling"
# Logistics are the name of the game in Afghanistan
# Afghans are fleeing their homeland in droves
# The Port of Singapore Authority will manage Pakistan's port at Gwadar

RFE/RL Target Region
# A candidate for president in Armenia was shot in Yerevan
# Uzbekistan is hoping to benefit from international withdrawal from Afghanistan
# "Another Regional War in the Wings" - E. Wayne Merry, "National Interest"
# "Serbia: New Leadership, Same Challenges" - Tim Judah, IISS

Of Interest
# Was "The New York Times" really hacked by China?
# Ivan Krastev on transparency for the sake of transparency
# "Wes Anderson’s Worlds" - Michael Chabon, "NY Review of Books"
# Why we took cocaine out of cola
# What comes after humans in the evolutionary chain?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# CHuck Hagel's confirmation hearing may have gone worse than first thought
# Highlights from Hillary Clinton's farewell speech (full video)