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The Rundown - February 18

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Armenia's election season and the end of Medvedism
# "Al-Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraqi Kurdistan

International Press Review

# "Russia's Challenge in Dagestan" - Sergey Markedonov, "National Interest"
# "Scared Deputies Look for U.S. Safehouses" - Alexei Bayer, "Moscow Times"
# Sergei Udaltov's birthday party ended as one might expect
# New files shed some light on the fate of Stalin's son
# Two russian bombers circled Guam last week

# "Is a Nuclear Deal with Iran Possible?" - Sebenius & Singh, Harvard
# Iran's Supreme Leader says his country is not seeking nuclear weapons
# Iran is starting to crack down on illegal immigrants
# Cheap Buddha statues are the new cultural invasion

# Corruption does not distinguish among the economic classes in Afghanistan
# Afghan troops can not call in international air strikes
# The Afghan government is under pressure to negotiate with the Taliban

# The death toll is now more than 80 from the Quetta bombing
# Hazara protesters are refusing to bury their dead

RFE/RL Target Region
# Armenia elects a president today
# An open letter on political prisoners in Turkmenistan
# Uzbekistan may try its hand at shale gas
# 53 minutes of Soviet-era advertising

Of Interest
# "How Europe Bankrolls Terror" - Nasser Weddady, "The New York Times"
# "After the Arab Spring: Al-Jazeera Losing Battle for Independence" - Kühn, Reuter & Schmitz, "Der Spiegel"
# Donald Rumsfeld says wrestling should stay in the Olympics
# Why LeBron James in underpaid (his base salary is $19 million)

# Two-factor authentication may not matter
# Evolution didn't exactly "nail it" with humans
# Maybe contact was made -- back in 1967

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The drone program may shift to the Pentagon
# Congressional staffers often travel on the dime of foreign governments
# "Warrior Petraeus" - Thomas Powers, "NY Review of Books"