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The Rundown - March 7

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on al Qaeda's online presence

International Press Review

# "Parsing Motives in Bolshoi Attacks" - Barry & Kishkovsky, "The New York Times"
# A Czech company is leading investment in a new Moscow business park
# Are there really 200 Russian-speaking fighters in Syria? (more here)

# Afghanistan and Pakistan cannot agree on the release of Taliban prisoners
# "Where are the AfPak Industry's Afghans?" - Parto & Trevithick, "Foreign Policy"
# "Who Will Stop the Killing of Pakistan’s Shi’ites?" - Omar Waraich, "Time"
# The U.S. military will withhold data on attacks and casualties in Afghanistan
# More on the threat to anti-polio workers in NW Pakistan
# In Pictures: Afghanistan's anti-Taliban militias

# Details are starting to emerge about the Iranian government's proposed budget
# Turks are souring on Iran

RFE/RL Target Region
# "As International Scrutiny Fades, Azerbaijan Scrambles to Silence Critics" - Rebecca Vincent, "Al Jazeera"
# The Georgia lobby is being disbanded
# In pictures: Ten years since the start of the Iraq War

Of Interest
# A group of Syrian rebels abducted UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights
# "Could Stalin Have Been Stopped?" - István Deák, "NY Review of Books"
# Debate: "Can we Afford to Forgive Atrocities?"

Science & Tech
# How Twitter won the war for social media journalism tools
# How to find an underwater border
# The privacy concerns with Google Glass

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Senator Rand Paul filibustered John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA (a history of the filibuster)
# Excerpts from a new book on Rogeer Ailes
# An army veteran claims the U.S. set up secret torture centers in Iraq