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The Rundown - March 12

RFE/RL In The Media
# "From the Safety of Switzerland" - Masha Gessen, "The New York Times"
# RFE/RL's Golnaz Esfandiari was a panelist at Tech@State
# "The Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on the convicting of a Kyrgyzstani official for corruption
# "Press TV" accuses the RFE/RL, BBC, and VOA of spying, sedition, and more

International Press Review

# Amos Chapelle photographs Iran
# Iran and Pakistan broke ground on a new $7.5 billion pipeline
# Iran offered journalists a tour of the grounds of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran

# Russia and the UK will hold ministerial-level meetings
# The Kremlin is probing state-owned companies for corruption
# China and Russia are investing in powerful Internet monitoring systems

# "The Anatomy of an Attack on Christians in Pakistan" - Omar Waraich, "Time"
# "Lawfare" on the delayed transfer of Bagram Air Force Base
# "Two Afghan Sisters, Swept Up in a Suicide Wave" - Azam Ahmed, "The New York Times"

RFE/RL Target Region
# The CIA is ramping up support for an elite Iraqi anti-terrorism unit
# Viktor Yanukovich got the kid gloves from some American bloggers
# A Ukrainian engineer gets creative with some pop music hits
# Travelling through Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
# Unpacking "traditional" food in Uzbekistan

Of Interest
# A Ukrainian journalist has escaped her captors in Syria (and will apparently stay in the country)
# A photo gallery from the mountains of North Korea
# Sarah Kendzior on working in the contractor economy

Science & Technology
# Check your Facebook privacy settings
# If Fido is getting a bit old, you can always clone him...
# ...Just beware of creating a strain of immortals

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Defining the rules of engagement in cyberwarfare
# The House and Senate are working on budget proposals