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The Rundown - April 2

Iraqis reading newspapers in Baghdad.
Iraqis reading newspapers in Baghdad.
Afternoon Update


# Diesel smugglers in Pakistan are liking sanctions on Iran
# "From Princeton to Persia" - Katie Cella, "Foreign Policy"

# Mira Sethi on Nawaz Sharif's political future
# Photos from the Bagrami IDP camp near Kabul

Of Interest
# Flights from Turkey to Armenia will just have to wait
# The barons of Bitcoin
# The satellite technology protecting troops from IEDs
# Fighting against Bashar Al-Assad

# "Why the Euro is Doomed in Four Steps" - Matthew O'Brien, "The Atlantic"
# Commentary: Europe gets tough with (Russian) investors

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Boris Berezovsky
# "Repression in Russia, in Black and White" - Masha Gessen, "The New York Times"
# The "LA Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on a stolen Rembrandt in Serbia
# "Khama Press" quotes RFE/RL's Afghan and Pakistan services' religious debate
# "Interfax" cites RFE/RL reporting on opposition politics in Ukraine (more here) and rallies in Kiev

International Press Review

# Russia steps up its Internet censorship
# Tough going for hotel seekers in Sochi
# "The Chechen Boss" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"
# "Cyprus and Russia Did Not Just Break Up" - Yuri Zhukov, "Foreign Affairs"

# Inflation remains in the double digits in Iran
# Iran has slowed its nuclear work ahead of elections
# "Shahnameh of the Digital Age" - Roja Heydarpour, "Al-Monitor"
# "The Best Red Line for a Nuclear Iran" - Ray Takeyh, "The Washington Post"
# Pistachios are getting expensive

# Badam Zari wants to represent Pakistan's tribal areas in parliament
# Afghanistan is protesting Pakistan's border constrcution activities
# Afghan security forces may not be ready to fight
# The taxman cometh in Afghanistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# Celebrating April Fools' Day in Odessa
# Is Kurdistan the new Taiwan?
# Tajikistan's Bokhtar oil field will be developed by France, China, and Tethys
# Tracking guns in Serbia

Of Interest
# British fighters are joining the war in Syria
# Where the applause came from
# A brief history of crucifixion
# Haikus from "The New York Times"

Science & Technology
# A look at the Android malware used to track Tibetans
# The Facebook phone might not be so stupid

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "State-Wrecked: The Corruption of Capitalism in America" - David Stockman, "The New York Times"
# Could Google tilt a close election?