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The Rundown - April 4

Afternoon Update


# "Iran’s Forgotten Ethnic Minorities" - Nader & Stewart, "Foreign Policy"
# A primer on the Assembly of Experts

# "Elections or National Consensus: Which One Wins?" - Gran Hewad, "Afghan Analysts Network"
# "None of the above" will be a choice for Pakistani voters
# The UK parliament's report on development in Pakistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# "Georgia's Bumpy Transition: How The EU Can Help" - Jana Kobzova, ECFR
# Tajikistan and Uzbekistan clash over water
# Chatham House on demographics

Of Interest
# Landmine Monitor 2012
# "A Tale of Two Londons" - Nicholas Shaxson, "Vanity Fair"
# The tar sands are crushing science in Canada

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# An interview with an American jihadist in Somalia

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "Global Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on the death of the Russian Banksy and flood damage in Tajikistan

International Press Review

First Read
# Exposing global off-shore accounts (more here and here)

# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad....oppositionist?
# "How Iran Won the War on Drugs" - Amir Afkhami, "Foreign Affairs"
# Iran has been warned about food security as inflation rises

# Inside the fight over orphans in Russia
# News: Olympic preparations in Russia are behind schedule and over-budget
# Russia and China have an agreement on $3.5 billion in arms sales
# Corruption in Russia is affecting German investment there

# Yesterday's attack in Afghanistan was the largest on civilians since 2011
# What the Soviets got right and wrong in Afghanistan
# The life of a Pakistani soap star

Of Interest
# The women of the Free Syrian Army
# Debate: Are rich politicians really less corruptible?
# "The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency" - Felix Salmon, "Reuters"
# "The Bitcoin Boom" - Maria Bustillos, "The New Yorker"

Science & Technology
# The guy behind the guy behind the guy at Twitter and Google
# Hints of dark matter
# A bit of progress in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine
# Your breath may be as unique as your fingerprint
# Time for the Facebook phone

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Chick Hagel on the future of the Department of Defense
# Anne-Marie Slaughter is the new president of the New America Foundation
# More on Hillary '16