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The Rundown - April 15

Afternoon Update


# This year's opium crop in Afghanistan is expected to be quite large
# Candidates are "trying to stay alive" in Pakistan
# How the U.S. and Pakistan get along

# The GCC wants post-earthquake inspections at Bushehr

Of Interest
# There may be an accounting of war crimes in Syria...later
# How to calculate if Mars is hospitable

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Gitmo Is Killing Me" - Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, "The New York Times"
# "Obama Is Flying Blind on Drones" - Albert Hunt, "Bloomberg"
# Surveillance court decisions are to remain secret

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "Foreign Policy" cites RFE/RL reporting on the land dispute between Iran and Azerbaijan

International Press Review

# "The Magnitsky Act Needs to Be Strengthened" - David Kramer, "Moscow Times"
# "Russia's Olympic City" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"
# Mark Galeotti on the trial of Alexei Navalny

# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Africa to sign energy deals
# Sanctioned businessman Babak Zanjani says the blacklisting is good for business
# "Tehran's Almaty Opening" - Mehrun Etebari, "National Interest"
# "Why Is Iran Running Out of Medicine?" - Marc Herman, "Pacific Standard"
# Georgia is a tourist destination for Iranians

# Two ANP politicians were targeted by the Taliban
# IISS on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations
# "The Ghost of Afghanistan's Past" - William Dalrymple, "The New York Times"
# Report: The Taliban and the U.S. military were to blame for an airstrike that killed nearly 20 civilians
# Afghanistan is not happy about a new border gate built by Pakistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# Catherine Ashton will visit the Balkans
# Turkey's role in Central Asia between the U.S. and Russia
# The new Pope and the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine

Of Interest
# "When Muslims Intermarry, Do They Keep the Faith?" - Naomi Schaefer Riley, "The Washington Post"
# Hangovers are an economic drag

Science & Technology
# "The Martian Chroniclers" - Burkhard Bilger, "The New Yorker"
# German archaeologists are unocking the history of executions
# A hobby astronomer may have found an old Soviet probe crashed on Mars

U.S. Politics/Foreign Politics
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields and Brooks
# "Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook" - Jonathan Van Meter, "The New York Times"