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The Rundown -- May 16

Afternoon Update


# Ilya Goryachev was arrested in Serbia [Google translate version]
# Vladimir Zhirinovsky is no longer welcome in Kyrgyzstan

RFE/RL Target Region
# A "secret archive" of torture videos from prisons in Georgia exists

Of Interest
# Details on Skype's encryption [in German; Google translate version]
# Global racial tolerance -- mapped
# The dictionary of numbers

Science & Technology
# 3-D imaging of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly
# "The New Yorker" releases a new secure uploading feature (designed by Aaron Schwartz)
# Smart phone, smart TV, smart rifle

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "The Washington Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on the spy scandal in Russia
# "Reason" links to RFE/RL reporting on Afghanistan
# "UPI" cites RFE/RL reporting on taxing development projects in Afghanistan

International Press Review


# Pictures from the exit from Afghanistan
# The Soviet Union *almost* had a laser-toting satellite

# Scott Peterson on talks in Instanbul
# Iranian conservatives are split on presidential candidates
# "Bomb, Coerce or Contain Iran" - Gregory Koblentz, "National Interest"
# Iranian wrestlers got a nice welcome in New York

# Some Afghans are wary of Nawaz Sharif at the helm in Pakistan
# Maybe that election violence in Pakistan was actually a good sign
# The Lahore high court will take up Pakistan's YouTube ban
# Pakistan hosts its first hackathon
# How India sees the Afghanistan-Pakiostan border row

Science & Technology
# Scientists extracted stem cells from cloned human embryos
# The Kepler mission hits a snag
# We need a space program because humans will need to escape from Earth
# Belize bulldozed a 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid to make room for a road

Of Interest
# A Turkish court says the murder of Hrant Dink was part of a larger conspiracy
# "How Baghdad Fuels Iraq's Sectarian Fire" - Sarah Whitson, "The New York Times"
# "Ukraine’s Asgarda: Reinventing the Amazon Warrior Women" - Ashley Cleek, "The World"
# Christopher Hill on negotiating with "monsters"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The White House is pushing a media shield law
# "Peak Scandal?" - Ryan Lizza, "The New Yorker"