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The Rundown -- May 20

Afternoon Update


# Saeed Jalili: Europeans will "pay the price" for a war in Syria too

# Oligarchs are footing much of the Sochi 2014 bill
# Russia looks north for the next natural resource boom

# "Afghanistan’s Forgotten Crisis: Its Economy" - Victor Mallet, "Financial Times"

RFE/RL Target Region
# CPJ on an attack on a journalist in Kyiv
# Coming together in the South Caucasus

Of Interest
# Cyprus gets taken to task on money laundering
# How to legalize pot

Science & Technology
# A report on cyberattacks originating in India
# Chinese hackers are back on the offensive

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "Al Jazeera" notes RFE/RL reporting from Azerbaijan
# "Business Insider" cites RFE/RL reporting on clashes at a gay pride event in Tbilisi
# "Foreign Policy" cites RFE/RL reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov's social media prowess

International Press Review

# "Sochi's Olympic Security Obstacles" - Sergey Markedonov, "National Interest"
# "Dagestan’s Bitter Shadow War, Fought by 'Many Tsarnaevs'" - Ellen Barry, "The New York Times"
# The CIA station chief has been outed in Moscow (Ryan Fogle has left the country as well)
# Woah.

# "Who Are Iran's Voters?" - Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, "Al-Monitor"
# Some public support for former president Rafsanjani
# The Internet slows down ahead of the vote
# Iran sent two accused spies to the gallows

# PTI appears to have won the vote in Karachi (as Zahra Shahid Hussain is laid to rest)
# "Pakistan's Industry of Violence" - Beenish Ahmed, "The American Prospect"
# Take a journey on Pakistan's crumbling rail system

# The Afghan Analysts Network on the Afghan Taliban's relationship with Pakistan
# Afghan forces are having trouble saving their wounded without the aid of U.S. helicopters
# Afghanistan is seeking direct military aid from India
# Why efforts to strengthen a law protecting women may backfire

Of Interest
# Lifting of oil sanctions on Syria benefits jihadist groups
# Bees are being trained to hunt for land mines
# Yahoo! will buy Tumblr for just over $1 billion (Yahoo! Japan just had a security breach)

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# SES government employees will take home bonuses despite sequestration
# President Obama will address drones and Guantanamo Bay in a speech on Thursday