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The Rundown -- May 21

Afternoon Edition

First Read

# An interview with Bashar al-Assad

# "The Cold War Heats Up in Syria" - Julia Ioffe, "The New Republic"

RFE/RL Target Region
# Yulia Tymoshenko's prison diaries are going online
# "Metternich in Baghdad" - Ramzy Mardini, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
# 3-D printed food may become an actual thing
# How Google plans to save Google+

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# A nice little window into PAC politics

Morning Edition


# The Levada Center must register as a "foreign agent"
# "Geopolitics Stages a Comeback" - Sergey Karaganov, "Russia in Global Affairs"
# "Russians Arrest CIA Agent" - David Satter, "NRO"

# Foreign policy divides the candidates for the presidency
# "Humans of New York in Tehran" - Brandon Stanton, "Bettery"
# Looking at local elections in Tehran
# The U.S. may try to stop sales of gold to Iran

# Why the Afghan peace process has stalled
# "Afghans are Wary of Nawaz Sharif - but Should They Be?" - Dawood Azami, "BBC"
# Europe is trying to promote business in Afghanistan
# Gayle Lemmon on women's rights in Afghanistan

# Can Nawaz Sharif improve media freedom in Pakistan?
# There will be no air conditioning or socks in offices in Pakistan
# "Drones Over Pakistan" - C. Christine Fair, "Huffington Post"
# Coca-Cola makes a bid for peace between India and Pakistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# "The Economist" on gay rights in Georgia
# A wave of attacks in Iraq killed nearly 100
# How Europe is trying to deal with youth unemployment

Of Interest
# A 2010 attack on Google accessed the company's surveillance database
# Apple heads to DC
# Would you open up to a robot psychiatrist?
# Why Americans will never get Eurovision

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Pictures from the Oklahoma tornado
# "The Day in Government Snooping" - Andrew Beaujon, "Poynter"
# "America and Iran: Wrestling with Ghosts" - Suzanne Maloney, Brookings