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The Rundown -- May 27

Afternoon Update


# How Russia's foreign agent laws imperil democratic development there

# The Afghan Analysts Network on protecting women in Afghanistan
# Two Pakistani women break down barriers in the UK (because they can't in Pakistan)

RFE/RL Target Region
# Vladimir Socor on Moldovan politics
# Lukashenka "can forgive lesbians but not gay men"
# IWPR reports on border disputes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Of Interest
# The UK will try to censor jihadist websites
# Want to sell your personal data?
# German brewers say fracking will hurt beer quality

# How to activate 2-step verification on Twitter

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on corruption in Uzbekistan
# "Reuters" reports on the release of an RFE/RL correspondent in Turkmenistan
# "The Wall St. Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on corruption in Uzbekistan
# "The Huffington Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov's social media prowess

International Press Review


# "Bulgakov's Ghost" - Emily Parker, "The New York Times"
# A few reasons for optimism with reagrds to Russia
# Lyudmila Alexeeva on civil society in Russia

# Hamid Karzai's older brother will run for president next year
# "U.S. Shift Poses Risk to Pakistan" - Declan Walsh, "The New York Times"
# Some examples of...interesting aid projects

# Ryan Crocker says the U.S. is fumbling in negotiations with Iran
# Iran says it has "massive numbers" of mobile missile launchers
# Iran's private sector weighs its options
# A two-decade old puppet show gets political

RFE/RL Target Region
# China is building an entire city in Belarus
# "Vendetta Politics in Georgia" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"
# Not a lot to like with these airlines

Central Asia
# Mobile banking may be coming to Central Asia
# Two rivers: a journey through Central Asia
# Turkmenistan has the most marble buildings in the world

# How some Iraqi fighters are supporting the Assad regime (or fighting against it)
# Russia may (or may not) sell S-300 missiles to Syria
# The EU is re-considering the arms embargo on Syria

Of Interest
# Now China has drones too
# Man gets struck by lightning, writes it up
# On Google glass and privacy fears

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# How the Obama administration searched for leakers