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RFE/RL in the Media

# U.S. ambassador speaks about responses to his RFE/RL interview - Trend
# Saving Serbia's stranded dogs and cats - RFE/RL video that appeared in WP

# An Appeal to Europe, From Ukraine’s Ambassador - NYT
# Location, location, location: Measuring public opinion in Ukraine’s regions - Ralph S. Clem, WP
# The Role of Ukraine's Leading Oligarch Grows amid Crisis - Stratfor
# Oligarchs, Russia and Ukraine: What Magnitsky, Akhmetov And Kiev's Elections Bode - Melik Kaylan, Forbes
# Violence and Doubts About Credibility as a Troubled Ukraine Election Nears - NYT
# Ukraine’s Zombie Revolution - Lucian Kim, Slate
# Ukraine’s election: Vote late, vote seldom - Economist
# A new president of Ukraine would help restore legitimacy - Editorial, Globe And Mail
# Putin Is Sponsoring Sectarian Violence In Ukraine - Doug Schoen, Forbes
# Ukraine's pivotal revolution - Trudy Rubin, Mercury News
# Ukraine Crisis Drives a Quiet Lobbying Boom in U.S. - Bloomberg
# Ukraine crisis: Tense divide in scarred Odessa - BBC News

# FACTBOX - Details of Russia-China gas deal
# Officials Hope For Deal to Keep MasterCard, Visa in Russia - WSJ
# China's Gas Deal with Russia Could Benefit Rest of Asia - WSJ
# Sanctions Cast Shadow Over Russia's Answer to Davos - WSJ
# Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin - Charles Krauthammer, WP
# Russia’s military modernisation: Putin’s new model army - Economist

# FACTBOX - Afghans prepare to vote again: Abdullah vs Ghani
# Afghan Candidate Ghani Wins Endorsement From Karzai ex-VP - WSJ
# Afghanistan's hidden gems. It has the potential to become one of the most important mining centers in the world, Al Jazeera
# Afghanistan’s strategic backyard - Laura Schuurmans, Pakobserver
# Feuding in Afghanistan: A little Hundred Years’ War
# Pakistan's Geo News becomes latest target in blasphemy accusation trend - Guardian
# Pakistan hits Taliban targets as frustration grows over peace talks - Telegraph
# Media freedom in Pakistan: Assailed from all sides - Economist

The Caucasus
# Do you really know Azerbaijan, the country that sponsors Atlético Madrid? - Reporters Without Borders
# Armenia: Controversial Communist to Get Statue in Yerevan? - Marianna Grigoryan, Eurasianet

# Javad Zarif on Iran's nuclear Negotiations - New Yorker
# Iran's Approach to Iraq Rooted In Regional Strategic Issues - Seyyed Mohammad Sadeq Kharrazi, Eurasia Review
# Elusive Equilibrium: America, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in a Changing Middle East - Frederic Wehrey, Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment

# Iraq’s future looks more like Kurdistan, Marina Ottaway
# Were Iraq’s polls rigged? - Salah Nasrawi, Al-Ahram

Central Asia
# Turkmenistan: Further information: Hunger strike prisoner faces force feeding: Mansur Mingelov, Amnety International

Of Interest
# Filmmakers David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud Discuss Their Afghanistan Documentary, The Hornet's Nest - Gregory Weinkauf, Huffington Post
# U.S. foreign Policy: Putting Ukraine in Its Place. How America stopped thinking strategically - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic
# On Middle East Visit, Pope Will Find a Diminished Christian Population - WSJ
# Electronic cigarettes: Call it quits - Economist
# Recreational drug use: New highs - Economist