The Rundown — September 19

RFE/RL in the Media 

# First “Roll Call,” now “The Hill” — RFE/RL called the Russia Today of Azerbaijan 

# New RFE/RL-VOA joint Russian TV production mentioned in White House fact sheet on Ukraine



# “Ukraine Leader’s Plea Nets Less Than He Wanted” – Michael Shear, “New York Times” 

# White House “fact sheet” on support for Ukraine

# “A Premature Party for Poroshenko” – Leon Aron, Foreign Policy

# Ukraine’s blood bucket challenge 



# BBC reporter investigating Russian soldiers dying in Ukraine attacked in Astrakhan, but files incisive story anyway

# Russia demands more changes to EU-Ukraine trade deal

# Poland wants Russian veto limited at UN

# “How to Persuade Scotland to Become Part of Russia” – “Moscow Times” 

# “Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy” – Peter Pomerantsev, “World Affairs Journal” 


Eastern Europe

# Baltic states weary of Russia’s more strident tone

# Russian Foreign Ministry condemns vandalism of Soviet monuments in Lithuania 



# Militants show reach in Baghdad with series of attacks overnight

# Can Iraq’s rising Shi’ite militias be just as bad as IS? 

# CIA privately skeptical about new Syria strategy

# AFP will no longer allow freelancers to report from Syria



# Zarif calls IS “the product of a foreign invasion”

# Rohani faces tougher audience at UN this year

# Obama open to talking with Rohani at UN



# Afghanistan asks for $537 million

# Liberal professor of Islam shot dead in Karachi 

# Why Malala can’t return to Pakistan


Central Asia

# Russia tightens control over Kyrgyzstan 



# “How Hard Times Are Healing Bosnia” – Peter Lippman “The Nation” 

# Israeli FM secretly meets with Dodik in Vienna


Of Interest

# Facebook on its newsfeeds

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