The Rundown — September 26

RFE/RL in the Media


# Foreign Policy mentions Frud Bezhan’s piece “Remembering Karzai”

# Andre Mendes’ Journey From CIO to COO,

# BurnISISFlagChallenge in Kosovo,



# Afghanistan’s Failed Transformation – Ahmed Rashid, NYT

# This new era for Afghanistan has come at a cost – Michael Keating, Guardian

# Afghanistan: The New President and a Joint Venture Government – Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy, IPCS

# The ‘secret’ doctor on a mission to help Afghanistan’s women, AI

# Mistrust between Afghanistan and Pakistan soars as U.S. forces depart, WP

# In Pakistan, some antigovernment protesters just want to go home, LAT

# Pakistan Rising? – Fouzia Saeed, NI

# Can Pakistan’s new ISI spy chief Rizwan Akhtar restore security?, BBC



# Azerbaijan: Lawyers denied access to Leyla Yunus, Index on Censorship

# Azerbaijan: Rasul Jafarov appeal, Index on Censorship

# Gay couple in Azerbaijan forced to flee after engagement vow makes local news, Guardian

# Georgia eyes economic development, wary of Russia: deputy PM, Reuters


Central Asia

# Uzbekistan: Sentences Often Extended for Merest Excuse, HRW

# Kazakhstan Considers Dollar Bond Comeback, WSJ



# Islamic State air strikes in Iraq ‘would be legal’ – No 10, BBC

# Iraq looms large again for Hillary Clinton as she weighs another White House bid, WP

# Britain’s involvement in the new Iraq war is a doomed and dangerous gesture, –  Simon Jenkins, Guardian

# Women’s Rights Activist Executed by ISIS in Iraq, NYT

# Obama’s war of democracy in Iraq, Syria – Editorial, CSM

# Iraq reveals Isil ‘terror plot’ to attack America and France, Telegraph



# Iran’s president appeals for ‘united’ world against extremism in name of Islam, WP

# Why Iran Can’t Walk Away from Nuclear Talks So Easily – Alireza Nader, NI

# EU turns to Iran as alternative to Russian gas,

# The fight against the Islamic State must include Iran, –  Fareed Zakaria, WP

# Obama’s Isis coalition was built at Iran’s expense, and Rouhani knows it – Ali Gharib, Guardian

# Will Iran Sell Out Al Qaeda for Nukes?,



# Amid Ukraine crisis, Russia sanctions force exodus of Western energy, CSM

# Russia Needs to Start Looking After Its Health – Cesar Chelala, MT

# Russia Speeds Up Law to Ban Most Foreign Web Services, MT

# Russian TV sees US plot behind Ukraine and IS militants, BBC

# Is Russia’s Paul McCartney a traitor? The Kremlin would like you to think so, CSM

# West v Russia: Propaganda war rages on – Alexander Nekrassov, Al-Jazeera

# The West Gives Putin Too Much Credit, Joerg Forbrig, MT



# EU Official Raises Prospect of Reworking Ukraine Trade Pact, WSJ

# At least 955 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Russia’s war against Ukraine, Kyiv Post

# An Orwellian nightmare for pro-Ukrainians in rebel-held east, WP

# Barroso Won’t Rule Out Changes to EU-Ukraine Pact, WSJ

# “Whatever it takes” in Ukraine,

# Why Eurosceptics should back Ukraine – Daniel Hannan, Telegraph


Of Interest

# Khorasan: Behind the Mysterious Name of the Newest Terror Threat, Time

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