June 13, 2014

About Our Networks

— “Born in 1931, Mr. Schadeberg was too young to be drafted into the army. He listened secretly to the Voice of America on radio and learned about the concentration camps that his Jewish neighbors – who had suddenly disappeared – were taken to. He remembers years of fear, aerial bombings and hunger.” — New York Times

— In Real Clear Politics, Lee Edwards says RFE/RL “encouraged Hungarians to rebel” in 1956.

Citations of BBG Networks

— AFP to open a news branch in Pyongyang. Global Post cites RFA reporting.

— UPI and the English edition of Nguoi Viet cited article by VOA’s Trung Nguyen about Dang Van Nhan, the captain of a Vietnamese fishing boat that sank after being rammed by Chinese vessels two weeks ago.

— The Libya Herald cites Radio Sawa report on Al-Sharia and Hafter ceasefire deal.

— RFE/RL Azerbaijani service cited several times in Foreign Policy article about Azerbaijan lobbying and corruption.

— Slate quotes 2012 VOA interview with Brent Scowcroft about political leadership in Iraq.

— The Philippine Star cites VOA article about the court custody of ABU Sayyaf.

— WOKV Newstalk piece on suicide research uses statistics from VOA article.

— Khaama Press cites RFE/RL piece on possibility of power sharing with Taliban in Afghanistan’s next government.

— Yonhap cites RFA reporting about a technology sharing agreement between North Korea and Syria.

— The Phnom Penh Post cites RFA piece on protests against the Vietnamese government.

— CNN uses RFE/RL video from Rostov and from Iraq

— Al Youm Al Sakhen (Egyptian news site) cites Radio Sawa reporting that Dana Smith, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Qatar, said that the administration supported language in a Senate defense bill that would allow overt military training for the moderate Syrian opposition.

— ERIM (Encyclopedia of Republic of Iraq Media) cited Radio Sawa’s correspondent in Iraq, Fadel Sahbat, reporting on the Iraqi Kurdish forces that have taken full control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk as the army flees before an Islamist offensive nearby.

— Elwadi News (Egyptian news site) cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from Sen. John McCain regarding the situation in Iraq.  McCain said the entire Obama administration national security team, including Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, should resign for failing to keep Iraq secure.

— Elfagr (Egyptian news site) cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden regarding the 49 Turkish hostages in Iraq.  Biden called for the safe and immediate return of Turkish citizens kidnapped from a consulate in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul.

— Cumhuriyet (Turkish daily) picks up VOA Turkish Service interview with Professor Soli Ozel of Bilgi University in Istanbul on ISIL takeover of Mosul. Ozel noted that this creates very serious political and strategic dangers for Turkey and the region.

— Turkish NY (Turkish-American diaspora portal) picked up stories on the US Congress debate on Bergdahl, US economy unemployment rateimmigrants helping New York economy and a Hollywood story on movie effects technology, all produced by the VOA Newsroom and adapted by VOA Turkish.

Of Interest

— From Pussy Riot to Snowden: the Dissident Fetish

— AP describes horrifying new ISIL videos and campaign of intimidation

— Photojournalist Kamaran Najm Ibrahim was killed in Iraq.

— The Reddit newsroom.

— Your government may be corrupt, but is it Azerbaijan corrupt?

— Logging on from China.

— Russian propaganda.

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