Are you looking for a headline aggregator covering Europe, Russia, and South Central Asia? The Rundown, compiled by Zach (@ZachPrague) at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), is one of the best. The mission of RFE/RL is to “promote democratic values and institutions by reporting the news in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established.” Naturally, the headlines Zach gathers focus on this mission.
There’s another twist to The Rundown: the first section, “RFE/RL in the Media,” can often be subtitled “Smith-Mundt Violations” as it spotlights stories global media that cite RFE/RL reporting or report on RFE/RL activities. When the media citing RFE/RL is in the U.S. that is a Smith-Mundt Act violation, according to the amended Act and not the original legislation.
For example, the following is in today’s Rundown:
On that note, if you’re in the U.S., don’t click on any of the links above, let alone visit RFE/RL’s website, as Senator Fulbright and Senator Zorinsky successfully pushed legislation making it illegal for that information to be available to you, a person in the United States. (The legislation doesn’t discriminate on citizenship, so whether you’re American or not, don’t do it.)
If you want to get The Rundown, leave a comment below or email me and I’ll forward your email to Zach, as he sends a daily email of The Rundown. It would be nice if RFE/RL had a convenient URL for The Rundown, something like http://rferl.org/rundown, but no. You must know the URL to each individual Rundown or just navigate the website (from the home page, click Press Room then The Rundown).