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Today’s reads: photos of border crossings, guarded optimism on Iran

South Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom between South and North Korea at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

This post is part of a recurring feature highlighting some of the best foreign affairs coverage from other media outlets, blogs, academic institutions and think tanks. It’s also meant to give you a sense of what might end up driving the foreign policy conversations for the day. We hope you enjoy it and check back tomorrow.

1. Lobelog: A Q&A on Iran nuclear talks

Analyst Farideh Farhi talks to the Iran-focused blog about the ongoing Iran nuclear talks, answering some of your questions about what's happening and what comes next. Farhi expresses some very cautious optimism, arguing that the most recent talks left room for small confidence-building measures. In other words, we're still a few steps removed from any potential deal.

2. Reporters Without Borders: Enemies of the Internet

A comprehensive new report by the press freedom watchdog names five countries as enemies of Web freedom. Syria, Iran and China are no surprise. But the two surprises are Bahrain, the wealthy and U.S.-allied Arab island nation that has been combating a peaceful uprising, and Vietnam. Read the report to find out why they're on there.

3. Reddit: Borderporn

Don't worry: there is no explicit material at this link. It's a user-driven forum for articles and photos of the world's most fascinating and visually interesting border crossings. Some my favorites: The Austria-Slovenia border, the Korean DMZ, a photo of the Israel-Gaza-Egypt borders as seen from space and a guy whose driveway bisected the U.S.-Canadian border.



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