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This week’s top news:


US Officially Recognizes ‘Syrian Opposition Coalition’: The Coalition is supposed to be made up of Syrian
dissidents and opposition groups from across the spectrum. But it is
largely another exile group without strong roots inside the country,
and vehemently rejected by the armed rebel groups fighting the Assad
regime on the ground in Syria.


Bomb Graph Appears Adapted from One on Internet: The suspect graph of a nuclear explosion reportedly
provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as evidence
of Iranian computer modeling of nuclear weapons yields appears to have
been adapted from a very similar graph in a scholarly journal article
published in January 2009 and available on the internet.


Sending 20 More F-16s to Egypt, Despite Dictatorial Morsi: The United States is sending more than 20 F-16
fighter jets to the Egyptian government as part of a $1 billion foreign
aid package, despite the fact that mass protests have been revived following
successive dictatorial measure by the newly elected President Mohammad

Korea Launches Satellite into Orbit
: North Korea fired a long-range rocket and managed
to put a satellite into orbit on Wednesday morning, prompting the typical
frenzied condemnations from the US and its allies in the Asia-Pacific


Rights Court: CIA Tortured, Sodomized German Citizen: The European Court of Human Rights has issued an
historic judgment on the case of Khaled el-Masri, the German citizen
unfortunate enough to have a similar name to a militant named Khalid


Military Officials ‘Paint Rosy Picture’ of Afghan War: Painting falsely encouraging pictures of the Afghan
war is a favorite pastime of top administration officials and military’s
top brass.

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