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Syria’s Other Army Attacks the Media

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Posted on Aug 31, 2013

A group of hackers who support President Bashar al-Assad are targeting new sources such as the New York Times website; a Russian artist’s painting of Vladimir Putin in a negligee has been confiscated by authorities; meanwhile, words such as “twerk” and “unlike” have made it into the Oxford English Dictionary. These discoveries and more below.

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