Open Internet Red Alert: Syria's Internet Shut Down

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Several news agencies and web monitoring services are reporting that the Internet has been completely cut off in Syria since early afternoon today. While the government apparently blamed "terrorists" for the nationwide outage, activists and humanitarian organizations are raising concerns that it may have been a drastic measure taken by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to limit the flow of information amidst the civil war that has been ongoing for nearly two years.

Syrian Uprising Account of the Day

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Know Your Meme user X-singular has been providing a daring first-hand account of the escalating bloody violence between the Syrian Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army.

The words, pictures and video (some Not Safe For Work) are a harrowing glimpse into a conflict which has seen a daily body count into the hundreds, and sent thousands of refugees fleeing towards friendlier borders.


This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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(Embiggen -- also interactive.)

Human Rights Watch released a major multimedia report on Syria today, and the ill-treatment and torture it reveals easily resemble crimes against humanity.

The report is based on more than 200 interviews conducted with former detainees and defectors since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations in Syria in March 2011.

According to Ole Solvang, emergencies researcher at HRW:

The intelligence agencies are running an archipelago of torture centers scattered across the country. By publishing their locations, describing the torture methods, and identifying those in charge we are putting those responsible on notice that they will have to answer for these horrific crimes.

Unfortunately, the atrocities in Syria have received scant attention from global media. So in the absence of a KONY-esque video that could rally the world against human rights abuses, we'll have to be satisfied instead with a (surprisingly compelling) interview with HRW's Nadim Houry.