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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Over the weekend, troubling allegations have emerged of many Iraqi teenagers being stoned to death for dressing in "emo fashion."

Scores of teens wearing skinny pants and graphic tees, and sporting a signature "emo style" haircut

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This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: Rare and disturbing footage of everyday life inside the besieged Syrians city of Homs, courtesy of an intrepid French photojournalist, identified only as "Mani" by Britain's Channel 4.

This shocking video aired Wednesday alongside an interview with Mani, which can be seen here. "

"While the world has become used to grainy shaky and gruesome foo

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This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: Salman Khan offers the most succinct and straightforward rundown of how the language in SOPA's current iteration leaves wide open the possibility that, despite its ostensible intention to block foreign sites trafficking in pirated content, completely legal websites operating inside the United States could easily be labeled "enablers" of "U.S. prop

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This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: To promote his effort to raise production funds for a documentary about anti-gay discrimination, filmmaker Ryan James Yezak released a seven-minute compilation of clips cataloging the conquered battlegrounds of the gay rights movement scattered amidst a war yet to be won.

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: President Obama today signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which contains controversial provisions

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: The despicable Internet Blacklist Bill -- known as the "PROTECT IP Act" or S. 968 in the Senate and the "Stop Online Piracy Act" or H.R. 3261 in the House -- has been discussed on TDW in

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PSA of the Day: Two weeks ago, Photojojo and Jelly founder Amit Gupta received a decidedly unpleasant phone call from his physician. "Amit," the doctor said, "you’ve got Acute Leukemia. You need to enter treatment right away."

"I was terrified,"

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: A pair of gruesome murders in  Mexico attributed to the Zetas drug cartel were apparently meant to serve as a warning to bloggers and Twitter users who use their respective platforms to report on drug-related violence.

"This will happen to all the Internet snitches," read a sign posted above the mutilated

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This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: To illustrate the lethal celerity of the 2011 Texas wildfires, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department released this footage of a wildfire consuming the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park, where, as of Tuesday, all but 100 acres have been bl

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Immensely popular Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat -- a noted critic of President Bashar al-Assad's bloody opposition crackdown -- has reportedly had both his h

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: A public meeting between members of Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission and residents of Fukushima did not quite go as the government officials had hoped, with attendees demanding to know what is being done to protect residents from elevated radiation levels detected outside the government's arbitrary 20km exclusion zone, and Nuclear Safety members responding that Fukushima residents

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Republican presidential nomination hopeful Michele Bachmann is the first candidate to sign the "pro-marriage" pledge of conservative Christian group The Family Leader.

According to the Des Moines

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Openly lesbian Syrian blogger Amina Arraf, who fearlessly wrote about her country's political turmoil at A Gay Girl in Damascus under the nom de plume Amina Abdallah, was abducted last night by armed men while on her way to a meeting in Damascus.

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: A concerted effort appears to be underway to keep footage of a Saudi woman driving through the streets of Khobar off the web.

Manal al-Sharif was arrested Sunday after she posted a video of herself driving while encouraging other women to flout the Saudi ban on female drivers. Sharif and oth

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: 53-year-old Ai Weiwei -- an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and by all accounts China's best-known artist (previously) -- is missing and his whereabouts are unknown after he was detained by police at Beijing Capital International Airport.

In addition to his sudden disappearance, Ai's