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This Must-Watch PSA Has Left Me Speechless

More than 100 NGOs — including Oxfam, Save the Children and Amnesty International — have united to put pressure on next week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting with this shocking PSA.


Syria's 'Monuments Men' Are Trying To Save History Amidst ISIS Chaos

Roman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world — and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it.


Snowden: The NSA Accidentally Turned Off Syria's Internet

Remember when the Syrian government shut down the entire country’s internet a little under two years ago? Well, thanks to Edward Snowden’s recent Wired interview, we now know that may not quite be what happened. In fact, according to Snowden, it was the NSA who flipped the switch.


This Syrian Refugee Camp Has Transformed Into A City Of 85,000

This is an aerial view of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Since the camp opened in July 2012 hundreds of refugees have arrived daily and the population reached 144,000 in 2013. According to the New York Times, the number decreased to 85,000 in 2014, but the camp has become an informal city.


A Second A Day Video Set In A War Torn Country Is Confronting

Second a day videos are usually pretty cute. Not this one. It certainly starts that way, but by the time it ends, you will have an overload of feels.


12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds. Many of them are fakes, lies or both. Like these!


Monster Machines: The Ship That Will Destroy Syria's Deadliest Chemical Weapons

Syria’s agreement with the UN to eradicate its stockpiles of chemical warfare agents in exchange for the US not curb-stomping its Air Force is going about as well as you’d expect. That is, it’s woefully behind schedule with little hope of actually being completed. But, if and when the Assad regime does finally turn over its chemical munitions, they’ll be neutralized aboard this ship.


The Syrian Electronic Army Says It's Hacked Obama

In just latest of many head-turning exploits, the Syrian Electronic Army now says it’s broken into Barack Obama’s Twitter account and website. Indeed, the hacker organisation showed images of the website’s backend and Obama campaign email accounts.


Monster Machines: This Vacuum Detonator Blows Deadly Chemical Weapons To Smithereens

Disposing of the world’s chemical weapon stockpiles is far easier said than done. It’s not like the good old days prior to WWII when we could just dump extraneous supplies of mustard gas and other chemical weapons into the open ocean or under Delaware roadways or just big pits at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama — no, no, now we have to dispose of it in a responsible manner. That’s why Army crews now rely on an ingenious explosive vacuum chamber to burn these deadly weapons to harmless ash.


The Unlikely Story Of How A Japanese Architect Designed Assad's Palace

One of the remarkable things about the Assad regime is the veneer of tasteful normalcy that surrounds his family’s public image, from a glowing Vogue feature on Asma al-Assad to their boring Instagram presence. That aura extends to the presidential palace, which was built by Kenz┼Ź Tange — the Pritzker Prize-winning architect who designed some of Japan’s most recognisable buildings. Who knew evil could look so banal?


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