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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?


Theory: How The US Would Attack Syria

After months of toeing the “red line” set by US president Obama regarding the use of chemical weapons against his own civilian population, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime has seemingly been caught killing more than 300 Syrian civilians and sickening over 1000 more in a suspected sarin nerve gas attack. The US has already considered its air strike options. There won’t be an attack for now, but here’s how the US could do it if the time comes.


John McCain Caught Playing Poker During Syria Hearing

John McCain. United States Senator. 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee. American Hero. iPhone Poker Player during a fairly important Senate hearing about the use of force in Syria. Yep, The Washington Post captured Senator John McCain fooling around on his iPhone during a three-hour hearing about Syria.


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