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August 28, 2013

Well, here we are. It’s been two years of fighting, over 100,000 people are dead, there are no signs of this war ending, and a week ago I used chemical weapons on my own people. If you don’t do anything about it, thousands of Syrians are going to die. If you do something about it, thousands of Syrians are going to die. Morally speaking, you’re on the hook for those deaths no matter how you look at it.

So, it’s your move, America. What’s it going to be?

"Bashar al-Assad," writing for The Onion, in an article titled "So, What’s It Going To Be?

After you’re done reading that, read this.
20:54 // 7 months ago

U.S. House members urge President to get approval before using force in Syria

  • 82 U.S. Representatives, including thirteen Democrats, have signed a letter to President Obama, urging him to seek Congressional approval before ordering any sort of military offensive against the Syrian government. The letter reminds the President that to strike any country which doesn’t pose a direct threat to the U.S., like Syria, without Congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. source
17:05 // 7 months ago
August 27, 2013
breakingnews:

Attack shuts down New York Times’ site
CNN: The New York Times’ website has experienced widespread outages as the apparent result of a malicious attack.
Reports of the site being down appeared on Twitter as early as 3 p.m. ET, with the site not accessible to many desktop users almost three hours later. Some reports indicate difficulty in accessing the Times’ mobile site and apps.
At about 5 p.m. ET, the Times posted on its Facebook page: “Many users are having difficulty accessing The New York Times online. We are working to fix the problem. Our initial assessment is the outage is most likely the result of a malicious external attack.”
The Syrian Electronic Army is widely suspected to be behind the attack.

Don’t fcuk with the Times. Go here if you want to read an awesome news organization doing awesome things.

breakingnews:

Attack shuts down New York Times’ site

CNN: The New York Times’ website has experienced widespread outages as the apparent result of a malicious attack.

Reports of the site being down appeared on Twitter as early as 3 p.m. ET, with the site not accessible to many desktop users almost three hours later. Some reports indicate difficulty in accessing the Times’ mobile site and apps.

At about 5 p.m. ET, the Times posted on its Facebook page: “Many users are having difficulty accessing The New York Times online. We are working to fix the problem. Our initial assessment is the outage is most likely the result of a malicious external attack.”

The Syrian Electronic Army is widely suspected to be behind the attack.

Don’t fcuk with the Times. Go here if you want to read an awesome news organization doing awesome things.

18:58 // 7 months ago
10:37 // 7 months ago
August 26, 2013
16:16 // 7 months ago
August 25, 2013

U.S. toughens rhetoric after Syrian chemical attacks

  • cause Last week’s deadly chemical weapons attack near Damascus, which killed hundreds, has drawn significant attention from the international community—including a request from the United Nations to investigate the scene. The Syrian government, after holding back on allowing such an investigation to take place, announced it would make room for UN inspectors on Monday.
  • reaction The U.S. government appears to be losing patience with the the Syrian government, with a White House official offering this take on the situation: “At this juncture, the belated decision by the regime to grant access to the UN team is too late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime’s persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days.” Reports suggest that the U.S. government may be prepared for a military strike—which would be a significant change in approach. source
18:02 // 7 months ago
August 24, 2013

Report: Thousands injured, hundreds killed in Syrian chemical attack

  • 3,600 the number of people Doctors Without Borders says were exhibiting “neurotoxic symptoms” in Damascus on Wednesday, when a chemical weapons attack took place in the Syrian city.
  • 355 the current death toll reported by the organization from the attack—which differs from the counts from other organizations, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported 322 deaths. Some outside figures were as high as 1,200. The attacks added additional scrutiny to a situation already widely criticized by international observers. source
16:12 // 7 months ago
August 21, 2013

Hundreds killed in possible chemical attack outside Damascus

  • 500+ people were killed outside Damascus on Wednesday morning, allegedly through the use of chemical weaponry, with one opposition member claiming the death toll was as high as 1300. The U.N. Security Council has already convened for an emergency meeting in response to the reports, but Russia remains staunchly opposed to any sort of intervention in Syria, including U.N. investigators. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
August 15, 2013
The Washington Post Web site was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of the Syrian Electronic Army. The group is a hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Post is working to resolve the issue.
So the Washington Post isn’t immune to the charms of the Syrian Electronic Army, either.
12:03 // 8 months ago
August 7, 2013
16:11 // 8 months ago