1. Eric Harroun, the 30-year-old American seen in the above video threatening Bashar al-Assad, has been arrested by U.S. authorities under weapons charges after fighting in Syria, allegedly alongside terrorism-linked groups.

    More here: “American Who Posted About Fighting in Syria Faces Weapons Charges,” Mashable

     
     
  2. jaredbkeller:

    businessweek:

    The Hackers of Damascus

    This week’s cover story: the Internet was a powerful weapon for the rebels fighting to topple Bashar al-Assad—until their enemies turned it against them.

    Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek

    The latest cover of Businessweek: inside Syria’s virtual civil war. 

    (via jaredbkeller)

     

  3. "Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are replete with propaganda from Syria — government forces and rebels have been using the networks to spar for the attention and support of the outside world. The Syrian government even has a division, the Syrian Electronic Army, assigned to the task."
    — Social Media Becoming Online Battlefield in Syria, Mashable
     

  4. "

    It was an assignment. I was curious. That’s why I’d become a writer. Vogue wanted a description of the good-looking first lady of a questionable country; I wanted to see the cradle of civilization. Syria gave off a toxic aura. But what was the worst that could happen? I would write a piece for Vogue that missed the deeper truth about its subject. I had learned long ago that the only person I could ever be truthful about was myself.

    I didn’t know I was going to meet a murderer.

    "
    — Joan Juliet Buck, explaining the story behind her interview with Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad.

    (Source: thedailybeast.com)

     
  5. A tank opens fire on a cameraman in Syria’s Jouret Shiyah neighborhood. He barely even flinches.

     
     
  6. producermatthew:

    Shortly after adding The Associated Press as a collaborator on the newly-released Syria Files this morning, the website Wikileaks removed the AP as a collaborator for reasons unknown.

    (Source: matthewkeys)

     

  7. WikiLeaks has begun releasing 2.4 emails from Syria — the “Syria Files” — many of which it claims were written by government and business sources.