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Syria Cut Off From The Internet Again

from the because-that-works-so-well dept

Earlier this summer, we wrote about Syria briefly deleting itself from the internet. We wondered about the logic behind this, seeing as other countries who attempted this -- namely, Egypt and Libya -- had regime change follow quite closely after such a decision. Furthermore, not too long ago, reports were that the Syrian government was trying to use the internet to get its own story out. Of course, a lot has happened in Syria in the interim. So perhaps views have changed.

Reports came out quickly today that the Syrian internet went almost entirely offline. Renesys, who reported this first, also provides some striking graphics on the situation:

I can't imagine this strategy will be particularly successful.

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    jameshogg (profile), Nov 29th, 2012 @ 3:22pm

    Ba'athist ideology is rooted in fascism after all. And it "means war", as the old, hard Left used to say...

    Now the Left lets proximity politics come into play, and insist that the U.S. government is the worst in the world despite never spending even a day under a totalitarian state of affairs abroad.

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2012 @ 3:37pm

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    Alana (profile), Nov 29th, 2012 @ 6:31pm

    For anyone who wants to treat this as "oh no they can't access porn!", the internet is the fastest method of communication, and this was probably a deliberate action by the government. This isn't a laughing matter.


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    Alana (profile), Nov 29th, 2012 @ 6:35pm


    I would mention that the thing that bought me to say this preemptivley was the reddit thread. But I think this site is above that kinda thing, and some of Reddit's users are kinda... yeah... so... Yeah.

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    Jake, Nov 29th, 2012 @ 6:53pm

    According to BBC Radio 4, there's a rumour that it wasn't a government blackout but a result of some vital piece of infrastructure getting blown up.

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2012 @ 5:05am


    wth are you talking about?

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    Brave Sir Robin, Nov 30th, 2012 @ 5:50am

    So, basically just assume that this was deliberate, and that it was done by the government, and that the reason they did it was censorship.

    Uh-huh, yup, I see how this is good journalism.

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    R Andrew Ohge (profile), Nov 30th, 2012 @ 8:04am

    Rehearsal for bigger things?

    Syria gets shut down. The average American? Doesn't hear about it, or if they did, is clueless as to the implications.

    What implications?

    It's all a matter of scale, now. It COULD happen ANYWHERE.

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    Qûr Tharkasdóttir, Nov 30th, 2012 @ 1:35pm

    > some vital piece of infrastructure getting blown up

    Considering that big battles have been taking place around Damascus airport, which have led to its closure and incoming flights being rerouted, it wouldn't be surprising. And considering the innumerable acts of terror and atrocities committed by the fanatics financed by the US, France, Britain, Turkey and the GCC, it wouldn't be surprising if they had managed to close down the net. As they have done with satellite comm when they destroyed Libya, or as they're doing right now under our eyes with Iran. Why is it that some people automatically believe it's the government that done it?

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