A Bad Day for Freedom
Syria shuts down internet and cell phone connectivity: (#SyriaBlackout.) BBC. Atrocities, presumably, to follow. Google and Twitter, very much to their credit, have implemented speak2tweet a voice tweet system, so some news is getting out, but the tweets seem to be mostly in Arabic. Hoping for some news organizations to start picking up the slack, here.
Reuters: Egypt constitution finalized as opposition cries foul. Morsi rammed it through. There seems no English-language translations yet, or even detailed summaries, but “The draft injects new Islamic references into Egypt’s system of government but keeps in place an article defining ‘the principles of sharia’ as the main source of legislation – the same phrase found in the previous constitution” and “activists highlighted other flaws such as worrying articles pertaining to the rights of women and freedom of speech.” Still haven’t seen a full analysis in English, though.