No Facebook friendships
In the hot air peace conference that George Bush and Condoleezza Rice are currently hosting, the Saudi Arabian delegates refused to shake hands with the Israelis. Joining in this highly public display of weakness (and make no mistake, this action signifies weakness and hypocrisy about peace), according to Tom Gross of National Review Online:
In a move that has angered many, particularly young people, the Syrian government has blocked the Facebook website, reports the Lebanese paper, Al-Safir.The authorities in Damascus have not explained the meaning of the move, but observers said that it was motivated by a fear that Syrians might strike up friendships with Israelis, reports Al-Safir. (snip)Hotmail is also regularly blocked in Syria.Indeed over the past few months the Syrian regime has intensified a campaign against bloggers, virtual opinion forums, and independent media sites. And Syrian human rights groups report that there is now an "Internet political crimes" ward at one prison.