Asma al-assad portrait

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Asma al-Assad: A “desert rose” crushed by Syria’s strife

Shopping while her country crumbles. We know the story of the emails uncovered by the Guardian that expose the gilded lifestyle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma.

The image of her spending tens of thousands of dollars in internet shopping sprees on handmade furniture from Chelsea boutiques, jewellery, chandeliers, expensive curtains and paintings while people are  slaughtered around her has forever tainted the woman once named “a desert rose”.

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2 Comments

  • Reply March 23, 2012

    the*sparrow

    I love these editor’s best web reads – so much to read and so little time! Thanks very much for the column.

  • Reply March 24, 2012

    linda

    I enjoy reading these too!

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