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European Union blacklists Assad family

The European Union has sought to punish the family of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, blacklisting his wife, mother, sister, and sister-in-law and freezing their assets. But it was unclear how the symbolic move aimed at curbing the luxury lifestyle of the Assad dynasty would affect Asma al-Assad, the president’s wife…

Assad aide persuaded Twitter to remove fake accounts, emails reveal

By Robert Booth – Twitter removed all but one account using Syrian president’s name and half of those using first lady’s after complaint Twitter closed down a string of accounts purporting to be authored by the Syrian president and the first lady, emails reveal. A senior aide to Asma al-Assad,…

Syria’s First Lady falling from grace

Not so long ago, she was the darling of the international press, described as a “rose in the desert” and “a ray of light in a country full of shadow zones.” But today, Syria’s First Lady is being likened to a modern-day Marie-Antoinette, drawing criticism for staying mum on a…

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