MY SAY: THE FASHIONISTA ANNA WINTOUR…..AND HER PITCH FOR OBAMA…. AND ASMA AL-ASSAD
A flattering Vogue magazine profile of Asma al Assad, the First Lady of Syria, has vanished from the magazine’s official website.
Anchor Marco Werman talks to Paul Farhi, a Washington Post reporter, who tells why it is significant that the articles about Assad was ‘disappeared.’
Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert
by Joan Juliet Buck | photographed by James Nachtwey
“Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She’s a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her “the element of light in a country full of shadow zones.” She is the first lady of Syria.
Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East, possibly because, as the State Department’s Web site says, “the Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors.” It’s a secular country where women earn as much as men and the Muslim veil is forbidden in universities, a place without bombings, unrest, or kidnappings, but its shadow zones are deep and dark. Asma’s husband, Bashar al-Assad, was elected president in 2000, after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, with a startling 97 percent of the vote.”
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