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Syria: A Celebrity and a Politician

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You can parade your decadent dog in Syria if you are one of the country’s affluent folks (if you aren’t, you can’t, because it’s costly, and besides, your family would never talk with you again).

You can visit locations like the Narranj in Damascus, and watch Syria’s vice foreign minister Faisal Mikad and Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov  dining there.

And – hey! – you can connect with Baladna, a very modern newspaper, on Facebook now. Asma al-Assad and her husband, Bashar, have done so, too, as Baladna’s network friends. (Homie Bashar even appears twice there, as a celebrity, and as a politician.)

An Awkward and Stiff Penalty

An Awkward and Stiff Penalty

If you are the country’s first lady, you can also surprise the world with highly original and innovative peace plans.

But don’t publicly say stuff like 

Syrians enjoy no protection from arbitrary authorities and the state apparatus’ encroachments.

You can’t say that in Syria. Not without going to jail right away, like Haitham Maleh, after reportedly making the above, too-true-to-be-inoffensive statement.
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This post is based on information from an article published by Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin on November 25, unless linked otherwise.

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Written by taide

November 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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