Monday, 21 March 2011

Vogue: don't mention the human rights abuses

Vogue magazine's website has a sycophantic portrait of the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad ("elected president", Vogue informs us, "with a startling 97 per cent vote"). Published very recently - 25 February - it is (somewhat nauseatingly) called 'Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert'.

It includes this gem:

'The 35-year-old first lady’s central mission is to change the mind-set of six million Syrians under eighteen, encourage them to engage in what she calls “active citizenship.” “It’s about everyone taking shared responsibility in moving this country forward, about empowerment in a civil society. We all have a stake in this country; it will be what we make it.”'

I strongly recommend reading Joseph Daher's 'Syria protests: breaking the wall of fear' as an antidote. Among other things, it indicates that some Syrian youth are indeed discovering 'active citizenship' and 'empowerment'.   

Tip off: Owen Jones on Twitter


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