The Guardian obtained several thousand emails exchanged between Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, over the past year, and the details of the sheltered, privileged life the first couple lead are both fascinating and disgusting. While Syria entered into a massive and deadly civil war — some estimate more than 8,000 have been killed, with many more tortured, injured, and forced to leave the country — the duo exchanged YouTube videos, downloaded iTunes songs and LOL-ed over Internet memes. And the glamorous Asma — who Vogue controversially profiled last year — will now go down in history along with Imelda Marcos and Evita Perón as a woman who squandered away tens of thousands of dollars while her administration brutally squashed and then sought to cover up uprising after uprising. More than 50 emails are specifically about Asma's internet shopping sprees. Here's a partial shopping list:
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