So You Married an Evil Despot: An Etiquette Guide for Asma al-Assad

These days, Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — has a lot on her plate. She's got 3 kids to Mom, a whole country to First Lady, an unstable, despotic, maybe-evil chemical weapons-wielding husband to Wife, and, most importantly, luxury goods to consume. Juggling the multiple responsibilities of… » 9/06/13 12:40pm 9/06/13 12:40pm

Vogue Writer Tries, Fails to Successfully Justify Fawning Asma al-Assad…

Forget the tens of thousands of people who've died since Bashar al-Assad started slaughtering opponents of his regime in March 2011. The real victim of the ongoing Syrian massacre is Joan Juliet Buck, the writer whose Vogue article on Assad's glamorous wife, Asma, cost her "my livelihood and end[ed] the association I… » 7/30/12 2:55pm 7/30/12 2:55pm

Syria's First Lady Has Quite the Luxury Shopping List

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… » 3/15/12 10:50am 3/15/12 10:50am