Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Surreal Instagram Feed

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On the morning of Aug. 21, strange, awful images began spreading from the eastern suburbs of Damascus to the international media: footage of screaming children, of dead animals and human victims stretched out on the ground, their eyes glazed and pupils dilated, some convulsing, some motionless

The Obama administration would later say it was evidence of the worst chemical-weapons attack in 25 years, carried out by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, a violation of international norms of warfare and a provocation that demanded a military response

But the images posted on Assad’s Instagram feed from the same period convey nothing of a regime in crisis. They show the angular Syrian despot, who turns 48 on Wednesday, striding through a room of academics who helped train Syrian high school science students for an international science competition. Read more…

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