Friday, March 23, 2012

Faded Desert Rose: EU to Ban Syria's 1st "Lady" from Luxury European Shopping Trips

European Union foreign ministers have placed a travel ban on the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, as the crisis in the Middle Eastern nation continues to worsen.

The British-born Asma Al-Assad, once dubbed "The Rose in the Desert" for her beauty, has seen sanctions placed against her as well as travel restrictions. The First Lady is well known for her frequent lavish shopping trips to Europe and abroad, where she would always go to the most expensive and exclusive stores to purchase large quantities of luxury goods to take back home to the opulent Presidential Palace.

Last week, activists released thousands of hacked e-mails allegedly from the First Lady, which detailed that she continued to shop for luxury items such as crystal Swarvovski chandeliers and expensive Christian Louboutin shoes as Syria began to fall into full-scale revolution. Her husband immediately sent in military forces to brutally quell any civil unrest. The BBC claims more than 8000 lives have been lost since the oppressive crack-down started a year ago.

It is unclear if the EU travel ban will prevent Al-Assad from traveling to Great Britain, where she was born and educated. Al-Assad's ancestral home is the city of Homs, which has become the center of her husband's brutal crack-down on dissension.

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