Syrian blogger and activist Diyya al-Naiiar was filming a protest in Hom and zoomed in on a sniper, which ended up shooting him in the head. The shocking and disturbing footage has been circulating on YouTube.
In a small Lebanese restaurant on London’s Edgware Road two Syrian chefs sat sipping tea as they watched President Bashar al-Assad deliver his first speech since the anti-regime protests began last week.
Syria is going on a bit of a PR drive, with its photogenic British-born first lady, Asma al-Assad, as its lynchpin. A fawning profile in the March issue of American Vogue was to be followed by the forum, which Mrs al-Assad was due to host.
Syria has always been considered an island of stability in a sea of Middle Eastern turmoil. So it came to everyone’s surprise earlier this month when isolated groups of Syrians stood up to the authorities.