“A Rose in the Desert” or just a simple part of that Desert?

Hey, guys!Following Dr. B advice, I am going to write about the secondary interests’ area: politics and IT. I feel like to share something what I found interesting and unspoken. Hope you will not waste your time reading this post)

“A Rose in the Desert” or just a simple part of that Desert?

VOGUE. Who has ever hold this magazine in hands? Most of Girls?
What if you want to read articles issued 2 or more months ago? You’d probably go to library or ‘d never read it.

VOGUE. Who has ever open the web – site? I did it today.

The magazine, which is mainly oriented to Fashion and Lifestyle, praises today Asma al-Assad, a wife of Syria’s President, calling her “A Rose in the Desert”   …..  really?

The article starts with beautiful words: “Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and
very chic — the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies” and makes those words even nicer: “The first impression of Asma al-Assad is movement—a determined swath cut through space with a flash of red soles. Dark-brown eyes, wavy chin-length brown hair, long neck, an energetic grace”,then it tells some positive facts about Syria: warm words like “Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East…” will cover the whole article and finally, the name of the game is of course Asma al-Assad as an outstanding
person: her unique character, education, family and contribution to the country.

Take a look at these words: “She runs her office like a business, chairs meeting after meeting, starts work many days at six, never breaks for lunch, and runs home to her children at four”  or these : “The 35-year-old first lady’s central mission is to change the mind-set of six million Syrians under eighteen…”  and fact that she installed some computers in one orphanage- all that leaves the reader with no doubts – Asma al-Assad is a well-educated, social and politically active and beautiful woman.

Good. Good for her! But why… why the article is written on February 2011, at the time of the anti-regime protests in Syria, where around 200 people were killed?

Does the article persuade the reader with “A Rose in the Desert” or simply kneel down to Asma?  Definetly, it doesnt imply a propaganda of fashion or lifestyle of a business-woman, m…? But more likely: Look! This is a modern and “glamorous” face of the regime! Let’s praise it!

Sad that something of this kind is fashionable today … and I found this article failed. Just like another “grain of the Desert”.

(by Marina Zaitseva)

For further information, check here:                                                                                                 1. /http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/asma-al-assad-a-rose-in-the-desert/       2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIjpp1u99ZE

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