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By Erika Solomon and Jesse Mirsky

Syrian activists said on Thursday they were sickened by emails which appeared to show President Bashar al-Assad and his wife shopping for pop music and luxury items while the country descended into bloodshed.

More than 3,000 emails from Mr. Assad and his wife, Asma were released on Wednesday, showing that the Assads weren’t always keeping a solemn tone during the year of protests. The emails, not all verified yet, showed Mr. Assad taking advice from Iran on countering the one-year revolt against his rule that has claimed thousands of lives. The emails were first obtained by the Guardian newspaper in the U.K.

British-born Asma was revealed buying jeweled necklaces from Paris, and Mr. Assad downloading music, which activists argued showed the ruling family’s detachment from a crisis that is dragging Syria to the brink of civil war and economic collapse.

“He was downloading…

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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