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March 31, 2011

Assad (Briefly) Sees the Light of Day


While I search for a larger version of this photo from Syria’s news agency depicting al-Assad’s first foray “in public” since the country started simmering, I just have two questions:

1.) What do you think the ratio is here between security muscle, state media, hand picked loyalists and the random man-on-the-street?

2.) Do you think they used the photoshop?

(photo: Syrian Arab News Agency, AFP/Getty Images. caption: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (front-R) waving at supporters after addressing parliament in Damascus on March 30, 2011. Assad blamed conspirators for unrest sweeping Syria but failed to lift emergency rule or offer other concessions in his first speech since pro-reform protests erupted two weeks ago.)

  • tinwoman

    The people in the back look…..mad.

  • Marie

    The foreground with the cameras is a completely different photo from the background. The focus and lighting are both completely mismatched. So yes, photoshopped, and badly. And what is that shadow hand sticking out of Assad’s forehead? Another bad artifact of pasting the two (or more?) images together, probably.  And if by some bizarre circumstance, this is one photo, it’s still badly photoshopped. 

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