( 4UMF NEWS ) President Assad Listens To Chris Brown:
As Homs burned, Assad was tapping his feet to Right Said Fred.
Leaked messages from Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad‘s email account reveal he spent hours downloading cheesy songs from iTunes and swapping goofy YouTube links with pals as his armed forces waged a ruthless campaign against their own people.
The emails, sent between June and February, were intercepted by Syrian rebels and passed to The Guardian newspaper in London, which published a report on Wednesday.
Assad’s iTunes purchases, made with an account registered in New York to bypass U.S. sanctions, revealed the dictator’s surprisingly eclectic taste for American hip-hop, country, Euro-pop and British rock.
On Feb. 5, Assad sent his wife an iTunes gift of country crooner Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” — one day before his forces shelled the rebel stronghold of Homs with more than 300 rockets, The Guardian reported.
Assad’s iTunes playlist included:
* “Don’t Talk, Just Kiss,” by Right Said Fred, the ’90s U.K. one-hit wonder famous for the song, “I’m too Sexy”
* “Bizarre Love Triangle,” by British rock band New Order
* “Look at Me Now,” by Chris Brown, featuring Lil’ Wayne and Busta Rhymes
* A Tribute to Cliff Richard by 21st Century Christmas, which was bought on New Year’s Eve
* “We Can’t Go Wrong,” by New York girl group The Cover Girls
* “Hurt,” by British solo artist Leona Lewis
* Several tracks by L.A. hipster duo LMFAO
The emails also show the president screened the Harry Potter flick “Deathly Hallows Part II,” and ordered the recent biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
As Syrian forces intensified their crackdown on the rebels — U.N. numbers show more than 8,000 people have died — Assad also traded ditzy Internet links with members of his inner circle.
One YouTube video sent to an aide showed a reenactment of the siege of Homs using toy cars and cookies, The Guardian reported.
The emails also showed that Assad’s wife, Asma, had an e-commerce habit that rivaled her husband’s.
As thousands of Syrians faced food shortages or sought relief from the chaos in neighboring Lebanon, Asma spent thousands on luxury creature comforts, including $10,000 on candlesticks, tables and chandeliers from Paris and a fondue set from Amazon.com.
Story @ NY Daily News
- The Questionable Music Taste of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad (newsfeed.time.com)
- Assad’s private emails show a leader in denial (newstatesman.com)
- E-Mails Show Assad Buying iTunes Music As His Military Slaughters Syrians (thinkprogress.org)