While the Washington office of Brown Loyd James is busy polishing Syrian Dictator Bashar and his wife’s public images, it appears that the regime continues to tighten its grip on the throat of its version of the Arab Spring.

From the NY Times

In the speech, Mr. Assad addressed the massacre in the village of Houla, in which 108 people were killed, 49 of them children. Most of the victims were shot at close range or stabbed. The United Nations found indications the attack was carried out by the the shabiha, armed militiamen controlled by the government.

Snapshot of Syria

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