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Assad’s Propaganda Machine Takes a Big Hit

Syria’s top news personality, Ola Abbas, who defected to the rebels a month ago, described the government’s propaganda machine to Der Spiegel. What makes the defection all the more damning is that Abbas is an Alawite. Orwellian repeatedly came to mind as I read the interview: The word “demonstrators” was prohibited in the media from the start.