Bashar al-Assad's eye chart

Bashar al-Assad studied ophthalmology in London in the 1990s. Via Michael Collins Dunn via Wael Ghonim.

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.