#DailyMailUK ..... "The Syrian Ministry of Tourism has released a bizarre promo video bragging about the beauty of the country with people having fun at the seaside - despite the horrific realities of the ongoing civil war.".... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3766614/ALWAYS-beautiful-Syrian-president-releases-tourism-video-showing-tranquil-beach-resort-claims-visitor-numbers-horrific-violence-rips-country-apart.html
UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme
Bashar and Asma al-Assad: UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme Exclusive: Guardian analysis shows series of contracts awarded to government and charities linked to president’s family. The UN has spent thousands putting up staff at the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus.]. UN agencies paid $9,296,325.59 to the hotel in 2014-15 – which is understood to still be one-third owned by Syria’s ministry of tourism, a department outlawed under EU sanctions.