Prior to the outbreak of civil war in 2011, cars in Syria were often decorated with portraits of members of the Assad family, including Bassel, the president’s deceased brother, seen here. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Prior to the outbreak of civil war in 2011, cars in Syria were often decorated with portraits of members of the Assad family, including Bassel, the president's deceased brother, seen here. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Prior to the outbreak of civil war in 2011, cars in Syria were often decorated with portraits of members of the Assad family, including Bassel, the president’s deceased brother, seen here. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Alex Stonehill

Alex is a cofounder and editor of The Seattle Globalist. He's a visual journalist whose work has been published by PBS, The Seattle Times, FRONTLINE/World and the Seattle Weekly.  Alex teaches journalism in the University of Washington's Department of Communication and recently directed the documentary film Barzan.

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