Today in Tablet Magazine, Iranian human-rights activist Parvaneh Vahidmanesh pens an open letter to Asma al-Assad, Syria’s first lady, wondering how the same woman she met on a bike ride for peace in 2005 could stand by her husband amidst the horrors of the Syrian uprising. In March 2011, news and politics editor Bari Weiss highlighted the absurdity and sheer irresponsibility of a Vogue article fawning over the glamorous first lady.

The Tyrant’s Wife