During my search, I came across a prominent British husband and his Syrian wife, Chris Doyle and Rim Turkmani. I first found out about Rim Turkmani listening to this BBC radio program. Her statements sounded too familiar, very similar to Islamic Republic apologists. I know too well their subtle ways of promoting the despotic regimes as ‘progressive' and ‘legitimate' in the region. Statements like “The Syrian regime is trying not to anger women’ or ‘So far there has only been one woman victim’ or ‘They arrested 11 women but they released them on the day. They are trying not to anger the society by arresting women” and all the other subtle hints like 'actually the Bashar regime is better for the women of Syria' What? a regime which is shooting randomly at houses, ambulances and mosques, a regime which is killing and torturing children, is being careful not to anger the society?? Does Rim Turkmani have any idea how angry the Syrian society is? Does she have any clues as to what crimes Bashar Assad’s Al-Shabiheh thugs have been up to?
So who is Rim Turkmani and her husband, Chris Doyle who regularly writes about Syrian affairs in the Guardian newspaper? Well, a simple search on the internet, reveals the couple have certain ties with the Bashar regime, despite their claims to represent the Syrian opposition.
Rim Turkmani is the co-chair of the Damask Rose Trust, supposedly an NGO which helps Syrian women. She is also the Vice President of Syrian Professional Women’s Society (UK) and a board member of the British Syrian Society.
One of the sponsors of the Damask Rose Trust, this supposedly charitable NGO, is Gulfsands Petroleum Plc, who are partly owned by Rami Maklouf, widely regarded as the most corrupt man in Syria, who has a strangle hold on Syria’s economy and is subject to US and EU sanctions.
The patron of the British Syrian Society, is also none other than Bashar Assad’s wife, Asma Al-Assad. Other directors of the British Syrian Society include, Dr Fawaz Akhras, the Harley Street doctor who also happens to be the father of Syria’s First Lady.
Something doesn’t seem right about these people who are posing as Syrian expat opposition, they seem to be too closely connected to Bashar Assad’s regime. Ties which may explain why they have been so ineffective. The brave people of Syria deserve better.