Longtime readers may remember the Abdallah family; my report on a protest at the Syrian embassy in Washington last April included a picture of Mohammed Abdallah holding an image of his jailed brother Omar, and related the conditions that Mohammed and his father Ali endured while they were imprisoned. This Sunday, Ali Abdallah was sentenced to another stretch in prison for the crime of "harming relations with another country" by criticizing the Iranian government.
Reminder: With a recess appointment in December, the Obama administration sent an ambassador to Syria for the first time in five years.
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