This is how desperate the Independent is to serve its propaganda interests? They rely on Amir Taheri who has the credibility of Lyndon LaRouche and the politics of Breibart? And they are not ashamed to cite Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, the mouthpiece of the Saudi King and his sons? "Amir Taheri, a columnist with the Saudi-owned London based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, claimed in a piece published in Saturday’s edition that Bashar al-Assad's mental health is suffering after almost six years of conflict." What has happened to the press in the UK in the last few years? UK newspapers like the Guardian and the Independent used to be a good alternative to US mainstream newspapers and now they have become worse in fact.