BEIRUT — The international community has been trying to get the Syrian regime and members of its opposition forces together for peace talks since the failure of the last meeting 18 months ago.
On Wednesday, that finally happened.
It sounds like a positive move toward ending a conflict that has so far killed more than 130,000, doesn’t it? But the conference has little hope of achieving more than its predecessor.
The Syrian administration's official Instagram feed is obviously in the business of making the regime look good. There are plenty of pictures of Assad's stately wife, Asma, kneeling to speak to a Syrian child. There are no pictures of the other 5 million children in need of assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict. There are no pictures of war.
ALEPPO and ANTAKYA — Nawar refuses to be seen as a victim. Even when describing how Syrian soldiers tortured and assaulted her, she remains tough and outspoken. Sitting in a quiet corner of a coffee shop in Antakya, she spoke unashamedly, with anger rather than fear while she smoked a chain of cigarettes. “For me, speaking out is about revenge,” she said. “Revenge has become an obsession.”
REYHANLI, Turkey — The Syrian conflict began as a revolution against the Assad government in March 2011. But it has since become a multi-faceted war where opposition groups fight each other and kidnappings and executions take place on every side, often with sectarian motivations. In multiple interviews with GlobalPost, Syrians and activists describe an increasingly desperate situation.