Last August, Clarissa Ward gave her famous impassioned “no-winners-in-Aleppo” speech at the UN, moving millions, yet failing to address the country’s problems or proposing solutions. Today I try to shed light on yet another Western journalist, Bilal Abdulkareem of On the Ground News, who provides an entirely different anti-Syrian-state perspective, namely a first-person narrator who tells us first hand about the insurgency’s demands and aspirations beyond the simplistic coverage of mainstream media.
As the Geneva II conference emerges, an end to Syria’s conflict seems to be far from reach. “We see only one option; a negotiated transition government,” said US Secretary of State during preliminary speeches in the Swiss town of Montreux. John Kerry stressed, “Bashar al-Assad will not be part of that transition government.” Continue reading “The Candlelight through Geneva”