Most news from Syria is second-hand

On KQV Radio in Pittsburgh today, we were going to talk about the collapsing cease-fire, but we started with how news is covered from Syria–by remote control. Foreign correspondents rarely get into Syria at all, and when they do, their movements are restricted by the Syrian government, rebel groups and safety concerns.

A tragic, infuriating reminder of the impossible situation is the air strike that hit a pediatrics hospital in Aleppo a few days ago, killing 50 people. Some reports say one of the dead was the city’s last pediatrician–but for the reasons cited above, we can’t confirm that. The hospital was on the first five floors of the building in the photo above.

We talked on the radio as US Secretary of State John Kerry was arriving in Geneva for talks about the cease-fire with the the UN representative and the foreign ministers of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. They really should be concentrating on humanitarian efforts, because it’s beyond their powers to stop the fighting.


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