In this month’s edition of Peace and Justice News we turn the spotlight on Syria. As the stories from the country become more shocking, and the conflict continues to run on and on, we run the risk of choosing not to see. Whilst there is admittedly little that we can do to help those suffering as a result of the conflict, we can write to our representatives in government, making clear our belief in a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and that lifting the arms embargo would be a bad idea indeed.
Our four feature articles this month look at very different aspects of the conflict. William Duncan takes simultaneously a broad view in terms of geography, and a narrow view in terms of the issue as he looks at what is an often overlooked trigger for conflict: water geopolitics in the middle east. Catherine Kojdecka gives an insight into the roots of the conflict in Syria as she considers the internal politics which are prolonging the conflict. Helen Harris also looks at the question of prolonging the conflict, this time from the perspective of outside intervention. And Douglas Shaw illustrates for us the numerous attempts that have been made to start along the path to peace.
In our regular Unsung Heroes feature Varsha Gyawali shows that compassion and mercy can still be found in the most inhumane of conflicts as she discusses those who work to help the victims of the war: including combatants on both sides. And Jane Tallents provides a provoking Reflection as she reminds us that we cannot split the world into ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’.
Of course we also have our regulars, Centre News and News from Around the Movements, and we welcome our readers to submit anything which may be of interest to a wider readership, be it an event, or a perspective on world events. All submissions are gratefully received and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the third week in June.