Bashar’s capitalist-style reforms were not so much about lifting the poor out of poverty, as they were about seeing whom from the middle class could become wealthy.
Remembering visits to Syria’s lesser-known sites from antiquity, now threatened by conflict.
This is part of a series of "diaries" by veteran photojournalist Norbert Schiller, reflecting on his world travels in decades past:
Up until the beginning of the civil war, in the spring of 2011, I traveled to Syria regularly for nearly two decades.
Unlike most journalists, who had a