A second round of Syria peace talks got underway in Geneva this week, but they were immediately bogged down in bitterness and disagreements. Meanwhile, in Syria, continuing violence disrupted humanitarian efforts to rescue civilians and deliver food to besieged areas. Faith-based groups were among those providing emergency relief to evacuees who were described as being emaciated. More than six million Syrians are displaced inside that country, and another two million have fled to neighboring countries, among them Jordan. In Washington, President Obama expressed enormous frustration with the situation and urged more access for aid. Jordan’s King Abdullah is in the U.S. this week for a series of high-level talks about the Syria crisis and the Middle East peace process.