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Syrian Civil War Presentation
Transcript of Syrian Civil War Presentation
Images from Shutterstock.com Syrian Civil War Presented by Caleb Arend and Rusten Kuritz Introduction The Syrian Civil War is an armed conflict in Sryia between the loyal forces to the Ba'ath Party and its President, Bashar al-Assad, verses the Free Syrian Army who aim to destroy the loyalists. The war has been raging since March 15th 2011 and hasn't ceased since then. The war began as a cause of demonstrations which are part of a wider spread Middle Eastern protest known as Arab Spring. The Arab Spring aims to stop the loyalists, who support President Bashar al-Assad and his government who seek to oppress the people's rights and freedom. The oppressive government has wanted to keep Syria confined and quiet, abiding peacefully away from the outside world. Social media has also played a huge role in causing the war. Citizens and soldiers post videos of rioting on Youtube and communicate information on Facebook. Because of this, the world gets to see what really is going on in Syria. Serious protests began on March 15th 2011, as a reaction to the local police torturing young students who were writing anti-government graffiti inside the city. A few days later, thousands were protesting, resulting in a mob burning the Ba'ath Party headquarters. Analysis of Causes President Bashar al-Assad wants his country to be
separated from the outside world and to just live peacefully on it's own, oppressing the people, and having no questions about it. But the outside world now knows about all of the riots and protesting. This severely angers al-Assad and the loyalists, which causes even more heat and unrest. Internet protesting even began back in 2005, but did not get as critical until 2011, when soldiers and the Free Syrian Army began posting videos of them using RPG's to attack barricades, or destroying tanks. Effects A direct effect of the Free Syrian Army and the citizens protesting is the government and its loyalists who are responding violently to their protests. This includes open-fire into crowds of civilians and other forms of torture and imprisonment. The war has so far forced over a million people to flee their homes, many of these people have turned to nearby countries for refuge. The military also commits many acts violence towards human rights, and have kidnapped young boys to be join their cause. Another huge factor is the amount of deaths. The United Nations estimates nearly 60,000 lives were claimed in Syria since the war begun in 2011. Analysis of Effects The heavy amount of casualties displays the violence and unfair treatment of the government towards its people and of the crimes they have committed towards its people. It's easy to tell the Free Syrian Army has been angered and exasperated over the unjust behavior of the military and President Bashar al-Assad's actions. Proposals and Challenges to Solve Causes Sources There has been an account of many peace treaties proposed to the Syrian civil war crisis since November 2011, but the most popular of these would be the UN's resolution proposal by the Arab League on January 31, 2012. The Arab League (a regional organization consisting of Arab states around North Africa and Southwest Asia) requested that the UN's Security Council adopt a resolution based on the League's plan to demand for President Bashar al-Assad's resignation. But unfortunately, their solution was rejected by both Russia and China on February 4 that same year. Eventually, a "non-binding resolution" from the United Nation's General Assembly was overwritten, though the UN's General Assembly solution has no legal right to do so. Tom's Blog KPBS News Today News Arab News Huffington Post New York Times NBC News- MSNBC.com