Syria in Crisis

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  • Unrest Continues
  • Great Friday Leaves Hundreds Dead
  • What Has the Government Done to Stop the Violence?
  • What Are Human Rights Groups Saying?
  • Children in Danger
  • U.S. Gives Syrian Immigrants a Reprieve
  • How Has the World Responded?
  • Possible Syrian Chemical Weapons
  • Russia Blames the West
  • China Stands Its Ground
  • White House Unsure
  • "Friends" Gather for Peace
  • Syrians Vote Amid Violence
  • E.U. Tightens Sanctions
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  • Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit
  • Kofi Annan
  • Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab
  • U.N. General Assembly
  • Free Syria Army
  • Nawaf Fares, Syria's Former Ambassador to Iraq
  • Nations Expel Syrian Ambassadors
  • “Tipping Point of Crisis”
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  • When Was the Turning Point?

What Has the Government Done to Stop the Violence?

Since the uprisings began, President Bashar al-Assad has sent mixed messages, agreeing to some reforms, while refusing to step down from office. He has ended five decades of oppressive emergency law and abolished specialized security courts. He has also authorized the existence of political parties and announced a plan to hold parliamentary elections in February or March of this year.

However, the acts have not been enough to quell unrest or stop Western leaders like President Obama from calling for his removal from office — a proposition that he flatly refuses. Assad has said publicly that he plans to respond to uprisings with an “iron fist.”

(Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images)

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