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Protests in Syria have usually been directed at foreign enemies. How will the regime react when the crowd's anger is directed closer to home?

The great waterwheels of Hama don’t turn much anymore. Their once labourious groan has been silenced, as the Orontes River has been reduced to a muddy, green stream. Now, in this Arab spring, Syria has blossomed. In the southern city of Deraa, protestors have taken to the streets to voice allegiance with their Arab brothers and against President al-Assad. In response, the government…

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