Well-connected friends of Assad remain wealthy while businessmen in the souk complain of no customers. Image by Reese Erlich. Syria, 2011. Add this image to a lesson

As clashes continue between pro-democracy demonstrators and police loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, one of the issues protesters are angry about is the government's system of crony capitalism, where friends and relatives of the Syrian president benefit economically from those relationships.

Reese Erlich reports from Damascus.

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