The Inner Workings of Syria's Corruption

The Syrian government has refused to yield to the demands of its opponents so far.

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But the growing turmoil in the country cannot be good for the Assad regime.

The violence is depressing Syria's economy, which in turn is diminishing the regime's income and its ability to keep the money flowing to supporters.

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Alastair Smith, professor of politics at New York University.