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May 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Thomas L. Friedman: Arab awakenings can’t succeed without trust

I’ve been traveling to Yemen, Syria and Turkey to film a documentary on how environmental stresses contributed to the Arab awakening. As I looked back on the trip, it occurred to me that three of our main characters – the leaders of the two Yemeni villages that have been fighting over a single water well and the leader of the Free Syrian Army in Raqqa province, whose cotton farm was wiped out by drought – have 36 children among them: 10, 10 and 16.

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