Water rights is a major issue at Film@11--we are currently prepping a water project--so it caught our eye when Juan Cole helpfully pointed out that some of the protests in Syria, "such as at Deraa in the south, have had to do with poor state management of water provision." Likely, then, the new appointment by President Bashar Al Assad won't defuse the bubbling tension in the country. His pick as prime minister is the former agriculture minister, Adel Safar. Under Safar, a water crisis that experts say was largely due to corruption intensified and displaced hudreds of thousands of people.
You can track the protests via the Syrian Revolution Map (in Arabic, French and some English), which gathers citizen-based information on dangerous locations, security patrols and more.