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Go over to Gateway Pundit, Dinah Lord, and Sugiero for information.

imageIranian bloggers Kamangir, Iranian Plateau (from whose blog I have taken the ohoto of the left), City Boy, Noggr and Serendip have also looked into this.

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Brisbane Times

estación de servicio iraní quemadaIran’s gas rationing sets off violence

Houston Chronicle – 51 minutes ago
By NASSER KARIMI AP Writer © 2007 AP TEHRAN, Iran – Iranians smashed shop windows and set fire to a dozen gas stations in the capital Wednesday, angered by the sudden start of a fuel rationing system that threatens to further increase the unpopularity of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Police were sent to guard some stations after the violence, and there was calm during the day as motorists lined up to fill their tanks under the new restrictions.

The government had been warning for weeks that rationing was coming, but the announcement of its start just three hours before the plan took effect at midnight Tuesday startled people and sent them rushing to get one last fill-up.image

The rationing is part of a government attempt to reduce the $10 billion it spends each year to import fuel that is then sold to Iranian drivers at less than cost, to keep prices low.

Iran is one of the world’s biggest oil producers, but it doesn’t have enough refineries, so it must import more than 50 percent of the gasoline its people use. The government says money saved from subsidies can go to building refineries, improving public transit and creating jobs.

But a hike in gas prices last month and now the rationing are feeding discontent with Ahmadinejad, who was elected in 2005 on a platform of helping the poor and fixing Iran’s ailing economy. His failure to do so has sparked widespread criticism.

This man, Ahmadinejad, has damaged all things. The timing of the rationing is just one case,” said Reza Khorrami, a 27-year-old teacher who was among those lined up at one Tehran gas station late Tuesday.image

Petrol stations torched in Iran after Ahmadinejad rations fuel Times Online
Iran fuel rations spark anger, pump stations burn Reuters AlertNet
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This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here writes about the nuclear problem.

Also take a look at A second Hand Conjecture, specially about the unrest against the Mullahs.

Other news from Iran:

  1. Take a look at “Couple tortured for being gay” and “Interview with Fakhravar“, one of the most prominent Iranian dissidents, from City Boy Blog.
  2. Ahmadinejad’s political consultant is his butcher. Doesn’t surprise me really…smile_omg
  3. Iran: End child executions” and “Iranian troops cross into Southern Iraq and attack British troops“. Also “Iran wages war on “inmoral” cell phone messages.
  4. Also read Iran cracks down on dissent by NYT. h/t Free and Secular Iran.

The country’s police chief boasted that 150,000 people — a number far larger than usual — were detained in the annual spring sweep against any clothing considered not Islamic. More than 30 women’s rights advocates were arrested in one day in March, according to Human Rights Watch, five of whom have since been sentenced to prison terms of up to four years. They were charged with endangering national security for organizing an Internet campaign to collect more than a million signatures supporting the removal of all laws that discriminate against women.

Eight student leaders at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University, the site of one of the few public protests against Mr. Ahmadinejad, disappeared into Evin Prison starting in early May. Student newspapers had published articles suggesting that no humans were infallible, including the Prophet Muhammad and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The National Security Council sent a stern three-page warning to all the country’s newspaper editors detailing banned topics, including the rise in gasoline prices or other economic woes like possible new international sanctions, negotiations with the United States over the future of Iraq, civil society movements and the Iranian-American arrests.

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Although I am not a CIA operative, this is just stating the obvious. We have to think that not only the Islamist countries -for example, Venezuela, ehem- are using our dependency of oil to fight back:

Jihad Watch: Oil dependency is fueling Islamic terrorism: ex-CIA head

Every time an American fills up his gas tank, he is helping to send an eight-year-old boy to an Islamic religious school in the West Bank or Pakistan where he will learn to grow up to be a suicide bomber, said former Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey.

Woolsey’s message at a recent fundraiser for the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, was that reducing dependency on oil imported from Arab dictatorships may, in the long run, be the only effective means of stemming Islamic totalitarianism and radicalism.

[…] Woolsey warned against “lapsing into moral relativism” by accepting fundamentalist Islamic practices that are contrary to Western values, especially those that degrade women.

Sharia (Islamic religious law) is the camel’s nose under the tent that we need to oppose with every fibre in our being,” he said.

Woolsey said the West has to do more than simply defend itself against the terrorists.

He urged development as soon as possible of oil alternatives, such as electricity and other liquid fuels, for vehicles.

Women’s and human rights organizations also have to put the “absolutely horrible treatment of women in much of the Arab and Muslim world front and centre of their agendas,” he said.

Continue reading… it’s really worth it.

And to prove that this is a real important question: Iran says won’t rule out using oil as a weapon | Top News | Reuters.com

Iran will not rule out using oil as a weapon if the United States resorts to military action against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, an Iranian oil official said in remarks published on Tuesday.
When the Americans say that military action in regard to the nuclear issue has not been put aside, Iran can also say that it will not put aside oil as a tool,” Iran’s OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, told Iran’s Sharq newspaper.
Asked what would be the impact if Iran stopped its oil exports,
Kazempour Ardebili said: “Definitely the market will be faced with a
new shock and oil prices will increase strongly.”
He added that prices would climb above $100 a barrel.

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Firstly, whatever Al Gore have said in the past, researches have discovered that the meltdown of Kilimanjaro glacier is not caused by global warming h/t Desde El Exilio:

Kilimanjaro’s ice has been melting away for more than a century, and most of that melt occurred before 1953, prior to the period where science begins to be conclusive about atmospheric warming in that region, according to Philip Mote of the University of Washington and Georg Kaser of the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Also, as a tropical glacier, the processes governing ice melt on Kilimanjaro (located in Tanzania) are different than those on other mid-latitude glaciers located closer to the Earth’s poles.

Also there are incresing signs of discontented scientists with this theory h/t Relapsed Catholic.

Though the fear of man-made global warming has come to dominate our cultural discourse, the science behind the scare is looking increasingly uncertain. David Evans is representative of scientists who have become disillusioned with the theory that industrial carbon dioxide emissions are the root cause of global warming: as he points out, the computer models don’t seem to fit the data, while at the same time evidence is mounting in favor of alternative hypotheses, like the idea that climate change may be caused in large part by fluctuations in solar radiation. A series of articles by Lawrence Solomon, who has profiled prominent climate-change dissenters, demonstrates that Evans is hardly alone—and calls into question the often-parroted assertion that there is some sort of scientific “consensus” on the issue (whatever that might mean).

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Lastly, we have (supposed) Presidential candidate Fred Thompson writing about the news that indicate that some planets of our solar system are also warming themselves. h/t O Inominável:

This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non-signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

smile_teeth  😀  Yeah, right.

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You’re not going to hear this in any place, but reality is that a huge sea of petrol hides under the Lebanese beaches. And Syria wants its share of it h/t Le Guerre Civile:

Per una volta non c’entrano le questioni militari, né quelle strategiche, e nemmeno i conflitti etnico-religiosi, bensì una risorsa molto ricerata in tutto il mondo e di cui si supponeva che quest’area del Vicino Oriente fosse priva: il petrolio e, con esso, il gas.
La notizia verrà annunciata in queste ore a Londra durante il convegno dell’Eage, l’associazione europea dei geofisici: lungo le coste libanesi ci sarebbero almeno otto miliardi di barili di greggio. A scoprirlo è stata una società norvegese, la Pgs, che ha effettuato lo studio dei fondali marini al largo del Paese dei Cedri. E non sarebbe solo il Libano a beneficiare di questa inaspettata opportunità. Lungo la dorsale del vulcano sottomarino Eratostene ci sarebbe un immenso giacimento che riguarderebbe anche le acque territoriali di Siria, Cipro e Israele. A nord di Gaza, lungo le coste dello Stato ebraico, una nave oceonografica americana ha osservato delle fuoriuscite di gas dal fondo del mare e il governo di Gerusalemme, che ha stanziato per le ricerche più di un miliardo di dollari, è persuaso che ci possano essere grandi quantità di metano.

In prima fila, però, c’è il Libano. Otto miliardi di barili non sono sufficienti per trasformarlo in un nuovo Emirato del Mediterraneo. L’Irak, ad esempio, ne ha 115 miliardi ed è al terzo posto per riserve mondiali di petrolio dopo Arabia Saudita e Iran; ma in un’epoca di grande domanda e a prezzi che restano esorbitanti rappresentano una dote preziosa e, inevitabilmente, destinata ad attrarre le attenzioni delle potenze dell’area.

Basically, the article by Italian newspaper Il Giornale says that Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus and Israel have oil under their soil. But of them, the most important oil deposits are in Lebanon. It’s not that they are going to have a huge quantity but its 8 milliards of barrils a day can make it be under the attention of the countries of the area. And it’s curious that it’s been told this now, when there are suspicious moves by Syria regarding Nahr el-Bahred and other refugee camps’ crisis.

Related posts:

  1. Lebanon vs. Al-Qaeda-Fatah al Islam.
  2. Lebanon vs Al-Qaeda-Fatah al Islam (II).
  3. As UN approves the creation of a special tribunal to try suspects, Hezbulah and Syria take positions.

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