“Protests in Syria started on 26 January and were influenced by other protests in the region; on the same day, one case of self-immolation was reported. Protesters have been calling for political reforms and the reinstatement of civil rights, as well as an end to the state of emergency which has been in place since 1963. One attempt at a “day of rage” was set for 4–5 February, though it ended up uneventful.”
“Syria is a middle-income country, with an economy based on agriculture, oil, industry, and tourism. However, Syria’s economy faces serious problems and challenges and impediments to growth, including: a large and poorly performing public sector; declining rates of oil production; widening non-oil deficit; wide scale corruption; weak financial and capital markets; and high rates of unemployment tied to a high population growth rate.[25”
“Yemen is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Arab World, with a formal 65% employment rate, dwindling natural resources, a young population and increasing population growth. Yemen’s economy is weak compared to most countries in the Middle-East, mainly because Yemen has very small oil reserves. Yemen’s economy depends heavily on the oil it produces, and its government receives the vast majority of its revenue from oil taxes. But Yemen’s oil reserves are expected to be depleted by 2017, possibly bringing on economic collapse. Yemen does have large proven reserves of natural gas. Yemen’s first liquified natural gas (LNG) plant began production in October 2009.
Rampant corruption is a prime obstacle to development in the country, limiting local reinvestments and driving away regional and international capital. The government has recently[when?] taken many measures to stamp out corruption, but efforts have been only partly successful. Foreign investments remain largely concentrated around the nation’s hydrocarbon industry.”
The Egyptian Economy:
“Egypt’s economy depends mainly on agriculture, media, petroleum exports, and tourism; there are also more than three million Egyptians working abroad, mainly in Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf and Europe. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1970 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population, limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress the economy.”
“The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which constitute practically all export earnings and about one-quarter of gross domestic product (GDP). The discovery of the oil and natural gas reserves in the country in 1959 led to the transformation of Libya’s economy from a poor country to (then) Africa’s richest. The World Bank defines Libya as an ‘Upper Middle Income Economy’, along with only seven other African countries. In the early 1980s, Libya was one of the wealthiest countries in the world; its GDP per capita was higher than that of developed countries such as Italy, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and New Zealand.
Today, high oil revenues and a small population give Libya one of the highest GDPs per capita in Africa and have allowed the Libyan state to provide an extensive level of social security, particularly in the fields of housing and education. Many problems still beset Libya’s economy however; unemployment is the highest in the region at 21%, according to the latest census figures.
Compared to its neighbors, Libya enjoys a low level of both absolute and relative poverty. Libyan officials in the past six years have carried out economic reforms as part of a broader campaign to reintegrate the country into the global capitalist economy. This effort picked up steam after UN sanctions were lifted in September 2003, and as Libya announced in December 2003 that it would abandon programmes to build weapons of mass destruction.”
Connection b/t protestors, oil and economy? Oil seems like one of the largest megacurses ever recorded in human history sometimes, we just need to use less of it.
Yemen might be able to use a deep water condensate pipe for the coastal areas. But use a low tech simple mechanical wind machine. the idea:
“Another quality of life benefit that can be made available to people in the Mole St. Nicolas area is fresh water from condensation and desalinization. Everywhere deep ocean water flows through pipes above the ground or near the surface, condensation Is generated. it has been estimated that a flow of deep water of about 20,000 gallons/min could generate 1,000 gallons/min of fresh water through simple condensation. The condensate can be captured and utilized to meet the needs of the coastal community.”