“Syrian military intensifies its crackdown on dissidents”

“BEIRUT — The Syrian military intensified a methodical, ferocious march across the country’s most restive locales yesterday, using tanks to shell the country’s third-largest city, forcing hundreds to flee and detaining hundreds more in what has emerged as one of the most brutal waves of repression since the Arab Spring began.”

“Why Congress Can’t Fix Your Gas Prices Pain”

“Economists and energy policy experts point to any number of reasons why gas prices are soaring these days. Many say that it’s a simple matter of supply and demand. While the world begins to rebound from the global recession, the demand for crude oil has increased, mostly in emerging markets like China, Brazil, and the Middle East. According to the Energy Information Administration’s latest short-term outlook, that worldwide demand should keep rising at least through 2012. Mix that increase in demand with a disrupted supply from Libya and other oil producers engaged in conflicts related to the so-called “Arab Spring.” And earlier this year, in March, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a cartel of state-run oil producers better known as OPEC, slashed their output by 800,000 barrels per day, which also decreased supply globally.”

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