• First of all, there is still no end to the bazaar strike, even though the regime has taken very violent action against the strikers.Read the whole thing.
• The major natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey was sabotaged.
• Saturday – Sunday night there was a serious fire at the old petrochemical plant on Kharq island.
• You may recall that a bit over a week ago, amidst the continuing strikes at major bazaars around the country, there was a double suicide terrorist attack against the mosque in Zahedan, killing nearly 30 revolutionary guards.
• It has been a very hot summer, and the electrical grid in and around Tehran has given up the ghost many times, especially in recent weeks.
• As the regime increasingly wages war against itself, the comings and goings of seemingly powerful people have become almost impossible to sort out. There have been repeated purges in the ranks of the Revolutionary Guards, and the supreme commander, Gen. Jafari, has now publicly stated that many senior officers had actively sided with the opposition.
To that list you can add the apparent effect the trade embargo against Iran is having:
Only three cargoes of gasoline have reached Iran so far in July, according to a shipping document seen by Reuters, much less than the seasonal norm, as new sanctions divert ships carrying fuel.On top of all this we have the ongoing battle among different groups in Iran, resulting in an undercutting of Ahmadinejad's power base.
A series of sanctions agreed since June over Iran's disputed nuclear program target the country's oil trade and industry, making it harder to do business with the Islamic Republic. The EU formally adopted its latest measures on Monday.
Iran is the world's fifth-largest crude exporter, but has to import around 40 percent of its gasoline needs because it does not have enough domestic refining capacity.
Traditionally during the summer holiday driving season, Iran needs 11-13 cargoes a month, a Dubai-based trader told Reuters.
Better and better.
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