From Akram, Angry Arab's correspondent in Syria:
"Not only Russia, China and Iran are backing the miserable Syrian regime occupied in "cleansing" this village or that quarter "from the abomination of the terrorist gangs". The summer, in turn, offered a great help by removing the burden of many living issues from the exhausted shoulders of the Syrian government. But September arrived "unexpectedly" this year, and with it emerged two upsetting issues: the beginning of the school year and the surge in demand for the heating fuel. The ball is back to the government's court
At exactly the same date fixed by Hazwan Al-Waz, the Syrian minister of education, schools opened their doors for more than five million students and 385 thousand teachers… theoretically… in practice the number is far less if we count 300 thousand (1.5 million people considering that 5 is the average number of the Syrian family members) displaced families inside Syria and about 250 thousand refugees in the neighboring countries let alone the fact that unspecified number of parents are considering not to send their children to school due to the bad situation in at least eight of the fourteen Syrian provinces. Furthermore, many teachers feel confused: technically, they must attend their work under the risk of being subject to disciplinary penalties, but they really don't know what to do when their schools are destroyed, occupied by refugees or located in areas where the fighting is still raging. To all these cases, the Ministry of Education has one answer: mute.
But more problematic is the heating fuel availability and price, a matter that many consider was, partly at least, in the origin of the Syrian uprising, when the government tripled the diesel prices between 2008 and 2010 causing the first wave of mass displacement in Syria ever since the Six-Days war, when thousands of farmers of Hassakeh Province, unable to afford the cost of pumping irrigation water from the artesian wells due to the high fuel price, left their lands and headed towards the poverty belts surrounding Damascus and Aleppo.
Diesel prices are skyrocketing: only a lucky man can buy it at 30-40 Syrian pounds per liter (quantity and quality aren't guaranteed) while the official price is only 16. As the winter approaches, the Syrian government is considering the available options to deliver the diesel and at what price. First, there was a strange solution, called the "intelligent card", that no one, including the government, understands exactly. But the concept died quickly, when the government discovered that the infrastructure required for such a solution exists in Finland only, and that only the Finns can adapt themselves to it perfectly!!! So it was decided to return to the traditional method of trade: fuel for liquid money, though the terms of this exchange are, so far, vague.
Then the same old story. As in every year, rumors and speculations about the fuel price are widely spread among the desperate Syrians. According to one of them, a ministerial committee is charged with the task of identifying the fair price and that the committee has decided to float the prices. The rumor was denied, or, more precisely, not confirmed by the secretary of the council of ministers, who said that such a committee doesn't exist and that it's only a matter of "ideas on the table" and that the government is "considering multiple options to deliver the subsidized materials, the diesel included, to the citizens"!!! Another rumor according to which, each family have the right to buy 200 liters of heating diesel with the subsidized price.
So the fuel problem spins and spins without anyone posing the right question: where is the free Russian and Iranian oil."