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Syrians Search For DIY Alternative Energy Sources

With power outages and deep shortages, some civilians are finding new ways to heat homes and cook meals, by using the natural resources around them -- and even bomb craters.

Making do with what's available in Damascus
Making do with what's available in Damascus
Sarah Salem

EAST GHOUTA — Here in the outskirts of Damascus, as fighters patrol the streets, Hazem S. is focused on more organic pursuits — finding alternative energy solutions. As hours-long power outages sweep this and most other cities across Syria, civilians like him are now looking for do-it-yourself ways to light and heat their homes, using materials from their environment to generate power.

Hazem, 32, shows off a giant fan that he set on top of his house, facing into the wind. He connected the fan to a locally built generator that transformed its movement into electricity.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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