Most countries in the Middle East are rich in petroleum products. The presence of this kind of natural resources in these countries is the primary backbone of their economies. They are also responsible in exporting a huge percentage of oil and petroleum products in the international market. Being the case, the supply of oil coming from the Arab World is very important in order to sustain the needs for this product in the whole world. However, based upon the recent reports in Amman, Jordan the leading refinery in the country is having difficulties in meeting the increasing demand for oil.
The Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company (JPRC) said that gas station orders have already quadrupled as compared to the previous days when the oil prices are still high. The CEO of JPRC Ahmad Rifai said that the decrease in the price oil has been the primary reason the refinery received 898 orders to provide gas station with 18, 392 tones of various fuel products. Unlike, the orders before that only amounted to 311. Nevertheless, Rifai added that their company is working round-the-clock to attend to all the demands of the gas stations in time.
Moreover, he also assured the public that the supply of the company is sufficient enough for the needs of the consumers (Hazaimeh, 2008). The matter of peace and order in the region is still a primary concern especially in the country of Iraq. This has been become more evident when the Iraqis held an anti-US rally this week. The supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr staged a mass demonstration wherein they marched from the eastern suburb of Dasr City towards the countrys capital, Baghdad. This was there way of showing their disagreement and disappointment in the plans of extending the U. S.
mandate in the country. There were about 50,000 protesters that chanted the slogans Get out occupier! The opposition of these militants is based from the United Nations mandate that U. S. -led coalition forces are finish by the end of the year (BBC, 2008). On the brighter side of things, Israels defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed the countrys leaders in considering the plan that was proposed by Saudi Arabia, which offers comprehensive peace among Israel and the Arab world. Barak said that it is just timely to pursue an overall peace deal because there is little progress in individual negotiations.
The peace plan stipulates that Israel will be recognized by its Arab neighbors in exchange for the countrys withdrawal from the lands in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem as well as the Golan Heights captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Barak also said that he had a discussion with Tzipi Livni, the Kadima partys leader wherein they are considering a response with regards to the peace plan. This is regarded as a good start in establishing a comprehensive regional peace (Aljazeera, 2008).
The aforementioned events discuss the major current situations that are happening in the Arab world. These reported incidents show the challenges that the region is facing and the corresponding reasons behind it. Nevertheless, despite the problems that the Middle East is encountering there are still developments towards addressing these issues. The Arab world is not merely stagnant in its usual dilemmas because they are also moving forward towards the betterment of their respective countries and their region as a whole.
Aljazeera. (2008). Israel weighing Saudi peace deal. Retrieved October 19, 2008, from http://english. aljazeera. net/news/middleeast/2008/10/20081019234422358867. html. BBC. (2008). Iraqis stage mass anti-US rally. Retrieved October 19, 2008, from http://news. bbc. co. uk/2/hi/middle_east/7677551. stm. Hazaimeh, H. (2008). Refinery struggles to meet soaring demand on fuel after prices lowered. The Jordan Times. Retrieved October 19, 2008, from http://www. jordantimes. com/? news=11457.