Although millions of Iranians receive a monthly government payment to compensate for a cut in subsidies, the value of this is diminishing.
The reelection, for a third term, of Venezuela's left wing president has set off wails of anguish in the right-wing media and political circles in the United States.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on October 7 overwhelmingly defeated Henrique Capriles, presidential candidate of the right-wing Roundtable of Democratic Unity Coalition.
"How would you describe the School of the Americas?" "As a school of assassins, torturers, and leaders of coups."
With anti-nuclear protests heating up after Japan revoked a previous anti-nuke plan, the country is desperately looking for energy alternatives.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, winner of elections in 2000 and 2006 by overwhelming majorities, is heavily favored in voting set for October 7.
Blanca Velasquez left the country this month and suspended a two-year legal battle she has had with the government, according to the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center.
Once loosed, the dogs of war range where they will.
A small sampling of media headlines points to a problem raised repeatedly by international, peace and human rights organizations.