Issue #362: Privacy and anonymity, pretty important
This is why we Bitcoin, freaks. For people in semi-despotic countries like Iran, the ability to store and exchange wealth in a non-physical asset like bitcoin is imperative as the physical nature of gold makes it easier to confiscate gold and target physical gold dealers.
Issue #332: Oil wars?
It will be interesting to see how this story progresses in the future. It may turn out to be a great case study in poor decision making on the geopolitical stage as, again, the US seems to be putting some countries in positions in which they have no other options than to skirt the petrodollar.