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Iranians Don’t Buy Officials’ Publicity Stunts

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Studying Iran’s rising social situation since the 2009 uprising draws our attention to important achievements.

During this period, several nationwide uprisings have occurred: December 2009, December-January 2017-2018, November 2019, in addition to these important uprisings, other important protests have occurred whose importance is not less than these three nationwide uprisings, such as the Saravan uprising and the Khuzestan uprising.

In a general view of the curve of this series of uprisings, Iran watchers have come to a few conclusions:

In this series of nationwide uprisings and other small protests executed by different strata, the goals of these movements were livelihood issues or due to the outcome of the elections, but all of them changed their paths from such demands to calls for the mullahs’ overthrow and regime change.

Precisely said, the people have targeted the regime’s head, the supreme leader, and his repressive force, the Revolutionary Guards, and the regime’s infamous Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

The shared characteristic of all of them was their fast expansion from limited places and classes to the entire nation all over the country. Contrary to what the regime has tried to show these protests are ethnic. This shows that Iran’s people are deeply political, and their struggle is political and not just over economic and livelihood demands.

The government has answered all the protests with force, torture and executions, and the blockage of the Internet and other public information utilities.

The other thing that has changed over time is that the protests have become more organized and as we have witnessed in the November 2019 protests, despite its expansion none of the people’s private properties and other centers like supermarkets were attacked or destroyed and the only places which were attacked were the regime’s bases, stations, and organization buildings. This is something that the regime fears most because it is showing that the people are seeking the regime’s fall, despite being hungry and poor.

One of the achievements of these protests is the forcing of the regime to remove its deceptive mask of tolerating a reformist opposition in selecting one of the most notorious persons in Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, notorious as the ‘butcher of Tehran,’ as the regime’s president.

This is a crystal-clear sign that the regime is on the path of its fall, having no other choice than to prepare for the final confrontation with the people.

The state-run daily Shargh collected all the regime’s factions under the ‘believers of the Islamic Republic’ and confessed that none of them has the power to make any changes and wrote about them:

“The proximity of domestic criticizers to the country’s political and economic issues and awareness of people’s demands have given them the belief that by compensating their past mistakes, they can be again the voice of the people.”

This paper has an interesting opinion about the leading faction which are the principlists tied with the supreme leader:

“In the vacuum between these movements, the principlists, who, with their free wings and self-confidence derived from state and parliamentary power, think they can stabilize the situation and are consolidating their positions by eliminating rivals and opponents and by kicking them out, and with political and social restrictions and relying on the fact that in the absence of hegemony they can persuade the people with authority. More than wanting to be the voice of the people, they are trying to create ways to control the people.”

In the 2021 presidential elections, the people demonstrated to the regime that they had passed all the government’s struggles regarding the consolidation of the status quo and were in the spectrum of the supporters of the regime change. This path will become more evident over time.

Iranian Women Are the Most Affected by Extreme Poverty

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Following a gathering of more than 100,000 in Paris on October 17, 1987, to remember the victims of violence, extreme poverty, and hunger, in 1992 the day was officially recognized as the ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty’ by the United Nations.

Around the world, this day is used to ensure that countries are doing all they can to help their citizens who are in need, all the while Iran continues to suffer greatly from rising inflation and extreme levels of poverty, with Iranian women facing the worst of the crises.

Even though the information and statistics that have been collected, do not tell the whole story, but since it is entirely extracted from the comments of government officials, experts, and the regime’s own media, it can show the immense human tragedy being unfolded in Iran.

Barely a few months after the formation of President Ebrahim Raisi’s administration, the levels of inflation in Iran have continued to skyrocket. The prices of items for people’s daily needs have seen a 10 to 50 percent increase while the general cost of living in Iran has gone up 32%.

Many Iranians are living in extreme poverty and are in dire need of necessities, such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Along with the economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and other social issues have severely diminished the quality of life for many people, and the situation is getting worse day by day.

The pandemic has led to many people losing their jobs and much-needed incomes. Businesses have been pushed to the brink of bankruptcy while trying to stay afloat. Added to the rising inflation and skyrocketing prices, many families are struggling to cope, and have resorted to extreme measures to bring in much-needed cash.

The rising poverty line and rampant inflation in Iran are among the main causes of the phenomenon known as child marriages.

Due to the levels of poverty faced by Iranian families, many parents have seen no other option to marry their daughters at young ages in order to earn what little money they can from the dowry.

Discussing the rise of the poverty line in Iran, Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar said, “If the poverty line of a family of four in the country at the beginning of this year was estimated to be 12 million Tomans per month, today this line has reached 14 million Tomans per month.”

According to a report from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the number of people who were living below the poverty line last year reached 36 million. This number has since doubled according to Roozbeh Kordoni, the head of the Higher Institute for Social Security Research.

The continuation of the mullahs’ rule will lead to a more bleak and dire situation for women in Iran. To survive, women will be compelled to gather the garbage, work as human mules, sell their organs, prostitute themselves and sell their infants amongst all kinds of other calamities.

One in Three Iranians Live Below the Poverty Line

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How much did the minimum intake cover the poverty line in Iran in the 2000s? How much were the Iranian people to spend on a certain basket of goods and services in the last decade with their salaries?

These are questions that are raised especially in the wake of the worsening economic situation of the country and the people.

According to statistics of the 2000s with an average economic growth which was nearly close to zero, in which the rate of fixed capital formation also decreased by half, welfare declined significantly, and the Gini coefficient, which was supposed to reach 0.34 at the end of the sixth development plan of the Iranian government in this year, it remained above 0.4 and did not appear to be declining in the current circumstances.

Iranian government experts believe that what has happened to Iran’s economy in the past decade, even in its best years when there were no sanctions or the coronavirus, could not reduce the poverty and increase prosperity.

The situation is becoming more troubling when, according to the Ministry of Labor and Cooperatives’ Poverty Monitoring Report, 26.5 million of the country’s population live in absolute poverty, which is almost impossible to escape. Except with cash and non-cash donations and, of course, raising purchasing power for the minimum wage.

But to what extent does being employed and receiving wages by individuals can pull them out of the poor with low financial resources?

According to a Ministry of Labor report in which the poverty line per capita in 2020 was declared 1.254,000 Tomans, the poverty line for families of four was estimated at 3,385,000 Tomans last year.

However, at least one married person with two children with no work experience received about 3 million Tomans. Therefore, the gap between the poverty line and the minimum intake for a family of four was 385,000 Tomans.

These figures also seem a little strange when inflation was reported at 36.4 percent annually. According to the Ministry of Labor and Cooperatives, the country’s per capita poverty rate reached 1.245,000 Tomans in 2019 but living with this amount of money remains a joke in metropolises.

Some 1,254,000 Tomans is a figure announced as the poverty line of 2020 by the Ministry of Labor and Cooperatives, which is a little strange because buying a certain basket of edible goods for a month without paying for other goods such as clothing, transportation, healthcare, etc. costs more than 800,000 Tomans for families of four.

In another part of the report, the Ministry of Labor and Cooperatives also dealt with what poor people faced in 2020, according to which 100 percent of the jobs lost in 2020 (due to the coronavirus) were informal jobs in which people from low-income deciles were working, and since the share of wages and salaries was about 75 percent of the income sources basket of people in the lower deciles, it can be concluded that with the unemployment of people in 2019, practically 75 percent of the income source of the low-income deciles has been lost. In 2019, the poverty rate reached 32 percent, indicating that 26.5 million people were in absolute poverty.

Given that the poverty line in 2020 increased by 38 percent to 1,254,000 Tomans, it is expected that due to the widespread of the coronavirus in the country and the exit of about two million people from the labor market, the number of people living in absolute poverty will reach about 30 million.

If an average of 3.24 is considered for each household (the same figure stated in the Labor Ministry report), it is estimated that about 10 million households live below the poverty line.

It is customary to publish poverty line data from official centers in any country. Of course, sometimes like in 2011, the Iranian government did never publish accurate statistics about any subjects. But about the published statistics about poverty in Iran, it does not seem to be consistent with the realities of the market, because the cost of living in the country, especially in the metropoles, with a monthly salary of 1,245,000 tomans is almost a joke.

The poverty line rate in 2019 and 2020 was 4,600,000 Tomans and 9 million tomans, respectively, citing these numbers, the gap between the poverty line and the minimum wage in these years has been 2.5 million tomans and 7 million tomans.

Although the figure of recent years is somehow speculation about the cost of living in Iran, it seems closer to reality, since, with annual inflation of 36.4 percent in 2020, as well as 66.6 percent point inflation for edible goods in March 2021, it does not seem that 1,245,000 Tomans will cover the living expenses in the metropolises.

Future of Iran’s Government at Threat As Crises Worsen

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For more than four decades, Iran has had inflation rates in double-digits which have left the country in a state of extreme poverty, leaving its citizens struggling to deal with the dire economic and social crises. While the Iranian regime has claimed that there is the hope of resolving the current issues, despite talks and meetings between officials, nothing has yet been done to help the Iranian people.

Government officials in various meetings, including the Economic Coordination Council and the private sector, claim they have found the key to resolving the crisis by cutting off the Preferential Exchange Rate for basic goods and paying them directly in the form of credit cards to disadvantaged people.

The regime’s Economy Minister, Ehsan Khandouzi stated during the meeting that the government agrees that the Preferential Exchange Rate procedures need to be reformed. On the other hand, economists have warned in the past that the elimination of the Preferential Exchange Rate would lead to further skyrocketing prices of food and other basic needs.

The dire state of the economic crisis in Iran means that increasing or decreasing the Exchange rate will not resolve the current issues. State-run media have been reporting concerns of regime overthrow that is on the horizon due to the restiveness in society. They have warned the regime that further inflation and any manipulation of the Exchange rate ‘will have to render severe security and social consequences in addition to widening the class gap’.

On October 19, the state-run Jahan-e-Sanat daily published an article titled “A Look at the Crisis-Creating Phenomenon and Its Effects on Iran’s Economy. While referring to the crises and challenges created between the regime and neighboring countries, the piece concludes that the mullahs’ regime is being swept away by regional countries and an ideological-economic siege has painted a darker outlook for the mullahs’ future.

Jahan-e-Sanat said that the gap that has formed between the government and the Iranian people has led society to band together to create a national movement. As the gap widens, the threat of national uprisings is inevitable, especially as the socio-economic crises in Iran worsen. The restiveness among Iranian citizens has been previously described as a powder keg, which will take just one spark to alight.

The state-run Hamdeli newspaper quoted the former secretary of the Government Economic Coordination Task Force, Masood Neeli in their October 19 publication. He said that during the second half of the Iranian calendar year [between September 23, 2021, and March 21, 2022], the ‘devasting flood of inflation’ will have consequences for the economy and described the situation as ‘very difficult and complicated’.

Neeli warned, “I have not seen any other period as dangerous as today in terms of inflation. These floods can destroy us all.”

The regime has milked the country and the people out of their last rials [Iran’s national currency], and today, the public has nothing to lose. This is the reason behind continued protests across the country despite the regime’s ongoing oppression.

Iran’s Government Plays Hopscotch With the JCPOA

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For about four months, nuclear negotiations over Iran’s nuclear file have been stopped. Meanwhile, with the start of Ebrahim Raisi’s government, Tehran announced that it is not ready to continue the negotiations with major world powers because it is a new government.

The regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that if the US government wants that the Iranian government to return to the negotiations it should first release Iran’s $10 billion blocked by South Korea.

He claimed that Tehran will return to the negotiations ‘very soon’. Something that was mocked by the officials of other negotiating parties saying that they do not understand what ‘very soon’ means. In between, the US House of Representatives and Senate and Arab countries are piling pressure to prevent a nuclear Iran.

Iran’s state-run media is warning about the critical situation constantly and reminding the government and its supreme leader not to lose the existing opportunity to negotiate with Biden’s government.

In an article entitled, ‘It is not the time to lose opportunities,’ the Arman newspaper on October 20 wrote: “We have to look at the issue realistically. The presence of Biden is an opportunity.”

Jahan-e-Sanat also deals with the complexity of the situation in which the Iranian government is involved and wrote: “Expectations from the JCPOA should not be increased because the Iranian government is not in a situation where it wants to set a condition and gain concessions.”

In an article entitled, ‘The message of the Americans’ the Jahan-e-Sanat wrote: “According to the meeting that took place a few nights ago between Grossi and Blinken, they are giving us some kind of an ultimatum. Therefore, Iran is not in a precarious situation at all, and if it wants to make concessions with a passive policy, it will definitely be wrong.

“In the current situation, Iran has no choice but to lower its expectations. With this current approach, we need to enter negotiations and talk directly with the United States.

“We are not in a position at all to make conditions before the negotiations and say that they should credit $ 10 billion to our account to that we negotiate.” (State-run daily Jahan-e-Sanat, October 21, 2021)

The Mardom Salari newspaper on October 20 also examined three obstacles to the JCPOA in which the first condition is that “the United States seeks for the JPCOA in addition to regional negotiations, namely the JPCOA Plus, to curb the regional role of the Iranian government.”

The second issue it has addressed was that the Iranian government, to return to the full obligations of the JPCOA, asks the United States and the European Union to ensure that the European Union adheres to its obligations in the event of a violation of the JCPOA by the US government. The newspaper acknowledged that neither the United States nor the European Union has provided such a guarantee.

The third obstacle is related to weapons. UN sanctions against arms trade with Iran were lifted in October last year. The newspaper explains: “The Biden government is facing internal problems and cannot order its cancellation.”

Again, the Jahan-e-Sanat daily explains the regime’s deadlock and confusion in solving the issues of the JCPOA in such a way:

“Nearly three months have passed since the inauguration of the main government, and it is still not clear what approach the gentlemen have in the field of foreign policy and what actions they intend to take in practice! They push back with their hands and pull with their feet; One day they say that they will not leave the negotiating table and make conditions explicitly and raise the issue of freeing the money, tomorrow they return to the first point and emphasize that we have no condition other than the lifting of all sanctions and verification.

“This uncertainty will slowly overwhelm the patience of the West and whether we like it or not, it will have bad consequences.”

Warning about the regime’s miserable situation which can cause nationwide protests, this daily warned regime officials and wrote:

“The generalization and repetition of issues such as who left the JCPOA and who needs the lifting of sanctions (pointing the US government), is continuing in a situation where the soul of the economy and, consequently, the soul of the people who are being crushed and suffocated under the pressure of livelihood problems.”

It continued:

“By no means, this issue should not be left unclarified in the next two or three months. If that happens, the other side will make its decision, and we will have a new round of Trumpism. But why should we push the situation towards a Biden Trumpism that is far more dangerous than Trump Trumpism?”

FATF Rules for Iranian Government To Remain on Their Blacklist

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Following meetings that took place on October 19 – 21, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep the Iranian regime on its blacklist due to their continuous malign activities, including money laundering and financing terrorism around the world.

Currently, this blacklist only features two countries with North Korea joining Iran on the FATF’s ‘call for action’ list. The FATF has warned its 36 member countries, including the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to deal with the blacklisted countries with ‘enhanced due diligence’ and to have countermeasures in place to protect international financial systems.

Iran’s regime was first entered into the FATF blacklist in February 2020. The regime was given ample warning and opportunity to adjust its financial system and implement two laws that would make it conformant with the FATF anti-money laundering (AML) and countering terrorism financing (CTF) standards. But the regime has failed time and again to meet the FATF’s deadlines.

Allied countries of the Iranian regime, including China and Russia, have previously raised concerns over the regime’s unwillingness to comply with FATF recommendations, as well as their lack of transparency. Even if sanctions are lifted against the regime by the United States, Iran’s inclusion on the blacklist will make it extremely difficult for the regime to carry out financial transactions undetected.

Debates over the FATF bills in the Iranian government have been ongoing for many years without ever concluding. The regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has the final word on all the government’s critical matters, and his previous rulings have been contradictory. After having ordered the Expediency Council to examine several bills that would bring Iran in compliance with the FATF, but later criticized the bills.

By joining the convention, it will have to become transparent on its financial relations, which will make it very hard for the regime to finance its terrorist activities, including IRGC Quds Force and the payments it makes to the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Hashd Al-Shaabi in Iraq, and its other terrorist proxies in the region.

The regime’s refusal to join the FATF as a member state has left them facing worse problems. The current economic situation in Iran is worsening by the day, leaving society as a powder keg on the verge of explosion. Warnings have been given by economic experts, along with reports in state media, of the possibility that another nationwide uprising is on the horizon.

Despite heavy security measures and the overwhelming Covid-19 crisis, protests are taking place more than ever across Iran as Iranian citizens are at breaking point due to the regime’s inaction to address the crisis. The regime is trying desperately to suppress the demonstrations due to the fear of an uprising that could threaten their position of power, however, they currently have trouble funding their security forces.

The regime is in a deadlock situation. On the one hand, it needs access to the international financial system to fund its illicit activities. But on the other hand, complying with the FATF rules defeats the very nature of this regime, which is founded on financial corruption, terrorism, and suppression.

However, for Iran to be removed from the FATF’s blacklist, the regime would need to experience a fundamental change.

Iran: Livelihood Basket of Workers and Retirees Is Not Filled Even With Second Jobs

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The hard livelihoods of workers and social security retirees is an issue that Iran’s officials are ignoring easily, while these people have and are working in difficult conditions in the hope of one day having the chance of a short vacation, without any problems and being unconcerned about their living expenses.

Working for more than 20-30 years in the factories, hospitals, roads, or elsewhere, they are forced to take aid from others and beg the government for a little support while feeling being exploited by them.

Their salaries do not equal the back-breaking costs. For example, in the Mazandaran province, a family of four must have a wage of 10 million Tomans in a month to be able to have a dignified life. The average income of a retired worker is about 4.5 million Tomans.

How should the workers and the retirees fill the 10 million livelihood basket, selling cigarettes on the streets, car washing, being a guard at the park entrances, and other false jobs? This is the question that many of them are putting on the desk of the government’s officials.

Worse still is that many of them are forced to take debts which they are not able to pay back even over their entire lives.

The purchasing power of the workers and retirees has been greatly lowered, and the result of these conditions is the recession of the economy and the markets. The workers do not have the power to buy the goods which they have produced.

That’s not all; even their children are jobless, and this is adding to their concerns, while many of the country’s youths are struggling with addiction and other social harms. In such a situation who is a worker even able to think about the country’s progress and flourishing production?

The head of the country’s Planning and Budget Organization has promised that the wages will be increased by 10 to 30 percent which in this situation will be not any help to the workers and retirees.

Many of the workers and retirees are asking the regime’s officials if they were able to live with 4.5-5 million Tomans. While most of them have wages more than 30 million Tomans.

The government is not even implementing the Free Treatment Act which is one of the Constitutional paragraphs since the revolution in 1979 but was never executed and the workers and retirees are forced to pay the high costs from their own pockets.

The country’s social security organization said the reason that it is not able to cover the workers’ and retirees’ treatment is because of a lack of resources while the government owes them 400 trillion Tomans. This is something that is facing trouble since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government.

In its October 19 issue, the state-run newspaper Hamdeli wrote: “The economic situation in the country, three months after the inception of Ebrahim Raisi’s government, has not only not changed compared to the previous government, but in some cases, the situation seems more dangerous and the occurrence of devastating inflationary floods is likely in the second half of the year.”

This newspaper added: “The conditions in which we are in, are very difficult and complicated. Currently, the country’s economy is severely inflamed by inflation (the system) in the short term is in danger, instead of saying which direction the country’s economy is heading in the next few years, we should consider what situation we might be caught in, in the months ahead and less than a year.”

Meanwhile, the state-run website Bahar about the people’s food security wrote: “The trend of weakening people’s livelihoods has continued to the point that with the new wave of food price crises it has dismantled the tables of many households and they are deprived of the most basic foods.” (Bahar, October 19, 2021)

With this situation expressed by the state media, it is easily predictable that the situation of the workers and retirees will become worse.

Iran’s Poverty “Monitoring System” Has Become Worthless

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Ali Rabii, the Minister of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare of Iran’s previous government, in 2018 informed about the formation of the center called “Poverty Monitoring” to fight the poverty in the country. At that time, he said:

“We need to make a difference in the lives of the poor, much of the population of the country who were on the edge of falling into the lap of absolute poverty, through planning and supportive policies, we have changed the lives of these people in every possible way.” (ILNA, January 10, 2018)

The question here is, how is such a claim even possible when according to the regime’s officials and state media, more than 30 million people live under the absolute poverty line?

The Social Deputy of the same ministry said that in 2020, some 26 million people lived under the poverty line, which is now not decreasing because the poverty line index has reached 1.254 million tomans which is a fall of 38 percent compared to the previous years.

A little later, Morteza Bakhtiari, who is now the head of the regime’s Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation and is famous for his human rights abuses and who has been sanctioned by the European Union and the Treasury of the United Kingdom in 2011, revealed the reality about poverty in Iran and said:

“Unfortunately, today we see that economic shocks have caused a lot of losses in the weaker strata of society and on the other hand, some people have gained windfall wealth by exploiting the conditions.” (ILNA, November 28, 2020)

Then on August 22, 2021, the regime’s Ministry of Labor who is the custodian of the “Poverty Monitoring” in a report which is called the “first official report about the poverty line in Iran” about the report near to the reality of the spread of poverty in Iran and wrote:

“Some 26,500.000 people were below the poverty line in 2019, and that number appears to be even higher in 2020 than in 2019.”

This report added that the monetary border of poverty for everyone in Iran has reached 1.254 million Tomans. This means that for a family of four it is about four million Tomans. The conclusion is that in 2019 the “Poverty rate” was equivalent to 32 percent and about one-third of the people were below the poverty line. In other words, one of three of every Iranian is extremely poor struggling to stay alive.

Now Bakhtiari once again came to the stage and stated:

“The poverty line has risen from 950,000 tomans in 2011 to 10 million tomans in 2019. Estimates show that during the period 2001-2019, about 33 percent of Iran’s population was below the multidimensional poverty line.” (ISNA, August 15, 2021)

Masoud Khansari, an official in the chamber of commerce, acknowledged that Iran has gained first place in the depreciation of money and that the population below the poverty line in Iran has reached 30 percent.

A real indicator of the situation of poverty in Iran is the expenses of food and basic commodities. That means how much must a family spend for it from its income. In 2018 the family’s spending on foods and other basic commodities from its income increased from 22.1 percent to 23.4 percent which is a clear sign of the decrease of the people’s welfare.

This is even worse in some deprived areas of Iran such as the Sistan and Baluchestan province:

“Among the 20 deprived cities of Iran, 11 cities are located in Sistan and Baluchestan province and three cities of Kerman province are among the 20 deprived cities.” (Stater-run website Ana, August 23, 2021)

Now if we consider the inflation rate of about 50 percent which is announced by many state media outlets, we will see an increase in poverty in the country and not a decrease as Ali Rabii claimed with the founding of the “Poverty Monitoring”.

Iran’s Severe Political Isolation and Foreign Trade Impasse

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Peyman Pak, Head of Iran’s Trade Development Organization, in a TV interview with the state Channel One on October 18, 2021, said:

“Iran’s share from trade with neighboring countries is below one percent.”

Seyed Razi Haji Aghamiri, former head of Iran’s Export Confederation, in the same TV interview said: “Our political relation with the countries has a so bad situation that all are concerned about the return of the export currency. In practice because of the sanctions the baking network is cut off therefore, even smuggling is not possible.”

The state-run website Tejarat News on October 13, 2021, wrote that the Iranian carpet export is nearly zero and that the prohibition of carpet export to Turkey was the final blow.

Even Iraq which was a heaven for the Iranian regime to escape from the sanctions its doors are closing on the regime especially after its election which was a strong hit on the regime’s proxy forces and their political wings and the regime’s dream of a $20 billion non-oil trade with this country is fading away.

On the other side, Turkey’s Ministry of Energy announced that Turkey has signed an $11 billion gas contract with the state of Azerbaijan. Turkey’s gas contract with the Iranian regime will end at the end of this winter.

After the events in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s reign, the regime has lost its money resources especially its money laundering in Herat.

After the fights between Azerbaijan and Armenia, all the regime businesses with Armenia and Russia have been affected by this conflict and have reached their lowest level over the past years.

All these happen in a situation when the regime is struggling with the sanctions. And its oil export has reached its lowest level. The regime’s Chamber of Commerce officially spoke about a 99 percent decrease in oil export to China, something that the regime regret after it became public.

Even some outlets announced that the statistics of the Oil tanker tracking companies do not comply with the statistics announced by the regime referring to its oil export to China. This becomes even worse after China said that they have not bought even one barrel of oil directly from the Iranian regime.

Now add to all these problems the regime’s stagnation in accepting the FATF and its impossibility in international financial transactions, then you will realize the regime’s real situation.

That’s why, according to the regime’s Planning and Budget Organization, which was set up in August of this year, by the former government, it is said that in the event of a stalemate in negotiations and continued sanctions, the dollar rate will peak to 100,000 tomans by the end of the next government in 2025 and increase to 284,000 tomans in 2027.

According to the official report, even if sanctions are lifted, the dollar rate will still rise above 55,000 tomans in 2027, and the average annual inflation rate in the next six years will be 28 percent, with sanctions continuing it will be close to 54 percent.

Despite wasting the people’s and country’s resources on useless goals like the missile and nuclear project and building up other country’s while the people are in severe need, the regime is compensating its losses from the people’s pockets as its media warned about the consequences of such decisions if they continue in long terms.

“The government is pressing the people’s necks. According to the pressure that is now on the wage-earning class and is cutting off their breaths, it seems that the government should act a little more careful.” (State-run daily Jahan-e-Sanat)

It is not unreasonable that Hosseini Hamedani on Alborz TV network said: “The situation of our society is now poisoned in some issues, cultural work does not work, it should be acted quickly.”

Now even with the empty promises of the regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi, everything is getting worse.

“The truth is that in these 70 days of the establishment of the 13th government, except for unsupported and impractical promises, no opening has been created even in the economic and market environment. The price of the currency, coins, gold, iron, etc. continues to rise and even the most urgent need of our people, bread, has not the same price as in the twelfth government. Dairy cheapness is more like humor.” (State-run daily Mardom Salary)

The conclusion is not complicated, the regime will face a super crisis followed by the people’s protests, which this time are not erasable.

Iran: Women Heads of Households Are Victims of the Mullahs

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In Iran over the past three years, Iran’s women heads of households have endured exhausting pressures in various social, psychological, and economic dimensions.

According to the latest official statistics, out of 25,685,000 head of households, about 3,517,000 of them, equivalent to 14 percent of all household caretakers, were women.

Also, among deciles, about 45 percent of household caretakers are women in Decile 1 (poorest). In decile 2 22.4%, in the third decile, 16.9% in the fourth decile 6.12%, and in the fifth decile, 6.9% of the head of households are women. In the sixth to tenth deciles, between 8 and 10 percent of household caretakers are women.

It is very difficult to be able to address all aspects of the problems of women heads of households in Iran. But with a quick glance at the reality of Iranian society, we find a painful tragedy of oppression and persecution against these women.

The burden of this responsibility in the absence of facilities and poverty and social pressures has exposed Iran’s women heads of households to serious psychological and social harm.

A 53-year-old female head of household says in an interview with Al-Zahra University quarterly: “I feel humiliated, I feel that I cannot trust anyone anymore. Why should they look at me badly, what is the difference between me and other women, because I am miserable, no one should come to my house, even if I am financially provided because others do not feel good about me and my children, I do not feel a comfortable living.”

In all modern societies women especially heads of households are cared for especially by the government, but in Iran, it is different as the statistics above show most of them live in extreme poverty.

Under the regime’s rule, they have formally provided social support institutions such as the Relief and Welfare Committee and other supporting institutions such as social security to meet the needs of these women and their children, but since in this system, the major costs are flowing into the streams of repression, warmongering, and terrorism a very small share is allocated to support women heads of households.

According to Tejarat News, on October 25, 2021, the amount of 125 billion Tomans has been allocated, i.e., 35,000 Tomans (equivalent to $1.30) has been considered for each family.

Women heading households experience more stress and psychological problems due to having several different roles simultaneously (the role of mother, the role of the caretaker, the role of a factory worker, etc.)

If these women have supportive resources, they will face fewer problems and their vulnerability to psychological problems will be low, but if they are unable to provide economic support or even care for their children, or if there are no institutions in the community to provide support services for these women, they will have to solve all the problems by themselves because of their vulnerability. Psychological problems increase and become victims of mental disorders.

The percentage of poor women has steadily increased over the past two decades, especially women with young children who need permanent care. Because it must pay for its childcare, it may be financially crippled, because of not being able to cover all the high costs in Iran alone.

Most of them are working part-time therefore they do have not the chance to get higher ranks in their jobs and higher wages and are losing other economic benefits, such as pensions that full-time employees receive.

The percentage of absolute poverty of female-headed families is higher than that of male guardians. Absolute poverty in society are people whose income is less than the minimum livelihood income (providing basic needs) in fact, these people live below the poverty line.

Women without spouses face the problem of loneliness, isolation, rejection, and lack of understanding by others. Lack of social support is the most important factor in predicting the negative consequences of these women’s situations.

This group of women, due to their multiple roles and many responsibilities, often do not have extra time to establish social relations. This has gradually led to their exclusion from society and created many problems for them.