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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.

Iran’s Government Normalizes the Coronavirus Outbreak

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While the coronavirus death rate in Iran’s fifth wave is still high and many provinces have a critical situation, government officials are speaking and warning the public about a sixth wave.

The regime’s Health Minister said that the “sixth wave of the coronavirus in November” is “definite” and that, “according to the estimations of the scientists and sixth wave of the coronavirus in November is definite and will happen without any doubt.”

The minister added that “the Friday praying ceremony which was canceled for 1.5 years will be held this week.”

He falsely claimed that “we (the government), are fully prepared to fight with the sixth wave of the coronavirus” (state-run news agency Aria, October 20, 2021), something which is hardly believable because of its weak performance over the past two years.

Something that is increasing the concerns is that according to the regime 80 percent of those who have received even two doses of the Barkat or the Sinopharm vaccine are infected again and some of them even died, in such situation speaking about full readiness is just playing with more lives.

“Evidence from Iranian compatriots shows that the incidence of disease and hospital visits and hospitalizations in intensive care units has increased among the vaccinated people.

“Among those admitted and transferred to the intensive care unit, the news indicates that some vaccinated patients have finally died. Footage released from within hospitals shows that 80% of patients’ referrals are among the vaccinated.

“Unfortunately, due to the lack of transparency of the statistics and information published by the Ministry of Health and medical universities affiliated to the provinces, the depth of this tragedy in the community has been less addressed.” (State-run daily Hamdeli, October 19, 2021)

According to this report, it has been said that the effectiveness of the Sinopharm vaccine is just 5 percent while it has been said that it should be able to create a protection of 75 to 80 percent.

However, President Ebrahim Raisi’s government is getting ready to cancel many of the protective protocols like reopening the schools, which is raising the skepticism that the regime will use the sixth wave like the other five waves against the people.

“The country is still involved in the fifth wave of coronavirus because the virus is still taking lives, this tragedy is because of the weak policies against the coronavirus. These days, experts say, signs of the sixth wave of coronavirus have formed in western provinces.

“In situations where a high percentage of the community has not yet been vaccinated, hasty reopening and reliance on a low percentage of vaccine coverage are worrying.

“We all know that the custodian of the educational system can’t manage health properly in schools and universities, and as a result, infrastructure should be considered and then decided.

“Hasty reopening, regardless of the risk-to-benefit ratio, are not evidence-based action, and in the event of disease clusters in some educational centers, the severity of the outburst will be greater than the previous peaks, which were limited in these cumulative centers. The sixth coronavirus outbreak is likely in autumn.” (State-run daily Setareh-e-Sobh, October 20, 2021)

It is clear that the cause of the current critical situation and the start of a new wave is due to the lack of the vaccination of the majority, something that has prevented herd immunity. None of the protective protocols such as the quarantine were considered by the regime from the beginning and in many cases the regime’s officials especially its supreme leader have minimized the situation and worse prevented the import of approved vaccines.

Worse is that some of the regime’s officials like Health Minister Bahram Einollahi are legitimizing the regime’s crimes, while he said: “We have to get used to living with this virus.” (State-run daily Vatan-e-Emrooz, October 20, 2021)

Iran’s Economy Worsens As the Government Continues To Plunder National Wealth

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The current economic situation in Iran is the worse one that the country has experienced in the last century. With the Iranian regime’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, and his administration promising that they will resolve Iran’s crises, the question remains as to whether they will be able to.

Iran’s economy has long been monopolized by Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). But Raisi’s administration is full of IRGC commanders and Khamenei’s inner circle men whose main task is to plunder Iran’s national wealth and prolong the regime’s life.

When Raisi announced the nominees for his cabinet following his inauguration, Iranian dissidents described the chosen candidates as the embodiment of four decades of the religious and terrorist dictatorship of the mullahs, whose mission is to counter popular uprisings, plunder national wealth and resources, step up terrorism and warmongering, and expand the unpatriotic nuclear and missiles projects.

Khamenei has also handpicked the regime’s parliament and put one of his closest officials and a corrupted element, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, as the parliament’s speaker. As the mayor of Tehran, Ghalibaf is accused of stealing over billions of dollars.

Ghalibaf formerly served as one of the top commanders in the IRGC and was later succeeded by Alireza Zakani, another IRGC commander who is close to Khamenei. The IRGC is notorious for using its headquarters and ‘front’ companies to plunder the nation’s wealth, with their top corrupt organization being the Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters.

This company began as an industrial and construction contractor in 1989, with the goal of the organization to “efficiently utilize the available construction and economic resources, capacities and talents of the IRGC to continue the Islamic Revolution.”

The Khatam Headquarters contracting services acts as a huge intermediary between the government and small engineering and technical companies, which have a major portion of their revenues seized by Khatam. Ownership of many of these companies occurred unilaterally or through intimidation and force.

Back in September 2019, former government minister, Behzad Nabavi explained that in Iran, 60% of the national wealth is controlled by four main institutions, which are the Executive Headquarters of Imam Khomeini’s Directive (Setad), Khatam al-Anbiya Base, Astan-e Quds, and the Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled.

Between 2007 and 2011, the current Minister of Urban and Road Development in Raisi’s cabinet, Rostam Ghasemi, served as the commander of Khatam al-Anbiya, before becoming the Minister of Oil in then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration between 2011 and 2013. During his service, financial irregularities, cases of embezzlement and bribery, as well as other financial crimes, all took place.

These facts highlight once again that Ebrahim Raisi and his ilk are not going to solve Iran’s economic problems. Iran’s state media also confirmed the latter on Tuesday.

The state-run Hamdeli daily wrote on October 19 that the Iranian economy has yet to change following Raisi’s inauguration. The worst problem faced by the Iranian people is the rising inflation rates which are directly affecting their lives.

Daily protests are taking place across Iran, attended by people from all walks of life as the worsening crises are turning society into a powder keg. The frustration and restiveness are set to grow even more if the regime is still reluctant to find solutions.

They have realized that Raisi’s hollow promises are part of the regime’s deceptive measures to postpone another major uprising. The regime’s ongoing corruption and its devastating effects on people’s lives have indeed created a danger towards the regime.

Political Corruption in Iran, Increasing Number of Secret Parliament Sessions

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With the presence of the Iranian regime’s new government, which has become a collection of the most vicious elements of this regime from its new president Ebrahim Raisi, who is infamous as the butcher of Tehran, to the new appointments of the new ministers who are mostly chosen from the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), something strange is happening which is not unexpected.

The number of secret sessions of the 11th parliament is increasing day by day. From budget to foreign policy and even pricing for steel is all behind closed doors. Only three closed-door meetings have been held in the last two weeks.

And all this happens in a parliament that has come to power from the very beginning with the claim of being crystal clear and to fight government corruption. The situation has become so bad that even the regime’s MPs have raised their voices against it.

According to Article 69 of the regime’s constitution, parliamentary negotiations should be made public, and the full report should be made public through the official radio and newspaper, and only in an emergency, if the country’s security is in danger, a closed session will be held at the request of the President or one of the ministers or 10 representatives.

But these days, the circle of secret sessions seems to be constantly expanding. From the pre-review meetings of the vote of confidence and financial proximity of the proposed Minister of Petroleum to even the plan to protect the rights of users in cyberspace to the review of the 2021 budget with the presence of the head of the Planning and Budget Organization, the subtraction of the 2020 budget with the presence of Mehrdad Bazrpash, the head of the Audit Court and even the approval of the Judicial Commission on the confidentiality of the officials’ property are all held in secrecy and behind closed doors and the people are not aware what is going in the regime’s parliament.

This governing parliament whose members mostly stem from the regime’s principlist faction has started its work with the slogan of transparency and one of its claims was the transparency of delegates’ votes, a fake plan that is announced every week but has been never implemented.

The question is what does the regime fear that it is implementing so many secret sessions?

Last week, a closed-door meeting with the head of the Planning and Budget Organization about next year’s budget was held. Regime’s MPs later presented a report on the contents of the closed-door meeting, but ultimately it was not clear why the budget meeting should be held in secret.

At the same time, one of the MP’s reported a 50 percent budget deficit, probably one of the reasons for the secret meeting, which is indicating the regime’s extreme critical situation.

After that, the 2020 budget subtraction session was held in secret. Observers believe the closed-door natures of the session were to hide the corruption and waste of the country’s resources by the regime.

At the time of the vote of confidence in the cabinet, parliament held two closed sessions, one before a closed-door vote of confidence, and one at the same time examining Elias Naderan’s claims about some financial issues raised about Javad Oji, the option for the Oil Ministry, where parliament held a brief closed session.

Naderan had said in an open meeting of the vote of confidence that, given the inquiry I got from the competent authorities, it became clear that Oji had nine (private) possessions, so one should think about someone who says so explicitly contrary. It was then that, at the request of the 11th Parliamentarians, a closed-door hearing was held to investigate Naderan’s claims.

Parliament held a closed-door meeting with the head of the IRGC Qods Force Esmail Qaani after the events in Afghanistan and the Taliban came to power. The plan to protect the rights of users in cyberspace was also held behind closed doors which were held to vote for the withdrawal of the plan from article 85 and did not vote in the second time in open session. Therefore, the plan to protect the rights of users in cyberspace following Article 85 of the Joint Commission will be secretly approved and implemented.

Parliament has even held closed sessions for steel pricing. Last year, a spokesman for the Parliamentary Board of Directors announced an hour-long closed-door meeting on issues of the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade. At that meeting, the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade’s plan for steel pricing was reviewed.

The last one, about the desire for confidentiality, which has manifested itself in the parliament’s resolutions, was the approval of the Parliamentary Judiciary Commission on the non-publication of the authorities’ property.

The answer to the previous question that what the regime is fearing most in this period is simple: the regime is facing a fragile security situation, therefore it is forced to hide its weaknesses from others, especially the people. The regime understands soon or later it will face massive protests like November 2019, therefore it is hopelessly doing everything to delay such events.

Protests Will Only Expand As Iran’s Economic Conditions Worsen

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As the economic conditions in Iran worsen day by day, Iranian citizens, young and old, from across the country are standing together in protests of the Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the current crises. As a result, the Iranian state media have been warning of the possibility of a nationwide uprising starting.

The Mostaghel newspaper discussed in their publication on Sunday how critical the state of the living conditions of the Iranian people is. Among those most affected are Iran’s teachers who began the academic year protesting for their most basic needs. The newspaper warned that if the regime does not step in to rectify the problems faced by the teachers, the protests will only get worse.

Since last year, Iran’s teachers have been raising their grievances with government officials, but the regime has refrained from addressing their demands. As the start of the academic year neared, the teachers returned to the streets to resume their protests and remind the government of its duties.

The Mostaghel daily said, “The economic class gap, as well as the gap between salaries, have caused these protests and livelihood demands to become highlighted among teachers.”

Currently, in Iran, the poverty line sits at a monthly income of 120 million rials (around $437), but many teachers are failing to receive even half of this amount and must face many delays in receiving their salaries.

Due to the extreme poverty that these teachers are facing, many have been left unable to afford even the most basic needs like food or shelter, which has driven many teachers to commit suicide.

In the past month, security forces have cracked down on the teachers’ protest rallies on several occasions, beating and arresting demonstrators. But the protests continue, and in addition to their economic demands, the teachers are now also chanting slogans to release imprisoned teachers.

Mostaghel explained how even with the security force crackdowns, the protest rallies will continue regardless of if the problems are not solved.

Another article in their newspaper on Monday discussed the gap that has widened between ordinary Iranian citizens and the ruling elite and stated that the state of the crises in Iran should be a warning for the regime authorities.

The article read, “In circumstances that the country’s production is in its weakest condition, a large part of the liquidity has been channeled into profiteering from currency and coin exchange, and many workers have lost their jobs, should a small group of people live in extreme luxury?”

In speaking of the last large uprising in Iran, that took place in November 2019, of which the regime was brought to the verge of collapse, Mostaghel explained that the events of that time did nothing to change how Iran’s economic system is governed. They explained that the Iranian people can only tolerate so much, and once that threshold has been reached, the powder keg in society will explode.

Mostaghel said, “The news about social problems, and the shrinking of the people’s tablecloth, and the disappearance of items such as meat and poultry from their meals is a countdown and an alarm.”

Iran: Countdown and Alarm of Youth and Hunger People’s Riots

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“What the Ministry of Energy (i.e., Iran’s regime) has done to the people of my region, Genghis Khan did not do to Iran.”

No! Make no mistake! ‌ These are not the words of an Iranian dissident. The tragedy is so vast and deep that it has been expressed even by the regime’s officials and elements.

Referring to the performance of the regime’s Ministry of Energy in Chabahar, the lawmaker from this city, Moinuddin Saeedi, said: “What the Ministry of Energy has done to the people of my region, Genghis Khan did not do to Iran.”

The state-run website Rouydad 24, quoting this representative, who spoke about the dire situation in Sistan and Baluchestan province, especially in the south, and wrote: “For example, the village of Kamp, which is the largest village in the country, 5 km from Chabahar Free Zone, does not have even one meter of water piping.

“Therefore, the suffering of the people cannot be denied or ignored, because they have robbed the dreams and aspirations from the children of Sistan and Baluchestan. These are not things that can be erased or not seen.”

Moinuddin continued: “The information they give about the fuel porters of Sistan and Baluchistan is incorrect. Because most of this is organized in a way that people are not involved in, but when they want to deal with it, they have nothing to do with organized smuggle and they deal with the people.”

What this lawmaker is referring to is the organized smuggling of fuel by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) forces which have been implemented with the pretext of the so-called “Razagh” plan and are smuggling fuel to Pakistan.

The remarks of this MP indicate the explosive situation in Sistan and Baluchistan province. People who are deprived of the minimum of life. Their children do not have a birth certificate, school, place to play, and even drink water. Baloch children do not have something that is called childhood in other countries. From the very beginning of life, they become familiar with the concept of pain and hunger and forget even fun and smiling.

Comparing the performance of the regime’s ministry with the Mongol invasion shows the intensity of the protest and anger that exists in that province and the MP’s fear that the situation would get out of control, which has forced him to acknowledge this fact in this way, even knowing that it may have consequences for him.

This situation is what state media are warning about on a daily basis. The state-run daily Mostaghel on October 18, 2021, wrote:

“We must prevent phenomena such as the riots of the unemployed and the hungry. The shrinking capacity of Iran’s economy, and consequently unemployment and inflation, and ultimately the shrinking of people’s baskets, is a warning to the country’s economic and political authorities. While the country’s manufacturing sector is at its weakest and much of the liquidity has gone towards currency and coin business, and many workers have become unemployed, a limited stratum still lives in prosperity.”

No doubt that this ‘limited strata’ which is living in prosperity are the regime’s officials and elements.

This daily recalled the November 2019 protests and warned the regime:

“Even the events of November did not cause a change in attitude in the way of governance or reform the country’s economic system. The resilience of young people and dissatisfied strata is limited, from that stage onwards, this group no longer sees any reason to remain silent and react. News of social damage, as well as reports of shrinking people’s baskets and the elimination of things like meat and poultry, are like a countdown and alarm.”

Poverty Level in Iran Is So Severe, It Has Encompassed the Middle Class

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With the state of the economy in Iran, it is no wonder that more and more people have fallen into poverty in the past few years, with more than 80% of Iranians living under the poverty line. As a result, the middle class has all but disappeared as the poverty line level has risen.

Under the rule of the Iranian regime, people have lost their homes and had to resort to sleeping where they can, from empty graves and ditches to rooftops or abandoned refrigerators. All the while, the regime officials are doing nothing to remedy this social crisis.

According to the state-run Jahan-e Sanat on August 9, official reports indicate the living conditions of all sectors of society have deteriorated.

The daily explained how the poverty line has increased by 38% in just two years due to the rising inflation in the cost of food and housing. They said, “Considering the living conditions of households in the last decade, it is clear that the growth rate of poverty has been faster than the growth rate of wages in all years, and the wage gap and poverty line reached 145% by the end of the 2010s.”

They also predicted that considering the current trajectory, due to the rising inflation rates and low incomes, more households will be set to fall below the poverty line in the next year.

Among all sectors of society, Iranian workers endure more pressure due to the regime’s anti-labor policies.

The ILNA News Agency reported in August that there is now a gap between living expenses and the wages of workers of 6 million Tomans. Families are struggling to provide even basic food staples like protein and dairy. They compared the Iranian situation to Venezuela where the economy is completely bankrupt and said that if the regime cannot rectify the problems in Iran, “the devaluation of the national currency, inflation, unemployment, etc., will be greater than now.”

Iran has one of the largest gas reserves in the world, just behind Russia, with over 150,000 million barrels of oil reserves. They are also in the higher ranks among countries with major mineral resources, with over seven percent of the world’s mineral resources, despite only accounting for one percent of the world population, according to a study by the regime’s Islamic Parliament Research Center.

But despite all its riches, more than 80 percent of the nation lives below the poverty line, and the middle class has essentially disappeared.

Of the estimated 85 million people living in Iran, 19 million Iranians have been forced to live in slums, and 7.4 million children have been deprived of their education due to the extreme levels of poverty. A quarter of the Iranian youth are currently unemployed and 75% of economic capabilities have been lost by workers. Shockingly, up to 1,000 children under the age of 3 are abandoned on a yearly basis as their parents cannot afford to raise them.

The most worrying consequence of the widespread poverty in Iran is that more and more people are willingly selling their organs to make much-needed money, with some mothers even selling their unborn fetuses to make ends meet.

The poverty in Iran is having a detrimental effect on society with millions suffering due to the mismanagement of the regime and the lack of the officials’ using money where it is most needed. According to the regime’s own figures, Iran’s income from oil exports is around $66 billion, while non-oil exports equate to $32.3 billion.

The regime continues to expand budgets allocated for meddling in Middle East countries, boosting its nuclear and ballistic missile drives, and launching dozens of military and security forces imposing an intense atmosphere of an internal crackdown.

500,000 Unemployed Engineers, While China Builds Housing in Iran

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Since mid-2019 and especially since spring 2020, along with the increase in housing prices and building materials, Iran is witnessing an increase in the cost of construction so that under the influence of this situation, the construction industry has been seen a huge recession and in recent months it is making many people hopeless to having a roof over their heads.

The new government has promised to build one million housing each year which has been criticized by many officials as a hollow promise due to the country’s bad economic situation.

But one news that has shocked many people about the housing situation is the government’s negotiations which the Chinese use of the country’s constructing industry.

Something that even many of the regime’s officials are complaining about it. In an interview Eghbal Shakeri, a member of the parliament’s Civil Commission said:

“In a recent meeting with the commission members, the Minister of Roads and Urban Development announced this issue and did not provide details about it, but it is not exclusive to Chinese companies, and companies with the technology of other countries can participate in the construction of Iranian housing under the condition of technology transfer. Shakeri stressed: ‘Technology transfer is the main condition for agreeing to the presence of foreigners in Iran’s construction.’”

Amazingly, on the question of why the government is not using Iranian constructions firms and engineers with the help of the world updated technologies Iraj Rahbar the Vice President of The Association of Mass Builders of Tehran Province answered:

“Unfortunately, the Minister of Roads and Urban Development does not have enough information about domestic facilities and capabilities in the construction industry.”

The question is, why then has the regime put someone at the helm of such an industry when he is not informed about the country’s construction capabilities?

The painful part is that now according to the expressions of some of the country’s experts, Iran has more than 500 thousand engineers, while many of them are unemployed and the government is insisting to use foreign engineers in different parts of the country’s industry which is raising the skepticism about corruption.

The damage is in projects like the Tehran-North Freeway project the regime used Chinese companies, and now after 20 years this project is being left unfinished and these companies have left the country.

Other effects which are hurting the country’s economy is that technologies for this field have been imported from aboard while the country owns the same power, and this is causing an increase in unemployment and many of the producers of these technologies in the field of the urban construction are forced to export their production to other countries like Iraq having no costumer inside the country.

Another sad thing is while training engineers are putting a huge amount of expenses on any country, Iran has one of the highest numbers of brain drain.

This situation raises doubts more than ever about president Ebrahim Raisi’s decision to construct one million housing units in one year.