By Pooya Stone
On April 28, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Cooperative, Labor, and Social Welfare Hojjatollah Mirzaei admitted that given the novel coronavirus outbreak, around 4.8 million of the workforce are at risk of losing their business. Also, around 20 percent of the country’s entire businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 disease.
By Jubin Katiraie
The coronavirus has dramatically changed the world in 2020, but out of the bad, many countries are seeing an increase in collaboration, social solidarity, and personal sacrifice.
By Jubin Katiraie
As we move away from the early days and months of 2020, the meaning of the “year of production leap” announced by the supreme leader Ali Khamenei becomes clearer. He had previously named 2019 the “year of production boom.”
Amid death, poverty, and misery, Iran’s regime is precisely and gradually increasing the price of bread from region to region.
That smuggling in Iran is organized by the regime itself is nothing new, and that this regime has destroyed Iran’s economy and production in the past 40 years is not new too.
The Iranian Ministry of Health has been pushed into the spotlight recently because of the coronavirus’ rapid spread in the country, coupled with a severe shortage of drugs and medical equipment.
Another uprising in Iran will happen if the government refuses to solve the workers’ crisis, according to an Iranian economist.
On May 4, Iranian lawmakers passed a bill to remove four zeros from the national currency. According to Iranian media, the administration and Parliament (Majlis) were discussing the bill titled, “Amend the country’s monetary and baking law,” for around 13 years.
The critical situation of Iran’s regime's economy has become more and more captive in the context of the Coronavirus crisis. According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2020 Iran’s economic growth is -6 percent.
While the Iranian people are struggling against the novel coronavirus, the government seeks to achieve economic-political interests through this ominous health crisis.
The news of the influx of poor people in Iran to sell their latest savings, such as gold and jewelry, to goldsmiths is sad and unfortunate.
“The decision-making system speaks warmly of transparency, unaware that it has only mocking this concept.” (State-run daily Ebtekar, 13 May)
On May 14, Fars news agency provided a report about free trade zones in Iran and questioned, “Do free trade zones benefit the people, or do they benefit ‘others’?” The Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-owned media outlet next mentioned how influential individuals and entities in the governing system are profiteering from these free trade zones and revealed a part of systematic corruption in the Islamic Republic.
The Kayhan newspaper, affiliated to Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, published an article titled “The faction of bad dealing,” attacking the contra faction to the supreme leader and revealing their bad actions.
In Iran, given the systematic corruption and mismanagement, workers flagrantly suffer from lack of basic rights in comparison to laborers in other countries. Meanwhile, many of them do not receive their low wages and suffer from livelihood pressures.
The selling of babies in Iran is one of the social problems that has spread its ominous shadow over the Iranian family and society during the rule of the Velayat-e-Faqih (clerical) regime.
According to a 2017 World Bank development report, “systematic corruption” means the private use of public resources. In 2019, the organization Transparency International ranked Iran 130 among the world’s 180 countries for such corruption.
Over the past two years, domestic car prices in Iran have risen in an unprecedented and staggering manner due to institutionalized corruption in the automotive industry and the involvement of high government officials.