By Jubin Katiraie
“The decision-making system speaks warmly of transparency, unaware that it has only mocking this concept.” (State-run daily Ebtekar, 13 May)
By Pooya Stone
The foreign exchange market, gold, coins, and stocks have become short-term stay for cash flows in Iran. Money as if no one wants to keep it, and most prefer to own all sorts of liquid assets instead.
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.
According to an official familiar with the automobile market in Iran, the Competition Council of the country has set an increase by four-to-48 percent for eight products of the Iran Khodro automaker company (IKCO).
By Jubin Katiraie
One of Iran’s so-called international affairs analysts Siavash Fallahpour said: “The prelude to the Syrian war began with privatizations and rent-seeking;
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.
A powerful system of political patronage, nepotism, and cronyism pervade all sectors of Iran's economy. Bribes are often given to obtain services, permits, or public contracts.
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.
Iran’s 25-year deal with China and Chinese companies’ investment in Iran’s water resources prompted a widespread negative reaction from the Iranian population.
“By the written order of President Hassan Rouhani to the then Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), $36.1 billion and 80 tons of gold was given to smugglers of goods, forex, and drug,” said the new-elected lawmaker from Mashhad city Javad Karimi Qoddussi in a public session of the Parliament (Majlis) on June 2.
After the disclosure of 63 bank accounts of the former judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani, Iranian citizens expected authorities to put an end to the systematic corruption in government apparatuses. The replacement of Larijani with Ebrahim Raisi prompted optimist observers to speculate that the state will stage an investigation about suspicious bank accounts in the judiciary. However, it was later revealed that the accounts were only the tip of the iceberg.
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.
Iranian state media these days constantly carry news about the officials admitting to the crimes and the corruption by the regime’s elements.
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