By Jubin Katiraie
According to a survey by Iran’s Parliamentary Research Center, the poverty line for a four-person household in Tehran has risen from 2.5 million tomans to 4.5 million tomans in the last two years, an increase of 80 percent. (Gostaresh, 4 June 2020)
By Pooya Stone
With the gradual increase in inflation in Iran since the beginning of 2020, the purchasing power of the people, especially the lower classes of society, has sharply decreased.
Iran’s rank in bankruptcy and debt payment has fallen even further. In the latest report of the World Bank about the bankruptcy and debt payment, Iran’s ranking has decreased by two points and fallen to 133rd position globally.
Recently, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) acknowledged its goal to reduce the inflation rate to 22 percent in the current year. In other words, it intends to reduce the 41-percent inflation, which was announced in March, by 20 percentage points.
Another uprising in Iran will happen if the government refuses to solve the workers’ crisis, according to an Iranian economist.
By Jubin Katiraie
Propaganda is one of the inseparable pillars of the Iranian regime’s foreign and domestic policies.
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.
These days, the coronavirus pandemic is the greatest challenge for governments across the globe. This unpleasant phenomenon is also a challenge of life and death for many peoples on different continents.
By Pooya stone
For more than 40 years the ayatollahs impounded Iran’s national wealth and spent it for either suppression inside the country or aggression abroad. They also deprived over 90 percent of the society of welfare and comfortable life. However, officials claimed that “We have no authority!”
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.
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, one of Iran’s main figures in repression and warmongering, and one of the heads of the theft and looting in the Iranian regime were appointed as the speaker of parliament on 28 May, in a hasty move.
These days, bitumen and its rents have provoked many reactions and discussion among economic experts and activists. In this respect, an expert recently revealed that politicians owning bitumen-making plants are behind the free bitumen plan. However, the issue is too plain and simple. Influential Iranian politicians and MPs are exploiting the law to fill their pockets.
There is a lot of discussion and speculation these days in both the international and Iranian state media about the regime's 25-year deal with China.
Iran’s ayatollahs refuse to provide economic statistics to cover up their irresolution and incompetence. However, social demands occasionally force the government to release parts of the truth about the dire conditions. Of course, rulers present little details under ambiguous shadows to silence public protests and grievances.
In recent years, unemployment has been one of the major problems for Iran’s younger generation.
On May 8, Dr. Mohammad Reza Mahboub-Far, a social pathologist, revealed surprising truths about the Iranian people’s conditions and the state of the poverty line in Iran. “In May 2019, the poverty line was announced at 8 million tomans [$506]. Regrettably, today, the poverty line for a family of four has approached nearly 9 million tomans [$539],” ROKNA quoted Mahboub-Far as saying.
Recently, many videos have been posted on social media showing deprived farmers destroying their crops with their own hands or being forced to sell them at a low price but did not accept to give it to the government.
“The decision-making system speaks warmly of transparency, unaware that it has only mocking this concept.” (State-run daily Ebtekar, 13 May)
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