By Pooya Stone
“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.
By Jubin Katiraie
In conventional sociology, the middle class is said to be the engine of progress and development.
Expensive houses and rents have deprived many Iranian citizens of proper homes and created a significant homeless population in major Iranian cities.
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.
In Iran, the gap between economic classes is widening every day. A few citizens with close ties with the government are becoming richer as the rest of the society is rapidly moving below the poverty and misery lines. Due to the government’s economic failures and systematic corruption, poverty and high prices continue to grow.
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.
By Jubin Katiraie
According to information provided by the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Iranian businessmen exported about $1.6 billion in the first month of this year, down 36 percent from the same period last year.
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.
On April 17, many Iranians were shocked by seeing footage that showed the elimination of many one-day-old chicks. The children of impoverished people were looking at the video with regret. These chickens would be able to feed many hungry citizens who search for food through garbage containers.
When the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began, with him the dollar price in Iran saw an increase and moved from 800 Tomans for each dollar to 900 Tomans.
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