By Pooya Stone
The Center for the Research of Iran’s Parliament has recently presented a horrific picture of the state of the broken economy under the clerical rule. The result is an increase in inequality and class divisions.
By Jubin Katiraie
The majority of the 120 workers at the Safireh garbage-sorting site in Ahvaz are female heads of household, risking injury and disease in order to put food on their table, but they have very few rights and are frequently subject to late payment and other problems.
Amid death, poverty, and misery, Iran’s regime is precisely and gradually increasing the price of bread from region to region.
Essential goods are in short supply in Iran, which means that the cost of items has risen dramatically in the past few months, putting yet more pressure on the Iranian people. This is more pronounced in the goods that are monopolized by the government, i.e. water and electricity.
With the arrival of summer and rising temperatures, water consumption will undoubtedly increase dramatically. Now, despite the problem of water shortages that Iran is facing, the situation of the people of the country will be critical.
Iran with a total area of 1,648,195 km2and the population density of 51 people per km2is a country with enough space for city constructions and buildings.
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)
The suicide rate among Iran’s deprived people in 2019 and 2020 has risen so sharply that the state-run Jahan Sanat daily on 13 June wrote: “The number of suicides in the first quarter of 2020 has increased significantly and it has even changed in its nature and quality compared to the same period last year.
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.
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.
A war veteran lit himself on fire on Monday in protest to not receiving the loan he requested from the Foundation of Martyrs & Veterans Affairs in western Iran.
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.
The situation of child laborers in Iran, especially those who search through garbage bins and landfill dumps, is too painful.
While the need for water for health purposes has doubled with the continuing situation of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, with the onset of the hot season, the problem of water scarcity in various provinces and cities of Iran has arisen.
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.
In a shocking confession, Mohamad Reza Mahbubfar, a member of the Iranian Land Management Association, in an interview on 23 May 2020 said:
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.
One of the crimes of the Iranian government in recent years has been the destruction of homes of poor people, who are not able to buy or rent any place for living.
In November, “an absolute world war against the system” was run, according to Commander of the Basij Paramilitary Group, a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Salar Abnoush, who had a direct role in the crackdown on nationwide protests.
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