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Angry Protesters in Iran Block Raisi’s Provincial Visit Amidst Current Economic Crises

Reisi's provincial trips do not open any knot of the severe economic crisis in Iran.
Reisi’s provincial trips do not open any knot of the severe economic crisis in Iran.

President of the Iranian regime, Ebrahim Raisi was met with angry protesters during his visit to Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province last Friday, October 1, 2021. The group of enraged citizens protested his presence in the region and purposely delayed his entry into town by blocking his vehicle.

This isn’t the first trip of Raisi’s that has been met with uproar from locals. Trips to Ilam and Tabas in recent months featured hordes of people protesting in the streets, displaying their hatred of the regime and its president.

Protests across Iran have increased greatly in the last few years, mostly due to the economic pressures that Iranians have had to endure due to the regime’s widespread corruption. In the previous administration, under former president Hassan Rouhani, the economic crises deepened year after year and caused two major uprisings during his tenure, in 2018 and 2019.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Raisi as the henchman of the 1988 massacre, is responsible for the execution of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members, and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).”

When Raisi was sworn in as the new regime president in August, he put the blame on Rouhani for the economic crises, but has yet to take any action to resolve the issues faced by Iranian citizens to this day.

The state-run Arman daily wrote in their publication on September 28 that since the new administration came to power, no changes have been made to the prices of basic needs of society and as a result, those prices have continued to skyrocket.

Engineered statistics from the regime have suggested that the inflation rate in Iran has increased to 45.8% since Raisi was inaugurated as their president in August. The prices of the living costs for Iranian citizens have skyrocketed in the past three years alone, going from 40 million tomans per year in 2018, to above 63 million tomans this year.

The NCRI said, “The poverty line has reached 10 million tomans. With a salary of 4 million tomans, the Iranian workers can hardly cover 30% of their living costs. This could happen if they receive their delayed wages.”

In the last decade, official statistics have highlighted that the price of red meat has increased 12 times, and the price of one egg has now reached 2,000 tomans.

As Iranians continue to suffer, and the economic crises worsen day after day, people are taking to the streets to protest to highlight their outrage and try and bring about change. State media and regime officials have been warning the top leaders of popular protests, as they fear nationwide uprisings taking place.

Former MP for the regime, Soheila Jolodarzadeh spoke last Thursday saying, “There is a limit to people’s patience in the face of difficulties, and people can endure to some extent. When they observe that they have nothing to lose, they do not want us to allow them to protest.”

Raisi and his administration have yet to come up with solutions to combat the current crises. Meanwhile, some officials have suggested that the only remedy is to negotiate with other world powers and accept the terms of the international community.

The NCRI said, “Khamenei knows that this could be a temporary solution to the current crisis. But he knows that accepting another chalice of poison by stopping the regime’s terrorist activities or nuclear program would increase his regime’s infightings and losing power components.”

Hollow Promises From Raisi as Economic Crises in Iran Decline Further

The economic crisis in Iran is due to the global crisis in the corrupt and plundering regime, which in the last four decades has done nothing but destroy Iran and plunder its resources for terrorism and acquire nuclear weapons and repression at home. The mass murderer Raisi can not do anything. Finally, he and the mullahs' regime will be overthrown.
The economic crisis in Iran is due to the global crisis in the corrupt and plundering regime, which in the last four decades has done nothing but destroy Iran and plunder its resources for terrorism and acquire nuclear weapons and repression at home. The mass murderer Raisi can not do anything. Finally, he and the mullahs’ regime will be overthrown.

As the current economic crises in Iran continue to worsen, the Iranian regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi made a statement on Wednesday, September 29, saying that ‘the country’s inflation rate should be controlled and reduced’, however, he has yet to put into place any actions to resolve the crises.

The Arman daily stated in their publication on September 28 that since Raisi and his administration came into power, they have made no serious changes to tackle to inflation rates. The prices of even basic needs are still skyrocketing. They attribute the lack of progression to Raisi’s economic team, who all have varying views on how the economy should be run, leading to a deadlock in decisions.

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi, previously referred to the new presidential administration as the “embodiment of four decades of the religious and terrorist dictatorship of the mullahs, whose mission is to counter popular uprisings, plunder national wealth and resources, step up terrorism and warmongering, and expand the unpatriotic nuclear and missiles projects.”

The NCRI said, “Raisi’s Urban and Development Minister, Rostam Ghasemi, was prosecuted for corruption in Iran before the judiciary dropped all charges against him. Other officials of Raisi’s government, such his vice-president Mohammad Mokhber, have held top positions in the regime’s plundering institutions under the Supreme Leader’s provision, such as the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO).”

The Hamdeli daily published figures of how much basic diet staples have in risen in price during the past year. The price of rice, meat and poultry has seen a 40 to 50 percent increase. In August of last year, the price of fresh poultry was around 17,700 tomans, while a year later, this figure has increased to 27,000 thousand tomans.

The Arman daily wrote on Tuesday that, “The shrinking of the people’s table has created sensitivities. Although the reasons for this situation are clear to economists, ordinary people ask themselves that the inflation rate in Iran is even higher than in neighboring countries, which have much worse conditions than Iran.”

The NCRI said, “The real reason for Iran’s rising inflation rate is the ongoing liquidity growth, which is far above the production rate.”

In order to compensate for the country’s budget deficit, the regime started printing banknotes which has led to a sharp increase in Iran’s GDP and liquidity, and in turn, has led to the skyrocketing inflation rates.

The Jahan-e Sanat daily explained that, “inflation is not a cause itself. It is the result of a series of economic behaviors such as the growth of the monetary base and liquidity. When money is printed and circulates in the economy instead of leading to production growth, it results in inflation growth.”

Considering the depth of the current crises Iranians are dealing with, the Arman Daily warned Raisi and his administration that they will not be able to boost people’s trust without finding solutions to fix the problems. Speeches and hollow promises will only worsen the public’s distrust ‘and the distance between the people and the officials will increase’.

Former MP for the regime, Soheila Jolodarzadeh said, “If [the regime does not] act or think about the situation, we will face popular protests; Given the economic conditions of the majority of people, it is safe to say that the entire society lives below the poverty line.”

Raisi Makes Hollow Promises as Iran’s Economic Crises Continues

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported on August 31 that the current dire situation with the Iranian economy has now hit its worst point, following decades of institutionalized corruption within the Iranian regime at the hands of the mullahs.

Iran’s Economic Crises and Raisi’s Hollow Promises
Iran’s Economic Crises and Raisi’s Hollow Promises

The NCRI said, “While all economic indicators underline that the regime has no solutions for Iran’s economic crises, the regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi bogusly claims he will resolve economic issues.”

Iranian citizens take to the streets daily to protest as many workers face extreme poverty and are struggling to make ends meet. Speaking of these protests, the Etemad daily wrote in their publication last Saturday that, “The retirement funds are on the verge of collapse, with trillions of dollars’ worth of uncleared debts. Due to the emptiness of the treasury, the country’s welfare organization cannot provide adequate services to its target population.” 

Quoting the Etemad daily, the NCRI said, “The result of these problems are long queues of people, in offices of the Imam Khomeini’s Relief Committee, waiting to become beneficiaries of this institutions.”

In a report from the Khomeini Relief Committee, it said that estimates indicated that between 2001 and 2019 up to 33% of Iran’s population fell below the poverty line. In 2011, the poverty line lay at an income of 950 thousand tomans. By 2020, that figure had sky-rocketed to 10 million tomans, a staggering inflation rate in just 9 years.

Etemad daily wrote, “Today, poverty has a broader meaning than material poverty, including lack of access to safe water, nutrition, health services, education, clothing and shelter, social insurance, and employment. Poverty can be defined in at least four dimensions: lack of economic, cultural, and social capital.”

The state-run Setar-e Sobh published comments from an economist who blamed the problems face in Iran on the decisions made by the government and high officials who ‘determine the course of the economy’.

The NCRI said, “The so-called private companies or institutions such as Imam Khomeini’s Relief Committee are linked to Khamenei or Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). In other words, Raisi, who is Khamenei’s handpicked president, would never resolve Iran’s economic problems since his master and the IRGC create these problems.”

Another state-run media outlet, Aftab-e Yazd questioned why a Chief for the Central Bank has yet to be appointed, at a time when the value of the national currency is declining and the rate of inflation needs to be controlled.

The Jahan-e Sanat daily criticized the Iranian government, specifically Raisi, for their decision to withdraw money from Iran’s resources to fund their ‘projects’. They asked if the officials were ‘willing to live under the burden of staggering costs such as housing and food and have no prospects for the future of themselves and their children’, in order to understand how serious the situation is that they have created.

The NCRI said, “While factional feuds for achieving the lion share of Iran’s resources and wealth increase, state media of both factions warn that the ongoing economic crises increase people’s hatred toward the regime. And this would have irreparable consequences for the regime.”  

Iran’s Economic Crises: The Reason

The economic crises in Iran have pushed more and more people below the poverty line and spurred the public into a widespread boycott of the presidential election next month.

While Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei needs a high voter turnout to provide legitimacy to his regime amid increased international isolation, the people have been using their near-daily protests to chant that they will not be voting next month because they’ve “heard enough lies” and “have not seen any justice”.

The state-run Mostaghel daily wrote last month: “The presidential elections have the unprecedented situation in terms of people’s unwillingness to participate.”

The election boycott, foreshadowed by the low turnout at the parliamentary elections in February 2020, is not the result of one issue, but rather several important factors; including oppression, human rights abuse, and the lack of democracy. The economic problems were just the last straw and the fact that they are solely the result of regime corruption and mismanagement solidified that the regime was the main abusers of the people.

Let’s look at just some of the economic problems in Iran here.

Former Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhundi admitted last month that inflation has been 18% on average for the past 52 years, which is shocking enough until you consider that essentially the inflation rate is 546845% compared with 1969. He also advised that investment over the past nine years have been at -6.8%, which means that it’s 52% than it was in 2011, while inflation will be over 40% next year compared with 2021, which will only increase the number of people living in absolute poverty.

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said in January: “Our budget’s infrastructure is damaged. Look at the infrastructure of this year’s budget. It is record-breaking for its kind. It indicates there is a 36% difference between [public] salaries and expenses.”

Ghalibaf said in March: “Our problem is not lacking money, and we have problems even when we do have money. On one side, there are mountains of wealth. On the other side, there is poverty.”

In a report from the Parliament’s Research Center, entitled “Image of the country’s economic situation: Challenges and Strategies”, it said:

  • Iran’s gross domestic product, the total value of goods and services produced there in one year, fell by about 7.5% in 2019 because of a lack of purchasing power
  • Inflation is at 20% per year on average, compared with 3-4% for the world as a whole, giving Iran the fourth-highest inflation rate in the world
  • Liquidity has now reached over 2500 thousand billion tomans or 10 times what it was in 1979, while the volume of national production is just five times what it was then. In fact, liquidity growth reached 31% in 2019
  • The exchange rate has tanked against foreign currencies

The Iranian Resistance wrote: “The regime has plundered Iran’s national wealth to fund its illicit and malign activities, such as export of terrorism, racing toward a nuclear weapon, and manufacturing ballistic missiles. This is in addition to the regime’s institutionalized corruption, which devours billions of dollars a year. It is now becoming clear why Iranians are willing to boycott the regime’s sham presidential elections.”

The solution to economic crises depends on a fundamental political change!

The solution to economic crises depends on a fundamental political change!

These days, Iran’s regime is surrounded by breathtaking economic crises and the nationwide Iran uprising tightening the noose around its neck. On one hand, Mullahs are facing economic downturn and catastrophic increase in inflation and the devaluation of the national currency, and on the other hand, they are getting closer to the full implementation of sanctions day by day.

Mullahs hope to escape from the deathly crises by offering Iran’s national resources, especially oil, to others in a golden tray following the offering of Oman Sea and Persian Gulf fish to China, the Caspian sea to Russia, leasing the Chabahar port to the Indians, and  preserving the  oil clients  by lowering the oil price. But the truth is that no wise man will bet on a dead horse; as a result, we are witnessing the foreign companies leaving Iran on daily basis.

The question is; are the sanctions the reason for economic pressure on the people of Iran? Or is it something else?

Will Iranians’ economic situation improve if sanctions are lifted today?

A glance at some news will help us in answering these questions:

In December 2013, Javad Mansouri, the first IRGC commander, said:

economicThe situation in our country will not improve and our (economic) problems will not be solved, because the main reason for our problems is internal. Even if it rains gold, but we do not enjoy meritocracy and the rule of law, nothing will be solved

 

 

 

economicIn this regard, Khamenei admitted that the country’s economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just because of the US pressure.”

(Daily News, August 13, 2018)

 

 

 

We invite you to have a look at the Reuters investigation regarding Khamenei’s 95 billion dollars empire: Khamenei controls massive financial empire built on property seizures

What is this $95 billion spent for?

At the time when the Iranian people are in the worst economic situation, and many of them are forced to sell their body organs like kidney, liver, cornea, bone marrow, and even their young children at very low prices, to see their ends meet.

What happened to the $1.8 billion in cash that was handed over to Iran by airplanes? How much of it was spent to improve the livelihoods lives of the Iranians?

It would be better to ask how many million dollars were spent to solve Iran’s crises and economic problems, and, how many million dollars of the unfrozen money were spent for the Syrian bloodthirsty dictator, Shiite militias in Iraq, Hezbollah terrorists in Syria and Lebanon, Houthi rebels in Yemen, and other fundamentalist entities in the region?

Never forget, years ago, it was the Iranian opposition who exposed that these terrorist fundamentalists are supported by the Mullahs. On the other hand, on January 21, 2016, on the sideline of the World Economic Forum, the former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, pointed out that the Mullahs are sponsoring these terrorists groups: “There is little the United States or others could do to prevent the now-unfrozen assets from getting into the hands of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps or “other entities” that Iran has supported…”

Kerry told CNBC television in an interview: “I think that some of it (now-unfrozen assets) will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”

In this regard, Hassan Nasrallah admit that all the Hezbollah’s financial support comes from Iran!

Thus, these are the terrorist entities supported by the Mullahs who should be concerned about Iran regime’s bloody dollars more than the Iranian people, because the Iranian people are well aware that the main cause of the economic pressure that breaks their back, are not the sanction.

So, what is breaking their back?

The main cause is the corrupt regime and the Mafia of the IRGC, who have dominated all natural resources, mines, financial and economic institutions, and even control the personal relations and information of the people, while they have to answer to nobody; their sole aim is to survive by increasing repression inside the country and creating and exporting crises wherever it is possible abroad, whether with the nuclear weapon or without it.

economicMeanwhile, mullahs have never neglected to target their sworn enemy; which was neither the US, nor Israel, nor Saudi Arabia, but the NCRI and the MEK wherever it has been.

 

 

 

 

While the regime tries with all-round effort to attract and hold European companies, it cannot refrain from plotting  and  conducting the conspiracy of a terrorist explosion to massacre exiled dissidents at the gathering of the Iranian opposition; even if it results in an international scandal and the arrest of its official diplomat.

Years ago, Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

At a time when the mullahs’ regime faces deadlock on all the facets, and has no ability to find and present solutions for the economic and social problems of the Iranian people, this proves that in fact the solution to the economic and social crises is only a fundamental political change.

A reality and a cause that has been followed continuously by the Iranian opposition led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for nearly 40 years; and we can say now, the clerical regime’s overthrow is certain and within reach more than ever.

Now is the time to put an end to the corrupt and criminal regime of the clerics and demand its replacement with a democratic, free and transparent Iran, based on Mrs. Maryam Rajavi‘s platform for future Iran.

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Iranian Regime Fear Society as Economic and Social Crises Feed Frustrations

As the economic and social crises in Iran worsen day by day, the Iranian people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation and the Iranian regime and are on the verge of exploding into nationwide uprisings. Iran’s state media have stated that as the inflation rates rise, income inequality widens and unemployment levels worsen, society is being pushed further into poverty.
Tens of millions of Iranians live below the poverty line, but the mullahs’ regime continues to plunder Iran’s assets for its terrorist purposes, in addition to the massive corruption of its officials. This situation has often led to widespread popular uprisings against the regime.

As the economic and social crises in Iran worsen day by day, the Iranian people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation and the Iranian regime and are on the verge of exploding into nationwide uprisings. Iran’s state media have stated that as the inflation rates rise, income inequality widens and unemployment levels worsen, society is being pushed further into poverty.

The Setareh Sobh daily said that the main cause of poverty in Iran is the skyrocketing inflation rates, which has seen prices jump from 55% to more than 100%. They also discussed how the increased inflation is a result of the regime printing banknotes in order to compensate for their budget deficit, and that the high rates of unemployment in Iran are due to the devaluation of the country’s currency.

They said, “Banknote printing increased the liquidity rate, and since the high volume of liquidity was much higher than the country’s production rate, the inflation rate increased dramatically.”

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Due to the rising inflation rate and skyrocketing prices, people hardly make ends meet.”

The state-run Hamdeli daily wrote on Tuesday that psychologically, the Iranian society is becoming increasingly restless and angry. They said that according to Ali Asadi, the deputy director of the Ministry of Health’s Office of Mental Health, Social Affairs and Addiction, the amount of people in Iran struggling with mental disorders is around 15 million. Of those suffering, he said that 25% of people suffer from mental disorders, that 60% of people do not realise they have a mental illness and 40% refuse to see a doctor about their issues, despite realising that there is a problem.

Hamdeli said, “Recently, the Iranian Student Opinion Polling Center (ISPA) published the results of a poll that showed that about 59% of citizens have no hope for a better future for the country. In this poll, 28.8% also believed that the situation in the country will be worse next year.”

The NCRI said, “The rising number of suicides in Iran is a testament to the Iranian people’s unhappy life under the mullahs’ regime. The ongoing social and economic crises have indeed increased the people’s anger toward the regime.”

Mohammad Hassan Asafari, an MP within the regime, spoke out on Sunday, acknowledging that the ‘army of unemployed youth’ is a threat towards the regime and their system. He warned that the educated youths who have top degrees and qualifications but have yet to find suitable work are a threat to the country ‘if the parliament and the government fail to address this issue’.

The state-run Arman daily echoed the regime’s fear that the restless society will soon erupt and that the oppressive measures taken by the regime to subdue them will no longer work.

They said, “Officials should accept that people live in the heart of society. Therefore, they feel the existing realities with their skin, flesh, and bones and of course, their five senses. They know they will become poorer over time.”

Severe Economic Consequences of Raisi’s Decision to Remove the Dollar Exchange Rate in Iran

Economic Consequences of Eliminating the Official Exchange Rate in Iran
Economic Consequences of Eliminating the Official Exchange Rate in Iran 

A plan has been introduced to the Iranian parliament, by the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi, to remove the official dollar exchange rate of 42,000 rials. Many of the regime’s economic experts have warned that this dangerous decision will only increase inflation and the price of consumer goods in an already dying economy.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Iranians suffer from increasing inflation rates and skyrocketing prices. While there are several speculations about the origins of Iran’s economic crises, all clues hint at the regime’s plundering, corruption, and poor economic policies.”

The government of former president Hassan Rouhani made the decision to ‘unify’ the free market with the official exchange rate, which currently sits at 42,000 rials to $1. Rouhani’s decision originally only affected the import of essential goods, but once the regime recognizes other foreign exchange rates, the official rate soon became inefficient.

Prices began to skyrocket in Iran in January 2018, sparking major protests across the country. Once the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal later that year, and reimposed sanctions on the regime, the dollar exchange rate rose rapidly.

The NCRI said, “This official rate was supposed to be used to import the country’s essential materials, most notably food items. Many economic experts recognized this as unofficial subsidies intended to control the prices of essential goods. Yet, the official rate was used by the regime’s insiders to import luxury goods that ordinary Iranians could not afford.”

The Fars News Agency wrote last week that just in 2019, the regime spent around $15 billion on importing various items. This meant that then-president Rouhani ended up increasing the regime’s already high budget deficit, which was compensated by printing banknotes until this day. As a result of the increased liquidity, inflation and goods prices continue to skyrocket.

Rouhani’s administration ended up the NIMA rate, a Persian acronym for an online currency system launched by the regime’s Central Bank. This rate, which sat around 170,000 rials, allowed the Central Bank to pay for imports of essential goods, including food and medicine, despite the devaluation of the Iranian rial.

The NCRI said, “Fixing the dollar exchange rate and having various exchange rates led to corruption in the entire economic cycle, from import to distribution and sales.”

Iran’s ‘private sector’, which consists of front companies of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), were the businesses tasked with importing essential goods. They used the official exchange rate to create more profit for themselves, either by imported unnecessary luxury items or by later increasing the prices of goods when they went to market.

The regime initially planned to remove the official exchange rate during the last year of Rouhani’s administration, a decision which it was estimated that they could earn at least 600 trillion rials from, but ultimately that plan didn’t come into fruition. If Raisi’s current plan is followed through, his administration would earn around $2 billion.

Due to the rising devaluation of Iran’s currency, and the regime’s list of financing projects, the regime will not achieve much from removing the official exchange rate. However, the action would have a detrimental effect on Iran’s already declining economy and would further add to the restiveness of the Iranian people. The NCRI said, “Soon, people who have nothing to lose would come on the streets, and the regime knows this would end its 40 years of corruption and oppression. Therefore, the regime is shooting itself in the leg.”

Tehran in the Maze of Crises- A Glance at Iran’s State Media

Iranian regime's state-run media
Iranian regime’s state-run media

On October 30, and 31, the Iranian regime’s state media reflected the mullahs’ desperation in resolving socio-economic and how this could end the regime’s decades of tyranny.

“More important than cyber-attack or technical glitches” is the headline of Jahan-e-Sanat daily referring to the recent cyberattack on Iran’s gas stations.

“Many believe that recent disruption of gas distribution was not done by hackers. It was [by the regime] to see the reaction of people, as it prepares to increase in the fuel prices,” Jahan-e Sanat wrote. 

“Officials have certainly had miscalculation in taking such a decision. Because increasing the fuel prices, is such a dangerous and destructive crisis which could result in social unrest as people are grappling with poverty, inflation, and skyrocketing prices,” Jahan-e Sanat wrote.

Jahan-e Sanat added that since the cyberattack on Tuesday, October 26, “The fuel at the free-market value o 30,000 rials per gallon has been sold”.”

In another article, titled “Officials Should Act,” Jahan-e-Sanat, warned of the economic pressures on people.

“The lower classes are degraded. When a lower-class society grows too large, we have a potentially huge population that, because they have nothing to lose, may turn to blind violence at any moment, endangering national security.”

“Everything Against the Stock Exchange” was an article on Hamdeli daily, which refers to the regime’s total bankruptcy. It also refers to the hollow promises of the regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi his economic team. “The stock of many companies has plummeted, and sales queues are getting heavier by the minute.” “The decline of the dollar exchange rate seems to have had a significant impact on the state of the capital market. Of course, the contradictory news about the nuclear deal has also ruined the stock market situation. These heavy came amid a lot of good news about strengthening the capital market and injecting liquidity into the market” Hamdeli wrote.

“But the amount of liquidity that was supposed to enter the stock exchange market is not clear at all, and the market has also declined,” Hamdeli acknowledged.

Iran’s Nuclear Deal and Tehran’s Nuclear Extortion

While many of the western powers try to negotiation with the regime over its nuclear program, one of the regime’s former diplomats revealed Tehran’s intention to obtain a nuclear bomb.

“Sanctions can be effective for a while now. But the uranium enrichment program is advancing, and as soon as we reach the stage of nuclear weapons production, the government will be able to get concessions during the negotiations,” Fereydoun Majlisi, a former regime diplomat told the state-run Eqtesade Pouya on October 31.

“The [Raisi] government has put the eliminating of the JCPOA on the agenda. With the plan announced by the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, the revival of the JCPOA is not going to be on the agenda,” he added.

During the interview, Majlisi also warned about an economic collapse, and while referring to the drop of Iran’s exports to its allies, he foresaw that Iran is going to end up like Venezuela.

Iranian State Media Discuss Worsening Crises and Possible Uprisings

The spread of poverty, hunger and homelessness, along with the terrible outbreak of the Covid-19 due to the criminal policies of the mullahs' regime, has put Iranian society on the brink of explosion.
The spread of poverty, hunger and homelessness, along with the terrible outbreak of the Covid-19 due to the criminal policies of the mullahs’ regime, has put Iranian society on the brink of explosion.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) recently reported that the recent stories across Iranian state media have all acknowledged the country’s current social and economic crises, as well as the worsening Covid-19 crisis, and warn of possible uprisings by frustrated citizens.

The Arman daily have rejected the claims of rapid vaccinations by regime president Ebrahim Raisi, acknowledging that not nearly enough people have had their first vaccines. They said, “We cannot say that the entire population has received one dose of Covid-19 vaccines, and there is general immunity. We cannot claim that 50% of the population has been vaccinated.”

With most vaccination centers no longer having access to the Astra Zeneca vaccine and limited numbers of the domestically produced Barakat vaccine, those who have had these for their first vaccine are confused as to what their options are as they cannot use other vaccines for their second dose.

The NCRI said, “The regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, banned the entry of credible Covid-19 vaccines, and the regime officials implemented his decision through duplicity and inaction.”

Ebtekar daily warned that the Iran economy is ‘facing a difficult path’, as the crisis continues to cause further problems to the lives of Iranian citizens making their daily lives and livelihoods become harder to cope with.

The NCRI said, “As always, state-run media warn about people’s reaction to the ongoing crises and the possibility of another uprising.”

According to the Arman daily, the current situation in Iran requires the regime to make urgent decisions and offer short-term solutions. The first of which will be to reduce the prices of basic needs that have skyrocketed in recent months due to inflation. They said, “Contrary to the government’s promises to reduce prices in the past two months, the recent price increase has been unprecedented.”

The Setare Sobh daily suggested that Raisi is unaware of how difficult it is to free up the resources that have been blocked, or believes that somehow freeing up the foreign exchange resources is just as simple as importing vaccines. They said, “But there is another possibility that Raisi is repeating Hassan Rouhani’s strategy: speech therapy to control the price of the dollar!”

The NCRI said, “The state-run media also acknowledged the rising trend of the recent protests across Iran.”

Etemad daily reported on Tuesday that many of the problems in Iran need clear legislation in order for a suitable solution to be found. Social protests are on the rise recently and this is one of the important issues that needs addressing. Teachers and workers have been protesting in recent weeks in order to improve their living conditions as their salaries are nowhere near enough for them to live on. Many of these people are living below the poverty line.

Etemad daily further explained that numerous arrests during these protests were the regime’s attempts to prevent the spread of protests and bring an end to them. They said, “Yet due to the Iranians’ spirit, the arrest of a person hurts the conscience of his colleagues and encourages them to continue his path.”

Crises in Iran Are Unsettling Society Warns State Media

Iran’s Regime State Media, Warned About Restive Society
Iran’s Regime State Media, Warned About Restive Society

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reports published by Iran’s state media on September 15 continue to echo how entrenched the Iranian regime is with current crises, notably the worsening Covid-19 outbreak in Iran and the declining economy, leaving Iranian citizens to grow ever restive.

The NCRI said, “One of the subjects discussed in Wednesday’s newspapers in Iran is the Covid-19 death toll. The state media now acknowledge the regime’s engineered coronavirus statistics fall well behind the real mortality and infection rate.”

As the state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily published earlier this week, the death toll in Iran from Covid-19 is reportedly up to seven times higher than the official figures given by Iranian regime officials. This claim came from Professor Kourosh Holakouee Naeini from the statistics and epidemiology department at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Following this claim, the Ministry of Health seemingly changed their mind and announced that the actual number of deaths was 2.5 times higher than the statistics they originally announced.

The NCRI said, “Downplaying the Covid-19 crisis, mainly announcing engineered low statistics are part of the regime’s inhumane Covid-19 policy.”

The Aftab-e Yazd daily warned on September 15 that the worsening Covid-19 crisis, along with the internal issues within the Iranian government are leading towards ‘the intensification of public distrust of the system’, which will likely spell disaster for the regime. They warned regime officials that if the negative consequences continue, “the efficiency and legitimacy of the political system may be challenged.”

The NCRI said, “Another subject Iran’s state media only partly acknowledged was Iran’s worsening economic crisis. The regime’s institutionalized corruption, mismanagement, and misusing of the country’s wealth have caused inflation and skyrocketing prices.”

Janat-e Sanat noted that reports from Iran’s Statistics Center have indicated that since June 2019, the price of milk has risen rapidly. They gave an example of large the increase has been, suggesting that if the price of one liter of milk was 4,500 tomans in 2019, the price has risen to 12 – 14 thousand tomans, just 2 years later.

Vatan-e Emrooz daily discussed the increase in the price of a 30-egg basket. Within the space of a month, the price has risen from 45,000 tomans up to a figure between 50 and 65 thousand tomans.

The cause for the skyrocketing prices is said to be due to the high inflation rate in Iran. State-run media and Iran’s own statistics centers have suggested the inflation rate is no more 40%, but according to regime expert Ehsan Soltani, the true rate, recorded in June, was 71%. As for the cause of the high inflation rate, that is down to the regime trying to compensate for the country’s budget deficit, by printing banknotes excessively.

The NCRI said, “The economic and social crises have turned Iran’s society into a powder keg. The regime’s deliberate negligence of people’s problems and giving hollow promises continue to increase the public hatred toward the regime.”

Considering the current crises in Iran, Ebtekar daily took it upon themselves, in their publication on Wednesday, to give a warning to regime officials about the reactions of the Iranian people. They wrote, “The worrying thing is that people’s old wounds open up, and people may react restlessly. If these reactions are combined, there will be serious and fundamental concerns [for the system].”