By Pooya Stone
The Iranian parliament is expected to decide on next year's budget. However, after the gas price hikes, it became clear that neither the branches' heads of the regime nor the regime's supreme leader cared about the parliament in crucial political-economic decision-making.
In recent days, the budget settlement law provided by the Supreme Audit Court prompted different reactions in Iran. The report revealed part of the systematic corruption in the entire Islamic Republic and in the Hassan Rouhani administration in particular.
By Jubin Katiraie
The coronavirus has dramatically changed the world in 2020, but out of the bad, many countries are seeing an increase in collaboration, social solidarity, and personal sacrifice.
By Jubin Katiraie
As we move away from the early days and months of 2020, the meaning of the “year of production leap” announced by the supreme leader Ali Khamenei becomes clearer. He had previously named 2019 the “year of production boom.”
Even the state-run media outlets in Iran have begun to publically acknowledge that the authorities’ plan to send people back to work - those who have been able to stay home anyway - during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will put many more Iranians at risk of catching and spreading the disease, which will, in turn, lead to more deaths.
Free Trade Zone (FTZ), also known as the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), is defined as a geographic areathat provides special exemptions and facilities for investors. FTZs are generally located around major seaports, international airports, and nationalborders. Factually, these areas have been organized to foster economic activity and employment by reduction of taxes and customs duties.
These days, in tandem with the coronavirus crisis in Iran, the fall in the global oil prices is challenging the regime in Tehran and further undermining its 2020 budget.
Amid death, poverty, and misery, Iran’s regime is precisely and gradually increasing the price of bread from region to region.
On Tuesday, 31 March, Sputnik News Agency announced that the three European countries have approved financial operations with Iran based on the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
That smuggling in Iran is organized by the regime itself is nothing new, and that this regime has destroyed Iran’s economy and production in the past 40 years is not new too.
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.
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.
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.
“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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