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Iran’s Economy Under the Revolutionary Guards’ Heel

 

Industrial development along with freedom, rule of law, and social security was the Iranian people’s goal in over 120 years of struggle. Based on Iranians’ experience, of course, this goal would not be achieved before establishing a pluralistic governing system whose priority is settling the problems of society instead of terrorizing neighbors with extremist entities. Unfortunately, under the rule of mullahs and their thugs, Iran is going through the darkest era of its history.

In fact, not only did the Iranian people not achieve freedom, rule of law, social and industrial development, but also today many families are unable to provide minimum means of living.

Iranian people’s livelihoods freefall as prices hike

Due to the 300-percent increase in the price of bread, the people have lost their ability to even buy bread while outlets reported that the high price of bread has resulted in bakeries becoming empty.

On July 4, the state-run newspaper “Jahan-e Sanat” wrote, “The volume of grocery trade in Molavi Street [one of the well-known grocery markets in Tehran] fell by about 80 percent and people's preferences have shifted to consumption second-grade and third-grade goods as prices rise. Meat consumption in the lower deciles of the society also decreased by about 70 percent and in the mid-classes by 60 percent.”

In this regard, the production cycle has almost stopped in the country. On August 13, another newspaper named “Hadaf va Eqtesad” wrote, “Deputy of Industry Minister says: There are 9850 stagnant industrial units [in Iran].”

In fact, the industrial units that are seemingly working and did not shut down so far are generally pursuing other purposes. In July, state-run media “Iran” reported, “14 bitcoin mining farms were discovered in Varamin zone, Tehran province.” It is notably that during recent years, the number of bitcoin mining farms has increased, and their number is countless. These farms are basically those factories and manufacturing units that have quietly shut downed and built mining farms of virtual money abusing the governmental rents for electricity. Meanwhile, these shutdown units are listed as production units.

How Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters takes Iran’s resources hostage

In this circumstance, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is calmly plundering Iran’s national resources. On October 2, in an interview with channel 6 of Iran state-run media, Commander of IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters Saeed Mohammad admitted that the scale of IRGC plundering is out of conventional equations. “35% of diesel production, 20% of gas production, 22% of gasoline production, 32% of oil and gas transmission, 50% of whole countries’ dams, etc. are under control of IRGC Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters. Khatam al-Anbiya is almost active in all technical and engineering sectors, especially in some sectors such as oil, gas, and petrochemical projects. The Headquarters also engages in other sectors like industry and mines. Furthermore, the dimension of the Headquarters’ activities extends to road and transportation sectors such as highways, suburban rail lines, intercity railways such as metro lines, dam projects, water transmission lines, oil and gas transmission lines, docks, and ports. Today, in fact, the base is active in all technical and engineering sectors.

On Tuesday, July 23, Jahan-e Sanat reported, “The administration nonchalantly announced one billion more euros from the government’s coffers have been lost.” This occurs while “There are more than 100,000 workers in various industrial sectors, especially in private and production sectors, who have not received their payments for over three to nine months and demand their arrears,” state-run news agency ISNA announced on July 6.

In this context, it is considered to have a glance at affiliated companies and groups to IRGC mafia:

  • Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC)
  • Arvand Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Abniroo Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Besparan Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Faravaresh Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Kharazmi Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Kimiya Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company
  • Bu Ali Sina Petrochemical Company
  • Fajr Petrochemical Company
  • Hengam Petrochemical Company
  • Hormoz Urea Fertilizer Company
  • Iranian Investment Petrochemical Group Company
  • Iranian Petrochemical Investment Development Management Company
  • Karoun Petrochemical Company
  • Khouzestan Petrochemical Company
  • Lordegan Urea Fertilizer Company
  • Mobin Petrochemical Company
  • Modabberan Eqtesad Company
  • Nouri Petrochemical Company
  • Pars Petrochemical Company
  • Pazargad Non-Industrial Operation Company
  • Persian Gulf Apadana Petrochemical Company
  • Persian Gulf Bid Boland Gas Refinery Company
  • Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Commercial Co. (PGPICC)
  • Persian Gulf Fajr Yadavaran Gas Refinery Company
  • Petrochemical Industries Development Management Company
  • Rahavaran Fonoon Petrochemical Company
  • Shahid Tondgoyan Petrochemical Company
  • Urmia Petrochemical Company
  • Hemmat Petrochemical Company
  • Petrochemical Non-Industrial Operations & Services Co.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Iran's society has been essentially classified into two strata. Around 96% of the Iranian population [a reference to the admission of former Tehran's mayor Mohammad Javad Qalibaf during the presidential campaign in 2017] work hard and honestly in the industrial, agricultural, or the service sectors. These people enjoy a tiny share of income. But another stratum—estimated around 4% of the population, is sucking the blood of the deprived toiler stratum. There are some sections such as government agencies, cultural institutions, 18 cultural institutions, etc. that are not capable of producing a kilo of barley but devour a large part of the country's income. Those who are leeches in society and occupy unproductive positions using national assets.

Iranian people and their Organized Resistance are, in fact, the first victims of the religious fascism, and they are also the real alternative to the theocratic ruling in this country. As history has proven, dictators and their thugs understand only the language of power and force. Therefore, it would be valuable to shed light on the source of mullahs’ concerns. There is not a day that Iranian authorities do not blame and warn each other about the capacity and activities of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as the main threat to the regime’s survival.

During recent years, MEK supporters, who organized themselves into “resistance units” inside Iran, played a crucial role in leading and organizing the anti-regime protests and uprisings. Furthermore, the reality is, as the evidence showed, the MEK is the sole organization that can resist the fundamentalist rule in Iran relying on its vast social network inside the country.

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