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Khamenei’s Solution to the Problem of High Prices

Poverty and homelessness under the rule of the mullahs
Poverty and homelessness under the rule of the mullahs

The government in Iran is the one of the regime’s whose ruler and head have unlimited powers and the lives and property of all the people of the country are under his control.

When Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian regime and the first supreme leader, was still alive, he threatened the regime’s present supreme leader Ali Khamenei, saying, ‘You could not understand the limits of the authority of the Supreme Leader! The authority of this position is higher than you can imagine.’

But the remarkable thing is that these unprecedented and unlimited powers are accompanied by a surprising irresponsibility. And the fate of anyone who dares to criticize the Supreme Leader is clear in advance.

The unprecedented economic and livelihood crisis, which is the product of more than 40 years of the rule of religious fascism, along with the coronavirus and the environmental catastrophe, are among the things that Khamenei spoke about on March 6.

This so-called Supreme Leader has spoken as if he himself is a critic and in opposition to this situation, and it does not seem as if at least in the last thirty years everything in the country has been under his control.

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The state media, while showing him planting trees, also reflected his advice and orders to the officials.

“Emphasizing that the officials should solve the problem of livelihood and high prices, he said: ‘All these problems have solutions, and I have repeatedly mentioned these points in several meetings and told the officials the solutions that the experts want.’ (State-run daily Aftab-e-Yazd, March 6)

After forty years of governing without a plan, model and roadmap for the economy and other elements of society, now that Iranian society has reached the stage of explosion and collapse, this so-called supreme leader just now has found out that the burning of forests and the drying up of lakes and wetlands are not the work of him and the main elements of the regime, but have resulted from the inaction of the officials and agents, as he said, “Officials who do not perform their duties are to blame.”

More than a year has passed since the Coronavirus swept through the country and now, the same supreme leader who did not allow the western vaccine to enter the country and is witnessing the death of the Iranian people, has now realized that “this year the danger is more and more widespread” and his solution is that “everyone should observe the advices.”

He also avoids Persian New Year (Eid) trips and cites himself as an example, saying, “I will definitely not travel like last year.”

And finally, he announces his great discovery to the world and said, “If the coronavirus continues, the livelihood problems will increase.”

These remarks are the whole responsibility of a person, who has more authority over the people, their lives, and properties than themselves.

These orders and recommendations are made at a time when inflation and the high cost has removed the last pieces of bread from the people’s tables.

“Statistical Center of Iran Announces point-to-point inflation in summer 2020 (equivalent to 498.2 percent) has increased by about 90.6 percentage points.” (ILNA, March 6)

While caring about its meddling in the Middle East and the priceless nuclear project, he ordered the officials to follow his advices but, “Many households can no longer afford to buy a kilogram of meat at exorbitant prices, and it can be said that meat, like other basic poultry and fish, has been removed from their tables.” (State-run Ebtekar, March 6)

Iran’s crisis-ridden economic situation is such that buying a house with the wages of a worker and employee of this society will take more than one century.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Housing, “the average rental price of one square meter of a residential unit in Tehran in 2012 was about 18,700 Tomans, which reached 46,400 Tomans in autumn 2019 and 61,248 Tomans in autumn 2020.

“This means that without receiving a deposit for renting a 100-meter unit in 2012, an average of 1.87 million Tomans was needed, which reached 4.4 million Tomans in the fall of last year. About 235 percent increase in rental rates within six years.” (State-run daily Etemad, March 6)

In his advice, Khamenei said we should not travel. It is as if millions of Iran’s people can afford such a recreation. A look at the cities shows how much the number of street vendors has increased. People who once did not imagine selling on the streets to make a piece of bread.

Mostafa Eghlima, a government social expert worker who is a client who has probably heard Khamenei’s advises about solving the livelihood and economic problems, said:

“When there is no work, peddling is not a problem. When people do not have anything, you cannot scare them about illness and force them to stay at home. Instead of writing prescriptions, we should think about people’s food basket. How do people should overcome the ‘Eid’? (Iran’s new year, on March 21).” (State-run daily Eghtesad Pouya, March 4)