MEK: Iran’s Multiple Crises
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), Iran’s economic condition is deteriorating on a daily basis. Engineered reports in Iran’s state-run media also reveal the severity of the issue. They also acknowledge that the regime’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, will not be able to alleviate the country’s economic woes.
Iranian struggling to buy even the basic necessities
“Iranians’ purchasing power has fallen sharply, and they are struggling to buy even the basic necessities of life, as the consumption of important food items such as meat, eggs, and dairy products on the Iranian table has dropped dramatically by as much as 50 percent,” wrote the state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily on October 2.
“Skyrocketing prices and rising inflation rates have increased people’s living costs from 40 million tomans per year in 2018 to more than 63 million tomans in 2021,” the state-run Kar-o Kargar newspaper said on October 3.
In other words, despite living in one of the world’s richest countries in terms of natural resources, Iranians live in abject poverty.
The inflation for September at %45.8
“The Statistics Center has announced the inflation for September at %45.8. Thus, food prices are more than 60%. In 2018, one-seventh of the population was unable to provide the calories they needed, and now reports indicate that per capita consumption of meat, rice, and dairy products in Iran is declining,” Hamdeli wrote, adding, “The price of the food basket has almost quadrupled compared to 2016. A comparison of red meat prices over the past decade shows that this commodity has become about 12 times more expensive.”
While the data above demonstrate the severity of Iran’s economic crisis, the state-run Setareh Sobh daily confirmed on October 3 that “In Iran, only government institutions such as the Central Bank and the Statistics Center announce the inflation rate. However, the inflation rate announced by government centers has been questioned by the private sector, cooperatives, and the public. The government [hesitates] in announcing its real inflation rate.”
The regime’s ingrained corruption and misguided
The regime’s ingrained corruption and misguided economic policies have harmed Iran’s economy.
“The reality is that with this rotten management and adoption of daily laws restricting or destroying small businesses, the country will not only not improve, but will actually regress. As a result, more human and economic capital would leave the country,” the state-run Ebtekar daily wrote on October 3 in this regard.
International sanctions aggravate the situation; however, they could be eased if the regime stops exploiting Iran’s national resources to fund terrorism or continues with its absolutely pointless nuclear program.
Most of our economic problems have internal roots
While emphasizing that “most of our economic problems have internal roots,” and that “sanctions are not the primary cause of these problems,” the state-run Eghtesad-e Pouya daily acknowledged on Monday that sanctions are the result of the regime’s malign activities and that they could be lifted immediately if the regime ceased its illicit activities.
The truth is that none of these “safe paths,” such as ratifying the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Convention, are viable options for the regime. The regime’s existence is based on two pillars: funding terrorism and oppressing Iranians.
While some authorities and state media advocate for the dictatorship to implement the FATF Conventions, the regime is unable to do so. The regime is barred from financing all terrorist organizations, including the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its Quds Force, which are both deemed terrorist organisations, under these accords.
The Iranian leadership as a whole is to blame for the country’s economic crisis. As a result, the current situation will remain as long as the regime is in power, as the state-run media confirmed.
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