Iranians Continue to fall into Poverty as Oil Revenues are Spent in the Regime’s Nefarious Activities
Despite the Iranian regime’s claims that the Iranian people’s living conditions will improve this year, poverty continues to rise on a daily basis. “93 percent of Iranian households are dependent on subsidies,” according to the state-run daily Aftab-e Yazd. It should be noted that the government provides each person with a subsidy of about $2, which does not even cover a basic meal. The situation is so bad that many regime experts have warned the government about the dangers of failing to meet the people’s expectations, which could lead to another uprising.
The state-run Jahan-Sanat daily warned regime officials in an article titled “From social tantrum to increasing protests,” writing, “The current practice leads to social tantrums on the one hand and increasing social protests on the other.” “A simple look at inflation, which is above 40%, unemployment, which is above 9%, misery index, which has reached 49 percent, the need for one million housing per year, drought and the threat of natural disasters, and the massive volume of social anomalies convince even the most optimistic people that the current situation is worrying,” the state-run Etemad daily wrote in an article titled “Current situation, slightly worse.”
“When you read the news and reports of some media outlets, they show the situation as safe and secure, and the state of the country as pleasant and convenient as if people live in another country or even another planet, and the rulers and their supporters live elsewhere,” the Jahan-e Sanat daily wrote on the same day.
It goes on to say that these officials speak as if “the price of a kilo of tomatoes has not reached 300,000 rials, and the price of meat and rice have not soared, and they are not wiped away from the people’s tables. Here, where people live, prices are so high that the general concern of people is to provide for their family, and medicine is one of the most important necessities of life.”
The state-run newspaper Hamdeli spoke about the widespread poverty in the county. “Only a few people are now unaware of the unusual price hikes and even the formation of long lines in some cities across the country to purchase the most basic necessities of life, such as tomatoes.” “The fact is that the prices of many basic commodities have risen sharply in recent days,” it wrote.
As the Iranian people continue to sink deeper into poverty, Raisi’s government claims that the country’s economic situation has improved and oil revenues have increased. Nonetheless, this has had no impact on improving people’s living conditions.
This is due to the fact that the increased oil revenues will not be used to improve the country’s economy or the lives of its citizens. Rather, the funds are used to fund the regime’s nefarious activities and nuclear ambitions.
The regime’s Minister of Oil, Mansour Owji, claimed on state television that oil revenues had increased three to fourfold, claiming, “Last year, our country sold $1,27 billion in gas, but this year, this figure has increased to $4,6 billion, and all of this amount has been received.”
If this claim is correct, none of the additional funds have been used to improve the people’s living conditions, as Raisi promised. Perhaps this is because, according to the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, revenues should be spent on strengthening the regime’s foundations rather than on the welfare and comfort of the people. Of course, Khamenei does not specify what he means when he says “foundations.” He may claim that this is about economic foundations, but it is clear that he is discussing regime preservation.