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****Irans economy is done for, and the people are suffering

 
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The Economist this week describes the intensifying suffering of 75 million Iranian citizens as a result of the sanctions regime being imposed on them by the US and its allies [my emphasis]:


“Six years ago, when America and Europe were putting in place the first raft of measures to press Iran to come clean over its nuclear ambitions, the talk was of “smart” sanctions. The West, it was stressed, had no quarrel with the Iranian people—only with a regime that seemed bent on getting a nuclear bomb, or at least the capacity for making one. Yet, as sanctions have become increasingly punitive in the face of Iran’s intransigence, it is ordinary Iranians who are paying the price.

“On October 1st and 2nd Iran’s rial lost more than 25% of its value against the dollar. Since the end of last year it has depreciated by over 80%, most of that in just the past month. Despite subsidies intended to help the poor, prices for staples, such as milk, bread, rice, yogurt and vegetables, have at least doubled since the beginning of the year. Chicken has become so scarce that when scant supplies become available they prompt riots. On October 3rd police in Tehran fired tear-gas at people demonstrating over the rial’s collapse. The city’s main bazaar closed because of the impossibility of quoting accurate prices. . . .

“Unemployment is thought to be around three times higher than the official rate of 12%, and millions of unskilled factory workers are on wages well below the official poverty line of 10m rials (about $300) a month.”

Pervasive unemployment, inflation, medicine shortages, and even food riots have been reported elsewhere.
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Re: ****Irans economy is done for, and the people are suffering
The people hurting are the Bazaaris - the merchant class who import foreign goods with American dollars.

The working classes who back Ahmadinejad's party pay for food and neccessities in Rial and the prices are subsidised by the state.

Sanctions only make Iran more self reliant.
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Re: ****Irans economy is done for, and the people are suffering
The people hurting are the Bazaaris - the merchant class who import foreign goods with American dollars.

The working classes who back Ahmadinejad's party pay for food and neccessities in Rial and the prices are subsidised by the state.

Sanctions only make Iran more self reliant.
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Sure, and they are rioting just for fun
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Re: ****Irans economy is done for, and the people are suffering
Same with the US.
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