Because of housing shortages, inflation no jobs or months of payless paydays if you have one, most young Iranians in a country of the young can't afford to marry or raise a family. Who cares? Not Khamenei and the mullahs who keep pumping away a ton of oil revenues to nearby nations to satisfy the Supreme One's own imperial ambitions. Most remaining cash is "reserved" for election bribes or to provide "gifts" to supporters like the Larinjanis and security force officers. What a sweet system for the average Iranian! No wonder so many "voted" for it in 2009.
NEWS ITEM: The regime takes steps to deal with the housing problem......in Syria. The Minister of Housing has announced that Iran will construct 50,000 housing units for low-income people in Syria. (From Enduring America)
Catmari asks in a good question at EA: "Does that mean they already
finished the job in Venezuela?" Let's not forget the tons of money going out the door in the form of military assistance to the Syrian regime, economic and military
assistance to Al Sadr and his Al Mahdi army in Iraq and funds for
Hezbollah types in Yemen, Lebanon and elsewhere. To make Hezbollah popular in Lebanon, Iranians have to finance housing and charity programs there as well.
For Venezuela story see:
People who actually live in Iran badly need to know about this housing program, especially working class Iranians whose genuine grievances the Greens pretty much ignored in the last protests which is why some prefer Ahmadinejad's demagoguery. Since then, workers are who are gradually becoming aware of how mullah rule has shafted them and how phony Mahmoud's promises are. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONTACTS IN IRAN: Spread the word and ask your contacts to pass on this news. Regimes like this thrive on hiding their dirt.
You might also suggest the Iranian ask one another the following questions:
What is the mullahs' motives when Iranians themselves are so hard-pressed? Why
do they feel confident that they can get away with such money funneling? If Iran's people had any real say over government, and free speech and press, is it likely that such programs would have a ghost's chance of approval? Could a regime that does such things under present conditions ever get away with it if Iran had free elections? Do policies like this this show why election pre-vetting and rigging cannot be avoided in Khamenei's Iran--the alternative being unthinkable?
BOGUS APPEAL TO BRITAIN
Iran State news agency IRNA appears to have fabricated a petition,
"signed by about 20 academics, journalists, political activists and
religious figures", calling on the British Government to restore
diplomatic ties with Tehran: "It is not the Iranian government which
demonstrated against British foreign policy but ordinary Iranians,
understandably enraged by decades of repressive sanctions and threats of
military strikes by Israel."
I have only two questions: 1) Does anyone thing "ordinary Iranians" were involved in the demonstration? 2) To lie in such a manner suggests what about the document's authors?
ONCE AGAIN "GOOD" CRIMINALS GET SOFT LANDING AFTER EMBASSY ATTACK
"Bad" Crimes means demanding human rights, complaining about rigged elections and or defending anyone who does. These crimes deserve harsh treatment in the "best interests of....(fill in the blank). Such treatment may include going after
the families of such scum "pour encourager les autres." Iran's people overflow with love for the Holy Man and his Sacred Companions for extending such protection.
"Bad" Crimes deserve a soft landing since all had Khamenei's approval prior to commission. The attack on the British Embassy offers the latest example. NEWS ITEM Almost all of those detained in the British Embasssy attack were reportedly released the day after the attack.
PREVIOUS EXAMPLES OF KHAMENEI'S "GOOD" CRIMINALS
--All those who "protect the people" by trashing the residences, dorms mosques of regime critics and breaking the heads of anyone found there.
--All those at a notorious prison who helped Khemenei discourage people from making "bad complaints." There was one exception--a prison doctor with a loud mouth. Conveniently, he died.
--All those who contributed to the work of Khamenei's Death Squad. with one exception--the guy who allegedly got rid of Khoumeini's sons who repeated--and falsely--charged Khamenei with totalitarian tendences. Fortunely, that inconvenient witness died as well. Once Again Khamenei inflicted the usual harsh punishment where it belonged--on the journalists who publicly named death squad members and their victims, and students who protested such justified punishment.
Khamenei has always been "Just" whatever else you can say about him. Iranians are unanimous on that.
WHY WOULD IRAQ ARABS THREATEN TO TARGET AL MAHDI THUGS HEADED FOR SYRIA UNLESS...?
In a post here yesterday I included an interesting news Item from Syria Comment
about Iraq's Sunnis have formed a new organization to bomb buses carrying Al Mahdi "volunteers" to aid Assad). That story suggests two obvious questions:
For Syrians: If Khamenei Iran encourages Al Mahdi to help Assad, why not Iran's Hezbollah or Iran's Al Quds too?
For Iranians: What he does in Syria would Khamenei hesitate to do in Iran? (This is a great reason to root for Assad's downfall. Otherwise Bashir may return the favor should Iran explode in protests once more).
(Sometimes, as in this case, I send a copy of such posts to the Supreme Leader's website for his enjoyment)
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