“Our Enemy are Facebook and Twitter”

Rooz Online reports that the head of Iran’s police, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, has identified Iran’s enemy to be the online communication threat (i.e. Twitter and Facebook) that collects and organizes criminals and foreign services.

In the meantime, their real enemy seems to be their own inability in providing economic prosperity for their people. The workers of the Abadan refinery in the south are the latest group to protest complaining about no pay for 6 months. The following worker is holding up a sign about monthly pays. “Poverly line: 300K Toman ($300). Minimum for Existence: 100K Toman ($100). Worker’s wages: 70K Toman ($70).”

IRAN ECONOMIC MINIMUM LEVELS PROTEST

Scott Lucas reports that the Iranian toman has dropped to a rate of 1115 v. the US dollar. “The Iranian government has been trying to keep the toman’s value around 1050 to the dollar. Last autumn, after the announcement of subsidy cuts and amidst sanctions, it intervened with influxes of foreign reserves when the toman fell, on the “free market”, to 1200 to the dollar.”

Ahmadinejad’s claim that “Iran is among the few countries in the world where no one goes to bed hungry” is laughable. After all, there are stories after stories of how the level of poverty has increased within the country. As Dariush Zahedi and Hamed Aleaziz point out on FP: “The country’s economy is weak, unemployment has skyrocketed to 14.6 percent officially (real numbers are surely higher), and inflation is creeping up as the government cuts subsidies on energy, food and other consumer goods.”

In fact when recently Ahmadinejad gave a speech in the industrial city of Khorramabad, whose working-class population had once been his supporter, the mood was cool and a young worker held up sign that said “Swear to God, we’ve come to a breaking point from all the discrimination and injustice.” The government is attempting to calm down the protesters by handing out cash. But unemployment among young Iranians stands at around 70 percent.

Zahedi and Aleaziz claim that the Blues (i.e. Workers) are now going Green. What that means remains to be seen but it will be interesting to see for how long the Iranian government can stay in power when it’s so badly managing the economy.

All indications point to the fact that if a revolution does happen in Iran this time it will be a blue-collar revolution — a revolution out of necessity and not ideology.

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