People purchase goods ahead of the Nowruz festival at a bazaar in Teheran, capital of Iran, March 19, 2010. (Xinhua)

March 15, 2021

It is hard to imagine, but traditional sweets for Iran’s upcoming Persian New Year, or Eid Nowruz, are this year directly affected by economic corruption.

Is it possible to find a healthy place in its politics and economy in a country that ranks 146th out of 180 countries according to Transparency International?

In a country where the news of embezzlement of hundreds of millions and the disappearance of millions of Tomans annually is common news.

Under the mullahs’ rule, where more than 80 percent of its national income is spent on maintaining the government through domestic repression and export of terrorism abroad, can be the circulation of money and goods be kept in the hands of its owners, except for corrupt administrative and economic relations?

When the poverty line reaches 10 million Tomans and the misery index reaches 70 in 2021, and this economic-livelihood orbit is always accelerating faster, is such a course possible except through the wheels of corruption under the control of the government?

Imagine what the distribution of this corruption, with the government as its center, is doing with life and livelihood, and now with the Eid of the Iranian people.

In order to have a picture of the effects of these examples in the life of Iran’s people during the New Year festivities, we take a look at the situation of Eid sweets, which with its components, is one of the simplest items and one of the most important signs, traditions and indicators of Eid and people’s happiness.

“This year, nuts such as pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, and peanuts had the lowest share in the shopping cart for nuts, and instead seed sales increased significantly due to lower purchasing power and more important priorities such as clothing, meat, and rice in the basket. It is their livelihood.”

“The unreasonable price of a series of nuts, such as hazelnuts and peanuts, up to 200,000 to 300,000 tomans, also caused people to remove these items from their nuts basket.” (Quds online, March 7)

“Nuts are one of the items that demand for buying increases in the last days of the year and is one of the necessities of Nowruz shopping, but in recent years, due to rising prices, the role of this food in catering to the poor and middle classes has diminished.

“In one of the nut shops in Kerman Bazaar, a woman who came to buy nuts told a Bazaar reporter: ‘Prices have increased a lot compared to last year, so it is not possible to buy like in previous years.’

“People buy, but the amount of purchases has decreased a lot, and some people just ask the prices and give up after inquiring.” (Tahlil-e-Bazaar, March 7)

These are just a few examples form Iran’s state-run media which are forced to speak about the prices, but the reality is much worse, and 80 percent of the people cannot even buy the most basic goods, and items such as nuts are just a dream.

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