Would restoring the JCPOA prevent poor Iranians from selling their body parts?

Adverts posted on the streets of Iran for the sale of kidneys

Iran is now suffering its worst economic crisis under the mullahs. State media acknowledges parts of the country’s crippling economic woes. People are struggling with poverty and heartbreaking reports from Iran point to a sharp increase in the sale of body parts and vital organs.

As talks in Vienna on restoring Iran’s fatally flawed 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) with world powers continue, the question is whether this would benefit the Iranian people.

Walls across the country are ashamed of so many advertisements for the sale of body parts. The regime’s decades of institutionalized corruption, mismanagement and incompetence have deprived Iranians of any other option to make ends meet than the sale of their organs.

“I am 42 years old, I am married and I have two children. I have to sell one of my kidneys to make a living. I am a construction worker and have been unemployed for almost six months. I want to open a small shop with the money from the sale of my kidney; I have no other choice,” the state-run Fararu website reported February 14th.

“I put my ad on the wall for three days. Some people contacted me and offered me 500 to 600 million rials. But I can’t do anything with these sums, not even buy a cheap car to drive a taxi. Buyers should offer sellers three to five times that amount because human life is much more valuable,” Fararu added.

The agonizing facts of selling body parts are countless. “One of the people who put his kidney up for sale told us, ‘I’m a 37-year-old male with blood type O+ and in perfect physical health. I’m ready to do all the tests you want, but I won’t sell my kidney for less than 1.2 billion rials,” acknowledged another touching fact on Fararu’s website.

1.2 billion rials is equivalent to approximately $4,000 with the current free market exchange rate of 260,000 rials per dollar. In other words, a young man sells a vital organ to earn a living due to the rising rate of inflation, which hovers around 50%. Soaring housing and food prices would not cover all the expenses.

“While the government and parliament make a big deal out of spreading justice, they are poisoning the people with runaway inflation,” the Nabanews newspaper said. reported February 14th.

Ehsan Khandoozi, Ebrahim Raisi’s economy minister, recently acknowledged that the next Persian year of 1401, starting in March, will be the year of the highest inflation. “Khandoozi’s comments imply that retirees and employees will have a year full of pain, pain that they did not create. Iranian citizens have no role in the decisions of the system, and sanctions have been imposed on the country due to [the regime’s warmongering] foreign policy,” Nabanews wrote in this regard.

In other words, contrary to what the regime and its apologists claim, sanctions are not the only cause of Iran’s economic crisis. Without the malign activities of the mullahs in the region, no secondary sanctions would have been imposed on the regime.

“Due to the current inflation rate of 40%, pensions have decreased by 30% and a higher inflation rate is expected next year,” Nabanews added.

“Prices are going up at lightning speed and people only look at them in desperation. People dream of eating red meat and poultry. The price of rice is also increasing and the potato has turned into gold! wrote the official daily Mardom-Salari on February 5.

“People’s incomes and expenses don’t match. The middle and lower classes could barely afford their basic necessities and drastically reduced the purchase of other goods. Declining demand in the market from people is a sign of recession,” Vahid Shaghighi Shahri, an Iranian economist, told the Fararu website on February 5.

He also acknowledged that restoring the badly flawed 2015 nuclear deal would not solve Iran’s economic challenges, contrary to what Tehran’s apologists are trying to sell.

“Even if the JCPOA is reinstated, the Iranian economy will face so many challenges that the unfrozen money, now held in various countries, will not be able to improve the purchasing power of Iranians,” he added. . Tehran has other priorities than helping people, like terrorist proxy financing groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen. Moreover, the ruling theocracy is determined to acquire a nuclear bomb that costs billions of dollars. In a nutshell, Tehran’s diabolical ambitions would leave no room for people’s problems.

There have been dozens of protests by people from all walks of life in recent days. People, especially teachers and pensioners, stressed in their slogans that “only in the streets will we get our rights”. These protests, with people calling out regime officials for their role in creating and deepening economic crises, reveal the explosive state of Iranian society. This is what scares regime officials and state media.

“Are officials thinking about public opinion? Do not let the hourglass end, and it is not possible to put it back to the beginning,” warned the daily Jomhouri-e Eslami on February 17.

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