Meanwhile, the Iranian people continue to face many challenges as a result of sanctions. My uncle claims that the cost of electricity has easily doubled since the last time I visited over two years ago. Earlier this summer the inflation rate was estimated at 32%, but has since been adjusted to 45% as the economy continues to decline. Further, Iran’s foreign currency holdings are declining by about $15 billion USD annually.

Basic commodities like food, medicine, and clothes have become very expensive. Because foreign currency holdings are few and far between, the Iranian rial has been losing its value at unprecedented levels. The cost of a new imported car in Iran in Iranian currency costs about three times as much as it used to just 2 years ago as the Iranian currency continues to lose its value. I spoke to a doctor who said that medical equipment is becoming hard to access and very expensive. He says that a respirator is costing much more than it did because it has to be imported. He argues that these hardships have led to an increase in healthcare costs.The Iranian people, in other words, are the direct victims of the sanctions. One friend says many people struggle to eat whole meals, and some go without eating meat for months. About half the urban population lives below the poverty line.


A View From Inside Iran: What Sanctions Do to Real People by Amir Salehzadeh

«Вашим санкциям “труба”, г-н Рейган!». В 1980–1982 США ввели против СССР серию экономических санкций.

"Pipe to your sanctions, Mr. Reagan". (in Russian "pipe" and "failed" can be the same word). In 1980-1982 the United States imposed a series of economic sanctions against the Soviet Union.

[The Iran sanctions have] very much affected things like medical supplies because although medicine is supposed to be exempt from sanctions there’s no way for the Iranians to pay for the medicine because they can’t transfer funds back and forth because of the banking sanctions. I actually know someone who had cancer and unfortunately she’s passed away because she couldn’t get medicine anymore in Iran… But that’s true of other cancer patients in Iran who have not been able to get medicine, medical supplies and the kinds of drugs that they need.

Iranian-American journalist Hooman Majd explains on today’s Fresh Air how the Iran sanctions have affected the lives of citizens

The rouble fell to how low against the US dollar?!  And you already jacked up the interest rates in response? Uh, okay, let us blame this on America, and…fuck, I do not know, let us invade…Georgia? Azerbaijan? One of the ‘stans? Summon my generals!


Moscow: Members of the Russian Anti-Globalization Movement, joined by U.S. activists from the United National Antiwar Coalition, International Action Center and Anti-War Committee protest outside the U.S. Embassy, December 18, 2014.

Protesters slammed U.S. intervention in Ukraine, sanctions and war threats against Russia, and racist police murders from Ferguson to Staten Island.

Via Bill Dores