…reassurances have fallen on deaf ears. ..
The Iranian people, reading the proverbial tea leaves, are anticipating a return to anticipate wartime conditions which prevailed in the 1980s during the eight-year war with Iraq. The Islamic Republic’s government-controlled media outlets publish and broadcast news reports favorable to the regime. The Iranians, for example, have had no or little information regarding the economic crisis and currency fluctuations. The Iranian government has gone so far as specifically prohibiting media outlets from publishing any news articles or broadcasting any information regarding the fiscal disaster….
A site entitled ‘The Tehranis’ has reported of the empty shelves in food stores: “People in the Sar-Cheshmeh area of Tehran bought everything there was to buy in stores and now Sar-Cheshmeh is as dead as a graveyard, devoid of all items and products.”