October 12, 2006

YANKING THE SAJADA RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER HIM:

Iran's Ahmadinejad blames media for inflation (Terra.net, 10/10/2006)

Iran's hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blamed the media for rising inflation, after the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged him to control surging prices, a press report said.

Iran's hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blamed the media for rising inflation, after the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged him to control surging prices, a press report said. [...]

But the chairman of state broadcaster IRIB, Ezatollah Zarghami, rejected the president's criticism.

"The scale of inflation is clear," Zarghami told the official IRNA news agency. "Perhaps the president has not had the time to watch all the television programmes or maybe the reports reaching him are incomplete.

"When the published price of a kilo of meat is 39,000 rials (4.30 dollars) but it is actually fetching 60,000 rials (6.60 dollars) on the market, we have a duty to tell people."

The official rate of inflation stands at an average of just over 10 percent, but unofficial sources estimate the figure is close to double that rate.

The prices of staples such as meat and chicken have surged for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, sparking complaints by Iranian families and getting front-page coverage in the press.

Khamenei responded by calling on the government to control inflation.

"In the last weeks, the issue of high prices has put a lot of pressure on people, especially low-income ones. So the government and officials should look into the causes of the issue and solve it," he said earlier this month.


The Grand Ayatollah greases the skids...

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2006 8:53 AM
Comments

It's the old good 'tollah, bad 'tollah routine.

Touching that it still manages to fool some people.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at October 12, 2006 10:07 AM

I will believe his sincerity if he brings Paul Volcker in.

Posted by: JAB at October 12, 2006 10:31 AM

So, who's he going to fire or behead to get it under control?

The best part is high oil prices and his threats are a part of the reason things cost more.

Posted by: Sandy P at October 12, 2006 11:48 AM

Nothing costs more-it's an empty threat. Especially since the Sunni Arabs will gladly undercut Persia.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2006 12:06 PM

Barry:

Nope, the Ayatollah's just overly fastidious about democracry.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2006 12:08 PM

Deflate or Die!

Posted by: T at October 12, 2006 1:10 PM

But the run-up in transportation costs even tho nothing costs more than it used to.

Well, that and China.

Posted by: Sandy P at October 12, 2006 2:14 PM

Transportation costs a fraction of what it used to.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2006 2:19 PM

Inflation kills bad governments.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2006 2:21 PM
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