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(Bloomberg)   "Every eight years a new president came, but it didn't change our situation." The central bank has lost control of inflation, the 15-29 unemployment rate is 25%, and things are about to get rial   (bloomberg.com) divider line 11
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2013-06-13 07:41:26 AM
Mornin' admin. You're up early today ...
 
2013-06-13 08:07:45 AM
I certainly hope the central bank loses control of inflation soon. Our target rate is far too low at this time.
 
2013-06-13 08:14:36 AM
You Yanks should give up on executive term limits.
 
2013-06-13 08:21:15 AM

Cubicle Jockey: I certainly hope the central bank loses control of inflation soon. Our target rate is far too low at this time.


Didn't read the article I see.

Really, the fact that Iran has been able to retain as much control as they have despite facing the same economic factors that brewed the Arab Spring is surprising, particularly with the "Green Revolution" factor. I'm very interested in how this election's results will ne responded to: will we see another uprising because whoever wins is going to be further marginalized because even Ahmadinejad's supporters will, or does the fact that Rafsanjani (the ex-president who has the backing of the Green Revolution types) and Mashaei (Ahadinejad's aide he endorsed) aren't even allowed on the ballot mean that any real outrage at what a sham this is has already been exhausted?
 
2013-06-13 08:23:20 AM
... but the future refused to change.
 
2013-06-13 08:26:09 AM
I came for the propaganda

Grungehamster: Cubicle Jockey: I certainly hope the central bank loses control of inflation soon. Our target rate is far too low at this time.

Didn't read the article I see.

Really, the fact that Iran has been able to retain as much control as they have despite facing the same economic factors that brewed the Arab Spring is surprising, particularly with the "Green Revolution" factor. I'm very interested in how this election's results will ne responded to: will we see another uprising because whoever wins is going to be further marginalized because even Ahmadinejad's supporters will, or does the fact that Rafsanjani (the ex-president who has the backing of the Green Revolution types) and Mashaei (Ahadinejad's aide he endorsed) aren't even allowed on the ballot mean that any real outrage at what a sham this is has already been exhausted?


You are adorable thinking the color coded revolutions were organic to their respective societies.
 
2013-06-13 08:40:34 AM
Eight years? I thought the Iranians were on a five-year term.
 
2013-06-13 08:50:31 AM
No, they are on 4-year terms, with a 2 term limit. Ctrl-F Chapter IX, it's under section 1, article 114

Source:  http://www.servat.unibe.ch/icl/ir00000_.html
 
2013-06-13 09:49:41 AM

Eapoe6: I came for the propagandaGrungehamster: Cubicle Jockey: I certainly hope the central bank loses control of inflation soon. Our target rate is far too low at this time.

Didn't read the article I see.

Really, the fact that Iran has been able to retain as much control as they have despite facing the same economic factors that brewed the Arab Spring is surprising, particularly with the "Green Revolution" factor. I'm very interested in how this election's results will ne responded to: will we see another uprising because whoever wins is going to be further marginalized because even Ahmadinejad's supporters will, or does the fact that Rafsanjani (the ex-president who has the backing of the Green Revolution types) and Mashaei (Ahadinejad's aide he endorsed) aren't even allowed on the ballot mean that any real outrage at what a sham this is has already been exhausted?

You are adorable thinking the color coded revolutions were organic to their respective societies.


I think they were mixed, same as every political movement. I think that interested parties both inside and outside of Iran certainly tried to influence the outcome of the protests, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a significant minority that are frustrated with the current state of affairs to the point they could constitute a threat to the continuing political order in Iran. For example, no matter how much Tea Party events are being financed by the Koch Brothers or how staged the initial "Santelli CNBC meltdown" might have been that doesn't change the fact that people still attended those rallies and believe that potentially radical steps might be necessary to change the government. I will say the West has nowhere near the presence in Iran necessary to actually be manipulating the people who protested: at best/worst Westerners tried to tip the scales of public opinion against Iranian leadership and encourage the continuing protests.

And for the record I don't think the Arab Spring has primarily been driven by high minded idealism about democracy. The amount of government control really doesn't correlate with how likely there were protests: the number one factor in all the countries that saw major rebellions was that the price of necessities (particularly food) doubled in a matter of months and their leadership didn't try to do anything about it (unlike, say, Saudi Arabia.) I'm just saying that there is a large portion of the youth population disatisfied with the ruling class, and they have shown favor to candidates who signal more distance between themselves and and the Supreme Leader (part of why Ahmadinejad has been trying to distance himself from Khamenei and portray himself as an inherently Iranian and not Muslim leader, like holding public holidays for pre-Islamic festivals that have been discouraged for the last 30 years.)
 
2013-06-13 12:07:12 PM
Someone get Tatsuma, with this business getting out of control we will need regular and immediate updates!!!

/2008, nevar forget
 
2013-06-13 08:40:51 PM

Cubicle Jockey: I certainly hope the central bank loses control of inflation soon. Our target rate is far too low at this time.


I'm not convinced inflation decreases unemployment. Unexpected inflation will, in the short-run, but not expected inflation.
 
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