Saturday, October 11, 2008

“Parallel universe” celebrates property crash

Iran celebrates global meltdown

President Ahmadinejad has pronounced on the collapse of global capitalism, and announced that Iranians should stand ready to manage the world. Mr Ahmadinejad, who says he is proud of his ignorance of economics, also seems to believe the laws of supply and demand do not apply to the Islamic republic. He insists the excess amounts of cash in the economy, excess liquidity, is in no way to blame for the spiralling rate of inflation - 25% and counting.

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11 thoughts on ““Parallel universe” celebrates property crash

  • Can’t blame him for his Schadenfreude, but he’s still lording it over a country in which you face the death penalty for not believing in Islam.

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  • “You face the death penalty for not believing in Islam.”

    Not so Paul; you’ve fallen for BBC-style anti-Iran propaganda (which I’m a little surprised at you for having done so). For example, believe it or not, Iran still has a large Jewish community that practices its religion. I certainly do not claim that Iran is a beacon of religious tolerance; however, the statement “you face the death penalty for not believing in Islam” is laughable. At these times of heightened tension, it’s best not to exaggerate.

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  • Thanks for that insight Harold.

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  • Iran is a fully functioning capitalist society with some strict rules and I would not want to be imprisoned in Iran, however, the American way can be just as brutal as Iran and The recent programmes showing life behind bars in the USA is just as frightening. The average well behaved Iranian has a good life although sophisticated security might be watching and listening, sounds a bit like the west !

    I would agree with anyone who thinks that the west is full of corrupt greedy people, but I am not sure if we can learn any lessons from the Iranian President.

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  • Just a thought.. Reading about Russia during the last Great Depression. Because they were effectively isolated with their own social experiment, they were imune from the economic turmoil of the markets in that sense. But did suffer greatly with their collective farming policy, which was labour intensive and a failure.

    I’ve said this because Iran has been isolated in many ways. Interesting questions should be asked about their self-sufficiency vis-a-vis food production. Iran has the obvious oil supply which can be traded in any currency or for any commodity. And Iran off course, are looking for nuclear energy for the purpose of self-sufficiency.

    Yes, I believe Iran has a large Jewish population and since Cyrus the Great (Persia), the Jews have been allowed to freely practise their faith in Iran. In fact taken from wikipedia:

    Ayatollah Khomeini met with the Jewish community upon his return from exile in Paris and issued a fatwa decreeing that the Jews were to be protected. In the Islamic republic Jews have become more religious. Families that had been secular in the 1970s started keeping kosher and strictly observing rules against driving on Shabbat. They stopped going to restaurants, cafes and cinemas and the synagogue perforce became the focal point of their social lives. [6] As Haroun Yashyaei, a film producer and former chairman of the Central Jewish Community in Iran has quoted[32]:

    “Khomeini didn’t mix up our community with Israel and Zionism – he saw us as Iranians,”

    Zionism & Judaism are two different things.

    Also look at:

    http://www.nkusa.org/AboutUs/Zionism/opposition.cfm

    http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/zionism/3strongoaths.cfm

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  • rotten tomato says:

    @Harold

    Actually, you do face the death penalty if you convert from islam to any other faith. This is also true in most islamic countries. However, if you are originally of another faith, you are tolerated as a minority, and are called Dhimmi, meaning “second class citizen”, have less rights, cannot access certain public career paths and so on.

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  • Yes, that is my understanding too – there is the death penalty for becoming an atheist for example.

    So not an exaggeration I fear.

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  • Has any Iranian citizen of the christian or jewish faith or any other faith been exucated for their religious beliefs, during or since Iranian Revolution? I’m guessing the answer is NO!

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  • don’t they stone or beat wives for having an affair…lol

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  • @tc..

    “Well im half Iranian and half Viking (My mothers english side all very nordic) And I say that we should give them a jolly good spanking”

    Why?

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  • He won’t be having a pint to celebrate that’s for sure. Mint tea brothers ?

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