Possibility of new protests in Iran still exists
A Professor of Economics in Tehran believes: “If the government continues to pursue its misguided policies, add to that the economic pressures of the sanctions, and a possibility of new protests erupting in Iran in 2019 still exists.”
Protests continue in Iran in various forms
A Tehran-based professor of economics believes: “The protests of December-January 2017 were the result of the government’s wrong policies over the past three, leading to economic inequality, corruption and a limited job market. The protests are still ongoing in the form of increased emigration, addiction, divorce and frustration.”
Unrest in Iranian cities
Unrest has broken out in a number of Iranian cities over the past few days in protest to economic hardships, including Shiraz, Arak, Mashhad, Isfahan, and Karaj. This was broken up by the security forces.
Reviewing Steve Hanke's claim about Iran's inflation rate
Steve Hanke, an economics professor in Johns Hopkins University, believes that the annual inflation rate in Iran is currently at 151 percent. Meanwhile, the Statistical Center of Iran announced the inflation rate at 8.7% for the 12-month period until July, and the Central Bank of Iran reported the inflation rate to be at 10.2% for the same period. There is a great difference between the inflation rate announced by the Iranian authorities and that of Hanke's.
IMF: Iran leading regional economic growth
In its latest 6-monthly report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published its forecasts on Iran and the world, naming Iran as leading regional economic growth among oil producing countries.