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The Crimean referendum sounded like a good idea. Let people decide to what national government they want to belong. The trouble is, residents and sometimes citizens don’t have the right to secede, but they do have the right to leave. If Crimean Russians enjoy the Russian autocracy so much, all they have to do is pack their bags and go home. The Ukrainians can used the space.

The news today by NPR describes how sanctions play out in Iran.

Since I have been in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Communications, I remain attentive to Iranian news, and this is an educational story. See Atta Kenare’s Getty Image that accompanies the story as a picture post. That is boots-on-the ground reporting.

Apparently, the effect of sanctions hit citizens hard when it comes to necessities. The story explains that the price of food and such is driven upward by the high cost of fuel. Seizing on that point, energy and the sources of energy are at the essence of sustainable living and sustainable economies.

“Iranian currency lost 80% of its value” resulting from sanctions. Imagine the US dollar being devalued that much. Inflation is rampant.

President Hassan Rouhani was elected to solve the problem, and that is why he is negotiating Iran’s nuclear program because the sanctions are working.

Sanctions also restrict the availability of critical medical supplies. That is another instance of how the hurt innocent victims.

Read the full story by Deb Amos at NPR, and listen to the report.

“Economic Sanctions Play Out In Strange Ways In Iran


March 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Saturday will be available at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET.

Iranian shoppers buy vegetables from a street vendor in Tehran last November, a day after a six-month nuclear deal took effect. The U.S. says crippling sanctions — which caused prices for necessities like bread, rice and soap to increase — forced Iran's hand.
Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

It's hard to see crippling sanctions at a modern shopping mall in north Tehran — the shops are stocked, the cafes are full. The latest western electronics – even iPhones and iPads, are available for those who can afford it.

But talk to middle class Iranians and you hear dire stories. They say they suffered as prices on almost everything rose dramatically for two years. International sanctions fueled skyrocketing inflation, estimated at 45 percent. Practically, that means that necessities – bread, rice, soap – got more expensive every month.



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