[Update July 14, 2012]
|Hojatoleslam Kazem Sadighi|
Read more for a collection of responses of Iranians on Facebook & Twitter in regards to "no poverty in Iran" and "God's hidden Graces" comments:
Mohsen Bayat, son of Grand Ayatollah Bayat Zanajni, one of the sources of emulation close to Reformists in Iran, said on his Facebook page:
When I witnessed two kids, nine or ten years old, at half past eleven tonight, in one of the main streets in Qom [holly city of Qom is Iran's center of Shi'ite studies], collecting garbage and plastics, it finally dawned upon me why the so-called just Friday Prayers Imam of Tehran says poverty in Iran is meaningless!Iranians commenting on Mohsen Bayat's status are also all critical of Friday Prayers's comments, and mock the "No Poverty" comment of Tehran Friday Imam, while some accuse the Iranian government of corruption and neglect.
Reactions of Iranian Twitter Users:
صدیقی : تحریم ها از الطاف خفیه خدا است ... جا داره بگم ریدم تو این لطف و حکمت یا نه؟Translation: "Sadighi: Sanctions are hidden God's Graces ... Shall I say I crap on this Grace and wisdom or not?"
— Yohan (@HamedYohan) July 13, 2012
اين توهين به مردم نيست؟ "امام جمعه تهران: تحريمها الطاف خفيه خداست، در ايران فقر نداريم" bit.ly/OlJiSdTranslation: "Isn't this offending the public? Tehran's Friday Imam: Sanctions are hidden graces from God, we have no poverty in Iran."
— نیما (@dustandtrash) July 13, 2012
اگر لطف خدا اينه، خشمش چيه؟ آقا، اين چي ميگه؟
— نیما (@dustandtrash) July 13, 2012
Translation: "If this is God's Grace, what is God's Wrath?"
Most Iranians tweeps responses simply included the denial of Friday Prayers Leader of existence of poverty in Iran which can be compared with denying that Sun is the center of our Solar system.
امام جمعه تهران: تحریمها الطاف خفیه خداست، در ایران فقر نداریمTranslation: "Tehran Friday Imam: Sanctions are hidden Graces of God, we don't have poverty in Iran."
— Nirvana (@soniyata0) July 14, 2012
خطیب نمازجمعه تهران با انکار فقر در جامعه ایران، تحریمها را "الطاف خفیه خدا" دانست.Translation:"Tehran's Friday Prayers Leader denied poverty in Iran, and said sanctions are hidden Graces of God."
— هپل هپو خان (@HapalHapooKhan) July 13, 2012
نه واقعا خودتم فکر می کنی گرانی از الطاف خفیه الهی یه یا ملت رو ... فرض می کنی؟Translation:"No, really u think inflation is of God's Graces, or do u suppose the public is ....?" -- Put stupid, or donkey instead of "....", and it would be a recognizable Farsi expression.
— Aranyaka (@aazarpaad) July 13, 2012
July 12, 2012
Iranians on twitter are considerably smaller in size than on Facebook, if one observes the activities and interactions in Farsi. But, it has been slowly growing in size recently, for reasons which, in my opinion, are mostly due to getting bored with Facebook.
At any rate, Iranian Tweeps have been trying to cope with and understand the reasons behind sanctions imposed on Iran by the West( most recently Oil Embargo by European Union, and recent new sanctions of US). But, what most Iranians have been talking about recently pivoted around the reaction of the high officials of Islamic Republic of Iran, especially Ayatollah Khamenei -- the all powerful Supreme Leader of Iran -- and President Ahmadinejad. However, the latest comments by Ayatollah Khamenei has been widely ridiculed by many Iranian tweeps on twitter, Balatarin.com, and Facebook, to mention a few social hangouts for Iranian netizens.
Here some Farsi reactions from Iranians on twitter (inside and diaspora) and international tweeps to mounting sanctions on Iran are collected :
گویا در برابر تحریم هم 30 ساله که واکسینه شدیم خودمون خبر نداریم ... فقط نمیدونم چرا جاش هنوز درد میکنهTranslation of Navid, from Mashhad, Iran: "Apparently we have been vaccinated against sanctions for 30 years and we, ourselves, were not aware of it ... I just don't know why its place [of vaccination on my body] still hurts."
— Navid (@navidazimi) July 12, 2012
Navid's comment is actually mocking Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's most recent comments about Sanctions on Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei has said, according to Reuters:"These days Westerners are being sensational about sanctions but they don't understand that they themselves vaccinated Iran through their sanctions imposed over the last 30 years."
ملت ایران بابت اعمال تحریمهای تازه از جامعه بینالمللی سپاسگذاری کردTranslation of Sarcastic tweet of Marzie, from Tehran: "Iranian Nation thanked the International Community for imposing new sanctions."
— Marzie(@marzie_r) July 5, 2012
در مقابل تحریم ها واکسینه شده ایم ولی واکسنی برای پارگی کون نداریم. داره کونمون پاره میشه عظما.Translation of پیاده نظام's tweet:"We are vaccinated against the sanctions, but is there any vaccine against when ass is torn apart. Our asses are tearing apart, Great [Supreme Leader]."
— پیاده نظام (@Piyadeh_nezam) July 12, 2012
نمیدونم چه حکمتی توی این تحریمهای آمریکا هست که هی میگن به نفع مردمه ولی همهش ما پاره میشیم؟Translation of Kamyar: "I don't know what's the wisdom behind US sanctions [on Iran] which is said to be in favor of [Iranian] people, but we are screwed all the time!"
— Kamyar (@kamyar_n) July 12, 2012
You sanction #Iran, force a brain drain, then treat them as criminals when they end up exactly where you wanted them to natpo.st/Mao9fQ
— Shirin Sadeghi (@ShirinSadeghi) July 11, 2012
ملت ما زیر بار فشار تحریم ها حتی از کاندوم هم استفده نمیکنند! همه حامله شدن- دوقلوTranslation of the funny tweet of Abbas.Reader,[I guess] Iran:"Sanction pressures are forcing our Nation to abandon using condoms! Everyone is pregnant-- twin."
— Abbas.Reader (@Abbas_Reader) July 4, 2012
یه سری از امکانات گوگل رو خودشون تحریم کردن، یه سری رو هم این برادرای هموطن زحمت کش. خواستم یه خسته نباشید به جفتتون بگمTranslation of Arash Zad, from Tehran: "A portion of Google gadgets and functionalities are sanctioned by them [Google, US, Europe, ...], another portion by our hard-working brothers in Iran [Internet is mostly filtered in Iran]. I'd like to thank both of you."
— Arash Zad (@arashzd) July 10, 2012
مشکل اینجاست ما از یه طرف از محدودیت ها و تحریم ها داریم داغون میشیم از یه طرف خودمونم راقب نیستیم بگیم بخندیم شاد باشیم با اینکه شدنیهTranslation of یاغی ,from Tehran:"Our problem is while we are being destroyed by many [domestic] restrictions & [foreign] sanctions,we are not even eager to laugh and be happy although it is possible."
— یاغی (@bob_johnson) July 4, 2012
غرب مانند ایران خوب میداند که تحریمها مردم عادی را هدف میگیرند نه آقازادهها و خاوریها را، اما هر دو طرف در حال دروغگویی هستند.Translation of Amin Sabeti: "West just like Iran [government] knows well that sanctions are targeting ordinary people not princelings, and [super-rich and corrupt people like] Khavari, but both [sides] keep on lying."
— Amin Sabeti (@aminsabeti) July 13, 2012
The Washington Post 28 September, 2011: "Mahmoud Reza Khavari, managing director of Bank Melli, Iran’s largest state-owned bank, flew to Canada after the arrest of several top-level bankers in connection with a case described as the largest embezzlement in Iranian history [$2.6 billion embezzlement scandal]."
Sanctions crippled Iraq, killed hundreds of thousands, & had disastrous effects on society. But let's keep quiet while it happens to Iran.
— Sara Salem (@SaraMSalem) July 13, 2012
@rezamarashi so he was denied just because he's iranian even though he studied there and it's middle of his research! #sanctions #Iran
— annabel rogers (@annabel1355) July 12, 2012
وزارت ارشاد اسلامی: حرف زدن درباره زیانهای تحریم ممنوع !!Translation of AmirFarshad Ebrahimi, who's an Iranian dissident living in Germany: "[Iran's] Ministry of Islamic Guidance: Speaking of the drawbacks of sanctions is banned."
— AmirFarshad Ebrahimi (@Goftaniha) July 12, 2012
'Stay mum on sanction's bite'. Iranian media instructed not to report on the toll West's sanctions are taking on Iran ynetnews.com/articles/0,734…
— Dr. Josef Ashkenazi (@Sabba_Yossi) July 12, 2012
#Iran warns media against reporting impact of sanctions dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-Ea…”
— samnolan (@samnollan) July 11, 2012
RT @samy110: You don’t feelthe pressure of #sanctionsbut we feelit! I mean we people!#iran
— نیما (@dustandtrash) July 4, 2012
Sanctions -- failing to stop Iran’s nuclear program, empowering hardliners & pushing the Iranian people into poverty foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/…
— Danny Postel (@DannyPostel) July 6, 2012
Sanctions are working!!! RT @Farrah_Joon: Student visits sick mom in #Iran & cant come back to US school. statenews.com/index.php/arti…
— Beheshteh Farsh (@BeheshtehFarsh) July 13, 2012
"Iran sanctions puts pressure on civilian population. It's a 21st century kind of warfare." Prof Hamid Dabashi @Columbia #BBCWorldUpdate
— BBCdandamon (@BBCdandamon) July 5, 2012
It appears that the world has fogotten about Iran and the Iranian ppl, struggling under sanction & evil #khemenei!#iranelection
— The Cat(@Miow45) July 5, 2012
They only want to sanction #Iran so their oil companies in #Iraq and elsewhere can make money. Same with #Sudan w/ its south.
— Hashim Abdi Sirad (@sirhashim) July 12, 2012
.@Ali_Gharib I think they have. They want suffering for Iran, knowing that sanctions lead to war. (As I've long said: original.antiwar.com/nfuller/2012/0…)
— Nathan Fuller (@nathanLfuller) July 13, 2012
@MazMHussain @ali_gharib Some say conditions in Iran are ok so far.
— DianaValerie (@DianaValerie) July 13, 2012
@ali_gharib @dianavalerie They conciously want to recreate one of the worst crimes in recent memory, worthy of opprobrium.
— Maz (@MazMHussain) July 13, 2012
OMG, my brother has an account with Canadian TD Bank. I hope his money's safe :-(
— Marmar (@marmar8935) July 13, 2012
6. Could you imagine if Apple or TD rejected people because they spoke Hebrew? Why do some think it's okay to treat Iranians in this way?
— Iran News Now (@IranNewsNow) July 12, 2012
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