[Chicken Crisis is what I call it facetiously, it is basically a product of harsh economic sanctions on Iranians combined with the sheer incompetence of Ahmadinejad's government]
There are two prevalent elements in nearly all tweets of Iranians regarding Iran's economy in recent days:
1) Mounting Frustration with the Iranian government's incompetency in dealing with economic hardships.
2) Humor. Making jokes at the expense of daily hardships is a trademark of Iran society.
It's noteworthy that most Iranian twitter users are in their 20s.
Following is s collection of tweets in recent days:
میگه مردم دو دستهاند: زیر خط مرغ و بالای خط مرغ !!!!!Translation of Kourosh's tweet, from city of Shiraz: "[Somebody] says there are two classes of people:below the chicken line or above the chicken line!!!"
— kourosh shirdel (@kouroshshirdel) July 16, 2012
اعضای خانه مطبوعات گیلان میتوانند با ارائه کارت خبرنگاری, مرغ با قیمت مصوب هر کیلو 4 هزار و 700 تومان دریافت کنند.Translation of Marzie, from Tehran:"Members of House of journalists of [province of] Gilan can buy chicken at 4700 Toman/kilo if they show [their] Press ID card." -- Chicken at 4700 Toman per kilo is considered reasonable in Iran at the moment.
— Marzie(@marzie_r) July 15, 2012
کار به جایی رسیده که فرماندهی نیروی انتظامی در مورد خوردن مرغ در فیلمها سخن میگوید؟!Translation of Amin, from London, UK:"Things are so [bad] that a Police Chief talks about eating chicken in movies with us??"
— Amin Sabeti (@aminsabeti) July 15, 2012
تا بادمجان هست مرغ چرا؟ از تيترهاي احتمالي بيست و سي در توجيه قيمت مرغTranslation: "As long as eggplant exists, why chicken? A possible headline of bist-va-si [a notorious state TV show famous for some ridiculous reasonings] for justifying [high] price of chicken"
— عـــــبــــد (@_abed_) July 16, 2012
آقا داماد چي كاره ان؟-سفير ايران در كانادا هستن-پاشين گم شين بيروووووونمن فقط دختر به مرغ فروش ميدم!!!
— m i l a d (@milad5113) July 16, 2012
Translation of this funny tweet which is a conversation happening during a traditional proposal session in an Iranian house:"What is the [would-be] groom's job?-He is Iran's Ambassador to Canada-Get the hell ouuuuuuuuT, I'll only give my daughter to a chicken salesman."
اوایل انقلاب حتی برای سیگار هم کوپن میدادن... امروز اعلام کردن بیاین با ارائه کارت ملی مرغ دولتی بگیرین ... سلام آغاز دوره معکوس
— MoOrChE (@m00rche) July 16, 2012
Translation: "Early [days] of [Islamic] revolution, coupons were even given for cigarette...today it's announced to come and get [rationed and subsidized] state chicken ... Greeting to the reverse era."
مرغ ممنوع التصویر شد :))))))))))))))
— Asal Afsharian (@AsalAfsharian1) July 16, 2012
Translation of Asal, from Tehran: "Chicken is banned from TV :))))))))))))"
مرغ فروشا کم کم باید تو فکر بادیگارد باشن برا خودشون
— جوآد (@jo0aAd) July 16, 2012
Translation: "Chicken sellers should consider hiring body guards."
این وعضی که واسهقیمت مرغ پیش اومده کار معموده تا ثابت کنه تو شیب ابوطالبیم نه تو صفینو نهروان⁰حالا باید منتظر باشیم اقا بخاد حرفشو ثابتکنهTranslation:"This [unfortunate] state of chicken price [in Iran] is doing of Mahmoud [Ahmadineajd] to prove we are in [similar conditions as] Shaab-e-Abu Talib not in Saffayen or Nahrevan. Now we have to wait for Agha [Ayatollah Khamanei] to prove his thesis [which is we are not in Shaab-e-Abu Talib]"
— soheil (@soheilsoheilast) July 16, 2012
According to Islamic history Shaab-e-Abu Talib is a region in Saudi Arabia, where during the early days of Islam, the Prophet Mohammad and his followers were forced to live under an economic and social blockade for three years. According to Islamic literature, the situation was so bad that “they had to tie rocks to their stomachs” in order to alleviate the pain resulting from prolonged hunger. -- source
@nimaمرغ نگو طلا بگوTranslation of Rahele* from Isfahan,Iran: "@nima Don't say Chicken, Say Gold"
— rahele* (@0rali60) July 16, 2012