By Edmund Blair
Reuters - Outside the gates of Tebed Spinning Company in this industrial town west of the Iranian capital, a group of laid-off workers grumble that the president's vow to slash unemployment did not save their jobs.
Mohammad Bozorgi Alamuti and fellow workers, laid off three months ago, listened intently when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke in the town in June, delivering the usual pledges to protect workers' rights and revive the economy.
NCRI - As the state of economy deteriorating in Iran workers and the poor paid the heavy price.
According to the Iranian regime's Labor Ministry official figures the number of lay off during the first two months of the spring of the Iranian year went up by 26 percent compared to the same period last year and some 29 percent compared to the same period two years ago.
By Iason Athanasiadis
The Washington Times, TEHRAN - Threats of an international financial squeeze stemming from the showdown over Iran's nuclear program have sent Iranians scrambling to get their savings out of the country, or if that won't work, to convert them into gold.
An estimated $200 billion has left the country since last year's election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, accompanied by panic buying of gold. The Iranian stock exchange lost an estimated 20 percent of its value even as other bourses in the region rose.
By NAZILA FATHI
The New York Times, TEHRAN Ã¢â¬â As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad moves to make good on his campaign promise to distribute Iran's increasing oil wealth among its citizens, warnings are coming from across the political spectrum that his policies may be doing more to irritate political and economic tensions than to soothe them.