[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Mard-e Mobarez
[Date:] 15 Dey 1337 [5 January 1959]
[Issue No.:] 201
Iran, the Pauper-Home of Millionaire Maker
When two Parliaments join hands and clear the customs on luxury items for one person
- Why sell the broken and worthless television sets at exorbitant prices?
-From Jewish Habib, the broker, to Habibollah the carpenter
-To Mr. Habib Sabet to Sabet Pasal
A few issues ago, we wrote that RCA television [sets], which are allowed to be imported without customs duties, are old systems that have no buyers in the United States and have been bought cheaply, and the government, “for the sake of God”, has allowed Habib, the Jewish Baha’i, to import television sets without paying customs fees. This week, a group of buyers came to the office of the newspaper and complained that they had bought these television sets...
...Regardless of the fact that part of this revenue, which dissipates the treasury of the Muslims, is used to promote Baha’ism and the Baha’i Spiritual Assembly, and regardless of why the Pepsi Cola factory and the production of Pepsi Cola should be considered heavy industries and exempt from customs duties, these are actions have been taken and people remember them with hatred and cursing, but what about this peddler-dealer and this scam? What happened to that price registration office, and where did those laws on the sale of counterfeit goods go, and where did that anti-corruption dialogue end up?
To be continued…