[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:] Nedaye Hagh
[Date:] 20 Shahrivar 1336 [11 September 1957]
[Issue No.:] 49
Exquisite and Colorful Foreign Cuisine!
Every day, under some name and a design, rise in defiance in the Muslim community!
…Consider, what a staggering number of luxury and fancy items have been imported to this country in the past few years, in addition to what is fashionable and popular, continually imported, expense-creating, the wasteful spending, spending of passion. For example—be fair—two years ago Pepsi machinery did not exist in Iran! People used to go with homemade lemonade for a bottle [costing] one qeran [rial] and thirty shahi, and no one would get sick, addicted and suffer. But the self-indulgence and love for foreigners necessitated the importation of the Pepsi factory. The factory, with the cash capital leaving Iran, was imported. Then, continuously, its ingredients—whatever they are and I cannot enter into that now, since I do not have accurate information about its mix—came from overseas. The bottles, the connecting lids, the packaging, the vehicles and the transport equipment are imported from abroad, filling the pockets of the foreigners with incredible amounts of money. The [people of the] poor nation of Iran give five rials and sip two glasses of coloured water, feeling happy that they drank something! But they do not know and do not realize the end and outcome and the result of their action.
Apart from that, a portion of this five rials ends up in the pocket of the enemies of the religion and the anti-Jafari [Shia] sect and strengthens them. Through this same revenue, they prepare increasing [numbers of] propagators who are more equipped to misguide and confuse us, and with their agents and propagators in the cities, boroughs and villages, they propagate and axe-attack the root of Islam and Mohammedanism. Alas, that we are asleep and unaware of the situation