“And these times are so hard, and it’s getting even harder…”Eminem, Lose Yourself.

Life is not good in Iran. Economic hardships are driving the average Iranian citizen to near poverty. The New York Times reports on their study of a middle-aged construction company worker named Nader. He lives in Tehran. Nader’s savings are gone, and his rent has doubled. Long ago, he was forced to cut meat out of his diet for economic reasons.

The Times interviewed him over the phone; he told them, “I can’t keep up with the rising prices, no matter how hard I run. Our demand is for the government to fix the economy, to understand that we are breaking under financial pressure.” 

Nader is doing what he can. He’s taken a second job as a cab driver to make enough money to buy schoolbooks and clothes for his young son. Still, the money is slow to come.