Persian Press Review

July 21, 2011

This column features excerpts from news articles, editorials, commentaries, and interviews of the leading Iranian newspapers and websites.

Wednesday’s headlines
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Health minister warns hospitals which do not accept emergency patients
JAME JAM: Phone hacking whistleblower found dead at his home
JAVAN: People should be given opportunity to do oil trade, economy minister says
KHORASAN: Iran installing new generation of centrifuges, Foreign Ministry spokesperson says
HAMSHAHRI: Majlis reacts to recent street fights
KAYHAN: Leader announces general national policies on employment
IRAN: President tells regional countries that friendship with Iran will benefit them
TAFAHOM: ‘Parsi’ is the most favored name suggested for national currency
FARHIKHTEGAN: 99 percent of people agree with removing zeroes off the national currency
MELLATEMA: We can question president after collapse of U.S., Israel, (MP) Ali Motahari says (sarcastically)
HAMSHAHRI: Israeli commandoes board the Gaza-bound aid ship
Leading articles
JAVAN, in a news report, quotes Ayatollah Asadollah Imani as suggesting that Hashemi Rafsanjani, as a cleric and political figure, utilize his friendship with the House of Saud to help halt the massacre of people in Bahrain., “It is said that he (Rafsanjani) has good relationship with the House of Saud, so it would be better if he uses this potential,” Ayatollah Imani noted. He added it is necessary that all political, scientific, religious, and cultural figures use their influence to help halt the killing of people in Bahrain. Imani, who is the member of the Assembly of Experts, says the only difference between the Bahraini people and other nations is that they are living under oppression. The ayatollah said, “We back up all regional nations which are being repressed by the subservient rulers.”
HAMSHAHRI has conducted an interview with MP Aziz Akbarian, who along with a number of other lawmakers, are planning to summon Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to Majlis to question him about the inaction of the Foreign Ministry towards Islamic awakening in regional countries. Asked about the reason behind the plan calling for Salehi to be questioned, Akbarian raised some questions: “Where we are in the Islamic awakening current occurring in Islamic Middle Eastern countries? What is our diplomacy in this regard? What role do we intend to play?” Akbarian said, “On one side we are witnessing the United States and certain other Western countries and on the other side a number of regional countries such as Saudi Arabia who are active in this regard and are making efforts to turn the tide of the developments in their own favor. Even Turkey and Qatar are playing roles but we do not see any action by the Foreign Ministry.” Asked what the lawmakers expect the Foreign Ministry do, he said the least the Foreign Ministry can do is to consult with non-hostile and like-minded nations about regional nations. Asked to give an example of Foreign Ministry’s inaction on regional developments, Akbarian said, “Our question is whether the Foreign Ministry regards regional uprisings as Islamic awakening or not. I think it does not.”