Persian Press Review

January 18, 2010

The column ‘Persian Press Review’ features the headlines and leading articles carried by Farsi dailies. We are going to keep you informed on the latest top stories covered by the Iranian newspapers.

Sunday’s headlines:
Arman: It is not an success to increase the enemies of the establishment, says Reyshahri
Abrar: Radan (deputy police chief) defends Hosseinian (principlist MP who has recently tendered his resignation)
Etemd: Countering the soft war is the new obligation of the press, says Ramin (deputy culture minister for press affairs)
Iran: Iranian fashion and dress designers should enter the scene, says the president
Tehran-e Emrooz: (Administration’s) Economic U-turn: from socialism to capitalism
Jam-e Jam: Hot scenarios for gasoline (in the Iranian New Year)
Jomhuri-e Eslami: U.S. plan for long-term occupation of Iraqi Kurdistan
Khorasan: 5+1 members hold opposing views over imposing (new) sanctions against Iran, report Western news agencies
Resalat: We will change the order of the region if the Zionist regime starts a (new) war, says Hassan Nasrallah
Farhang-e Ashti: The revocation of the gasoline rationing is possible; gasoline to be sold 400 tomans (400 cents) a litter
Kar-o Kargar: Iran welcomes any action against terrorism in the region, says Mottaki at the trilateral cooperation meeting of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Leading articles:
‘Jomhuri-e Eslami’ in its editorial has analyzed the upcoming parliamentary election in Iraq. Iraq’s the Accountability and Justice Commission on Thursday barred nearly 500 politicians and parties from contesting the country’s upcoming national poll, including many linked to Saddam Hussein’s outlawed Baath party. The disqualification of Saddam loyalists from running in elections is a positive approach to prevent them from entering the governmental centers. This policy has won the approval and support of various Iraqi groups. But considering the fact that American and British occupiers have made tremendous efforts to restore the rule of Baath party in the country, the Iraqi people should be waiting for an intensification of pressure on the government by the occupiers to reverse disqualifications.
‘Mardomsalari’ in an article headlined “Jamming Signals, the Border between Politics and Health,” has gone into the issue of sending signals to jam certain satellite networks. These signals have negative effect on people’s health. These days, the number of people who visit clinics due to the feelings of dizziness and sickness has risen notably.
‘Etelaat’ in its editorial has examined the current political situation in the country. It should be acknowledged that the country is in a critical situation and it needs calm. It also says it is not possible to prepare the ground for implementing social and economic reforms in the current political atmosphere in which slandering, insulting, tensions, and extremisms are prevalent. The writer also said it is essential to promote an atmosphere of solidarity and amity in order to tackle the economic problems by taking advantage of all expert views (regardless of their political persuasions) and capacities.
‘Qods” in its editorial has examined the issue of televised political debates arranged by the national TV. The new series of televised debates about the post-election incidents not only is an effective approach but also a response to the urgent demand of the nation. Televised debates are among the most effective and most attractive methods to make people familiar with various political ideas and viewpoints.
‘Donya-e Eqtesad’ in an article has examined differing viewpoints over the subsidy reform plan. Majlis speaker has said if this plan is implemented carelessly, it will lead to a rise in inflation, smuggling, and poverty. However, the president has claimed that by implementing the subsidy reform plan, the poverty will be rooted out within 3 years.
‘Jahan-e Sanaat’ in an article has called the recent disastrous earthquake in Haiti alarming for Tehran. What happens if such a quake hits Tehran? Are Tehranis’ apartments stronger than Haiti’s presidential palace?
AM/PA