Persian Press Review

March 5, 2011 - 0:0

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

Thursday’s headlines
JAVAN: What is United States’ anti-Iran scenario next year?
HEMAYAT: Judiciary chief says there is no exception in legal cases
JAME JAM: Iran warns America
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Status of sedition leaders, insurance case, and violation of law discussed in a gathering of prosecutor generals
HAMSHAHRI: Odd-even scheme fails to reduce traffic
KAYHAN: Majlis says Mousavi and Karroubi are anti-revolution; delay in punishment not justified anymore
JOMHORI ESLAMI: Popular and revolutionary army formed to liberate Libya
RESALAT: President says U.S. should avoid military intervention in North Africa and Middle East
TAFAHOM: Share of cooperatives sector in economy increases
JAHAN SANAT: Poverty line in Tehran is about 813 dollars per month
AFARINESH: President says the health and security of Europeans are in danger
KHORASAN: Majlis special committee gives its reports about the plans that led to Feb. 14 unrest
IRAN: Ahmadinejad’s jacket sells for 540 million rials (54000 dollars)
Leading articles
IRAN in a news report quotes Basij Commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi as saying the Middle Eastern Muslim nations will soon turn off oil and gas taps to the United States. Naqdi added Iranian engineers should prepare themselves to help regional countries especially Muslim states as they are struggling to gain independence from the yoke of colonialists and also achieving self-sufficiency in the economic area. He said since the U.S. reserves of crude oil in land have dried up and the cost of extracting oil in sea bed is too high Washington and other Western countries, which have dominance over oil resources in the Middle East, are trying to create problems in the path of masses’ uprisings in the region.
MARDOMSALARI in an editorial likens Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to Amir Kabir as the champion of development in Iran in the 19th century, and criticizes some people who are seeking to tarnish Rafsanjani’s image. The writer asks: Is there anybody who can compensate the damages inflicted on the nation by removing Amir Kabir? In the 32-year history of the Islamic Revolution, there have been some great figures who have accepted sensitive posts and fortunately our society is aware of the status of such prominent figures and respects them. Rafsanjani is among such figures. Rafsanjani has held key posts since the victory of the Islamic revolution. Imam Khomeini delegated his responsibilities as the supreme command of armed forces to Rafsanjani during the holy defense years ((Iran’s defense against the invading regime of Saddam Hussein); he was elected as chairman of Assembly of Experts; and the Supreme Leader also appointed him as chairman of the Expediency Council. In addition his thoughtful speeches in Friday prayers sermons and other occasions are unforgettable.
SHARQ newspaper has conducted an interview with former deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs Mohammad Sadr on the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa. Asked if the popular uprisings in the Arab world share a common root, Sadr said almost all countries are grappling with certain problems. Sadr said all the Arabs have a deep hatred towards Israel and are suffering the humiliation resulting from the fact that none of the Arab leaders dare to confront Israel due to their dependence on the United States and that is why Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah became the hero of the Arab world when Hezbollah defeated Israel during the 33-day war. But poverty cannot be mentioned as the common root cause of the Arab protests because the Persian Gulf littoral states are rich, he explained. However, he added, all the Arab nations are fed up with their long-serving dictators. Sadr also said the U.S. is making efforts to help bring to power a government in Egypt which does not endanger the security of Israel. In fact, he said, the U.S. tramples on democracy when it comes to Israel’s security. Commenting on the fact that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had an influential role in resolving the disagreements among the rival Palestinian groups, he said Mubarak’s ouster will change the situation of Palestinians for better. Sadr said it is unlikely that the next government in Egypt would maintain the blockade on the Gaza Strip. He added Mubarak’s exit would strengthen the resistance front and the stance adopted by Hamas. On the impact of the Egyptian developments on Tehran-Cairo ties, Sadr said the Iranian government does not have an influence in Egypt, but the Egyptians like the Iranian nation very much and it is probable that the relations between the two countries become friendly in the future.