Persian Press Review

March 12, 2011 - 0:0

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

Thursday’s headlines
HEMAYAT: Members of Assembly of Experts insist on the need to keep unity and observe political ethics
KHORASAN: Soltanieh says we negotiate whenever G5+1 is ready
JAVAN: The nation’s experts (cleric scholars sitting on Assembly of Experts) call for trial of sedition leaders
HAMSHAHRI: The central bank announces the names of legal credit and financial institutes
JAME JAM: Loan defaults exceed development budget
KAYHAN: Military forces shed blood of people in Libya and Yemen
FARHIKHTEGAN: We want republicanism, Bahraini protesters say
QODS: There is no deadlock in fully studying the next year budget bill, says speaker Larijani
IRAN: Privatization of metro in next year
TAFAHOM: China, the largest gold producer in the world in 2010
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Prosecutor general says land-grabbers must be severely punished
IRAN: United States’ 55 million dollar support for seditionists
Leading articles
JAVAN in a news report quotes Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC commander, as saying Islamic republic’s message has reached the Muslim nations in the world and we are seeing that other countries are seeking to use the Islamic Revolution in Iran as a model. According to SepahNews, Jafari said IRGC should prioritize “spiritual ideals” in all of its missions. Referring to the recent developments in Egypt and Tunisia, the top commander said even if a single country rids itself of subservience to the United States and Israel and establishes a democratic system based on Islamic principles it will be a great step. The Sepah chief said the Islamic Revolution is rapidly spreading to Muslim communities as Muslims are thirst for Islamic values.
ARMAN in an editorial says since the outbreak of popular movements in Arab world no observer and analyst predicted that protests would engulf the oil-rich Arab states in the Persian Gulf region as well. But these protests spread to the region very fast. Bahrainis were the forerunner in rebelling against the al-Khalifa family in the Persian Gulf region and popular uprising has been continuing incessantly in the island nation over the last three weeks. People are still in the streets insisting that the al-Khalifa family must abandon power to pave the way for establishment of constitutional system. In Oman and Saudi Arabia uprisings have started as well. Tremors have also started in Saudi Arabia - the largest oil producing country. Salafis, by declaring a political party, have expressed their uproar over the current political and economic system in the kingdom. A glance at the country’s political landscape shows that Saudi Arabia is currently in crisis. Riyadh fears that Shias take the power in Bahrain, something which would influence the Shia-populated regions in Saudi Arabia. The editorialist concludes we should wait and see widespread protests in Saudi Arabia and other littoral Arab states. The regional countries, by making concessions, try to control the protests, but it seems the people’s demands are not merely for “bread”.
IRAN in an article entitled “The New Wave of Islamic Awakening”, written by former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, focuses on revival of Islamic movements in the Middle East. Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, the Islamic awareness also gained momentum in Afghanistan and Lebanon as the Islamic resistance movement inflicted a heavy damage on the Zionist regime’s army in 33-day war in 2006. Velayati who served as foreign minister for 16 years, said today we witness that a revolution is happening in all Muslim countries. He says the Islamic nature of these movements, which have targeted Western-backed despotic rulers, are all inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution. This tendency is to the extent that one of the Egyptian Sunni Ulama has recently said that we should revise our approach and seek velayat faqih (the rule of supreme jurisprudent). Velayati goes on to say that what is obvious is that the return of Egypt and Tunisia to the former systems is far from reality. Democracy with inclination toward religious values will be established in these two countries. The situation of the U.S. and the Zionist regime would be further destabilized in the Middle East and the possibility that the West retain its previous domination over these countries would be impossible.