Persian Press Review

March 14, 2011 - 0:0

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

Sunday’s headlines
HEMAYAT: President says Iranian people’s message is justice, peace and dignity for all
JAVAN: Bahrain’s royal palace is surrounded by angry protesters dressed in white (the color of funeral shrouds to symbolize a willingness to die for their cause)
TAFAHOM: Culture and Islamic guidance minister says press should serve as model
JAME JAM: Government awaits a miracle by Majlis (to approve the annual budget bill)
HAMSHAHRI: Japan’s quake shifts the axis of the Earth
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Next year to begin without approval of budget law
KAYHAN: Red alarm in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; Gates in Manama and Clinton on the way to Riyadh
IRAN: Labor and social affairs minister says workers and retirees to receive shopping credit card
SHARQ: (Influential lawmaker) Bahonar warns against the emergence of new sedition within the fundamentalist camp
JAHAN EGHTESAD: Majlis Economic Committee member says inflation in current year (which ends on March 20) was controlled by central bank
DONYA EGHTESAD: Explosion in Japan’s nuclear plant
Leading articles
In an interview with IRAN newspaper the intelligence minister says seditionists, by deflecting the attention of the intelligence and security forces from their main mission, facilitated damages on the country including the assassination of two nuclear scientists and the martyrdom of a number of people in bombing attacks in eastern and western country. However, Heydar Moslehi says the Intelligence Ministry disappointed seditionists by immediately spreading its “intelligence umbrella” over the seditious movements.
JOMHURI ESLAMI in an editorial says uprisings which have swept Arab states in North Africa and the Middle East are a proof that there is no room for dictators and that the people will determine their destination soon. The columnist says double standard policies of the United States and other Western powers toward these events would not work and they can not keep the dictators in Arab world in power any longer. The daily emphasizes now the question is: What will be the option of Western powers: dictatorship or revolution? The writer says the realities indicate that dictators have no chance to remain in power. The West is trying to show solidarity with people in attempts to replace dictators with its agents in due time. In such a situation only public vigilance will come to their help. The writer says based on the realities on the ground people will put an end to suppression, dictatorship, and deprivation.
SHARQ in an article entitled “Tehran a Defenseless City”, written by geophysics professor Bahram Akasheh, makes a reference to the strong quake that hit northeast in Japan on Friday and compares Tokyo with Tehran in terms of vulnerability to earthquake. He says in the history of Iran, the Tehran region has experienced more than 30 major quakes and says a massive quake hit Tokyo in 1920 that completely leveled the city but the main difference between Tehran and Tokyo is this: After that massive quake, the Japanese constructed the new city of Tokyo based on Western architecture which is resistant to earthquake and since that date no quake has left major destruction on Tokyo. However since 1920 Tehran has grown from a city of several thousand people to a city of eight-million inhabitants, and in every square kilometer 11,000 people live and this figure in Tokyo is 14,000. By highlighting population density, Akasheh says now compare the geographical expanse of the two countries and make a judgment: Japan is exactly one fifth of Iran. Over the past 215 years Tehran has seen 60 mayors and the city has been getting bigger and bigger day by day. While in Tokyo, persons who have taken over as mayors, have knowledge of city management and prevented the city from becoming bigger by considering the proneness of the city to quake and that is why that Tokyo, though is more prone to quake, its vulnerability is less than Tehran. The writer adds joint studies by Tehran Municipality and a Japanese institute, which started in 2001, show that an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale will leave the capital crippled for at least 10 years.