Persian Press Review

March 15, 2011 - 0:0

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

Monday’s headlines
HAMSHAHRI: President says house price must be lowered
JAM_E JAM: Private sector agrees with the increase of salaries
JAM_E JAM: Widespread social disobedience in Bahrain
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Central Bank supports reducing bank interest rate
HEMAYAT: Iran enters world’s nuclear market
HEMAYAT: Tehran taxi fares will increase 15 percent
HAMSHAHRI: Reduction of metro credit in annual budget bill
Leading articles
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ in an editorial says statistics released by government officials are contradictory and this makes a judgment on government’s activities difficult. For example, the labor minister, in a meeting with the representatives of Iranian nationals residing in Qatar on Sunday morning, said in 1389 (March 2009-March 2010) government succeeded to create 1.8 million job opportunities while President Ahmadinejad in a joint meeting of cabinet ministers and governors on Sunday afternoon said: “We have been able to create 1.6 million jobs.” The daily asks why there is almost a 20 percent difference between the figures presented by the president and the labor minister? The point is that investors and manufacturers make plans based these statistics released by the government. Currently some major economic indexes such as the rate of growth, unemployment and poverty line are not announced by the government and in fact businessmen do not know how to make plans, but the announcement of different figures by the two high ranking officials within a few hours is “surprising”.
MARDOMSALARI compares differences between Iran and Japan in regard to the earthquake which hit Japan on Friday. The writer in a sarcastic way says: 1- Iran and Japan are both prone to earthquake. If one person is killed in a quake measuring less than 8 on the Richter scale everybody is surprised, but if 40,000 (God forbidden) are killed in a quake with a magnitude measuring less than 7 on Richter scale nobody wonders! 2- In Japan quake-resistant buildings are constructed, while in Iran to reduce casualties of a possible quake, it is said that 5 million people should leave Tehran and go to other cities. This is while most cities in Iraq are threatened by quake! 3- It is predicted that 11,000 people have been killed in the 9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan which is considered as a great national disaster, while in Iran every year more than twice this figure are killed in road accidents (one person every 25 minutes) and it is not considered a tragedy! 4- Both Iranians and Japanese use internet. In Iran if internet is not disconnected every few days everybody is surprised but in Japan after the horrible quake and tsunami the internet is not cut and nobody is astonished! 5- The Japanese are using internet to get information about the missing persons resulting from the current quake-triggered tsunami but God forbidden if an accident happens in Iran one should wait lost ones come by themselves otherwise nobody and nowhere any news is disclosed on their whereabouts!