Persian Press Review

April 20, 2011 - 0:0

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

Tuesday’s headlines
KHORASAN: Gold coin auction fails to stop price rise
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Sports Ministry’s file in the State Inspectorate Organization
JAME JAM: Majlis reaction to merger of ministries
TAFAHOM: President says an army which adheres to guidelines of the Leader is undefeatable
HEMAYAT: Shalamcheh and Zafar, the newest Iranian missiles
KAYHAN: Iranian and Egyptian embassies to be reopened in the near future
HAMSHAHRI: President orders review of gas bills
IRAN: Negotiation in Riyadh, massacre in Sanaa
SHARQ: Dozens of Aliyev’s opponents are arrested; popular movements seeking change reaches Baku
DONYA EGHTESAD: Iran reacts to PGCC statement
TAFAHOM: Three more ministries will be merged
KEYHAN: Leader did not allow the administration to dismiss Moslehi (intelligence minister)
Leading articles
IRAN in a news report quotes Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi as saying the Iranian officials don’t have any interest to travel to Europe or the United States. The remarks by the top general came as the European Union has imposed asset freeze and travel ban on certain Iranian officials. Firouzabadi said the persons on the list have never travelled to European countries or the U.S. and are not even willing to visit these countries. He added, “We are not concerned about sanctions against Iran.” About Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Bahrain and the killing of pro-democracy protestors, Firouzabadi said Riyadh’s action is inhuman and runs contrary to Islam. He added in fact foreign troops have not achieved any success in Bahrain.
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ in a news report quotes Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi as saying all people have right to hold protest rallies but any rally should be within the framework of the constitution. Saffar Harandi, a former culture minister who currently serves as cultural advisor to the IRGC chief, said if rallies had not been based on the constitution people would have taken to the streets every day, leading to a chaotic situation in the country. For example, he asked, if those 13 million people who voted for Mir-Hossein Mousavi and those 24 millions who voted for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad poured into the streets then what would have happened? The advisor to the IRGC commander added the Interior Ministry should issue permits for rallies, and in a protest rally slogans, place of demonstration, and number of marchers should be specified otherwise the license of a party or group which arranges protest is revoked