This column features excerpts from the editorials, commentaries, and news articles of the leading Iranian newspapers.
HAMSHAHRI: Mubarak’s promises fail to calm Egypt
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Two-month deadline set for transfer of employees
JAME JAM: U.S., Israel fearful of developments in Middle East
TAFAHOM: Subsidy reform plan has not affected inflation
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Tehranis’ main complaint is air pollution
TAFAHOM: Iran opens the biggest gas project
JAVAN: Gasoline production to be increased by 12 million liters until the end of the year (March 20)
JAVAN: Alexandria conquered; Egyptians say "Mubarak must go”
HEMAYAT: President inaugurates Tehran-Pardis Freeway
KHORASAN: Unofficial reports of Hosni Mubarak’s fleeing
KAYHAN: 1,115 gas-supply projects to be inaugurated during the ten-day dawn celebrations (February 1-11)
KAYHAN: People’s big ‘no’ to Egypt’s Pharaoh; regime must change not cabinet
MARDOMSALARI in an editorial says even though the uprisings in Tunisia put an end to 24 years of despotic rule by Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, many of his allies still remain in their posts including Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi who has kept his post over the past 11 years despite people’s strong opposition. Suppressing people, muzzling any kind of opposition voice, depending heavily on big powers, creating networks for plundering national resources, etc, are among the common peculiarities of the most Arab ruling systems. The money and national resources, instead of being used for national progress, are spent for empowering dreaded security forces and organizations, and building stunning palaces in some parts of the world. The head of these regimes even have plans to appoint their sons as successors. Hosni Mubarak who has ruled the country over the last 30 years is seeking to put his son in throne. Also Qadhafi, after 40 years in power, is trying to hand over the leadership to his son.
JOMHURI ESLAMI in an editorial says though the Saad Hariri government has collapsed and Najib Mikati has taken over as designate prime minister through support by Hezbollah and its allies, there is still a long way ahead to settle crisis in Lebanon. The withdrawal of ?Shia ministers from the Saad Hariri government was by no means intended to confront Sunnis. However, secret efforts are underway to portray withdrawal from Hariri’s cabinet as a religiously motivated move. Saudi Arabia is furious over the collapse of Hariri’s government and has mobilized its mercenaries to foment religious tension in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is fully aware of seditious religious motives, should foil such plots. The writer predicts that this time Hezbollah would also resolve the problems based on the Lebanese constitution especially as the new prime minister enjoy considerable support among Sunni politicians