Feb. 01, 2011
This column features excerpts from the editorials, commentaries, and news articles of the leading Iranian newspapers.
SHARQ: Anti-Mubarak groups ask ElBaradei to form interim government
JAME JAM: Smuggled gold imports increase
JAVAN: Salehi takes over leadership of the Foreign Ministry with the votes of Majlis representatives
HEMAYAT: Iran inaugurates Middle East largest space center
KHORASAN: President says the prices would start decreasing from Farvardin (March 21-April 21)
KAYHAN: Countdown starts for the fall of Mubarak; Egyptians get armed
KAYHAN: Students in Tehran hold rally supporting Islamic uprising by Egyptians
KAYHAN: Security alert declared in Libya in fear of anti-government protests
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Tehran prosecutor general asks the Netherlands not to interfere in Iran’s internal affaires
IRAN: UN report says development index in Iran increases 40 points
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ in an editorial says with the approval of the parliament Ali Akbar Salehi officially took over as foreign minister. He is expected to do a lot in his post. The columnist says Dr. Salehi knows well the Foreign Ministry with its current performance cannot efficiently convey the global aspirations of the Islamic revolution. The writer says first it was expected that the views of experts be taken seriously in foreign policy matters. But the ministry is overstaffed and some diplomats cannot present proper analyses of the events in the countries in which they are serving. Whatever Salehi needs to do is a serious determination to monitor a ‘deceptive world’ through developing an efficient and active foreign policy team. The columnist concludes this important role should be carried out based on the guidelines of Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution.
KAYHAN in an analysis says 32 years has passed since the Islamic Revolution, an event which came as shock to President Jimmy Carter. All through these years the White House has been uneasy. Now after 23 years the same tragedy befalls on Barack Obama. The repercussions of the Islamic Revolution have reached North Africa. If 32 years ago Jimmy Carter had to deal with only the Iran issue, today Barak Obama has to grapple with many issues. To exemplify the further failures by the U.S. the writer says Hezbollah toppled the government of Saad Hariri by withdrawing its ministers from the cabinet. Soon afterwards an unprecedented move started in Tunisia and this volcano surpassed the borders of Tunisia and reached Egypt and other Arab states. All these developments are inspired by Islamic Revolution in Iran.