Why doesn’t Iranian president appear on TV?
The editorial of Sedayeh Eslahat asks why Iranian President Hassan Rouhani doesn’t appear on the state-run TV to talk to people about recent economic crises in the gold coin and currency markets. Recently these markets have gone through shocking turbulences in a short period of time, as a result of which Iranian people have taken to streets to protest against their economic conditions.
According to the editorial, Iranian hardline principlists are taking advantage of the turbulent economic and political conditions in the country, and they aren’t after cooperating with the reformists or the government to improve the conditions. It won’t be even surprising to find out that the principlists themselves are behind the recent turbulence in the market.
The editorial continues the turbulent market of gold coin, currency, smuggling, automobile, and a decrease in workers’ food basket along with the U.S. threats, and unfortunate destiny of the nuclear deal have all resulted in agitating the society’s mental condition. Under such conditions, Hassan Rouhani was supposed to talk to people on TV live, but it was canceled for unknown reasons.
The editorial goes on to say: any president who feels for the people will definitely talk to people transparently. But the weak media team within the government and some pseudo-advisers around the president don’t think it is necessary for the president to talk to the people under these sensitive conditions.
The editorial concludes by asking Hassan Rouhani to talk to Iranian people before it is too late. Should the people take to streets to make the president realize how terrible the situation is in the society?
An editorial in Sedayeh Eslahat on August 1, 2018
Who benefits from economic turbulence in Iran?
Following the recent economic turbulence in gold coin and currency markets in Iran, the editorial of Mostaghel daily focuses on listing those who will possibly benefit from an increase in the price of gold coin and decrease in the value of the national currency.
According to the editorial, those who might benefit from these turbulences are: 1) Bankrupt governmental and private banks, 2) the government, for its budget deficiency, 3) financiers and multi-billionaires who spend their assets on investing in different sectors such as housing or importing goods, 4) exporters of different products, particularly farmers, animal husbandry and carpets.
The editorial continues by asking who can play a role in increasing the price of gold coin and foreign currency. Apart from people mentioned above in part one and two, 1) elements of the U.S., Israel and those who, aiming at toppling the regime, have turned to the economic war, and are after overthrowing the regime with purchasing and hoarding gold coin and foreign currency, 2) those who receive astronomical banking facilities.
The editorial enlarges the list: 3) part of the establishment that won’t be able to provide the currency they and their agents overseas need, after the imposition of sanctions, 4) importers of foreign luxury products such as automobiles, 5) those people who, in fear of the future and decrease in national currency, turn to buying gold and dollars, 6) those who want to travel abroad, families of students who study overseas, and patients who intend to go abroad for treatment, 7) importers of necessary goods and raw materials for producers.
The editorial infers that if the government is resolved to create changes in domestic and foreign policies, fight corruption and confront the economic mafias to resolve the economic problem in the country, then all the above-mentioned cases can be controlled and managed.
An editorial in Mostaghel on July 31, 2018
90% of capital in possession of 10% of society
The editorial of Arman daily focuses on the failure of economic strategies of Rouhani’s government and the necessity of proposing new plans to control the turbulent market of Iran.
The editorial starts with the fact that the gold coin and currency markets are going through turbulent times, setting new records in prices every day. The root of these turbulences goes back to the economic policies of the Iranian government, and in so far as these economic plans do not change, the market will continue this unstable path. What is important today is preserving the citizens’ purchase power. If the government cannot change its approach to the economy and society, it will become tougher to overcome these conditions.
The editorial continues: even reshuffling the cabinet and the government’s economic team cannot be helpful at this stage. One cannot expect improvement in the market unless the government admits its mistake and corrects them. This won’t be possible except without implementing new feasible economic plans.
The editorial asserts: Iran’s economy needs long-term, comprehensive programs. The plans implemented now are one-dimensional, and each time more liquidity is injected into the market. Such plans are mostly short-term solutions and will become a more difficult problem than the original one. Not paying enough attention to the issue of liquidity will decrease the value of the national currency, which will result in people’s power purchase going down.
The editorial concludes today 90% of the country’s capital is in possession of 10% of the society. As a result, this 10% can exclusively take control of the market and increase their own income by putting more pressure on other groups in the society. Taking advantage of the adverse economic conditions, this group has entered the markets of gold coin, currency, automobile, household appliances, etc. If this situation goes on, the citizens might not be able to tolerate it any longer.
An editorial in Arman Daily on July 30, 2018
The fate of Iran-Saudi Arabia relations
The editorial deals with the changes Iran needs to make in its relations with the countries in the Middle East.
The editorialist begins with the post-JCPOA crises Iran faces, saying while the U.S. is looking for partners to achieve a consensus against Iran, this country should do the same in order to rise to that challenge. However, Iran’s problems are not limited to the world powers. Located in the Middle East, Iran is in the midst of a region, which is itself tumultuous on a daily basis.
The editorial then zooms in on Iran’s poor relations with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and United the Arab Emirates. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani needs to establish diplomatic ties with those three countries to create peace on its borders. The security of Hormuz Strait is the best starting topic for negotiations between Iran and the Arab countries. In case of any challenge between Iran and world powers, this country should feel safe with its neighboring countries and develop an entente at least with the countries with which it has shared water borders as well as many religious, cultural common grounds.
The editorialist closes his piece by warning against the anti-Iran measures of the U.S. President Donald Trump, considering the improvement of Iran-Saudi Arabia relations as the wisest solution for upcoming challenges posed by Trump.
An editorial in Arman daily on July 29, 2018
Iran’s Achilles’ heel in confronting the U.S.
The editorial of Arman daily highlights Iran’s weaknesses in a confrontation with the U.S. It also addresses the recent talk of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo among Iranians in California.
According to the editorial, there is no doubt that Iran and the U.S. are opponents. Saying that the U.S. intends to change the regime in Iran is pretty much the same as saying it intends to change the Iranian regime’s policies. The West, headed by the U.S., hopes to divide Iran to smaller countries — each with different national interests. If so, these smaller countries will easily give in to dependence on foreigners.
The editorial continues: domestic factions, too, have realized this point. But the desire to defeat the domestic rivals has blinded them, depriving them of the power to timely and logically make decisions. Several points can be considered in Pompeo’s recent remarks among Iranians in California. Given the economic problems and corruptions that exist in Iran, Pompeo urged that there is no government in Iran, but just mafia groups.
The editorial asserts: if what Pompeo said is not true, statistics and facts must be used to prove that it is otherwise. If it is true, Iran has to take the situation seriously. To earn people’s trust, the corrupt must be removed from the centers of power and economy in Iran; the looted money must be returned to the treasury; the rent-seeking must be minimized; provocative slogans must be stopped; regional friends must increase; etc.
The editorial states: it seems that Iran’s Achilles’ heel in confronting the U.S. is the domestic situation. Iran needs to fight corruptions and economic problems, as well as starts making reformations. And this is possible only through creating transparency. Economic problems and corruptions are due to lack of transparency. Mafia groups were created due to lack of transparency by those who sidestepped the sanctions during former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – something that will happen again if there is no transparency.
An editorial in Arman daily on July 29, 2018
IRGC’s Jafari to Trump, “Iran will not negotiate with the Great Satan”
In response to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump’s statements on the negotiations with Iran, IRGC Commander-in-Chief, Mohammad Ali Jafari said that Iranians would never allow their regime to negotiate with the Great Satan (United States). This statement came during holding a meeting with Iranian officials by releasing a letter.
The text of the letter is as follows: “Mr. Tramp… Iran is not North Korea who will respond to your request positively. You ought to know the people of Iran have strengthened their religion and faith with the revived Islam brought about by Imam Khomeini. There are many differences between those nations ready to be submitted to hegemonic powers and Iranian people since we never allow our authorities to negotiate with the Great Satan. Officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran have very well known and often experienced your deceptive demagogic scenarios. And you are an amateur and not professional president in the field of politics, that instead of pursuing today’s politics, you are following the same path and past of your vulgar business, and completely ignorant of the ABCs of struggle and freedom of nations. Former US presidents, either military or political, knew much better than you or learned that Iran and Iranians are not the ones who got subdued by threats since they are united against any kind of threat and pressure from foreigners. Ask your experienced and fair experts and thinkers in your country. Basically, do you accept these awkward games or do you believe in the result of such games you have been waiting for? However, our open and hidden knowledge does not endorse or recommend this matter. You will take this wish to the grave that the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran is requesting to meet you or will they ask for permission from their nation regarding so-called holding meeting with you. You will never see such a day. Stay in your black palace (White House) and stay in the delusion of meeting with the Iranian officials, and you will know that this is a dream that will remain with you until the end of your presidency, and even the next president of the United States will not see it. The government and the great nation of Iran are standing arm in arm and relying on the promises of God, and the great leadership, as this nation will resist and stand up against your outrageous and inhuman sanctions imposed on the domestic resources and huge divine resources of the country. This is because the Iranian nation will continue resisting until the final victory and definitive defeat of that system of domination. Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guards responded to recent statements by the President of the United States over the talks and negotiations with Iran. Jafari said, in response to Tramp, that Iranians will never allow their regime to negotiate with the Great Satan.”
Nobakht steps down from a position as government’s spokesperson
Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, spokesperson of Iranian government said that Hassan Rouhani has agreed with his resignation. Nobakht, who was not only the government’s spokesperson but also head of Budget and Planning Organization, added that he will continue to stay in his position in that organization.
Nobakht is chairman of Moderation and Development Party and one of the closest people to Hassan Rouhani in the government. With financial and currency crises in recent weeks, there were requests for changing Nobakht by the public opinion and economic experts.
Nateq Nouri: We must not reject Trump’s proposal for unconditional talks
Member of Expediency Discernment Council said Iran mustn’t reject the U.S. president’s proposal without any good reasons, and this issue must be raised in National Security Supreme Council. Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri said with regard to the U.S. president’s proposal for an unconditional talk that such an issue is not impossible.
Nateq Nouri added this proposal mustn’t be rejected without any good reasons so that they can say that Iran is after violence and war. He said about Oman’s foreign minister’s trip to the U.S. and his possible trip to Iran in upcoming days that this might be for mediating between the two countries, just as they did for the nuclear deal.
Jaberi Ansari goes to Russia to take part in Syria’s peace talk
Senior aide to foreign minister in special political affairs and Iran’s senior negotiator in Syria’s international peace talks, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, went to Sochi, Russia, on Monday, July 30, heading a delegation to take part in the 10th round of International Conference for Peace in Syria. The main points of this round of talk would be facilitating the start of Syrian constitution committee, studying ways to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homes, and holding a new meeting for the committee of exchanging detainees and missing persons.
IRGC commander to Rouhani: Everybody is waiting for president’s revolutionary decisions
Commander-in-chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) wrote a personal note to the Iranian president, urging that everybody is waiting for the president’s revolutionary decisions. Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari emphasized that “unprecedented, extensive supports of those who care for the revolution for you in recent weeks mustn’t prevent you from taking revolutionary measures in controlling prices and stopping the shocking increase in the price of currency and gold coin markets under the economic war with enemies.” IRGC commander urges, “taking significant decisions under the difficult conditions of the country today to confront the enemies’ economic pressures requires revolutionary resolve and determination to confront the weakness of certain managers so that people can still have hope in your wise management.”
Fars news agency
Student sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment, flogging
Detained prisoner Kasra Nouri was sentenced by the court to 12 years of imprisonment and flogging. According to No to Prison, No to Execution Human Rights Center, Kasra Nouri, MA student in the field of human rights in the Tehran University, was sentenced to 12 years of discretionary imprisonment, 74 flogs, 2 years of exile, 2 years of banning from leaving the country, 2 years of deprivation from membership from any political groups and parties and media activities. Kasra Nouri — one of the Ganabadi dervishes — was brutally attacked and arrested by plainclothesmen on February 20.
Turkish citizens rush to Iranian border cities
Following the increase in currency rates in Iran, Turkish citizens travel to Iran through three border gates of Esendere-Sero, Kapikoy-Razi, and Gurbulak-Bazargan to buy their requirements and goods. There is no accurate statistics with regard to this so far, but those who are active at the border say that the presence of Turkish citizens in the border cities of Iran have significantly increased. Turkish lira which had a 30% drop in the current year has had a twofold increase in Iran and is traded for 2,500 rials in Iranian border cities.
Zarghami: All Rouhani’s strategies have reached a dead end
The former head of Iranian state-run TV urged that almost none of Rouhani’s election promises was fulfilled, and all his strategies have reached the dead end. Ezatollah Zarghami suggested that if Rouhani, in a TV interview, talks to people honestly and tells them explicitly about new strategies and reform measures, he will get better results.
Young Journalists Club
Reza Pahlavi, the most popular figure in Iranian society
An opinion poll shows that Reza Pahlavi, son of former Shah of Iran, enjoys most popularity among the Iranians. In this poll, a list of civil and political figures from different political tendencies was given to respondents to assess their inclinations. It aimed at showing who the respondents will vote for as their first option and second option if a free election is held in Iran. The result shows that Reza Pahlavi with 37.9%, Nasrin Sotodeh with 8.1%, Mir-Hossein Mousavi with 4.6%, Mohammad Khatami with 4.4% were on top of the list of most popular figures in Iranian society.
Gathering protest of Shahid Beheshti University’s students
A number of students and members of student formations in Shahid Beheshti University gathered in protest against IAEA inspectors visiting Iranian universities and their possible visit to Shahid Beheshti University. The students asked the officials to be accountable for these visits from universities, warning against any such visit from Shahid Beheshti University.
Lawmaker: More than 30 million Iranians use anti-filtering
Tehran MP Mahmoud Sadeghi pointed out that more than 30 million Iranians use anti-filtering (VPN) to use Telegram messenger, saying that the solution to bolstering domestic messengers is not a rent-seeking method. Mentioning to rumors as to removing filtering of Telegram, Sadeghi added that the policy of filtering, limiting the space, censoring, and such measures are doomed to failure, and filtering Telegram is no exception.
Movahedi Kermani: Central Bank must be independent of the executive branch
Tehran Friday Mass Prayer leader considered the independence of the Central Bank from the executive branch as necessary, adding that Iranian president is expected to act according to the constitution and give a part of his authorities to the governors. Movahedi Kermani pointed out to people’s economic and livelihood problems and urged that all three branches are responsible for resolving these economic problems
Renault to leave Iran due to U.S. sanctions
Following the U.S. pulling out of the nuclear deal, European companies are leaving Iranian market one after the other. Thierry Bollore, Renault Chief Operating Officer, announced that due to the U.S. sanctions, this company’s activities in Iran will probably halt. He added that with losing Iranian market, Renault will look for new trade opportunities in other parts of the world, particularly Africa. After lifting sanctions in 2016, Iran became a thriving market for selling European products, and the volume of European companies’ trades with Iran reached more than $10 billion.
Arresting Kurdish political activist for criticizing Khamenei
Mokhtar Zaree, the Kurdish political activist, was summoned to court for criticizing Iranian supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and after going to court, he was arrested and taken to the central prison of Sanandaj, Kurdistan. This political activist had posted on his Telegram channel, saying that he was summoned for criticizing the supreme leader. In this post, Zaree has asked for Khamenei’s apology and has criticized the supreme leader for not being accountable.
In a letter criticizing the supreme leader of Iran, Zaree had said that the leader has been the highest-ranking political official in past three decades, and “we have been witnessing numerous cases of undemocratic behaviors, violations of human rights, and depriving people of freedom.”
22-year old girl sentenced to 7 years of prison on a charge of “propaganda against the regime”
Maryam Mohammadi, 22-year old girl from Fereydoun Kenar who was arrested during December popular uprisings in Iran, was sentenced to 7 years of discretionary imprisonment. In the court of appeal, the sentence was commuted to 5 years and 25 days of imprisonment.
7 injured due to an explosion in Ahwaz
According to the head of the fire department in Ahwaz, 7 people were injured due to a gas explosion in this city. In this incident, an individual had released gas in his own shop to commit suicide, and despite the firemen’s attempt, there was an explosion. Following this incident, two firemen and five citizens were injured.
Kamalvandi: Producing heavy water with earlier capacity
Spokesperson of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said producing heavy water is underway in previous capacity. Behrooz Kamalvandi added that the new U.S. administration has done its best to prevent purchasing heavy water from Iran. Nonetheless, Iran has its own relationship and is exporting heavy water to different countries. According to Kamalvandi, even though Iran hasn’t been able to export heavy water extensively, it has cooperation with small companies in this regard.
Iranian export to Qatar to reach $900 million
Head of joint chamber of Iran and Qatar cited an increase in Iran’s export to Qatar, saying that a plan is formulated by the joint chamber of Iran and Qatar for trade and investment development between the two countries. Adnan Mossapour added if the government keeps its promises, Iran’s export will increase from $250 million to $800 – $900 million until 2020.
Fars news agency
Increase in Iranian companies in Turkey
Head of the Iran-Turkey joint chamber of commerce announced an increase in the number of Iranian trade and industrial companies in Turkey. Jalal Ebrahimi added that more than 150 companies have been registered by Iranian businessmen in cities like Izmir, Ankara, Antalya, and Mersin, saying they create the new companies in Turkey to facilitate importing goods through companies affiliated with Turkey or Europe.