» Children, victims of tragedies in Iran…until when?
This editorial sheds light on the catastrophic situation of children in Iran, pointing to recent tragedies in this regard, including rape and murder of 6-year-old Setayesh in Tehran suburbs, rape and murder of 7-year-old Atena in Ardebil in northern Iran, death of 8-month-old Benita in her father’s stolen car in Tehran, and death of 10-year-old Parsam due to medical malpractice in Sanandaj in western Iran.
The writer maintains that children are victims of such tragedies every year in Iran. Children’s rights and its requirements are still of secondary importance in this country. There is neither any investments in education about children’s rights, nor any bill on protecting children’s rights has been ratified by the Iranian parliament yet.
This editorial lists multiple reasons for children’s facing such catastrophes in Iran such as the failure of the government, society, and citizens to take proper care of this issue, as well as inattention to children’s situation, weaknesses of the law or not enforcing it properly.
The writer also enumerates a number of problems that the government, organizations, citizens, and parents have created for children, including negligence of Convention on the Rights of the Child, inefficient education, the issue of parents and their rights to punish children, child marriage, and child abuse.
An Editorial in ‘Arman Emrouz’ Newspaper on Sunday, Jul. 30th, 2017
» How to tackle ‘anti-revolutionary’ satellite TV networks aired in Iran
This editorial focuses on strategies to prevent popular Persian-language satellite TV networks from impacting their viewers in Iran. The writer believes such TV networks by dominating the minds of Iranian youth can jeopardize the future of the Iranian Republic regime.
More than 60% of people in Iran watch a large number of Persian-language satellite TV networks that are active against the Iranian Republic of Iran establishment, according to the editorial. The reasons why people are drawn so such networks include censorship in IRIB (Iran state TV), lack of entertaining, appealing programs on IRIB, and people’s interest in immoral shows aired from satellite TV networks.
In order to attract the viewers of satellite TV networks, says the editorial, IRIB should institutionalize honesty in its organization, produce more appealing shows to meet the expectations of Iranian youth while observing religious standards, and also produce programs in which threats and attacks by satellite networks are addressed.
The writer also rules out jamming satellite signals or rounding up satellite dishes from people’s homes as short-term solutions which can only temporarily disrupt people’s access to satellite TV networks.
An Editorial in ‘Asr Iranian’ Newspaper on Monday, Jul. 31st, 2017
» Unprecedented tension between Moscow, Washington
This editorial addresses recent tensions between Russia and the U.S., focusing on measures taken by the two countries against each other.
The writer says following the fresh sanctions set against Russia by U.S. Congress, Russian President Vladimir Putin expelled 755 American diplomats from his country, an unprecedented measure since 1986.
The editorial also quotes a number of Russian authorities in this regard, such as Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov who said the U.S. needs to recover from what he called “political schizophrenia”, and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who noted, “If the U.S. side decides to move further towards further deterioration, we will answer…We will retaliate.”
The writer also states that the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reacted to Russians by saying that he and President Trump hopes to see “different behavior by the Russian government, with regard to Ukraine, with regard to supporting rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea.”
Finally, the editorialist juxtaposes two pieces of news: First, an announcement by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite about the U.S. increasing its military presence on the territory of Lithuania on September 14-20 when the Russia-Belarus joint military exercises will be held. Second, Russia’s recent showcasing of two of its largest nuclear-powered vessels at the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg.
An Editorial in ‘Javan’ Daily on Tuesday, Aug. 1st, 2017
» What is the outcome of your government, ‘Mr. Nobakht’?
This editorial focuses on the way Hassan Rouhani’s government is dealing with the issue of the house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard.
The writer first quotes the government spokesperson Mohammad Baqer Nobakht as saying that since the former government was responsible for the house arrest, it should be held accountable for it too. Rouhani’s government uses what the “former government” did as an excuse in many fields, especially the economy and foreign policy. Although criticizing the former government and addressing the roots of problems is often necessary, it cannot be acceptable about each and every issue, including the house arrest.
The editorial finds it understandable that the former President Ahmadinejad’s radical approaches led to house arrest of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard, once supporters of the Iranian Republic establishment. Yet it poses this question: what has Rouhani’s government done in the past four years in this regard?
Rouhani’s limitations and Nobakht’s concerns in this regard are comprehensible, but during the recent presidential elections in Iran, people from all over the country voiced their demands about house arrest of their leaders. The society can no longer accept silence or ambiguity and needs clarification about this issue, concludes the editorialist.
An Editorial in ‘Bahar’ Daily on Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, 2017
♦ Kamalvandi: Britain prevented Iran from purchasing uranium
Spokesperson of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalvandi said regarding Britain preventing Iran from purchasing uranium that this issue is being followed up, and was discussed in the sideline of the joint commission. He added that Britain was asking for some justifications, which were offered.
As for his recent trip to Russia, Kamalvandi said that the issue of two reactors was discussed, and it is almost 9 months ahead of the schedule. Kamalvandi said regarding mutual measures of Iran against new sanctions, and in case America doesn’t fulfill its obligations that “we have given some measures like a tool box to the supervisory board.” Spokesperson of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said if JCPOA is blatantly violated, measures in technical field will be taken.
Kamalvandi refused the possibility of new round of negotiations according to the U.S. demand, emphasizing no such issue has been ever brought up.
♦ Salehi: Iran’s nuclear industry is advancing better than before
Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said the process of the country’s nuclear activities is moving forward. Salehi emphasized on precise and fair narrating of social and political events, adding that nuclear negotiations had drawn the world’s attention, and had a global reverberation.
Salehi went on to say that nuclear negations did not take place in a vacuum, urging that at any time the negotiations were with plans and management.
♦ 3 satellites ready to launch
Head of Iran’s Space Organization Bahrami said 3 satellites are lined up for being launched. Bahrami added that “Amir Kabir Message” satellite will be launched in less than a year, and “Zafar” satellite in 2 years. According to Bahrami, “Dosti” [friendship] satellite is in line for being launched as well.
Head of Iran’s Space Organization said about building telecommunication satellites that detailed international talks are held so that Iran can meet its requirements. Bahrami urged that for building domestic telecommunication satellites, certain measures are taken in Telecommunication Ministry’s Space Institute.
♦ 24 border trespassers identified and arrested at Khorasan Razavi
Khorasan Border Guards Commander General Masha Allah Jannesar said in 48 hours, 24 trespassers who intended to illegally enter Iran were arrested and handed over to judiciary authorities by Taibad border regiment. He added that this regiment could discover and seize some drugs.
♦ Amnesty International: Suppression of human rights defenders after Rouhani’s victory
Amnesty International accuses Iran’s security and judiciary organizations of creating a cycle of suppressing human rights defenders through imprisoning and intimidating them, aiming at ending hope for any reforms with regard to human rights.
In its new report, Amnesty International says that a number of human rights defenders and activists in Iran have faced charges of threatening “national security”, and have been imprisoned. According to this organization, many others have been subjected to surveillance, interrogations, and drawn-out criminal proceedings coercing them into self-censorship.
This organization says the wave of repression appears to be an attempt on the part of the state’s repressive arms to crush any hopes of human rights reform raised by the promises of increased freedom made during Hassan Rouhani’s election campaign.
♦ 75% of Iranian families are damaged or subject to social damages
Deputy to Social Affairs in Iran Welfare Organization Ahmad Khaki said 75% of Iranian families are the ground of social damages, meaning that they have either been damaged, or are subject to damages, emphasizing that covert social damages are more than the overt ones. Deputy to Social Affairs asserted that currently the number of centers for intervention in crisis is low and not sufficient.
Ahmad Khaki said according to studies, there are three types of families in Iran. 25% of Iranian families are “heavenly”, meaning that they are successful and together. 50% of families are “purgatorial or in between”, meaning that some members of family are successful, while the others feel suppressed and unsuccessful. 25% of families are “hellish” meaning that members of the family absolutely hate each other.
♦ Iran Defense Minister: Launching Simorgh was successful
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan responded to western media’s claim as to failure of launching satellite carrying rocket, called Simorgh, saying “launching Simorgh was successful, and we could achieve our goal.” He added that Americans are not expected to call this operation a success.
As for suggested option for defense minister in 12th government, Dehghan said somebody from within the ministry will be chosen for this position.
♦ Zarif: We will respond to U.S. unfulfilling obligations
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran will respond to U.S. hostile behaviors towards JCPOA with proper legal and practical measures. He added that U.S. administration’s policies have been followed up in Commission Overseeing JCPOA, and legal and practical measures are going to be taken against U.S. decisions.
Calling U.S. hostile policies against JCPOA as indicating this country’s enmity with Iran, Zarif asserted that “they are very concerned that the nuclear deal has made Iran more powerful, while reducing their ability to maneuver.”
♦ Government official arrested on charge of bribery
Semnan prosecutor announced arrest of a general manager in Semnan Province. He added that after collecting evidence and conducting investigations, this executive official was arrested on charge of bribery. One of the employees in this executive organization was also arrested in this regard, and both were taken to prison.
♦ Lawmaker: People cannot endure inflation under economic recession
Urmia MP Nader Ghazipour urged today people are facing numerous problems – from economic to social issues – and government must pay attention to all of them. He asserted that people are rightfully worried about recession in their own economic lives. Besides, high price of some essential goods is another issue that concerns people, because they cannot tolerate inflation at the time of recession.
Urmia MP Nader Ghazipour said the president should suggest ministers for his new cabinet who have exact, formulated and efficient plans and are strongly motivated. Ghazipour added the government is expected no to use those ministers with poor performance in 11th government.
♦ JCPOA proved U.S. not capable of negotiating
Chairman of ‘Islamic Coalition’ Party Mohammadnabi Habibi said in reaction to new U.S. sanctions that JCPOA proved that America is not capable of negotiating. Habibi added that U.S. new sanctions legislation is “a kind of declaring war on the Iranian Republic”, and goes beyond the so-called paralyzing sanctions.
Chairman of ‘Islamic Coalition’ Party asserted that Americans doings and sayings are based on hostility, and they have no inclination for resolving issues between the two countries.
♦ Argentinians invest in Iran’s power plant-building industry
With the presence of Argentine company, the national project of power plants in Khuzestan province will be implemented. Executive manager of a joint investment project said last December, representatives of “IMPSA Argentine” were invited to Iran for investing in power plant projects in the country.
The executive manager continued after Energy Ministry approved of this company, they were introduced to Water and Electricity Organization through investment management. He added studies estimate that the project will cost $550 million, and it was eventually approved for financing and investment.
♦ JCPOA is not sports club!
Retired diplomat Fereydoun Majlessi said JCPOA is not a sports club to enter or exit at will. It is rather an international contract, signed by global powers. From the beginning, he added, JCPOA was not going to resolve the issues between Iran and America, adding that Iran knew that with the nuclear deal, “U.S. enmity with Iran” would not come to an end, and Americans knew that Iran’s behaviors would not change with JCPOA. This retired diplomat emphasized that the nuclear deal was only to guarantee to fulfill the obligations of both sides, and was not going to create changes in “enmities”.
♦ Karroubi’s family accuses Intelligence Ministry of disrupting treatment of those under house arrests
Members of Mehdi Karroubi’s family, one of the well-known figures of 2009 protests who is currently under house arrest, issued a statement, saying that “representative of Intelligence Ministry is intentionally trying to disrupt the process of treatment” of those who are under house arrests.
The statement was issued after the news of gravity of physical condition of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi was published. The statement considers Hassan Rouhani’s government and Intelligence Ministry, along with “the ruler and judiciary system” as responsible for lives of those who are under house arrests.
Mehdi Karroubi’s family say that the representative of Intelligence Ministry, since the beginning of his activities, has created “numerous obstacles for those under house arrests and persecuting both families.”
♦ Magnitude 5 earthquake shook southwest Iran
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in southwestern Iran. The quake struck the town of Naqan in this province, and its epicenter was 2 kilometers away from this town at the depth ten kilometers.
♦ 30% of Iran’s economy affected by smuggling goods and drugs
Deputy commander of Intelligence of Armed Forces General Staff General Majid Mir-Ahmadi said the country’s economy is threatened by smuggling goods and drugs, as well as human trafficking, adding that at least 30% of the country’s economy is under the impact these threats.
General Mir-Ahmadi criticized creating problems for fighting smuggling within the country. He asserted that 60% of smuggling within the country is done through official channels, emphasizing that fighting smuggling needs competent people who are not corrupt.
♦ Mir-Salim: JEMNA used capacities of military Institute
Mostafa Mir-Salim, one of the candidates in 2017 presidential election, accused principlists coalition called JEMNA to have used capacities of military institutes in the presidential election. Mir-Salim, a member of central council of ‘Islamic Coalition’ Party, without naming the military institute, said that if JEMNA acted more coherently than ‘Islamic Coalition’ Party during the election, it was only because they used capacities of military institutes.
Criticizing JEMNA for using military institutes’ assistance, Mir-Salim said people will never vote for military and judiciary elements. He added that when people see a military institute is fighting in war fronts, they will support it, but if they realize that a military institute is after office, they will refuse to support them due to their having weapons.
♦ 18 Iranian prisoners in Iraq to be delivered to Iran
Iraqi deputy Justice Minister Hossein Zahiri declared in his meeting with Iran’s Ambassador Iraj Masjedi that 18 Iranian suspects who are in Iraqi prisons will be delivered to Iran to spend the rest of their convictions in Iranian prisons. He added that these prisoners will be delivered to Iranian officials through Basra.
♦ Bahram Ghassemi: Iran will follow its missile program with all capacity
Iran’s spokesperson of Foreign Ministry Bahram Ghassemi said, “we will follow the missile program with all our capacity.” He added that Iran’s military, defense, and missile issues are matters of domestic policies, and any interference in this regard will be considered as meddling in Iran’s domestic affairs.
He made these remarks one day after the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany issued a joint statement to condemn Iran’s testing satellite carrying rocket, Simorgh. The statement considered Tehran’s testing missile as “incompatible with Security Council’s Resolution”.
♦ Iranian government and parliament reacted to new U.S. sanctions
Following the sanction of 6 Iranian companies by the U.S., Iranian government and parliament reacted to the U.S. measure. Iran’s first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri announced the meeting of the supervisory board over JCPOA, and said, “a commission headed by the president has been formed for supervising the implementation of JCPOA. In case the other party takes any measure deemed as against JCPOA by this commission, Iran will strongly react to it.”
On the other hand, National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Parliament, despite Parliament’s recession, held an emergency meeting and passed a general legislation for “confronting the U.S. provocative and terrorist behaviors.”
Following the launch of satellite carrying rocket, Simorgh, by Iran, U.S. Department of Treasury added 6 Iranian companies to the sanctions list.
Anatoli news agency
♦ 75% of child abuses in Iran by members of family
Head of Iran’s Social Emergency Center Dariush Assadbeigi said 75% of child abuses in the country are by members of the family. He added most of the child abuses are by parents, due to addiction, alcohol consumption, hot temper and sexual perversion.
Head of Iran’s Social Emergency Center had previously asserted that some sexual child abuses remain undisclosed, and had said that the number of boys and girls in sexual abuse statistics is equal.
♦ 3 fields are in priority for signing IPC contracts
Iranian Oil Minister Bizhan Zanganeh said 3 fields of Azadegan, Yadavaran, and South Pars oil layer are Iran’s first priority for signing new oil contracts. Zanganeh added that the process of holding a bid for Azadegan Field is underway, and oil ministry intends to decide about the process of developing the field this year through holding a bid.
♦ Fire in Tehran’s International Fair
Spokesperson of Tehran’s Fire Department Jalal Malaki said the fire broke out in one of the warehouses of Tehran’s International Fair. As for dense smoke in the area, he explained the material that burned in the fire would create a lot of smoke, and given the fact that this warehouse was for preserving wastes, there was a lot of smoke in the area.
♦ Rate of suicide in Tehran doubled in 2016
2016 suicide statistics show a twofold increase compared with 2015. Last year, 41 people committed suicide in Tehran, 31 men and 10 women. But in 2015, 22 people took their own lives, 20 men, and only two women.
♦ Reformist MP accuses Ahmadinejad, Baghaei of trying to overthrow regime
Former lawmaker Hossein Ansarirad maintains that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during his 8 years of presidency, was involved in many corruptions, and his violations were not dealt with. Ansarirad pointed out to Hamid Baghaei’s recent remarks after being released and emphasized Ahmadinejad and his friends must be accountable for what they did during 8 years of their management in the country.
Ansarirad added that Ahmadinejad must be held accountable to say what he had done with thousands of billions of dollars of oil and non-oil revenues. He emphasized that judiciary system must deal with claims and remarks of Ahmadinejad and Baghaei and ask them if they are after overthrowing the regime and regime change.
Hamid Baghaei, after being released from prison, had called spokesperson of Judiciary system a “liar” and said that the regime will be soon overthrown.
♦ Assembly of Experts: Support for IRGC should not be compromised over factional interests
In a statement, Assembly of Experts emphasized that the president should have expertise and commitment to guardianship the Jurist Leadership in mind in choosing members of his new cabinet. The statement goes on to say that supporting IRGC, defense Foundation and Iran’s missile capacity must always be considered as national strategy and glory, and should not be compromised over transient factional and partisan interests.
In the statement, cultural-social issues and damages of Internet are considered as one of the supreme leader’s concerns. The government and cultural institutions of the country are thus demanded to adopt the necessary policies to decrease social, damaging pathologies.
♦ 9 million people absolutely illiterate in Iran
Head of Literacy Movement Organization Ali Bagherzadeh said that according to last year’s census, 8,800,000 people have been registered as absolute illiterate in Iran. 94% of people of ages between 10 to 49 and 98% of people of ages between 10 to 19 are literate.
♦ Iranian lawmaker: P5+1 shouldn’t remain silent against America
Spokesperson of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naghavi Hosseini said members of P5+1 shouldn’t remain silent against U.S. measures, urging that all organizations and institutes in Iran unanimously have reached the same conclusion about taking decisive measures against U.S. government.
In reaction to recent U.S. Senate’s measures against Iran and Trump’s recent remarks about implementing JCPOA, Naghavi Hosseini said that U.S. Congress measures and Trump’s remarks show that America is not after peaceful behaviors and dialogue within the international agreements.
♦ IRGC reacts to U.S. Navy’s behaviors in Gulf
Zolfaghar Navy Regiment of IRGC’s navy issued a statement, and called U.S. Navy’s measures in the Gulf during past week “provocative and unprofessional”.
The statement reads: A few days after a provocative measure of U.S. warship in the north of Gulf with firing warning shots for IRGC patrol vessels, American vessels did the same in the middle area of the Gulf.
The statement adds: USS Nimitz and a second American ship, which were monitored by missile launching vessels of Zolfaghar Navy Regiment, dispatched a helicopter near an oil and gas platform and approached IRGC vessels.
Iranian vessels ignored the warning flares, according to the statement, and American ships later left the area.