Coverage of International Conference on Fight Against Terrorism in Pakistani and Sudanese press
The International Conference on Fight Against Terrorism was held in Tehran on June 24-25, 2011 attended by head of states of a number of countries including Pakistan, Sudan and Afghanistan.
Presence of these personalities in the conference and their speech has widely reflected on the press of their respective countries. Following are a summary of the news and articles published about the conference.
Nawaiwaqt Daily of Islamabad, June 27, 2011
Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are three neighboring Islamic Countries which are bond together by strong common interests.
Each of these three countries has special importance in the region. Pakistan, in addition to Nuclear power has numerous natural resources. Iran, while making considerable progress in its nuclear program has huge oil and gas wealth and Afghanistan has also large reserves of precious stones and natural resources.
Unfortunately, some of the Islamic countries by disregarding these facts and Islamic brotherhood are serving the American interests in the region.
Meanwhile, the American hostility towards Iran and Pakistan is all clear for everybody. The Nuclear power of Pakistan and nuclear program of Iran are like a thorn in the eyes of the United States of America and Washington that is trying to destroy our nuclear capability and plots against Iranian nuclear program.
Few days ago American Senator John Kerry quite brazenly spelled out his melancholic idea by saying that Pakistan itself is the real threat in the region. Such statement could be interpreted as declaration of war.
In case of any malicious outside look against Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan , these three countries should unite and react together against any possible threat.
The first and foremost step to put an end to foreign intervention in the region is to get rid of American and NATO troops which are Afghanistan to rob the region from its natural resources and by hatching various plots to create misunderstanding and conflict between these three countries and by preventing their unity, continue their plundering.
Now the situation is ideal for to forge an Islamic Block based on Tehran declaration.
Nawaiwaqt Daily - Islamabad- June 26, 2011
Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to expand their relations aimed at promotion of peace, stability and progress in the region.
Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistani President speaking in Tehran while attending a regional conference on fight against terrorism reiterated the need for construction of Iran- Pakistan Gas Pipeline.
He went on saying that the USA has used September 11 attacks as an excuse to take revenge from Afghanistan and this has led to engulfing of the region in acts of terrorism and the trade and industrial activities in south Asia has been badly hit because of American policies.
America, whenever and wherever wants launches attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and this policy, has had lots of security ramifications for the region.
As the America is getting ready to escape from Afghanistan, efforts by heads of these three states aimed at further cooperation and solidarity will be beneficial for the region.
Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan should try to bring Turkey to their camp and these four countries should form an Islamic Block, writs the Pakistani Daily Nawaiwaqt.
Observer Daily Of Pakistan
Iranian President Mr. Ahmadinejad said the US government has used September 11 attacks as an excuse to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq.
Speaking in the International Conference on Fight Against Terrorism, Iranian president said the attacks took place more than 10 years ago but people still have not been allowed to know the real face of the American government.
He accused the US government of sponsoring state terrorism.
Al- Intibaha Daily of Sudan
Mohammad Abdalqader, deputy chief editor of Al Intibaha daily who accompanied Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir in his recent visit to Tehran in an article has praised the beauties of Iran and described Tehran as a heavenly city.
He writes, Iran deserves to be commended because of its resistance and policies.
The daily has published a number of pictures of the meetings between Sudanese President and the Supreme Leader and President Ahmadinejad as well Sudanese expatriates living in Iran.
Emad Saeed a correspondent of the same daily who also accompanied President Omar Al Bashir in his Tehran visit in a separate article has described Tehran as powerful and dignified country which foreign pressures have not been able to detract it from the path of progress and development.
The Sudanese journalist who has been given a copy of Shiraz magazine and he had time to read it during his flight to China has praised Parvin E'tesami and Malakol Shoara Bahar, two contemporary renowned Iranian poets and described Iranian literature as very rich.
He then has written about the meetings and visits of Sudanese President while attending the Tehran Conference and referred to numerous economic and industrial projects carried out by Iran in Sudan such as water treatment and gas projects and Iran Khodro Car manufacturing Plant in Jiad region.
A Ukrainian journalist writes about Iran
Maxim Nalio Iko, correspondent of Onian News Agency along a number of Ukrainian journalists visited Iran from feb.20-27, 2011 on invitation of the Persian Daily Iran. Following is a summary of his observations during his one week stay in Iran.
Islamic Republic of Iran looks like a European country but has kept some of its eastern characteristics.
Iran is the birthplace of one of the first civilizations and Iranian clans including Azaris, Kords, Taleshis, Gils, Mazanis, Baluchis, Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians as well as Fars who form 50 percent of Iranian population live a harmonious and peaceful life alongside each other.
Iranians by being aware of their long history are enjoying their life and their happiness is evident in various aspects of their life.
For instance in meetings of any level they serve their guests with all kinds of confectionaries and dried nuts and lunch is also served at the meeting place.
All the representatives of Iranian media during their meetings with their Ukrainian counterparts assured them about respect for freedom of speech in Iran saying that everything is perfect in this respect and Iranian journalists can write about any topics they wish.
During the later years of 1960s by the help of Soviet Union experts the Isfahan Steel Mill was constructed and this factory is currently the largest still manufacturer in Iran and one of the biggest of its kinds in the region.
Iran Khodro car manufacturing company is not only the largest car maker in Iran but across the middle and Near East. This factory's output in 2010 reached 600,000 units of various automobiles.
Iran Khodro, due to its large output, ranks 19 among the world largest car manufacturers.
In all the meetings which the Ukrainian delegate had with Iranian journalists, three important factors for Iranian mainly believe in God, respect for Imam Khomeini and hatred towards America were evident.
Meanwhile in all meetings the Iranian journalist brought up the topic of American and other western countries' hostility towards Iran and condemned such attitude.
At the same time it should be noted that most of the information the Ukrainians receive about Iran from western media are in clear contrast to realities of Iranian society.
One of the examples in this regard is the claim and accusations leveled against Iran about religious dictatorship. What we saw in Iran had no sign of Islamic extremism. Women were freely moving in the streets and the number of female drivers in Iran is not less than Ukraine.
During our inspection tour of Tehran Nuclear Reactor we were told that so far inspectors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have four times inspected this nuclear facility and each time have verified the peaceful nature of its activities.
The Ukrainian journalists were very impressed by the scientific standards of the central laboratory of this atomic center which produces all kind of Isotopes and other material needed for various industries and medical facilities.
I ran as seen by Ukrainian Journalists
A Ukrainian media delegation comprising ofyosep Yadoha( editor in Podilsky Visti), panina Sokolofskaya( chief Editor of Izvestia Ukranineh), Sane robrizh ( chief Editor of Gazeta pokiofski), Victoria Yasnopolska ( chief editor of Pravda Ukraini and Onian News agency) visited Iran from Feb.20-29, 2011 on the invitation of Iran Daily Institution.
The Ukrainian journalists upon returning to their country have published various articles in their news outlets about their observations in Iran. What follows is a brief account of their findings:
- In Feb.14, the number of demonstrators was not 200,000 people as claimed and reported by western media and by exaggerating the number of demonstrators and by distorting the facts depicted the people's march on the anniversary of the Revolution as demonstration by the opposition.
With respect to what the western media report about Iran it can be said that they report one gram of fact and one ton of lies.
- In streets of Tehran with several million populations, there are not much traffic lights and crossroads and by construction of numerous bridges there is not much need to traffic lights and intersections. Streets of Tehran are so well organized that streets of Kiev need 10 years time to mach the quality of streets in Iranian capital
- In Iran, there is no state owned newspaper and all newspapers belong to private sector but some of them actively cooperate with their government. Iranian mass media are exempted from tax payment and all of the whether supportive or critical of government receive subsidies from government which amounts to between ten to fifteen percent of their annual income.
It would be very helpful if one of the representatives of Khelmenitski Provincial Council of Ukraine would travel to this Asian country which is depicted by the western media as undemocratic and see for himself that even newspapers of private sectors are being financially supported by their government and freedom of expression is respected in the country.
- Nearly 50 percent of the staff of Iran News Organization
are women. Young women and girls with black eyes are seen in all sectors of the newspaper. Wearing head scurf and black overalls and jean trousers they are inseparable members of Iranian joyful and optimistic youth. Seeing these smart girls contradicts the claims and rumors about restrictions imposed on Iranian women. One wonders that whether those who spread lies about Iran do not feel guilty conscience for their lies?
- Iranian vice president for science and technology is a woman while the Ukrainian government has no female member. Mrs. Nasrin Soltan Khah talked about her government's efforts to promote social and economic standards. Her words were not empty slogans and the fact is that Iran is developing very rapidly. When talking to Mrs. Soltan Khah we were amazed of hearing her comments about financial corruption. This ugly phenomenon which is widespread in Ukraine is nearly eradicated in Iran. She gave the following reasons to prove that Iran is becoming corruption free:
First- Determination of Iranian President for securing justice and respect for the rights of citizens
Second- Preventing the growth of oligarchy in their society. For instance all Iranian high ranking officials (contrary to that of Ukrainian officials) dress modestly
Third- the most important factor for elimination of corruption in Iran is the political will of the country's leadership to eradicate this phenamenon
In Iran all government officials live a simple life like ordinary citizens and do not have a luxurious life but at the same time standard of life in Iran is much higher than Ukraine.
Iranian car making factories will manufacture more than 1.4 million cars this year which will make the country 12th top auto maker in the world. Iranian steel industry is so advanced that Japanese car makers purchase Iranian made steel.
- It is a fact that in Iran no alcoholic drink is on sale and even beer is not available. There is a non-alcoholic beer in Iran which is more like fruit juice. Due to this restriction the Ukrainian delegation during their seven day stay in Iran experienced a spiritual and physical cleansing. In Iran there are no alcoholic people. Alcoholic or very fat and ugly individuals could not be seen in Iran. Iranian youth are handsome and healthy and would generate a healthy generation.
- Iran has made incredible progress in use of computer and there is Farsi software for Persian internet users. There is virtually no restriction on use of Internet in Iran but Internet service providers limit access to some sites especially obscene websites. However, by some techniques, users can have access even to unauthorized sites.
- Iranian female directors are quite active in Iranian film industry and are allowed to work on topics such as freedom of speech, women rights and secularism.
According to Mrs. Nasrin Soltan Khah, Iranian vice president, government is busy with planning several programs for its citizens. First and foremost of them is encouraging the young people to get married and for this purpose provides financial assistance for young couples. Government is also planning to give very low interest loan to young couples for buying of house.
According to this same official, sixty percent of Iranian University students are female and this while in the west it is believed that women rights in Iran is infringed. Iranian women enjoy full civil rights such as voting, driving, attending public meetings and places like tea houses and streets. Seventy percent of Iranian journalists are women and Iranian cabinet has four female members.
Chief Editor of Indonesian Monthly Noor Reports on her Observations in Iran
The chief editor of the Indonesian Monthly Noor, Mrs. Chatti Racila Hadi visited Iran for one week last October to attend the first gathering and the international award ceremony of Women's International News Agencies. The Indonesian journalist has published his findings in an article in the 12th edition of her monthly magazine. By acknowledging that before traveling to Iran she had little idea about this country, the Indonesian journalist has written that after attending the first Seminar I realized that the memorable meeting and exchange of views and experiences had positive impact on my understanding of Iran. Mrs. Hadi has referred to her meetings with Iranian female parliamentarians and visits to the cultural museum of Tehran, Iranian Radio and Television Center, Royan Research Center, Nuclear Research Center, traveling to holy city of Qom and historical city of Isfahan and written about her observations during her stay in Iran. The editor of the Noor Monthly describes her meeting with Iranian female Parliamentarians as interesting and useful and referring to her discussions with Mrs. Akhavan one of the lawmakers, has written that she tries to promote participation of Iranian women in political and social activities. Describing the Cultural Museum of Tehran as a very interesting and unforgettable site she also refers to her journey to Isfahan and Iranians as ever before adhere to religious and cultural tolerance and respect the religious minorities such as followers of Christianity and Judaism.
While recalling her inspection tour of Al-Alam TV Network, the Indonesian journalist has expressed her surprise about the number of female staff working in this news outlet and points out that the female anchor had proper Islamic outfit. Referring to her visit of Royan Research center, Mrs. Hadi has written that 4 female PhD degree holders were working in this center and they spoke fluent English and played the role of the guide during our inspection tour of the facilities. She says I became more astonished when realized that all four female scientists were educated inside the country. She then writes about her discussions with female researchers at the Iranian Nuclear Center and pilgrimage to holy city of Qom and the Library of the late Ayatollah Maraashi and International Al-Mostapha University which has more than 18 thousands male and female students from across the world with a nursery for keeping 400 children.
Concluding her report, the Indonesian journalist has written that all participants of this international gathering felt a sense of hospitality and were impressed by the cultural and civilization attractions of a nation which throughout the history has always helped the mankind to have better understanding of life and the creator of the universe.
Iran is a unique society which requires better understanding
In recent years, we have been witness to problems which most of the foreign journalists after visiting Iran have been faced with in publishing their findings about Iran in their home country.
One of these problems is that what they write about Iran is in sharp contrast to what the people of their country have in their mind about Iran. An example of such journalists is Sir John Kasovats the correspondent of Montenegrin Popida Daily who visited Iran last year. In a letter sent to Iranian embassy in Podgorica he has acknowledged that before visiting Tehran he had negative impression of Iran. Before visiting Iran I was prejudiced about Iran but what I saw during my stay in your country changed my vision drastically. Your society is quite unique and needs to be better understood. Visiting Iran was a valuable experience for me. My writings have been welcomed by you but many others are not happy with them, the Montenegrin journalist has concluded. He has promised to write further articles about the hospitality of Iranian people. While praising Iran's ancient culture, he has written that Iranians in contrast to Arabs have several thousands year history and culture but what is currently happening in Iran are not compatible with the prevailing world views. But one must be quite wrong to think that a model of western system of government or culture can be established in your country. Writing about the social and cultural progress of Iranian people, the Montenegrin journalist has added that gradual reforms in underway in Iran. The outfit of women is such that if they take off their headscarf you would think that you are walking in the streets of London or Paris. Reform process in your country is unraveling in a logical pace and anyone who thinks can hasten its speed will have the same destiny as Zoran Djindjic (the former Serbian prime Minister who was assassinated because of his western ideas by extremist Serbs soon after taking power. Sir John Kasvats, referring to lack of trustworthy information and news about Iran and the way to counter this problem suggests that in order to thwart the negative picture depicted from Iran, foreign journalists should be invited to the country. Me, as a journalist and people like me and probably the world public opinion are not aware of the realities of Iran and news about Iran reach them in distorted shape. Not many western news agencies are active in Iran and that's why I think inviting foreign journalist to come to Iran and see the realities for themselves will help you to promote your objectives. Writing about the negative reaction of the US embassy in Montenegro to his reports about Iran published in Popida Daily, he reveals that soon after his return from Tehran the American embassy contacted him and the press secretary of the embassy who knew him before asked him about the coordination of the journey, the inviting party and the content of the articles he has dispatched from Tehran. He says, I told him that he is not entitled to ask him such questions. But seemingly the story did not stop at this point and the Montenegrin journalist while explaining the reason for his concern adds that later an American diplomat contacted me an by asking the same questions and said your reports about Iran is different from writings of other journalists and this a source of concern for us. Reporter of Popida daily says in response to the American diplomat I told that the best answer to your questions is that I disregard them because I am a journalist and a free individual who can travel wherever I want and write whatever I have seen. What I have written are sheer facts that I witnessed during my stay in Tehran, I told the American diplomat.
Caucasian journalist writes about her visit to Tehran
Reporter of Caucuses One TV Channel, Mrs. Nana Piliva upon returning from Tehran to Georgia visited Iranian embassy in Tbilisi and talked about her observations with embassy officials. The points she made about Iran and Iranians Can be summarized as follows:
- I had very fruitful visit to your beautiful country and was astonished by the degree of the hospitality of Iranian people.
- I did not come across any problem during my stay in Iran except a bit of delay in issuing the relevant permission by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance which I believe was natural.
- Quite contrary to what the western media depict of Iran, this country is very dynamic with very kind and welcoming people.
- The western media try to show an ugly image of Iran to people of other countries but what I saw in Tehran was quite contrary to what is being depicted of Iran.
- The image I had from Iranian women was in sharp contrast to what I saw in Tehran. It seems that Iranian women are very active in education, research and scientific areas and this was quite evident when I visited Tehran University.
- Visiting various parts of Tehran including the Grand Bazar, northern and southern districts of the capital I saw the Iranian women moving freely with variety outfits in pursue of their daily activities.
- Since most of the news published about Iran are political and nuclear related, we receive few cultural and social news about Iran in foreign media.
With regard to the above, as I suggested earlier, the Georgian Caucuses One TV Network is interested to establish a representative office in Tehran to provide media coverage for cultural and social events taking place in Iran.
Iranian rulers are frank with their people
"In Iran everything emanates from this fact that rulers are frank with their people", this is what a Pakistani Journalist, Nematollah Chakzai who attended 17th Tehran International Press Exhibition has described his impression of Iran. In an article published in Sep.7, 2010 edition of the Pakistani Diba Daily, Chakzai writing about Tehran has said Iranian Capital like Islamabad is surrounded by mountains. The Pakistani Journalist who has also visited Milad Tower in Tehran has added that Milad is one of the tallest towers of the world with a glass made elevator which you can see the scenery from the high altitude. On the top of the tower there is a beautiful restaurant and you can watch Tehran from this vantage point. It was a gorgeous landscape and beautiful streets. The Pakistani journalist who has visited the holy city of Qom, referring to the scientific and religious importance of the city has written that seminary students from numerous countries including Pakistani are studying in this city. Chakzai has described the library of ayatollah Marashi as a huge establishment. According to him one of its most interesting sections of this library is a gallery which the old editions of the holy Qoran are showcased.
Iranian Museums, treasures of Iranian ancient and modern culture
Elina Groiskovich, the Belarusian journalist who visited Iran last year has described Iranian museums as treasures of Iranian ancient and modern artifacts. She visited numerous museums such as Niavaran Palace, National Museum and saad Abad Palace-museum and several other cultural centers in Tehran and traveled to several cities including Hamedan, Shiraz and Kish Island. Correspondent of Belarusian STV, writing about the importance of becoming familiar with Iranian ancient culture, advises her audience that in case of traveling to Iran to make sure to visit the Iranian museums. She says staying in Tehran and not visiting its museums which house Iran's ancient and modern historic artifacts, would be a grave mistake. Elina Groiskovich referring to the four season climate of Iran describes the natural beauties of the country as amazing adding that huge mountains, large dead deserts, hot weather in the south and humid climate of the north of the country are all tantalizing. She acknowledges that seeing the historic object in Iran's national Museum has impressed her very much and made her wonder for a while. In this Museum, the several millennium old Iranian culture and civilization stretching from the time of Pre- Stone Age up to seven century BC, are showcased for those interested visitors. Palaces, Museums, mosques and Public parks with their astonishing beauties attract any one visiting the Iranian capital. The STV in its report has also shown the tourist attractions of Kish Island, Alisadr Cave, Imam Khomeini Mosque and Milad Tower.
Correspondent of Izvestia Belarus Daily: Visiting Iran Was an Opportunity and a Great Chance for Me
Most of foreign reporters who visit Iran upon returning to their countries first thing they bring up in their articles are that what ever have been reported about the situation in Iran is nothing but hostile and unrealistic propaganda. Sergei Protas reporter and commentator of the Belarusian Izvestia Daily who visited Iran last October has devoted most of his article to comparing of the foreigners' impression of Iran and the realities of Iranian society. Rejecting such impressions, he writes: first of all, following my visit to this astonishing country I realized that whatever is reported by foreign media about Iran are based on personal assumptions and unverified information. The writer acknowledges that once under the influence of his friends and relatives had changed his mind of traveling to Iran. They told me I must be mad to visit Iran. No, this is very dangerous. There is always bombing there and life is insecure and if you go to Iran you will fall into a mysterious illness or because of eating unfamiliar foods will become sick. Streets are dangerous and you should not venture out alone. However, visiting Iran provided me with a new opportunity and in case I did not take up this occasion I would miss a great chance. Srgei Protas goes on writing that I was dazzled of traveling to a Muslim country and what I saw in Iran did not match with what I had in my mind of this nation. During my stay in Iran I became more bewildered. My mind was busy with what my friends have said about Iran and what other people especially a Russian traveler had written about this country had frightened me. The commentator of Izvestia newspaper, referring to large number of foreign nationals visiting Iran has expressed his great surprise about the friendly behavior of Iranian people (even the airport staff) and written that late at night we arrived at Tehran airport and were warmly greeted there. There were three queues, two for Iranians and one for foreigners and I can say that the queue of the foreign passengers was shorter than that of the other two queues. People from different countries including China, Russia, Germany and the United States were standing in the queue. The Belarusian journalist has come to this conclusion that generally speaking, Iranians are very curious, kind and friendly people and such characteristics are evident from their behavior. I don't know why some travel agencies tell those who want to travel to Iran not to take pictures and even hide their camera. You can't believe that how surprise we were when we tried to take photos of each other rather discreetly some Iranians came and joined us poising to the camera and nearly cuddling us.
"Spiegel" Reveals Secret Overseas Operations by Israeli Agent " Shadowy War"
Two German journalists in an article published by the Spiegel weekly, have reflected on the confessions made by Majid Jamali Vash during an interview with Iranian TV about his role in assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist ordered by the Zionist Regime of Israel. He also talks about similar acts of terror ordered by Israel in the past. Diter Bednards and Ronan Bergman co- authors of the article titled the "Shadowy War", based on the confessions made by Jamali Vash have written that he met the Israeli agents in Istanbul three years ago for the first time and at that time a man called Radpoor asked him to visit Israeli Consulate there. The German Weekly by pointing out that Secret operation is a field which Israel has long experience recalls the words of Mayo Dugan the former head of Israeli Intelligent Service (Mossad) who has said that during the premiership of Ariel Sharon he was the commander in Chief of the secret war against the Iranian nuclear program. According to Spiegel, confessions of Jamali confirm that assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists has been carefully planned for many years. The confessions have generated heated debate in various corners of the world and even within Israel itself. Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime mister, the same day that Dugan acknowledged that Israel was involved in secret war against Iran said that he intends to retire Mossad's chief. The Israeli daily Hayoom has published this news along with a picture of the explosion in Tehran and has asked whether it was Dugan's last operation? Spiegel by providing a background about the state terrorism by Israel writes that in 1979 the Israeli agents tried to kill Vadi Hadad, the leader of a Palestinian militant group by poisonous Tooth paste. In 1977, they tried to assassinate Khaled Mashaal the leader of Hamas in Oman by poisonous gas but they failed in their attempt. In 1985 they send a bomb hidden inside a Holy Quran to Mohtashamipoor, Iranian ambassador to Damascus and last year they assassinatedMohmoud Al Mabhouh the active member of Hamas in Dubai, an act of terror filmed by the CCTV.
The German weekly by referring to numerous cases of acts of terror by Israeli agents even before the establishment of the Zionist regime up to 2004, concludes that it is possible that Netanyahu as before, prefers dangerous approaches towards Iran.
The courageous Iranian spirit
William Spenser Anderson, correspondent of the FDI magazine, specialized in investment, affiliated to Financial Times of England, visited Iran last July and met a number of Iranian economic officials. His findings of the visit were published in September issue of this weekly. The British journalist writes that in a country like Iran it is very difficult for a foreigner to anticipate the future of his career. Iran is subject to international sanctions but Iranian officials say sanctions have no impact on their country and this is somehow true. Anderson writes that Iranian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.9 percent. The Iranian economy, because of its little tie to the world trade in comparison with other countries, has not been much affected by the global economic crisis. Quoting the American Goldman Sachs bank, Anderson adds that Iran is one of seven countries which could become a major economic power during the 21 century along with Brazil, Russia, India and China. During his visit to Tehran, the British journalist met Dr. Behrooz Alishiri, Deputy Economic and Finance and head of the Iranian Organization for Investment and Economic and Technical Aid, Seyyed Ahmad Taheri Behbahani, general Manager of Eghtesad Novin Band and Majid Ghasemi, managing director of the Pasargad Bank and reflected on their views. He has quoted Dr. Alishiri as saying that in 2009 the investment capital in Iran grew by 60 percent which is unprecedented worldwide and the Iranian stock market even during the world financial crisis continued it upward trend. Dr. Alishiri in his interview with Anderson has said that direct foreign investment in Iran which was $ 900 millions in 2007 reached $3 billions in the year 2009. The head of the Eghtesad Novin in his interview with Anderson has defended operation of foreign banks in Iran and carrying out reforms in country's banking system. Majid Ghasemi, managing director of Pasargad Bank has talked about economic open door policiey saying that such measures could encourage competitiveness in the market. Correspondent of FDI magazine has confirmed the views of Dr. Alishiri that sanctions has not affected foreign investment in Iran and reiterated that his organization will continue its policies of attracting foreign capitals.
Observations of a Ukrainian Journalist on Iran
Igor Selsiarenko, the correspondent of the Ukrainian daily Den in Tehran in an article published by his daily has reflected on his observations on Iran on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution Feb.11, 2011. He refers to slogans shouted by the rallying people against former presidents of Egypt and Tunisia and quotes parts of the speech delivered by Iranian president Ahmadinejad on that occasion. He makes a special remark about Iranian president and says he does not limit himself to the issues of the Middle East and even foresees the collapse of liberalism and capitalism. He then adds that's why Mr. Ahmadinejad, despite the difference of his background, religious affiliation and ideological outlooks, has a common view on the future of liberalism and capitalism with Hogo Chavez of Venezuela and Lukashenko of Ukraine. The Ukrainian journalist writes that exactly in this respect, the difference between the Iranian president and his domestic opponents becomes apparent. Today, claim made by the western media that Mr. Ahmadinejad is after dictatorship convinces no one and at the same time one ca conclude that his internal opponents and pro western and the so called democracy are very naïve and simpleton. Selsiarenko points out that unlike the Arab countries in the Iranian active political system no one can confiscate the power in his favor because there is a powerful legislative in Iran which its representatives are elected based on the Majority of votes and can play deterrent role against the president and even declare him as disqualified to continue his job. The correspondent of Den newspaper in Tehran writes that all branches of government in respect of observing the teachings of Islam are under the supervision of the Supreme Leader which his election and dismissal is vested with the Assembly of Experts.A government, acting in this way is labeled by the western media as evil. The Ukrainian journalist describes Dr. Ahmadinejad as a president who has put the welfare of the masses of the Iranian people as the top priority of his policies.
Mrs. Nana Pilva the correspondent of Georgian PIK satellite TV network, upon returning from Iran visited the Iranian Embassy in Tbilisi and gave the following accounts of her visit to Tehran.
She said the visit to the beautiful Iran was quite fruitful and I was astonished by the friendly behavior and hospitality of Iranian people. During my stay in Iran I had no problem and issuing the requires permission for reporting by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic guidance was a bit time taking which I think even that was natural and normal said the Georgian journalist adding that quite contrary to what is being said by foreign news agencies and other media about Iran, I fond Iran a vibrant society with kind people. The western media try to depict an ugly image from Iran in the mind of people of other countries but what I saw in Iran was quite opposite to what I had heard about this country. The picture I had in my mind about the Iranian people was quite different from what I witnessed in Tehran. It seems that Iranian women are very active in education, research and scientific areas and that was quite evident when I visited Tehran University. The Georgian journalist talking about her experience in Tehran said I visited several places such as Bazar and northern and southern part of the Iranian capital and saw the women in different outfits moving freely in the city pursuing their daily activities. She went on saying that since most of the news we hear about Iran are political and related to nuclear issues, the foreign media do not pay much attention to social and cultural aspects of Iranian society.Mrs. Nana Pilva concluded that the Georgian PIK TV network is willing to open a bureau in Tehran to cover topics of social and cultural interest of Iranian society.
Iran is economically and socially unique and well urbanized
The above is the title of an article published by the Lebanese daily Manbar Al-Tohid in one of its December Issues. The article begins with reminding that this is the Islamic Republic that with its peaceful nuclear program and military potentials has kept the major powers busy. Iran needs its military might to thwart the objectives and ambitions of the west to dominate the Middle East region. Sali Nofl the reporter of Manbar Al-Toohid has added that western powers always talk about the Iranian nuclear program and are concerned that Iran might get too powerful and help the resistance movements and oppressed nations in their struggles against injustice and eradication of atrocities. The Lebanese journalist by rejecting the rumors about the impact of sanctions on people's everyday life has stressed that whatever you see in Iran and about the life of its people are quite contrary to what the western media depict of this country. In other words, policies such as intimidation, pressure and sanctions have not been able the prevent Iran from marching towards progress because Iran has become mostly self-sufficient in production of food staff and made considerable progress in scientific and technological sectors. According to the Lebanese reporter despite lots of talks about the negative impacts of sanctions against Iran when you walk in Iranian streets and Bazars you see no sign of such impacts. He concludes that Iran despite the misleading picture provided by western media and Arab news outlets financed by the west will remain tough and undeterred and as aspired by Imam Khomeini Iran has always been beautiful, strong and just and continues its march toward progress and helping the oppressed and deprived people.
Unprecedented Revelations by Spiegel: State terrorism by the Zionist Regime and assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.
"Revenge takers of David and clandestine operations of Israeli Commandoes", this is the cover title of German weekly Spiegel on January 17. Spiegel in an unprecedented practice has devoted 19 pages of it January 17th issue to reveal the Israeli state terrorism next to the full text of its interview with Dr. Jalili the secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council.
This mass circulation and prestigious magazine has allocating 3 pages to the interview with Dr. Jalili with subtitle of: Iranian official on the eve of the talks in Istanbul has revealed the role of Israeli government in assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and the cyber warfare and unrealistic expectations of the west from the upcoming talks".Allocation of such large space to an interview by Spiegel is usually reserved for heads of state.Spiegel has also published a picture of huge demonstration by the Iranian people condemning the crimes committed by the Zionists titled "Victims of Zionism".This German weekly has also published parts of confessions made by the agent who has assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Dr. Alimohamadi and his picture and the site of the killing.
Spiegel in a revealing act has published pictures of 18 agents of Israeli intelligent agency Mossad who carry out acts of terror in Europe and the Middle East.
However the most striking act by Spiegel is the graphic design of its cover which shows the CCTV pictures of two Mossad agents inside the picture of Star of David.
NBC: interviewing Dr. Jalili was rare and precious opportunity
A reporter of The American TV network NBC, who visited Iran before the talk between Iran and the so called 5+1 in Istanbul in January this year, by expressing his pleasure for talking to Iran's secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Dr. Jalili described this exclusive interview as a valuable opportunity for his media.The NBC network which in its two previous interviews with president Ahmadinejad had respected the understandings about interviewing heads of states, by airing its interview with Dr. Jalili in a proper and positive manner once again showed its commitment to the ethics of professional journalism.The 34 minutes interview with Dr. Jalili along with full pictures of Tehran Nuclear Reactor which was taken in recent trip by NBC's camera crews, was aired in 3 consecutive days from January 15 to 17 to prove more than ever before the transparency and peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.Dr. jalili in its interview with NBC reporter once again reiterated that Iran is not after nuclear weapons because considers such weapons as illegitimate and ineffective adding that American people should look at issues from different angles.He added that we have documents which prove the US role in targeting Iran's nuclear program by computer worm known as Stuxnet.The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council by recalling the assassination of Iranian Nuclear scientists and documents which verify that these terrors have been taken place with America's consent said Iran is continuing its progress in nuclear technology and such acts have no considerable impact on its programs.It should be noted that NBC in addition to airing this interview in a whole package, has also broadcast extracts of the interview in its Today Show news program which has greater impact on its audience.
We herald the salvation of humanity
Alexander Pelekhanov the editor in chief of the Russian weekly "Zeftra" following his journey to Iran in Dec. 2010 published a number of articles about his findings about Iran.
One of the articles published on 23rd issue of the Zefra Daily is titled "we herald the salvation of the humanity".This article is the result of Pelekhanov's visit to the holy city of Qum and his interview with Ayatollah Arafy the head of Jameatol Mostapha. This article starts by a question put to Ayatollah Arafy by the Russian Journalist. He asks the Iranian clergy why the Iranian system of government is attractive for the people of the world. Why some people embrace this pattern enthusiastically and at same time others reject it with illogical anger.Ayatollah Arafy says Islam has reborn in the contemporary world. In the not very long ago Islam was a dormant and calm and content with its existing status but now has revived. The Islamic awakening in North Africa, Indonesia and Pakistan is quite evident and Islam has been turned to a fundamental revolutionary force and has changed the face of the world. It could be said without any hesitation that Islamic Revolution of Iran has played a major role in Islamic Renaissance. The late Imam Khomeini some 30 years ago discovered the inner power of the Iranian nation and used the religious awareness of his people to launch the Islamic Revolution and by setting up an unprecedented system of government presented the world with an entirely new pattern.The head of the Jameatol Mostaph seminary went on saying that religious practices and rituals are not imposed on human being from without but they have their root in the heart of every individual. These rituals and practices have their origin in concepts such as righteousness, kindness, beauty and justice.In our school of thought which we teach our students, creating a balance between the visible world, spiritual thinking, logical world, rationality and in one world between the earthly world and the after world, is always being reminded, said Ayatollah Arafy. He added that another aspect of the Iranian pattern of government which has made it attractive for the Islamic world and probably the entire humanity is our sensitivity towards oppression and tyranny. This sensitivity is the result of living under the yoke pro- western regimes and now believe that the west and the US in particular is oppressing the masses of the Islamic Umah and stands against the world of Islam.The prominent Iranian theologian said in Iran there are tow approaches to knowledge and learning, one is through the universities and the other is concentrated in the religious seminaries.This religious figure while talking about Hamas and Hezbollah said Iran provides moral support for these tow movements in their struggles against oppressors.He added that we do not recognize the Zionist regime because of its violation of international laws and condemn the killing of the oppressed Palestinian people by this entity.Ayatollah Arafy concluded that the west claims that there is no democracy in Iran while more than 300 elections has taken place in Iran and the US government has close ties with regimes which have never held any elections in their country.
Ahmadinejad, I am your warrior
Editor in chief of the Rusian Daily Zeftra, Alexander Prokhanov who visited Iran last December has published a number of articles about his observations in Iran.One of these articles is titled: Ahmadinejad, "I Am Your Warrior" which was published in 23rd issue of Zeftra on February 2011.Prokhanov in his article has referred to Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1980s and describes the role played by the then Soviet Union in arming the Syrian armed forces with anti aircraft and special information gathering system about Israeli air campaign during the war against Lebanon.The Russian journalist adds that on that time a group of Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrived in Lebanon to help the Lebanese fighters. In addition to guns and rocket propellers they carried a piece of cloth as shroud to be covered if they are killed in the battle field and that proved they are ready to die and not to surrender to the Israelis.The writer then compares the Russian pattern with the model of the Islamic Republic and says in the Russian model was mainly based on the worldly justice and equality and had nothing to do with heavenly notions and the enemy in opposing the worldly justice resorted to conning material achievements which ultimately destroyed the Red Pattern and the USSR.However, the heavenly and Divine Evolution soon after the Russian model turned to ashes created a unique pattern which was embedded in the heart of the Islamic Revolution.This model which was shaped by the fire and storm of the Islamic uprising headed by a genius man named Imam Khomeini the Great in Iran and as an alternative for the western way of life addressed the whole humanity.Prekhanov writes that the universal Islamic Revolution is thriving before our eyes. Nations are freeing themselves from the heavy yoke of the alien powers and bringing down the puppet regimes supported by the US. The Iranian model is not only eye-catching for the Islamic world but is attractive for all the nations around the world.The editor in chief of the Zeftra daily adds that Mr. Ahmadinejad I want to remind you that you have lots of followers in Russia and I am one of them. In case the American fighter bombers and cruise missiles fly towards Tehran and Bushehr to attach the Iranian oil installations, universities, laboratories and scientific centers have no doubt that me and my brethren are your warrior. We with our books, poems and prayers as well as guns and long range military hardware and the fire of our heart and belief will stand beside you. We will shot down the American missiles and like a devastating storm will turn America to ruin. Ahmadinejad I am you warrior.
Ukrainian media delegation in Iran
Following the request by the Iranian ambassador to Kiev and hosting of Iranian Press and Cultural Institution and coordination of the Foreign Media Department of Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, a media delegation including the editor in chief of Izvestia Daily, deputy managing director of Ukronovski Media Holding Company, managing director of Obenon News Agency, correspondent of Ovinar News Agency, assistant editor of Gazetta Pao Ukranievski, chief editor of Donbas Daily, editor in chief of Podilski Vistu Daily, editor in chief of Pravda Daily and the translator of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran arrived in Iran on Feb. 21, 2011 and the following programs were arranged for them: Inspection of the Cultural and Press Institution of Iran(IRNA), Press TV, Russian Radio studio in IRIB's World Service Department, the Presidential Office, Iran Khodro Car Manufacturing Plant, Saad Abad Palace, Jamaran Mosque, Nuclear Facilities and Iran Atomic Energy Organization, Milad Tower, Golbarg Palace Museum and visit to the historic city of Isfahan.The Ukrainian delegation also held meetings with Mr. Mohammad Jaafar Mohammad Zadeh, Deputy Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister for Press and Information, Dr. Baqeri deputy for Foreign Relations and International Security of the Supreme national Security Council, Dr. Salehi, the honorable Foreign Minister and Mrs. SoltanKhah Deputy President.The Ukrainian media delegation before leaving Tehran to Kiev concluded a letter of understanding with their Iranian counterparts. They left Tehran on Feb.27, 2011.