Thursday, October 20, 2005

A collection of clippings and new items from the regime's own media

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
One of Ahmadinejad's biggest supporters who wished to remain unnamed said: "We're worried sick that he (Ahmadinejad) would not be able to keep his promises. Mohammad-Reza Baahonar (the conservative First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Iran) also says that he too believes that Ahmadinejad and his administration may not be able to bring their pledges to fruition." (RESAALAT Newspaper, Oct. 20th, 2005)

Eslaami, a member of the Islamic Parliament said: "The department of management and budgeting has plenty of money for a thousand and one aimless projects but there's no money to pay the pensions of the retirees. We refuse to accept this injustice and these pretences." (Eslami's interview with the regime-run Tehran radio, Thursday, Oct. 20th, 2005)

The locals from the village of Bouyeen-Zahra who only have one well for water, gathered on Thursday, Oct. 20th in front of the province headquarters of Qazveen to protest 4 months without drinking water. (IRNA news agency, Thursday, Oct. 20th, 2005)

Norwegian oil company STATOIL (which was implicated in a scandalous economic corruption case with Rafsanjani's sons) has invited several of the regime's own journalists to Norway in order to treat and foster good relations with them so that more favorable items could be printed about the regime's deals with this company. (Islamic Republic Newspaper, Thursday, Oct. 20th, 2005)