Tehran, may 2, IRNA -- Minister of science, research and technology
Mostafa Moin here on Monday night lashed out at the Islamic Republic
of Iran Broadcasting for what he called "involvement in the
burgeoning of mistrust and discrepancy in society as well as giving
cause for disappointing the youth."
"Our youth are future-oriented and are the main assets of the
country. However we see some special groups waging insults at the
youth and the students," he told the audience in a function to
honor exemplary professors of the national defense university.
The first post-revolutionary generation, he said, is responsible
for the transfer of the culture of revolution to the next
Moin used an analogy to stress the importance of the youth to
the country, saying they are like fleeting opportunities, and "by
commending their personalities, winning their confidence and boosting
dialogue among the generations" the opportunity is seized.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said: "the dependent economic
structure of the country has led to excessive industrial imports and
as a result has reduced the significance of the education sector.
In Islamic education and training, the science-for-science
approach is meaningless, but science remains as a tool for discovery
of reality and growth of the individual and society, the minister
Behzad Nabavi, Tehran Reformist MP, calls for calm
Tehran, may 2, IRNA -- Reformist MP-elect for Tehran constituency
to the sixth parliament (Majlis), Behzad Nabavi, commenting on
recent events in the country appealed for calm under present
circumstances, it was reported yesterday.
"Under present circumstances, neither silence nor violence or
inciting behavior is correct," he told a gathering of students at
avicenna auditorium hall of Tehran university medical school.
Commenting on events following the may 23 presidential
election which swept Khatami in a landslide victory, he said that what
he has seen in the country in the past month is a group bent on the
"continuation of a pattern of behavior intended to create tension,
paving the way for suppression and imposition of despotism in
He further said that "this tension-creating group, which is not
affiliated to any political spectrum and might be present in
various groupings, intends to inculcate in the people's mind the
thought that the epic of February 18, 2000 (6th Majlis election) was
planned by the United States and Britain," he added.
The spokesman for the Khordad-2 front then touched on
other developments, saying, "following February's parliamentary
polls the strategy of the Khatami administration has been towards
national construction, but the attempt on the life of a member of the
city council Saeed Hajjarian has held it in abeyance."
Castigating the screening of parts of a video footage of the
Berlin conference by the Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting, he
said, "unfortunately, the IRIB instead of acting as a national media
is exclusively under the control of a special group."
He also hit out at the revolutionary court for questioning the
presence of certain people in the conference that was organized by a
German-based organization and entitled "Iran after the elections."
He referred to the recent closure of a number of reformist
publications by the press court on charges of disparaging Islam and
principles of the Islamic revolution through published articles,
saying such an action will make people turn to the foreign mass media
Asked by a student on the possible annulment of certain election
results for Tehran constituency, he said, "the Guardians Council
is more wise than to commit such wrongdoing."
Asked also to comment on remarks made by former Iranian president
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a recent Friday prayer gathering, Nabavi
said: "I regret that a political rival has made such remarks."