جمشيد زند، مصاحبه با يك مستاجر مستمند در تهران
Summary of Today's BroadcastRFE/RL Persian ServiceFriday, March 01, 2002
- Poverty in the Islamic Republic
- Former MP Reviews Role of Expediency Council
- Violence and Islam?
- Afghan Charge d'Affairs in Washington Calls for Good Relations with Iran
- World news
Poverty in the Islamic Republic: The Plight of a Family of 7
* The cabinet will discuss President Khatami's abandoned anti-poverty program as a part of the new social security bill, but the number of families living in poverty increases. Cast off to the mushrooming slums around the big cities, families who cannot afford high rents join the underclass. A housewife who is being evicted from her 1,500,000 rials a month apartment in the Sohravardi neighborhood of Tehran tells RFE/RL that her husband works till midnight but earns only 1,400,000 rials. She used to help by earning 600,000 rials per month herself as a house cleaner, but now she cannot work, since she has to look for a place to live for her family of seven. Shame prevents her from seeking help, she says.
A Former MP Reviews the Role of the Expediency Council
* The Expediency Council, added in the 1989 constitutional revisions, is superfluous, says former MP and UN ambassador Said Rajai-Khorasani. However, in an interview with RFE/RL, he agrees with Expediency Council chief Hashemi-Rafsanjani that only a constitutional review can change the role and structure of the council. He says the council's decisions in disputes between the Majlis and the Guardians Council should not be mistaken as laws. It would be better, he suggests, if the Majlis were to approve the Expediency Council's arbitrations. (Fereydoun Zarnegar)
Afghan Charge in Washington Calls for Good Relations with Iran
* Haroun Amin, Afghan Charge d'Affairs in Washington, says that Afghanistan wants to have good relations with Iran, adding that fighting the Taliban was a rare instance of collaboration between IRI and the US. Without help from the US, he tells RFE/RL, Afghans could not topple the Taliban regime. (Homayoun Majd)
Violence in Islam, or Violent Understanding of Islam?
* Killing women and children, taking hostages, and assassinating people are forbidden in Islam, says Strayer University's Professor Rasool Nafisy. Violence is not an inherent part of Islam, he tells RFE/RL, but is seen in the modern interpretations of Islam by certain groups and personalities. (Homayoun Majd)
* 250 die in Hindu-Muslim skirmishes in Gujarat. (Shahran Tabari, London)
* Israeli forces attack Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank for a second time. (Jamshid Chalangi, Cairo)
* In a 2-day meeting with GCC foreign ministers in Granada, EU foreign ministers support the Saudi peace proposal. (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)
* In an interview with RFE/RL, Arab League spokesman, Dr. Tal'at Hamid predicts that Israel will go along with the Saudi proposal for Middle East peace. (Jamshid Chalangi, Cairo)
* Forces of Afghan warlord General Dostom capture an area in northern Afghanistan controlled by warlord Mohammad Ata. British peacekeeping forces in Kabul were shot at for the third time in so many days. (Shireen Famili)
* In Paris, Afghan interim leader Karzai thanks France for its help to Afghanistan but says Afghanistan has yet to see the monies promised for big projects. (Jean Khakzad, Paris)
* Russia was not aware of the US plan to send forces to Georgia, says President Putin, while Georgian President Shevardnadze says US-Georgia military cooperation is no secret. (Amir-Mossadeq Kataouzian, Prague; Mani Kasravi, Moscow)
* US says helping Georgia deal with its terrorist problem is good for the region. (Homayoun Majd, Washington)
* Detainees in Guantanamo Bay on hunger strike over Islamic headwear. (Homayoun Majd, Washington)
* More than 122 nations have joined the anti-mine treaty, says Liz Bernstein, spokesperson of the World Coalition against Land Mines in an interview with RFE/RL. In Iran, land mines kill 1700 people per year, mostly from migrating tribes, Dr. Hamid Jahanlou, a land mine expert in Tehran, tells RFE/RL. Iranian Kurdish MP's demand that the government expedite programs to remove millions of landmines remaining from the Iran-Iraq war. (Golnaz Esfandiari)
* Leading senate Democrats criticize the administration's war against terrorism. (Homayoun Majd, Washington)
* Ebrahim Rogova is elected to head the autonomous government in Kosovo. NATO forces fail once again to catch the fugitive Serb leader Karadzic (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)
* After 5 centuries, Germany says goodbye to the mark. (Shahram Mirian, Koln)
* Forbes magazine publishes its list of 497 billionaires. (Jamshid Zand)
در حاليكه شمار خانواده هايي كه زير خط فقر زندگي مي كنند رو به افزايش است، قرار است برنامه فقرزدايي در چارچوب لايحه نظام جامع تامين اجتماعي مجددا مورد بررسي هيات دولت قرار گيرد. خانواده هاي فقير به حاشيه شهرها رانده مي شوند. يك بانوي مستاجر مستمند در تهران كه به علت ناتواني در پرداخت اجاره منزل، مجبور به تخليه آن شده است و اينك ناچار است با همسر و 5 فرزندش در خارج از تهران در جستجوي مسكن بر آيد، در مصاحبه با راديو آزادي مي گويد شوهر او تا نيمه شب كار مي كند ولي با 130 هزار الي 140 هزار تومان نمي تواند مخارج را تامين كند. وي مي گويد خود او مدت چهارماه در منزلي كار مي كرد و 60 هزارتومان در مي آورد، ولي حالا به علت جستجو براي مسكن، از كار كردن افتاده است. وي مي گويد در منطقه سهروردي شهرتهران، ماهانه مبلغ 150 هزار تومان اجاره مي پرداخت اما صاحبخانه تا پايان هفته براي تخليه به آنها فرصت داده است.