Non-Iranian nationals to validate the MEK’s "Largest gathering of Iranians" claim
(aka; Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, Rajavi cult)
... While the meeting, where Iranians seemed vastly outnumbered by non-Iranian nationals, was attended by an impressive number of people, the criticisms, aimed at previous such events, remain. It appeared that a lot of effort had gone into attracting people to the carefully orchestrated, family, race and gender-friendly event, in order to validate the coveted "Largest gathering of Iranians" claim. Strategically positioned cheerleaders, careful video editing, proliferation of flags, placards and vests all seemed choreographed for a spectacle. As expected, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, made all the right noises in her speech ...
National Council of Resistance of Iran ADM 2011 - Villepinte
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held their annual conference in Villepinte, North of Paris.
The participants, friends and supporters of the NCRI and exiled Iranians, mainly belonging to the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), traveled to Paris from all over Europe, the United States and Canada to the gathering, held annually since 2004, which this year had special significance after the April attack by the Iraqi army against Camp Ashraf.
While the meeting, where Iranians seemed vastly outnumbered by non-Iranian nationals, was attended by an impressive number of people, the criticisms, aimed at previous such events, remain. It appeared that a lot of effort had gone into attracting people to the carefully orchestrated, family, race and gender-friendly event, in order to validate the coveted "Largest gathering of Iranians" claim. Strategically positioned cheerleaders, careful video editing, proliferation of flags, placards and vests all seemed choreographed for a spectacle.
As expected, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, made all the right noises in her speech. It was the NCRI, the Iranian Resistance's parliament-in-exile, largely constituting of PMOI, that elected her as Iran's future president for the transitional period following the mullahs' overthrow. Massoud Rajavi, heavily present in the branding of the event, although clearly second to his wife, was conspicuous by his absence from both the event and any new or informative mention in the speech.
Mrs Rajavi talked with enthusiasm about the Arab Spring and with passion about the Iranian uprising two years ago. Her failure to acknowledge the complexity and diversity of the Iranian Green movement and the fact that the uprising had little to do with PMOI is probably a fitting example of missgivings by the PMOI critics. The appropriation of the concept of "Resistance of Iran", to the exclusion of all the other numerous and varied Iranian dissident organisations and campaigns, both within and outside of Iran, further reaffirmed their critics' accusations of sectarianism.
It is true that the Mojahedin were once a powerful popular movement inside Iran, but it is now hard to imagine people in Iran accepting the leadership of PMOI and Mrs Rajavi as their president, while their collusion with Saddam during the Iran/Iraq war is still fresh in the nation's memory.
Then there is the paradoxical concept of Islamic secularism, Rajavi's proposition of “democratic Islam” as the alternative to fundamentalism, which makes the PMOI especially unpalatable to the Iranian left, despite the impressive actions against the Iranian mullahs, which had led to their exile in Iraqi Ashraf.
Reports of cruel treatments of PMOI apostates, coupled with the story of the Rajavis' union, further fuel the accusations of the sect-like nature of PMOI.
Most of the criticisms of the PMOI today converge on what is perceived to be their pursuit of power. The event in Paris did nothing to dispell such criticisms. It was undoubtedly led and orchestrated by genuine PMOI activists, but it is less certain how convinced the others present were about the gathering - people who had been offered an inclusive free trip to Paris. What they discovered when they got there was that they would not see Paris, but only a huge exhibition hall in Villepinte, with no shops, kiosks or even benches to sit on in the visible vicinity. While remaining sympathetic to the plight of the Iranian people, many seemed disappointed at being used to make up the numbers, as the trip did not include anything other than getting to the conference hall and back.
But by managing to gather participants for their publicity purposes and in numbers most dissident organisations can only dream of, the PMOI also manage to attract accusations of using the same nightmarish tricks as the Islamic regime of Iran they oppose.
Feminist Terrorism: Not a Joke
(Mojahedin khalq supports resistance against American forces in Afghanistan )
... The National Committee of Women for a Democratic Iran, a front group for MEK (compare the crest on the NCWDI’s website with the one on NCRI’s) that was active in the US around the time of the 911 attacks, sponsored a rally by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) along with the Feminist Majority Foundation. RAWA, for its part, supports resistance against American forces in Afghanistan ...
(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)
Welmer, The spearhead, Feb 2010:
Few Americans have heard of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), a violent cult that was allied with Saddam Hussein, has killed American citizens and has conducted numerous terrorist attacks in the Middle East. Even fewer know anything about its leader, Maryam Rajavi, the Marxist, feminist fanatic who heads up the group and its largely female militant wing.
Also known as the PMOI (People’s Mujahedin Of Iran) and the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), MEK started as an anti-American Marxist group opposed to the Shah of Iran back in the 1970s. Following the Islamic Revolution, the Communist-oriented MEK and the Islamic government of Iran naturally had a falling out, which erupted into armed conflict after MEK killed some 70 of Iran’s new leaders in a bomb attack and assassinated various others. Despite the fact that MEK supported the revolution – including the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy – it couldn’t see eye to eye with Islamic revolutionaries, and soon found itself in exile.
After a brief stint in France, the Iran Iraq War presented MEK with an opportunity, as Saddam Hussein invited the group to assist him in his war against Iran. Soon, MEK was established in Iraq, and began to receive substantial support from Saddam Hussein, including tanks, heavy weaponry, funding and a role in internal security. This move quickly alienated the majority of Iranian supporters, and the group became increasingly cult-like and fanatical. MEK and Saddam collaborated in cross-border raids, intelligence gathering and terrorist attacks on Iran, which continued well into the last decade. It is alleged that MEK participated in the suppression of Kurdish and Shiite resistance to Saddam Hussein following the first Gulf War.
Maryam Rajavi, the public face and “President Elect” of MEK, succeeded her husband Masoud Rajavi in 1993, and currently resides in France. Mr. Rajavi has not been seen since the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, and it is not clear whether he is still alive. Over the last decade, Mrs. Rajavi has emerged as the undisputed leader of the group, and has had considerable success gaining support from various American organizations, including the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Although one might expect organizations such as the Feminist Majority Foundation to support some unsavory characters, it is a bit more serious than usual in this case. That’s because MEK is officially designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department, and supporting these organizations is a federal crime. Legally speaking, this would be equivalent to Fathers and Families writing checks to Osama bin Laden, and we all know what would happen if that were the case…
So what is it that draws American feminist organizations to support a foreign terrorist organization with American blood on its hands? Evidently, feminism trumps all. According to Maryam Rajavi’s NCRI website, she believes in “complete gender equality in social, political, cultural and economic arenas.” However, her real intent might be better gleaned from her Wikipedia entry:
As President-Elect, Rajavi has continued to place women in nearly all of the leadership roles within her resistance movement…
Also revealing is a comment on Daniel Pipes’ website:
The MEK is a radical feminist organisation. Their leader believes that women should occupy all the leadership postitions in the resistance. This is refelcted in the current make-up of the organisation. The entire leadership council of the MEK as well as the NLO is comprised entirely of women. The President-elect of the organisation is a women Mrs Rajavi. Even though only 30% of the military resistance are women, women hold over two-thirds of the commander postions and command many all-male units. So the MEK seek to replace a male-dominated society in Iran, with one that actively discrimiantes against men. So rather than being progressive and for equal human-rights the MEK is as discrimiantory as any regime in the middle-east, if not worse because it currently masquerades as being democratic and fair. In reality the orgainsation discriminates against men.
Mrs. Rajavi must be greatly admired by American feminists. If you want to know what a feminist “utopia” would be like, this chilling article in the NY Times Magazine written by Elizabeth Rubin about MEK is probably right on the money.
Here’s an excerpt:
[R]ecently, I went to visit Camp Ashraf, the main Mujahedeen base, which lies some 65 miles north of Baghdad in Diala province, near the Iranian border. Ashraf is 14 square miles of ungenerous desert surrounded by aprons of barbed wire, gun towers and guards in trough-like bunkers, shaded by camouflage netting and dehydrated palm trees, their trunks thickened by dust. As you pass the checkpoints and dragons’-teeth tire crunchers into the tidy military town, you feel you’ve entered a fictional world of female worker bees. Of course, there are men around; about 50 percent of the soldiers are male. But everywhere I turned, I saw women dressed in khaki uniforms and mud-colored head scarves, driving back and forth along the avenues in white pickups or army-green trucks, staring ahead, slightly dazed, or walking purposefully, a slight march to their gaits as at a factory in Maoist China.
Camp Ashraf was recently dismantled by Iraqi security forces, who discovered a mysterious mass grave with Kuwaiti remains under the group’s headquarters, shortly after the post-election protests in Tehran last June. Iran blamed much of the dissent and violence that accompanied the protests on MEK and British intelligence provocation, and Iran’s Shiite allies in Iraq may have decided to take down MEK’s main base as a favor to Iran. Unfortunately, this suggests to me that many of these people will end up as refugees in the West, where they will inevitably be sucked into MEK units operating in Europe and North America.
Although Justin Raimondo broke the story linking the Feminist Majority Foundation to MEK, there are other strong indications of cooperation between MEK operatives and American feminists.
The National Committee of Women for a Democratic Iran, a front group for MEK (compare the crest on the NCWDI’s website with the one on NCRI’s) that was active in the US around the time of the 911 attacks, sponsored a rally by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) along with the Feminist Majority Foundation. RAWA, for its part, supports resistance against American forces in Afghanistan.
Now I’m going to go out on a fairly stout limb here and guess that RAWA is associated with – if not completely run by – MEK. Why? Well, for one thing, the National Committee for a Democratic Iran, the aforementioned MEK front group, has RAWA as one of its most prominent links, and it also co-sponsored RAWA’s DC rally. Additionally, RAWA features four different languages on its pages, and none that I can tell are Pashto, but Farsi is quite prominently featured. Farsi is what people speak in Iran, not Afghanistan (except perhaps in some northern enclaves).
Following is a RAWA url to what I believe to be a Farsi article titled “Ensler:”
Yes, THE Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues. She is a big supporter of RAWA:
But some feminists remain unconcerned. In a Salon.com interview, Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, dismissed RAWA’s alleged connection to Maoist groups. “I may not be the most thorough investigator,” she admitted. Yet Ensler declared later in the same piece, “I’ve become RAWA’s greatest defender.”
I would really appreciate it if someone could translate the Ensler article, or at least the relevant parts. It is clear that Ensler supports a group that advocates fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan, but the extent of the support is not altogether clear. Perhaps this article would shed some light on the subject.
Obviously, it is a murky world out there in Middle Eastern politics, and Marxist/feminist politics in particular must necessarily be pretty shady in those parts. But as they say, it takes one to know one, and apparently American feminists can sniff out their sister-comrades and will extend support to them, federal law be damned!
What I find most illuminating about the collaboration between feminists in matters of power and war is that they clearly have little idea how to do things right. For example, what sense does undermining US power in Afghanistan make when America represents the pinnacle of feminist power in all of history? This simply shows that feminism is about nothing but “deconstruction,” and even when they have the world handed to them on a silver platter they can’t figure out what to do besides tear things down. This is why feminism will ultimately fail. It is simply end-stage indulgence, and men are starting to catch on.
Sadlly, over a dozen American soldiers died providing transportation to the MEK while they remained under our protection at camp Ashraf — and this after they opened fire on our forces when we came to establish control over the area, wounding at least one. As Raimondo and Rubin both suggested in their articles, a number of US government officials have suggested using MEK against Iran, but I think they are vastly overestimating the effectiveness of the group. It is possible that MEK was in part responsible for the vehemence of the post-election protests in Tehran (PMOI was working overtime putting out calls to action around that time), but if so they failed to achieve their objective, and intelligence agencies around the world have likely wised up to the tactics employed by feminists in stirring up trouble. In all likelihood, MEK’s days as a formidable terrorist organization are over, probably because most of the male fighters are already dead, and they will not have an easy job finding new ones given MEK ideology and abusive treatment of male recruits.
However, the group still poses a threat. Most seriously, the threat is within the West if a similar group is established on our soil, because our feminist laws will allow them to organize and menace men with impunity. Just as Saddam made use of women with tanks and heavy weapons to terrorize his own people, it is not inconceivable that feminist militias in the US or Europe could be used to intimidate citizens who are legally prohibited from defending themselves.
In conclusion, I would say that America’s association with an unnatural, oppressive cult such as MEK dishonors our nation and people. No matter what argument we may have with the nation of Iran, there is nothing to be gained in the long run from associating with a group that is not only an ideological failure, but a murderous, exploitative cancer in the already fragile political melange of the Middle East.
(Massoud Rajavi, Saddam Hussain, MKO logo)
Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) forges Lebanese girl photo
... The MKO’s official website put a photo of a Lebanese girl with her head bleeding, claiming she had been injured in the midst of Tehran’s Ashura unrests on last Sunday, Habilian Association (families of terror victims) news website reported ...
Habilian Association, Mashad, December 31, 2009
The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an anti-Iran terrorist group, forged a photo, relating it to Tehran’s Ashura unrests.
The MKO’s official website put a photo of a Lebanese girl with her head bleeding, claiming she had been injured in the midst of Tehran’s Ashura unrests on last Sunday, Habilian Association (families of terror victims) news website reported.
However, the popular photo belongs to a Lebanese girl showing her in an Ashura ritual in Nabatieh, south Lebanon. The photo, taken several years ago, has been on show on many Shiite as well as anti-Shiite websites. The MKO has cropped the photo so that the signs, written in Arabic, could not be viewed.
The original photo can be viewed on the following websites:
It is not the first time the MKO terrorist cult forges photos in order to deceive the public opinion. The cult used to forge popular photos of Iranian children, taken by great Iranian photographers and published in a book entitled “Children, Faith, Freedom” by the Islamic Republic Airlines, in order to justify their fundraising in Europe. The fundraisers claimed the children were orphans of Iranian dissidents executed by the Iranian government.
The MKO also published photos of the ex-President Mohammad Khatami’s visit to Ebrat Museum in Arab websites, claiming he was witnessing Iraqi POWs tortured by Iranian agents. However, the museum shows statues of pro-Revolution people tortured by Shah’s SAVAK.
Holy Fighters in the Sidewalk
Derstandard, October 23, 2008
translated by Nejat Association, November 25, 2008
Translated from the article “Holly Fighters in the side walk “published in derstandard on October 23rd, 2008:
This summer hundreds of polish students figured out that their education in the Political Science field doesn’t protect them against a short free trip to Paris and being hired by a terrorist organization.
Who can resist the offer of a three-day trip to the French capital for only 6 Euros (including the residence)?
The advertisement of the trip was so deceiving that no student didn’t go into trouble to ask about the issues behind the scene and the sponsors of the discounted trip, although the condition to win the trip was to attend a political demonstration at Charle de Gole Airport.
Therefore, the polish inexperienced native students became the Islamic freedom fighters for a day.
The demonstration in the airport is just the most recent activity of the expanded propaganda launched by the paramilitary Mujahedin Khalq Organization aka PMOI especially since the 1990’s.
PMOI has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US and EU.
Besides their fundraising activities in the sidewalk of European cities (Coln is one of the most important bases of MKO in Europe) they hold gatherings and demonstrations including the ones in the summer of 2003 that reached its summit with the suicide of two exiled Iranians.
MEK have repeatedly represented their threatening methods for the regime change in Iran.
People’s Mujahedin of Iran was founded in 1965 to oppose the Shah of Iran who was supported by the west and ruled Iran under his tyranny until the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The first MEK founders based their ideology on a raw mixture of the revolutionary Marxism, partisan struggle of Huchi Min and Che Guara and the Shiite Islamic characteristics, decorated with a protesting movement against the exploitation of the society and governmental violence.
The preferable device for MEK was from the beginning, the armed struggle to achieve the necessary power for their anti-shah and anti-American propaganda.
The MEK planned their first operation in 1971 intending to explode an electricity factory in Tehran while the celebrations on the occasion of the anniversary of the Iranian Imperial, but the plan was prevented by the regime ‘s security forces.
Following that operation, the wave of arrests started and Masud Rajavi (who is today, together with his wife, the dictator leader of MEK) fled to Paris following his imprisonment sentence.
The way the post revolutionary Iranian Regime (which had supported MEK at the beginning) treated MKO, forced them to go abroad and continue their bombings and anti-American and anti-Iranian activities not only in Europe where a lot of Iranians reside but also in Iraq.
In 1980’s Saddam Hussein sheltered the MEK who were discouraged by the regime of Tehran and in 1985 he used them as his mercenary in the first gulf war.
MEK also collaborated with Saddam to suppress the Shiites and Kurds’ uprisings in Iraq and what removed the support of their compatriots in their motherland for ever.
Then a type of cultural Islamic-Stalinist revolution appeared in the group and the cult of personality around the leadership of Masud and Maryam Rajavi was formed in a bizarre form of which the recent MEK’s slogan is the symbol:”Rajavi is Iran,Iran is Rajavi”
The MEK is represented in the west by its political arm National Council of Resistance (NCRI) which has owned a parliament in Paris since 1993.
The leadership council of MKO only includes women, that is a bizarre sign to the regime of Tehran which is ruled by males.
Those who criticized the group’s approaches disappeared in Abu Qoraib prison (with the help of Saddam Hussein’s regime) where has already had the notorious reputation.
The Human Rights Watch presented a report on the testimonies of a dozen of MKO defectors who witnessed tortures and assassinations in the cult.
After the American invasiono Iraq, the MEK bases in Iraq were bombarded but later the CIA hired MEK’s professional agents for intelligence operations inside Iran.
Outside Iran, the MEK who claim to have denounced military operations since 2001, are satisfied of the support they could enjoy by the future inexperienced generation and also the public opinion.
For example the Austrian member of the European parliament , Karin Resetarits, asked for the removal of MEK from the list of terrorist groups, in a 2500 populated gathering in front of Iranian Resistance against the Islamic fundamentalism.”
In December 2001, the MEK and its armed wing NLA were listed as terrorist entities following the European Union Council’s decision.
In June 2008, the British government decided to return their credit
MKO hired actors for demonstration in Brussels: German news magazine
Iran-interlink, cologne, April 2, 2007
The MKO (Mojahedin Khalq Organisation) terrorist group (Rajavi cult) hired extras for a demonstration in Brussels on March 8 in a bid to cover up the small number of protestors, the weekly Focus news magazine reported Monday.
(A typical demonstration by Mojahedin Khalq Terrorists- aka: Rajavi cult)
(Note Lord Corbett!!who has supported terrorism and Saddam's private army for the past 25 years)
Around 60 Iranian actors and actresses who were not informed beforehand about the action, were paid the usual 50 euros per day fee to take part in the recent demonstration in Brussels where the MKO was protesting its continued blacklisting as a terror group by the European Union.
The extras were hired by a German casting agency, named 'House of Extras', which transferred them via two busses from Cologne to Brussels.
According to Focus, most of the side actors and actresses were duped into believing that the MKO demonstration was part of a movie and not a real event.
Once the extras arrived at the scene of a demonstration they were shocked and most of them broke away from the other demonstrators.
Meanwhile a representative of the German casting agency said that extras were also hired for another MKO demonstration in New York in fall 2005.
Jochen Cerff confirmed that 50 actors and actresses were hired in Hamburg and Leipzig to take part in a New York rally in front of the UN building.
The extras received reportedly a one-week complimentary trip to New York.
The MKO had also paid poor European-based immigrants from Africa and the Middle East, most of them social welfare recipients, to attend demonstrations in Berlin.
Several of the paid African demonstrators were told by the MKO that they would go on a sightseeing trip to Berlin.
The MKO was earlier found guilty of massive social welfare fraud in Germany throughout the 1990s.
Link to the original article by Focus.de
(Mehdi Abrishamchi and Massoud Rajavi taking orders from Saddam's head of secret services)
(Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, cult leaders)
(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)
(A cult session in Ashraf Camp Iraq - under the protection of Saddam)
(Chemical attack on Halabche, Kurdistan, Iraq)
(British Lord!! Corbett promoting terrorism under the Logo of MKO for the past 25 years)
(In the streets of London with Lord Corbett!!)
(MKO members in European Countries 2003)