Massoud Khodabandeh responds to MEK (Rajavi cult)’s defamations in the Gazeta TemA newspaper

Massoud Khodabandeh responds to MEK (Rajavi cult)’s defamations in the Gazeta TemA newspaper

مسعود خدابنده تیرانا آلبانی فرقه رجوی مجاهدین خلقMassoud Khodabandeh, Gazeta Impakt, November 12 2017:… I have been informed by colleagues in Tirana that you have published a defamatory post against me (Massoud Khodabandeh) and my wife (Anne Khodabandeh nee Singleton). This is not entirely unexpected since the MEK always attack their critics rather than answering their criticisms. I am, however, surprised that you did not take the trouble to contact either me or Anne for any clarification … 

مسعود خدابنده تیرانا آلبانی فرقه رجوی مجاهدین خلقMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post: Can Albania Meet its Obligations and De-radicalize an Influx of Terrorists into Europe? 

Massoud Khodabandeh: The Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and Its Media Strategy:
Methods of Information Manufacture

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Massoud Khodabandeh responds to MEK (Rajavi cult)’s defamations in the Gazeta TemA newspaper

Dear Sir/Madam

I have been informed by colleagues in Tirana that you have published a defamatory post

http://www.gazetatema.net

against me (Massoud Khodabandeh) and my wife (Anne Khodabandeh nee Singleton). This is not entirely unexpected since the MEK always attack their critics rather than answering their criticisms. I am, however, surprised that you did not take the trouble to contact either me or Anne for any clarification of the libellous comments made in this piece. I guess the fight against fake news has not reached your outlet yet.

Interestingly, the libellous allegations in this post are based on ‘reports’ purported to come from the United States Ministry of Defense (Pentagon) and The Library of the US Congress. They do not. They are fake. Did you not think for a moment to check these sources – perhaps with the military attaché in the American Embassy in Tirana? For your information, reports in the Library of the US Congress are available to the public. No such report exists there.

In any case, a simple check on our background would show that we are British citizens living in the same house for sixteen years in the UK. The claim, therefore, that the American authorities have been after me from 2013 should have alerted any decent journalist. The idea that we are British citizens who have not been investigated and imprisoned as spies for a foreign country – one for which the UK has a large degree of enmity – which is the central allegation of your article, is bizarre at best and indeed stretches the imagination of any normal person.

My background is widely known. I left the MEK while they still enjoyed the brutal support of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. When I left I was a high-ranking member of the Central Committee, member of the political wing (NCRI) and was head of the security of the leadership of the organisation. Since 2003 and the fall of Saddam I have been working as a consultant with the department in the Government of Iraq responsible expulsion of the MEK from that country how to facilitate this event as safely and securely as possible. A mission, I am glad to say we succeeded in.

Anne was also a member of this organisation and underwent military training in the terrorist camp of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. She spent many years in the MEK’s so-called public relations department. We met and married after leaving the MEK. Anne currently works as a consultant under the UK government Prevent Duty helping to prevent young people from being recruited into violent extremism, terrorist entities and foreign struggles which will rob them of their futures and sometimes their lives. She has just visited your country on a mandate given to her by European Members of Parliament to report back on the situation of the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (aka MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult, Saddam’s Private Army) in Albania.

However, again I remind you of basic journalistic principles. You failed to inform your readers that Farid Toutonchi – the author – is an active member of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organisation. We managed to have him expelled from Iraq along with the other members of the group. The Americans then dumped them on your country. No doubt his status in your country – like that of the other MEK – will become clear when he appears in court to answer for this libellous article.

You also failed to mention that the appearance of this ridiculous piece coincided with interviews with Albanian media by three ex-MEK members who finally managed to escape twenty-five years of slavery with this group.

You have also failed to inform your readers that there is no evidence whatsoever of any of the libellous allegations against myself and my wife in any official or reliable source (i.e., not the MEK’s own websites). Instead, you have mentioned our website Iran-Interlink.org (a site preceding the existence of your site by far) but did not mention that this organisation has and is helping the victims and the families of the victims of Mojahedin Khalq. Through Iran-Interlink, we are now helping enslaved MEK members gain their freedom. Is this considered espionage in Albania? The contact details for this site are also easily available.

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Mojahedin Khalq have been deported from Iraq to your country to be deradicalized. Your government had even been paid for this task. This did not happen. Instead we see well known American war-mongers are now reviving this terrorist organisation against Iran as they have done with many others against Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Anne has visited Albania to warn of MEK activities there. Of particular concern is the recruitment of young Albanians to serve the group. With first-hand knowledge of this she is able to alert civil groups how this takes place and how to prevent this from happening.

With this in mind, the best way to determine what the MEK is actually doing in Albania is to arrange a live media debate between Anne and MEK leader Maryam Rajavi – or one of her followers – so that the truth can be brought into the public arena. Anne will explain her task to establish legal status for Rajavi’s followers in your country and warn against recruitment. Maryam Rajavi might then explain to the Albanian people why she is calling for war and terrorism from their country. The citizens of Albania are already deeply suspicious of the strange behaviour and secretive activities of this group. An explanation by Rajavi in the media would go a long way to clarify for them who the group is and what they are doing in the country. Although I suspect that all this would do is to further convince Albanian civil society that they do not want such a controversial, provocative and secretive group living alongside their families, their children and their youth.

With our help, over a thousand MEK members have escaped this group in the past decade. If there is still any doubt about the integrity of myself and my wife, I suggest you invite these formers to speak about their experiences.

I have briefed my lawyer on this issue and am sending a copy of this letter to the Albanian Embassy in London seeking clarification on the situation of Albanian justice regarding such matters.

Yours sincerely,

Massoud Khodabandeh

Massoud Khodabandeh i pergjigjet shpifjeve te MEK-ut ne Gazeta TemA

Përgjigje shkrimit defamues të Gazetës Tema

I nderuar zotëri / zonjë

Jam informuar nga kolegët e mi në Tiranë se ju keni botuar një shkrim shpifës
http://www.gazetatema.net/2017/11/07/loje-spiunesh-ne-tirane/  kundër meje (Massoud Khodabandeh) dhe gruas sime (Anne Khodabandeh – Singleton).

Kjo nuk është një e papritur pasi MEK gjithmonë i ka sulmuar kritikët e saj në vend që t’i përgjigjet kritikave që i bëhen. Megjithatë unë jam i befasuar që ju nuk morët mundimin të kontaktoni me mua ose me Annen për ndonjë sqarim mbi komentet shpifëse të bëra. Unë mendoj se lufta kundër lajmit të rremë nuk ka arritur akoma tek ju.

Interesante e pretendimeve shpifëse në këtë shkrim është se ato bazohen në ‘raportet’ që supozohet se vijnë nga ministria e mbrojtjes e Shteteve të Bashkuara (Pentagoni) dhe libraria e kongresit të SHBA-së. Ato nuk janë të vërteta. Janë të rreme. A nuk menduat për një moment që ti kontrolloni këto burime, ndoshta me atasheun ushtarak të Ambasadës Amerikane në Tiranë? Sa për informacion, raportet në librarinë e kongresit të SHBA-së janë të disponueshme për publikun. Asnjë raport i tillë nuk ekziston aty.

Në çdo rast, një kontroll i thjeshtë mbi të dhënat tona do të tregonte se ne jemi qytetarë britanikë që jetojmë në të njëjtën shtëpi prej gjashtëmbëdhjetë vjetesh në Britaninë e Madhe. Prandaj pretendimi se autoritetet amerikane kanë qenë pas meje që nga viti 2013 do alarmonte çdo gazetar serioz. Ideja se ne si shtetas britanikë nuk jemi hetuar dhe burgosur si spiunë për një vend të huaj, për të cilin Britania e Madhe është në një nivel të lartë armiqësie gjë në të cilën bazohet akuza e artikullit tuaj, është më e cuditëshmja dhe me të vërtetë e zgjeron imagjinatën e çdo personi normal.

Personaliteti im është i njohur gjerësisht. E lash MEK-un derisa ata ende gëzonin mbështetjen brutale të Sadam Huseinit në Irak. Kur u largova isha një anëtar i rangut të lartë i komitetit qendror, anëtar i krahut politik (NCRI) dhe isha kreu i sigurisë së udhëheqjes së organizatës. Që nga viti 2003 dhe prej rënies së Saddamit kam punuar si konsulent në departamentin e qeverisë së Irakut me përgjegjësi për dëbimin e MEK nga ai vend si dhe për mënyrën e krijimit të lehtësisë së kësaj ngjarjeje me më shumë siguri që do të ishte e mundur. Një mision në të cilin më vjen mirë ta them se patëm vërtet sukses.

Anne ishte gjithashtu anëtare e kësaj organizate dhe iu nënshtrua trajnimit ushtarak në kampin terrorist të Sadam Huseinit në Irak. Ajo kaloi shumë vite në të ashtuquajturën departamentin e marrëdhënieve publike të MEK-ut. Ne u takuam dhe u martuam pas largimit nga MEK. Anne aktualisht punon si konsulente nën qeverinë e Mbretërisë së Bashkuar me detyrën për të parandaluar të rinjtë që të rekrutohen në ekstremizmin e dhunshëm, terrorizmin në aktivitetet e huaja të cilat duan tu vjedhin të ardhmen dhe nganjëherë edhe jetën e tyre. Ajo sapo ka vizituar vendin tuaj me një mandat të dhënë nga deputetët europianë për të raportuar gjendjen e organizatës Mojahedin Khalq (e njohur si MKO, MEK, NCRI, kulti Rajavi, ushtria private e Sadamit) në Shqipëri.

Megjithatë, përsëri po ju kujtoj parimet bazë të gazetarisë. Ju dështuat në informimin e lexuesit tuaj se Farid Toutonchi, autori, është një anëtar aktiv i organizatës terroriste Mojahedin Khalq. Ne arritëm që ta dëbojmë atë nga Iraku së bashku me anëtarët e tjerë të grupit. Amerikanët pastaj i hodhën ata në vendin tuaj. Ska dyshim që statusi i tij në vendin tuaj, si i krejt MEK-ut, do të bëhet i qartë kur të dalë në gjykatë për t’u përgjigjur për këtë artikull shpifës.

Ju gjithashtu nuk arritët të përmendnit se pamja e kësaj pjese qesharake përputhej me intervistat e bëra në mediat shqiptare nga tre ish-anëtarë të MEK, të cilët më në fund arritën ti shpëtonin njëzet e pesë vjetëve skllavëri në këtë grup.

Ju gjithashtu keni dështuar të informoni lexuesit tuaj se nuk ka asnjë dëshmi për ndonjë prej pohimeve shpifëse kundër meje dhe gruas sime nga ndonjë burim zyrtar ose burim tjetër i besueshëm (dmth jo nga faqet e internetit të MEK). Në vend të kësaj, ju keni përmendur faqen tonë të internetit Iran-Interlink.org (një faqe para ekzistencës së faqes tuaj), por nuk përmendet se kjo organizatë ka ndihmuar dhe po ndihmon viktimat dhe familjet e viktimave të Mojahedin Khalq. Nëpërmjet Iran-interlink ne po ndihmojmë anëtarët e skllavëruar të MEK-ut që të fitojnë lirinë e tyre. A konsiderohet ky spiunazh në Shqipëri? Detajet e kontaktit për këtë faqe janë gjithashtu lehtësisht të disponueshme.

I nderuar zotëri/zonjë

Mojahedin Khalq është dëbuar nga Iraku për në vendin tuaj për t’u deradikalizuar. Qeveria juaj madje u pagua për këtë detyrë. Kjo nuk ndodhi. Në vend të kësaj, ne po shohim amerikanë të njohur luftënxitës që po e ringjallin këtë organizatë terroriste kundërshtare të Iranit, siç kanë bërë me shumë të tjera kundër Turqisë, Irakut dhe Sirisë.

Anne ka vizituar Shqipërinë për të paralajmëruar aktivitetet e MEK-ut. Një shqetësim i veçantë është rekrutimi i të rinjve shqiptarë për t’i shërbyer grupit. Me një ekperiencë dhe njohuri personale, ajo është në gjendje që të paralajmërojë grupet civile shqiptare se cfarë po ndodh dhe se si ta parandalojnë këtë.

Duke pasur parasysh këtë, mënyra më e mirë për të përcaktuar se çfarë po bën aktualisht MEK në Shqipëri është të organizoni një debat të drejtpërdrejtë mes Annes dhe lideres së MEK-ut, Maryam Rajavit, ose me një nga pasuesit e saj në mënyrë që e vërteta të dalë në arenën publike. Anne do të shpjegojë detyrën e saj për të provuar statusin ligjor për pasuesit e Rajavit në vendin tuaj dhe të paralajmërojë kundër rekrutimit. Maryam Rajavi mund t’i shpjegojë popullit shqiptar se pse ajo po bën thirrje për luftë dhe terrorizëm. Qytetarët e Shqipërisë tashmë kanë shumë dyshime për sjelljen e çuditshme dhe aktivitetet sekrete të këtij grupi. Një shpjegim nga Rajavi për mediat do ja vlente për të sqaruar se kush është ky grup dhe çfarë po bëjnë në vend. Megjithëse kam dyshimin se e gjithë kjo ka për ta bindur edhe më shumë shoqërinë civile shqiptare se ata nuk do ta duan një grup kaq të diskutueshëm, provokues dhe sekret që të jetojë pranë familjeve, fëmijëve dhe rinisë së tyre.

Me ndihmën tonë, mbi një mijë anëtarë të MEK-ut janë larguar nga ky grup gjatë dekadës së fundit. Nëse ka ende ndonjë dyshim për ndershmërinë time dhe të gruas sime, ju sugjeroj t’i ftoni këta ish anëtarë që të flasin për përvojat e tyre.
Për këtë çështje kam informuar avokatin tim dhe po e dërgoj një kopje të kësaj letre në ambasadën shqiptare në Londër për të kërkuar sqarime mbi gjendjen e drejtësisë shqiptare në lidhje me këto çështje.

Sinqerisht juaji,

Massoud Khodabandeh

Me poshte eshte teksti origjinal:

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Khodabandeh co-authored the book ‘The Life of Camp Ashraf – Victims of Many Masters’

(Massoud Khodabandeh: 4th report, Baghdad October 2014)

Al Jazeera tregon historine e terrorit te muxhahedineve iranianeNe dokumentarin me poshte al Jazeera tregon historine e terrorit te muxhahedineve iraniane. Menyrat e manipulimit dhe rekrutimit qe ata i kane bere qytetareve iraniane, masakrat kunder kurdeve dhe abuzimin me anetaret e tyre. Kjo eshte organizata qe Shqiperia strehon qe prej vitit 2013. Emisioni Kulti i Kameleonit eshte prodhuar ne vitin 2007.

IMPAKT 97: Jihad 2.0? What are the Iranian Jihadis (MKO, Rajavi cult) doing in Albania? (part 1)

https://youtu.be/WYEGkiTvyJc

IMPAKT 97: Jihad 2.0? What are the Iranian Jihadis (MKO, Rajavi cult) doing in Albania? (part 2)

https://youtu.be/9tWjpDHPktE

Also read:
http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=8888

Pssst, Whisper It, Even Iran’s Enemies Don’t Want Regime Change 

Trump_Rouhani_Regime Change MEKMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffpost, September 18 2017:… While it is by no means clear that Donald Trump actually wants war with Iran – given the huge risks involved for the whole region – his strategy of brandishing the threat to destroy the JCPOA is certainly an attention-grabbing negotiating tactic. So too is brandishing the MEK as a terrorist threat against Iran. It is one of the cards which the anti-Iran pundits feel they can … 

مریم رجوی البغدادی مجاهدین خلق داعش تروریسم تهرانISIS Drew On MEK Expertise For Terror Attacks On Tehran (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)

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Pssst, Whisper It, Even Iran’s Enemies Don’t Want Regime Change

Massoud Khodabandeh Director at Middle East Strategy Consultants.

Co-authored by Anne Khodabandeh

Mojahedin_Khalq_Rajavi_Cult_Regime_Change

مسعود خدابندهFollowing President Rouhani’s re-election in May 2017 many Middle East analysts arrived at the conclusion that the 78% turnout and clear majority was a clear enough indication that while the people of Iran do want greater political and social freedoms, they are prepared to seek this incrementally through civic pressure, not through violent regime change.

The rationale of experts, however, has not stopped Iran’s enemies from aggressively demanding the kind of regime change aimed at preventing growing Iranian influence in the region. Donald Trump’s confrontational, high risk approach toward Iran, using the JCPOA as an instrument of conflict only feeds this agenda.

The problem is, that while anti-Iran antagonism has deep roots in the American psyche, the stark reality is that regime change would necessarily be imposed by America through violence, whether war or terrorism or both.

And while ‘regime change’ makes a good sound bite, the recent events in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, should sound a claxon warning. Iran has developed a formidable military and naval capacity in recent years. Its missile programme presents a real threat to American interests in the region – not least the state of Israel.

Confrontation with Iran would prove catastrophic not only for the whole region but for the protagonists themselves. Would American taxpayers really accept another expensive and endless war? If Iraq and Syria have spawned chaos, destruction and blowback, the consequences of a military conflagration involving Iran would be much worse. There is good reason why, even though Saudi Arabia has maintained a verbally hostile stancetoward Iran for two years, nothing has actually happened.

In any case, what system or government do the regime change proponents propose would replace Iran’s current rulers. The country itself presents an enviable level of civic stability in the region. As much as they may wish for it there is no evidence of a nationwide indigenous protest movement with the will or capability of stepping into the breach.

When Donald Trump entered the White House, Reza Pahlavi, son of the exiled Shah of Iran, wrote a letter of introduction. The monarchists, he suggested, are natural allies of the United States and would be happy to work toward regime change with the new administration. This overture was rebuffed. The fact is, that when Reza Pahlavi offers his services, there is a glimmer of a possibility that his monarchist movement would be able to garner at least some popular support among Iranian citizens chafing against repressive religious leaders. Instead, ironically, most prominent regime change pundits back the Mojahedin Khalq. And although this puzzles many (the MEK are so deeply unpopularinside Iran that it would be wilful stupidity to believe the group could seize power even with American support), the reason is quite simple. Even Iran’s enemies don’t want regime change.

Every year when the self-styled ‘Iranian Resistance’, aka the Mojahedin Khalq, holds its annual gathering at Villepinte near the French capital, there is a weary sense of déjà vu. It’s not only that the same paid speakers – John Bolton, Rudi Giuliani, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki and other lesser political personalities – appear on the platform with sad regularity. It’s not only that the whole audience, bar the MEK’s own fanatical followers, is made up of rent-a-crowd, bussed in as part of a cheap weekend holiday trip. It’s not even the conspicuous splurge from an apparently bottomless pit of money to hold the event.

The déjà vu arises from the elephant in the room which visits every event. Behind the glitz and glamour – and nobody loves glamour more than Maryam Rajavi – lurks the reality that regime change in Iran is not happening anytime soon and nobody in that room really believes it will either. And certainly, nobody is under any illusion that the MEK could make it happen.

It is easy to decipher the signs that the MEK is no longer working toward regime change. The MEK’s notoriously expensive propaganda aims only to promote the MEK brand. The group, under de facto leader Maryam Rajavi – is currently advertising its election of a female Secretary General, Zahra Merrikhi Ahangar Kala’i. (It is difficult to keep a straight face when the totalitarian MEK cult claims to hold elections.)

But it is not engaged in any other activity aimed at destabilising or endangering Iran. Even the MEK’s alleged involvement in the Daesh attacks on Tehran is more about attracting sponsorship money than precipitating the fall of Iran’s government.

As the West is cruelly aware, an active terrorist group aggressively recruits to swell its ranks. The MEK has not recruited for two decades. The mean age of its members is over 60 years, many are feeble and sick. Indeed, well over a thousand members have abandoned the organisation since 2003 when the group lost its main benefactor Saddam Hussein. This trend has increased since the group was forcibly transferred from Iraq to Albania. The group is disintegrating in all but name. This is not a force for regime change.

But this is exactly why politicians, retired government officials and others are lining up to promote the group. Advocating for the MEK allows them to rant and threaten and provoke ire among Iran’s leaders and hatred among the citizens. Safely.

While it is by no means clear that Donald Trump actually wants war with Iran – given the huge risks involved for the whole region – his strategy of brandishing the threat to destroy the JCPOA is certainly an attention-grabbing negotiating tactic. So too is brandishing the MEK as a terrorist threat against Iran. It is one of the cards which the anti-Iran pundits feel they can bring to the table. Promoting the MEK is about shuffling and arranging the negotiating cards because nobody, not even Iran’s enemies wants to pay the price of actual regime change.

Mojahedin khalq maryam rajavi nuclear deal

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Also read:
http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=8703

Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) presence in Albania highlights security risks for Europe 

Massoud Khodabandeh, Balkans Post, July 23 2017:… Although the MEK are experts at intimidation and propaganda, in reality the expulsion of the MEK from Europe should be neither controversial nor unexpected. No government in Europe supports the presence of extremists in their midst and the MEK has a long history of extremist behaviour and messaging. The self-immolations in western capitals are an example of their actual behaviour … 

Under President Macron, France can play a pivotal role in Western relations with Iran

نمایندگان پارلمان اروپا جلسه بحث در مورد مجاهدین خلق فرقه رجویDebate in the European Parliament ‘What is to be done about the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq (MEK)?’

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By MASSOUD AND ANNE KHODABANDEH

Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) presence in Albania highlights security risks for Europe

Maryam Rajavi welcomes a distinguished delegation including John R. Bolton from US -Grand Gathering for a Free Iran- Paris, July 1, 2017

مسعود خدابنده بالکان پستAdvertising campaigns don’t come cheap and those paying want value for money. The Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) annual event at Villepinte in France to celebrate so-called armed struggle and promote violent regime change against Iran is about showcasing the MEK to build a brand presence in political and media circles. The Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) brand, like any other brand, depends for its success on advertisement and consumer support.

Support for the MEK is strongest in America where reports that the Trump administration will adopt a policy of regime change toward Iran has led to speculation this will involve the MEK. Clearly the anti-Iran elements which pay for the MEK believe they are getting value for money.

What does the MEK offer for their dollar?

First and foremost, anyone who believes the MEK has renounced violence and terrorism should revisit their recent history (perhaps consult their Farsi language websites for MEK narratives rather than the English language NCRI propaganda). After losing their benefactor Saddam Hussein in 2003 the MEK, from its Iraqi base in Camp Ashraf and headquarters in Paris, engaged in active support for the Saddamist led insurgency which was expanded by AQI and more recently the failed efforts of Daesh to overrun Baghdad.

It took twelve years for the government of Iraq to succeed in its demand that America remove the group from Iraq. Taking the MEK off America’s terrorism list in 2012 (followed by British and European Union terrorism lists) was a pragmatic move to allow the relocation of the group in third countries. Of course, the American government had no intention of relocating the group to the US. Why would they when France and Albania would host the group instead.

The MEK has never dropped its agenda of supporting terrorism. Even after arriving in Albania, the MEK’s support for Daesh and violent extremists has been fully in step with prominent war-mongers; those who don’t mind the violent imposition of an inhumane so-called caliphate on millions of citizens in the Middle East so long as Iran is contained.However, this US-centric view of the situation is not echoed by Europe. The visits by John Bolton and Senator John McCain to the MEK in Tirana remind us that Albania shares a land border with the EU via Greece and with other troubled Balkan states. Albania’s de facto role as a bridge between Europe and areas of conflict in the Middle East has been of concern for international security officials for some time. The relocation of 2700 radicalised MEK members there was hardly likely to offer them any comfort.

Indeed, conditions in Albania mean the group has a much more open hand to pursue its agenda now it has left Iraq. Although the MEK has given up on its own ability to force regime change on Iran, the group will, of course, work to harm Iran’s interests in any way it is able or as it is instructed. As a mercenary force, the MEK is equipped to train, advise and facilitate terrorist and intelligence activity. The recent ISIS attacks in Tehran which bear the hallmarks of MEK involvement at some stage are a stark example of this capability. Interpol warns of at least 173 suspected members of a Daesh suicide brigade heading for Europe. The MEK are experts in people smuggling.

So, when the well-paid speakers at the Villepinte event in France advocate violent regime change, it is this MEK mercenary paramilitary group which is being advertised, rather than a political wish list written in Washington.

Because of this, the participation of three members of Albania’s parliament in this event ought to be of great concern in Europe. In 2014 Albania became an official candidate for accession to the European Union. Notwithstanding efforts to combat the drug cartels, arms smuggling and people trafficking gangs which prevail there, corruption and organised crime are still a problem.

Maryam Rajavi and Senator Lieberman and his wife at the free Iran Gathering – 1 July 2017

Although Albania’s officially stated foreign policy promotes non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, some deputies find advocacy for the MEK irresistible.

The head of the Republican Party Fatmir Mediu in a wonderful attempt to ignore the MEK’s totalitarian nature ludicrously encouraged MEK members in the audience to ‘vote for their future’. The MEK is a cult, its members are held in a state of modern slavery. They do not even have a say over their everyday lives let alone a vote. This makes the presence of Deputy Interior Minister Elona Gjebrea even more troubling. Europeans know her as the minister for anti-trafficking. However, she has turned a blind eye to the living conditions of the MEK members in her own country.

Socialist Party deputy and former Premier Pandeli Majko echoed the MEK’s demand for regime change and stated that these radicalised MEK members are now Albanian citizens. Was this simply rhetoric?

If the Rama government has truly provided MEK members with Albanian passports, their free movement across Europe will allow into the European Union and Schengen area a new army of radicalized extremists, which would be a new threat to the West. France, which has hosted the MEK headquarters for over three decades, always refused to give the members national passports.

While the EU views the MEK as a security threat which would damage accession, there are many other elements who actually benefit from the insecurity and corruption in the Balkan region which allows gangs and groups like the MEK freedom to operate outside any laws and norms. One thing can be agreed however, neither the US nor the EU want Albania to join the EU any time soon.

Indeed, with trade deals between European Union countries and Iran increasing, the continued presence of the MEK in EU countries is increasingly problematic.

However, although the MEK are experts at intimidation and propaganda, in reality the expulsion of the MEK from Europe should be neither controversial nor unexpected. No government in Europe supports the presence of extremists in their midst and the MEK has a long history of extremist behaviour and messaging. The self-immolations in western capitals are an example of their actual behaviour, while the Villepinte celebration of armed struggle and advocacy of violent regime change is incompatible with European countries’ values and wider approach to counter-terrorism.

Previously the MEK in Europe couldn’t be expelled to Iraq because their human rights could not be guaranteed. This is not the case in Albania. Maryam Rajavi happily spent some weeks there earlier this year. President Macron can either bite the bullet and expel this unwanted group at long last, or continue to tolerate the MEK on French soil as leverage to extract further concessions from the Trump administration. Either way, the fact remains that the real problem lies in Albania. A security and humanitarian problem that will not go away.

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Albanian translation by Gazeta Impakt: 
http://gazetaimpakt.com/prezenca-e-muxhahedineve-ne-shqiperi-thekson-rreziqet-e-sigurise-per-evropen/

Prezenca e Muxhahedinëve në Shqipëri thekson rreziqet e sigurisë për Evropën

Nga GAZETA IMPAKT – July 25, 2017

Fushatat reklamuese nuk janë të lira dhe ata që paguajnë duan fitimin për paratë që japin. Ngjarja vjetore e Muxhahedin Halk (MEK) në Vilpënt të Francës për të festuar të ashtuquajturën luftë të armatosur dhe për të nxitur ndryshimin e dhunshëm të regjimit kundër Iranit ka të bëjë me prezantimin e MEK-ut për të ndërtuar një prezencë në qarqet politike dhe ato të medias. Marka e Muxhahedin Halk, si çdo markë tjetër, varet nga suksesi i tij në reklamimin dhe mbështetjen e konsumatorit.

Mbështetja për MEK-un është më e fortë në Amerikë ku raportet se administrata Trump do të miratojë një politikë të ndryshimit të regjimit në Iranit kanë çuar në spekullime se kjo do të përfshijë MEK-un. Është e qartë se elementët anti-iranianë që paguajnë për MEK-un besojnë se po e marrin fitimin për paratë.

Çfarë ofron MEK-u për dollarët e tyre?

Së pari dhe më kryesorja, kushdo që beson se MEK ka hequr dorë nga dhuna dhe terrorizmi duhet të rishikojë historinë e tyre të kohëve të fundit (ndoshta konsultohuni me faqet e tyre të internetit në gjuhën Farsi për tregimet e MEK-ut dhe jo me propagandën në gjuhë angleze të NCRI-së). Pas humbjes së sponsorit – Sadam Huseinit – në vitin 2003, MEK, nga baza e tij irakiene në kampin Ashraf dhe nga selia në Paris, u angazhua në mbështetje aktive për kryengritjen e udhëhequr nga sadamistët, e cila u zgjerua nga al-Kaeda dhe më së fundmi nga përpjekjet e dështuara të Daeshit për të marrë Bagdadin.

U deshën dymbëdhjetë vjet që qeveria e Irakut të kishte sukses në kërkesën e saj që Amerika të largonte grupin nga Iraku. Heqja e MEK-ut nga lista terroriste e Amerikës në vitin 2012 (pasuar nga listat e terrorizmit britanik dhe të Bashkimit Evropian) ishte një lëvizje pragmatike për të lejuar zhvendosjen e grupit në vendet e treta. Sigurisht, qeveria amerikane nuk kishte ndërmend ta zhvendoste grupin në SHBA. Pse duhet ta bënte kur në vend të saj grupin do e strehonin Franca dhe Shqipëria.

MEK kurrë nuk ka hequr dorë nga axhenda e tij e mbështetjes së terrorizmit. Edhe pas mbërritjes në Shqipëri, mbështetja e MEK-ut për Daeshin dhe ekstremistët e dhunshëm ka qenë plotësisht në një hap me luftënxitësit e shquar; ata që nuk e kanë problem imponimin e dhunshëm të një të ashtuquajturi kalifati jonjerëzor për miliona njerëz në Lindjen e Mesme, për aq kohë sa Irani është i përfshirë. Megjithatë, kjo pikëpamje e SHBA-së për situatën nuk bën jehonë në Europë. Vizitat e John Bolton dhe senatorit John McCain në MEK në Tiranë na kujtojnë që Shqipëria ka një kufi toke me BE-në nëpërmjet Greqisë dhe me shtetet e tjera të trazuara të Ballkanit. Roli de fakto i Shqipërisë si një urë midis Evropës dhe zonave të konfliktit në Lindjen e Mesme ka qenë shqetësues për zyrtarët ndërkombëtarë të sigurisë për njëfarë kohe. Zhvendosja e 2,700 anëtarëve të radikalizuar të MEK-ut nuk kishte gjasa të ofronte ndonjë ngushëllim.

Në të vërtetë, kushtet në Shqipëri nënkuptojnë se grupi ka një liri më të madhe për të ndjekur axhendën e tij tani që është larguar nga Iraku. Megjithëse MEK ka hequr dorë nga aftësia e vet për të detyruar ndryshimin e regjimit në Iran, grupi, natyrisht, do të punojë për të dëmtuar interesat e Iranit në çfarëdo mënyre që është në gjendje, ose siç është udhëzuar. Si një forcë mercenare, MEK është e pajisur për të trajnuar, këshilluar dhe lehtësuar aktivitetin e terrorizmit dhe inteligjencës. Sulmet e fundit të ISIS në Teheran, të cilat mbajnë shenjat dalluese të përfshirjes së MEK-ut në një fazë të caktuar, janë një shembull i fuqishëm i kësaj aftësie. Interpoli paralajmëron të paktën 173 anëtarë të dyshuar të një brigade vetëvrasëse të Daeshit që po shkon për në Evropë. Muxhahedinët janë ekspertë në kontrabandën e njerëzve.

Pra, kur folësit e paguar mirë në eventin në Vilpënt në Francë advokojnë ndryshimin e dhunshëm të regjimit, është ky grup mercenar paraushtarak i MEK-ut i cili po reklamohet, dhe jo një listë politike dëshirash e shkruar në Uashington.

Për shkak të kësaj, pjesëmarrja e tre anëtarëve të parlamentit të Shqipërisë në këtë aktivitet duhet të jetë një shqetësim i madh për Evropën. Në vitin 2014 Shqipëria u bë kandidate zyrtare për anëtarësim në Bashkimin Evropian. Pavarësisht përpjekjeve për të luftuar kartelet e drogës, kontrabandën e armëve dhe bandat e trafikimit të njerëzve që mbizotërojnë atje, korrupsioni dhe krimi i organizuar janë ende problem.

Ndonëse politika e jashtme zyrtare e deklaruar e Shqipërisë nxit mosndërhyrjen në punët e brendshme të vendeve të tjera, disa deputetë e konsiderojnë advokimin për MEK-un të parezistueshëm.

Kreu i Partisë Republikane Fatmir Mediu në një përpjekje të mrekullueshme për të injoruar natyrën totalitare të MEK-ut, i inkurajoi në mënyrë qesharake anëtarët e MEK-ut në audiencë që “të votonin për të ardhmen” e tyre. MEK është një kult, anëtarët e tij mbahen në një gjendje skllavërie moderne. Ata madje as nuk ia kanë idenë jetës së tyre të përditshme, e jo më një votimi. Kjo e bën edhe më shqetësuese prezencën e zëvendësministres së brendshme Elona Gjebrea. Evropianët e njohin atë si ministrja e anti-trafikimit. Megjithatë, ajo ka bërë një sy qorr ndaj kushteve të jetesës së anëtarëve të MEK-ut në vendin e saj.

Zëvendësi i Partisë Socialiste dhe ish-Kryeministri Pandeli Majko i bëri jehonë kërkesës së MEK-ut për ndryshimin e regjimit dhe deklaroi se këta anëtarë të radikalizuar të MEK-ut tani janë qytetarë shqiptarë. A ishte kjo thjesht një retorikë?

Nëse qeveria e Ramës i ka dhënë me të vërtetë anëtarëve të MEK-ut pasaporta shqiptare, lëvizja e lirë e tyre në të gjithë Evropën do të lejojë në Bashkimin Evropian dhe në zonën Shengen një ushtri të re ekstremistësh të radikalizuar, e cila do të ishte një kërcënim i ri për Perëndimin. Franca, e cila ka pritur selinë e MEK-ut për më shumë se tre dekada, gjithmonë ka refuzuar t’u japë anëtarëve pasaporta kombëtare.

Ndërsa BE e sheh MEK-un si një kërcënim sigurie që do të dëmtonte pranimin, ka shumë elementë të tjerë që në të vërtetë përfitojnë nga pasiguria dhe korrupsioni në rajonin e Ballkanit, i cili lejon bandat dhe grupet si MEK-u për të vepruar lirisht jashtë çdo ligji dhe norme. Megjithatë, për një gjë mund të biem dakord, se as SHBA as BE nuk dëshirojnë që Shqipëria të bashkohet me BE-në së shpejti.

Në të vërtetë, me marrëveshjet tregtare në rritje midis vendeve të Bashkimit Evropian dhe Iranit, prania e vazhdueshme e MEK-ut në vendet e BE-së është gjithnjë e më problematike.

Megjithatë, edhe pse muxhahedinët janë ekspertë në kërcënime dhe propagandë, në të vërtetë dëbimi i MEK-ut nga Evropa nuk duhet të jetë as i diskutueshëm as i papritur. Asnjë qeveri në Evropë nuk e mbështet prezencën e ekstremistëve në mesin e tyre dhe MEK ka një histori të gjatë të sjelljes dhe mesazheve ekstremiste. Vetëvendosjet në kryeqytetet perëndimore janë një shembull i sjelljes së tyre aktuale, ndërsa festimi i luftës së armatosur dhe advokimi i ndryshimit të dhunshëm të regjimit në Vilpënt është i papajtueshëm me vlerat e vendeve evropiane dhe me qasjen më të gjerë ndaj terrorizmit.

Më parë, MEK-u në Evropë nuk mund të dëbohej për në Irak sepse të drejtat e tyre njerëzore nuk mund të garantoheshin. Por ky nuk është rasti në Shqipëri. Marjam Raxhavi ka kaluar disa javë të lumtura atje më herët këtë vit. Presidenti Makron ose do të bëhet burrë dhe do ta dëbojë këtë grup të padëshiruar, ose do të vazhdojë të tolerojë MEK-un në tokën franceze si një levë për të nxjerrë lëshime të mëtejshme nga administrata Trump. Sidoqoftë, mbetet fakti se problemi i vërtetë gjendet në Shqipëri. Një problem sigurie dhe humanitar që nuk do të largohet.

Massoud and Anne Khodabandeh

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The MEK’s dirty past includes the anti-Imperialist inspired murder of six Americans in pre-revolution Iran which it later celebrated in songs and publications

آن خدابنده سینگلتون در مورد فرقه ها و تروریسم و مقابله با آ«Radicalisation Awareness (Presentation at the ICSA Conference, Bordeaux, July 2017)

رجوی ویلپنت مجاهدین خلق اول ژوئیه 2014Which occasion is Maryam Rajavi celebrating in Paris? (letter to Emmanuel Macron)

ISIS ISIL Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult Flaqsgrooming Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, Rajavi cult) in Tirana part of bigger agenda for Albania

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Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, Rajavi cult)’s Fake Intelligence On Aleppo Only Hinders Fact-finding Bodies Finding The Truth 

مسعود خدابندهMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, December 24 2016:… That can only happen if journalists and investigatory bodies (human rights, nuclear experts, war crimes, etc) are able to base their work on facts and not the fake and fictionalised fantasies of stooges like the MEK, which are clearly designed to misinform on these issues. The information laundry cycle is not difficult to follow – the Washington Times takes its report … 

تعلیم دیدگان صدام مجاهدین خلق رجوی از عراق تا آلبانیAlbanian citizens fearful of radicalised Mojahedin Khalq neighbours deserve more information

Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, Rajavi cult)’s Fake Intelligence On Aleppo Only Hinders Fact-finding Bodies Finding The Truth

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Massoud Khodabandeh Director at Middle East Strategy Consultants.

An article published in the Washington Times Security section claims that (yet again) the Mojahedin Khalq (aka MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult, Saddam’s Private Army) has provided intelligence to the West on Iranian crimes and atrocities. However, in terms of actual intelligence revelations, the article should more properly have sat in the Opinion section.

In this post-truth era, it almost goes without saying that facts and fiction rub shoulders in most of the articles reporting on Syria and Aleppo from all sides. But if Western journalists had no presence in Aleppo and uncritically reported hearsay and opinion to support their own agendas, think then what the MEK’s reporting is based on.

The MEK pretends it has some kind of insider knowledge which it can apparently tap into whenever it needs to make a point. Iran, however, has made no secret of its involvement in the Syrian conflict. Newspapers and state run media probably tell us in much greater detail than the Washington Times report about the deployment of fighters and how they are funded. The dead from this conflict are mourned very publicly inside Iran. It is disingenuous of the MEK to merely recycle this information as a ‘revelation’


NCRI spokesman deceives gullible U.S. officials and journalists with misinformation

But the MEK is notorious for its role as a misinformation and propaganda outlet. Variously over the years, the MEK has been exposed for false reporting and intelligence in issues such as the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. After passing one piece of genuine intelligence in 2002 which it was given by Mossad, the MEK continued to pass fake information to the IAEA so as to disrupt the negotiation process, and to enable the US to impose severe sanctions against Iran. In 2015 the MEK ‘shock revelation’ of a secret nuclear facility in Iran – intended to derail ongoing nuclear negotiations – when subjected to just a little bit of investigatory journalism was soon revealed as sheer fabrication. The MEK similarly muddied the waters of truth during investigations into the bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina in 1994 for which MEK supplied intelligence implicated Iran.


NCRI ‘shock revelation’ turned out to be taken from an advertising brochure

Iran and Russia’s behaviour and agendas have their own place in these issues which should be rigorously investigated and reported. But that can only happen if journalists and investigatory bodies (human rights, nuclear experts, war crimes, etc) are able to base their work on facts and not the fake and fictionalised fantasies of stooges like the MEK, which are clearly designed to misinform on these issues.

The information laundry cycle is not difficult to follow – the Washington Times takes its report from the NCRI site of Maryam Rajavi. The NCRI site then reposts its own report as though it originated in the Washington Times and both, without further verification, get taken up by Fox News.

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Maryam Rajavi Saddam's private army NCRIIntroducing Maryam Rajavi as a human rights activist is the wrong tool for the wrong job

The Life of Camp Ashraf Mojahedin-e Khalq – Victims of Many Masters By Anne Singleton and Massoud Khodabandeh

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مسعود خدابندهMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, November 12 2016:… In particular, Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich. Putting aside their weak personalities as well as their individual neoconservative agendas, the common thread which links these names together is their decade long support for the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organisation (also known as Saddam’s Private Army or Rajavi cult). It is certain that … 

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Can Albania deradicalise Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cultMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post: Can Albania Meet its Obligations and De-radicalize an Influx of Terrorists into Europe? 

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National Security: Could Maryam Rajavi (Mojahedin Khalq) blackmail her friends in high places – Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich


John Bolton speaks at an MEK rally

As the reverberations of the American election echo and ripple across America and around the world, some of its repercussions are already being felt – demonstrations, racist attacks, global market and currency fluctuations, the Russian reaction and more. But as President-elect Trump considers who to appoint to the most influential positions in his Administration, the hopeful candidates may want to consider repercussions which may arise from their own backgrounds.

In particular, Rudi GiulianiJohn Bolton and Newt Gingrich. Putting aside their weak personalities as well as their individual neoconservative agendas, the common thread which links these names together is their decade long support for the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organisation(also known as Saddam’s Private Army or Rajavi cult).

Newt Gingrich bows to Maryam Rajavi

It is certain that neither these three hopefuls nor the MEK believed they would make a comeback. Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich are not Republican favourites. But apparently, with the election of Donald Trump, their time has come. The MEK also didn’t think Trump could win and therefore advertised for Hillary Clinton in their websites.

Rudi Giuliani with Maryam Rajavi

In American politics, such things can be quickly glossed over, dismissed as political strategies. But Donald Trump does need to take this past into consideration. What Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich do not know is that the MEK have a full record of all their meetings, dialogue and discussions. After being tutored by Saddam’s Intelligence service the MEK learned to film and record every conversation with an external person, particularly people like Rudi Giuliani, on every occasion whether in the US, Paris or Europe, even during dinner gatherings. This means that every time they hosted speakers and supporters in Paris or America these meetings were recorded. The MEK is now in possession of hundreds of hours of audio/video recordings as well as emails and phone calls of individuals like these three who have been mingling openly over the past decade with people they took to be ordinary oppositionists, but were in fact trained agents of the MEK and Saddam. The recordings can be edited and published by the MEK to suit the time, need and place.

John Bolton with Mojahedin Khalq operatives

The MEK’s hope was, of course, that by recording these private conversations they could be used in future to pressurise or even blackmail individuals if needed. They perhaps didn’t have any hope then that these individuals would reach such high office. As such this is a national security concern for the US. No one knows what is in the tapes and no one knows how these three, who have done everything for a fee in the past, would be able to stop the MEK from exposing them.

These three entered into paid lobbying for a group such as Mojahedin Khalq knowingly (perhaps not envisaging a day which they could be back in the game) accepting the end of their careers as officials. If they are now brought back and appointed to key positions, US policy could simply be taken hostage by a notorious terrorist organisation such as the Mojahedin Khalq.

Even if these three gave assurances that the paid support they gave to Maryam Rajavi and her terrorist cult Mojahedin Khalq has been done purely on straightforward lobbying grounds, no one can be certain that a decade of recordings and document gathering by the MEK would not end up producing enough leverage to highjack the national security of the United States and or its allies across the globe.

President Trump (and security advisors) simply can’t afford to take such a risk with the future of the country.

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Khodabandeh co-authored the book ‘The Life of Camp Ashraf – Victims of Many Masters’

(Massoud Khodabandeh: 4th report, Baghdad October 2014)

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Syrian Negotiations Won’t Provide One Winner But Will Ensure Violence Is Absolute Loser

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Maryam Rajavi — MEK Propaganda Queen — Advertises Her Services For Iran’s Enemies 

Maryam RajaviMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, July 08 2016:… Clearly this message is not aimed at Iranians. The clamour for regime change in Iran does not emanate from inside the country in spite of its many social, civic and political problems. Who then is Maryam Rajavi’s constituency? From whom is she hoping to garner support?Many constituencies outside Iran wish fervently for its destruction. It is enlightening that Maryam Rajavi’s … 

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Maryam Rajavi — MEK Propaganda Queen — Advertises Her Services For Iran’s Enemies

Co-authored by Anne Khodabandeh

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The Middle East is in turmoil. Deaths and destruction are a daily occurrence throughout the region. Families flee their homes in fear, forced into an uncertain future. No end is in sight. Yet into this calamitous scenario a slick, sophisticated terrorist recruiter’s advert has popped up which ISIS itself could learn from.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) website carries a glamorous advertising campaign for a Grand Gathering. Surrounded by glitzy pictures of flag-waving youth, the central focus of this gathering is ‘Our pledge: regime change’.

Well, we all know what that means. Don’t we? Apparently not. Because this advertising doesn’t reflect the destruction wrought in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen. Here is no promise of jihad and the caliphate. It looks very much like a carnival. Which is exactly what it is – a show. So, what is meant by the promise of regime change?

The first port of call is to understand that the NCRI is just another name for the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) which was also known as the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA).

Back in 1994, MEK leader Massoud Rajavi tasked his wife Maryam to leave Iraq for America in order to regain political recognition of the Mojahedin Khalq as ‘the’ Iranian opposition which had been lost when he refused to abandon Saddam Hussein during the First Gulf war.

Refused entry to the USA as the leader of a terrorist entity Maryam instead took up residence in France as a refugee. But instead of meeting politicians to talk about how the MEK could overthrow the Iranian regime, she discovered she could simply create the illusion of support by paying both audience and speakers. She discovered a talent for dressing up, holding fancy dinner parties and talking about her cult ideology.

To create the appearance of a willing audience for her views, she recruited a rag-tag following of Iranian economic refugees who would happily turn up when paid for their services. She paid for feminists from North America, Europe and Scandinavia to visit Auvers-sur-Oise and attend dinner parties. She posed in her hijab to speak about her version of feminism to these western women; carefully spelling it out for them that they would never really understand what feminism is until they understood her husband Massoud Rajavi.

When Massoud recalled her to Iraq in 1997 she had spent a third of the total MEK budget and had no political support to show for it. She had lost around half the loyal MEK members who had defected whilst in Europe. With morale at an all-time low, Maryam was forced to retreat to Iraq with what remained of her personnel and leave the western bases in the hands of largely uneducated paid ‘supporters’.

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When allied forces next invaded Iraq in 2003 Maryam Rajavi again fled to France. This time, as luck would have it, western politics was focused on curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme which it insisted was aimed at creating a nuclear weapon. The MEK’s services as propaganda experts were just what was needed, ensuring the MEK’s ostensible survival as an opposition group.

But in reality the MEK was already in terminal decline. Its fighting forces, disarmed in 2003, are currently being transferred from Iraq to Albania by the UNHCR to begin a process of de-radicalisation and reintegration back into normal society. Nobody expects veterans with an average age of sixty to wage the terrorism of thirty years ago. Disarmament also allowed American experts to investigate years of complaints about human rights and cultic abuses inside the MEK. As long as the MEK was being used to muddy the waters of the nuclear negotiations, such details could be glossed over. But since last year when agreement was reached, the MEK’s murky past can no longer be dismissed.

The main reason, of course, is that the new theme for challenging Iran in the international community is based on the country’s dismal human rights record. But Maryam Rajavi has her own well documented human rights abuse dossier to answer for. The MEK, under whatever name it is used, is simply the wrong tool to use to demonise Iran.

Beyond this, the MEK is not the popular opposition its own advertising claims it to be. The group is almost universally despised among Iranians both inside the country and in the diaspora. Not only did the MEK fight alongside Saddam Hussein’s army during the devastating eight-year Iran-Iraq war, but the MEK’s anti-Iran role in the nuclear negotiations hit a nerve with most ordinary Iranians who regarded support for their country’s right to nuclear technology as an issue ofnationalism rather than politics.

Maryam Rajavi cannot get support from Iranians unless it is paid for. Nor can Maryam Rajavi deign to share a platform with any other Iranian opposition personality. So this year Maryam Rajavi will again do what she does best; pay audience and speakers alike to give the illusion of support.

So, back to the recent advertising campaign. Any publicity campaign will be successful if it is newsworthy. Maryam, however, simply churns out the same scenario ad infinitum. Starting with describing a terrible situation in Iran – based on news items that can be gleaned from any serious reporting outlet – she then proposes a ten-point plan for Iran, approved this year by Italian parliamentarians. And then she promises regime change.

Clearly this message is not aimed at Iranians. The clamour for regime change in Iran does not emanate from inside the country in spite of its many social, civic and political problems. Who then is Maryam Rajavi’s constituency? From whom is she hoping to garner support?

Many constituencies outside Iran wish fervently for its destruction. It is enlightening that Maryam Rajavi’s websites are home to a bizarre mixture of anti-Shia, anti-Iran, anti-Syria, items which reflect very closely the views of neocons, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Maryam Rajavi is not promising regime change, she is advertising her services as a propaganda queen.

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