Iran Interlink, February 02 2018:… Last week Maryam Rajavi visited Strasbourg claiming to be supporting the protesters in Iran and asking the EU to put pressure on Iran. Ironically one her lobbyists let slip that this visit had been planned from before the demonstrations – the room was pre-booked. After MEP Ana Gomes’ speech to parliament in December 2017, Rajavi is not able to appear in Brussels and her lobbyists …
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – February 02, 2018
++ Last week Maryam Rajavi visited Strasbourg along with several of her hired lobbyist MPs, claiming to be supporting the protesters in Iran and asking the EU to put pressure on Iran. Ironically one her lobbyists let slip that this visit had been planned from before the demonstrations – the room was pre-booked. After MEP Ana Gomes’ speech to parliament in December 2017, Rajavi is not able to appear in Brussels and her lobbyists have had to take her to Strasbourg instead. In Farsi there have been various writings related to her demands for prisoner release. Saber in Tabriz points out that the number of prisoners arrested in the demonstrations is not a fraction of the number of prisoners Rajavi is currently keeping in Ashraf Three camp in Albania. Another, Zahra Mirbagheri, points out that friend and foe everywhere are talking about the women who remove their headscarves and it has become a hot potato – the Americans are supporting them. But Maryam Rajavi kept silent over this issue as though it isn’t happening. Is this because she hasn’t had the go-ahead from the Saudis? Narges Beheshti had an interview with Faragh Association in Iran (a group for families). She addresses Maryam Rajavi saying, ‘as much as you talk about the protests I know this much, you have killed one of my brothers and imprisoned another. I can tell you that the son of my murdered brother, who is now an adult, has joined with me and we will not rest until you are brought to justice. Shame on the MPs who support you on the back of my brother!’
++ Malek Mashal left the MEK last week. In an interview with Sahar Family Foundation, he explained that he was able to escape because now that the UNHCR has agreed to support them individually he knew he was able to survive without MEK money. He confirmed that there are others who will leave soon for the same reason and he is in contact with them. He said he believes this is the end of Rajavi, because if a person can live outside the MEK, why would they want to continue living in there.
++ A man called Siamak Naderi left the MEK in Tirana and quickly moved to Germany where, for the past few weeks, he had been given coverage in paid TV and other media outlets in which he established himself as an ex-member. Even when he came out of the MEK some ex-members in Albania were suspicious – he had too much money and too much backing. Now he’s turned around to repeat the things Rajavi says but this time in the guise of an ex-member. Last week he published a list of four hundred names in his new top-notch website claiming they are the names of people who have been tortured by Rajavi in Camp Ashraf. When examined more closely it is clear this has been done to muddy the waters. Iran Interlink has been contacted by over 30 people saying their name is on this list, but they have not been tortured by the MEK. Looking at the names it is clear that Naderi has listed those who talk against the MEK as torturers, while others, who don’t speak out, are listed as victims. A lot of FB posts and articles have been published exposing the lie behind Naderi’s claim. One, for example, showed that he was in prison in Iran at the time he was accused of torturing others in Camp Ashraf. Everyone says Rajavi will get nowhere by doing this since nobody believes these lies anymore. A couple of people wrote about Naderi, saying they had seen him in the MEK prison working for the MEK himself. His picture – apparently while he was not out of the MEK – lying on beach sunbathing was published. He was clearly granted a particular lifestyle by Rajavi in exchange for working for them.
++ Jim Carey has written an analysis of the MEK for Mint Press News titled ‘The MEK: From Revolutionary Group to Imperialist Asset – The MEK’s violent past makes it clear why its only remaining friends are those who seek regime change in Iran at any cost.’ Carey says instead of focusing on the protests in Iran, Western audiences are being shown MEK demonstrations in Europe and told they are an anti-regime force. He gives a brief history of the MEK as an anti-Imperialist group and mercenary force for Saddam Hussein before showing how the MEK became a tool “of every anti-Iranian entity seeking to topple the government in Tehran, including Israel, which regularly coordinates with the MEK and uses the organization as a sort of intelligence launderer to release information to the public without crediting them for it.” The article concludes: “While the much of the media may be focusing on peaceful gatherings of the MEK in countries like France, the Iranian government claims several cells of the organization have been found preparing to incite violence in the country. It is important not to be misled by false profiles of MEK demonstrations as regular Iranians vying for change, but to keep in mind that the group is a terror organization and is almost universally despised in the country it claims to wish to ‘liberate’.”
++ Jo Lo in Middle East Eye exposes Rajavi’s lobbyist MPs as ‘UK MPs attended rally for Iranian group whose leader is still banned by London’. “Speaking to MEE, Iranian analyst Mahan Abedin said: ‘If UK parliamentarians are supporting them with a view to pushing for change inside Iran or supporting the protesters then this may not be the right way to go about it because this group has no traction. It’s universally reviled. One reason it’s so reviled is because memories are very long. They were blatantly fighting on the Iraqi side in the Iran-Iraq war’.”
Americans prepare assassins (MEK, Rajavi cult) in Albania to attack Iran, but will break teeth
Fax Web, Tirana, Albania, January 04 2018:… The Mujahedin-e-Khalq, one of the main opponents of Iran’s government, emigrated to Albania last year. They were transferred there [from Iraq] by the Americans. There are about 3,000 members at this headquarters and they have a website to closely monitor the situation in Iran. It is a strange organization that has organized terrorist attacks …
Link to the source (Albanian)
Translated by Iran Interlink
Sputnik raises the alarm: Americans prepare assassins in Albania to attack Iran, but will break teeth
At a time when Iranian protests against corruption and bad living conditions have turned into protests against the government in Iran in which people have been killed, the Kremlin’s Sputnik Portal, in today’s paper, has accused the Americans and Albania. According to them, the CIA is preparing killers in Albania to attack and fight with the Iranian regime.
The editorial is part of a show they have created for Radio Sputnik in Serbian, which is broadcast on the internet as well as on normal radio waves.
In the interview given to journalists, political analyst Aleksandar Pavic has made some strong allegations.
Pavic says that the United States has very serious goals when it comes to Iran and recalls that “President Trump is closely associated with the Israeli lobby, which influenced the decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem. The United States claims that Iran is a terrorist state and an exporter of terrorism. We know this is not true, because if we speak the truth, the number one terrorist state is Saudi Arabia.
The Mujahedin-e-Khalq, one of the main opponents of Iran’s government, emigrated to Albania last year. They were transferred there [from Iraq] by the Americans. There are about 3,000 members at this headquarters and they have a website to closely monitor the situation in Iran. It is a strange organization that has organized terrorist attacks against Iranian authorities in Iran over the past ten years, Pavic said
This accusation by Pavic is highlighted in the article. Trump, along with Israel, has a clear plan and this is being activated today by Albania. The CIA and Israeli services are preparing soldiers to send them to war in Iran to overthrow the regime but that will be impossible, says Pavic.
Today the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “uprising” in the country.
Major Majti Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement before the mass of people who participated in pro-government rallies called to counter the riots.
The protests were initially against corruption, but turned into wider anti-government sentiment.
General Jafari said: “Today we can say that this is the end of the uprising.”
He said, “the willingness of the people’s security and vigilance” had led to the loss of “enemies”. He added: “There were a maximum of 1,500 in each county and the number of protests did not exceed 15,000 people nationwide.”
“Enemies” have tried to create “cultural, economic and security threats against Islamic Iran,” he said.
His comments echoed those of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also blamed the unspeakable “enemies”, referring to the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia. (B.H / Faxweb)
Sputnik lëshon alarmin: Amerikanët përgatisin vrasësit në Shqipëri për të sulmuar Iranin, por do të thyejnë dhëmbët
Në një kohë kur protestat në Iran të nisura kundër korrupsionit dhe kushteve të këqija të jetesës janë kthyer në protesta kundër qeverisë në Iran, ku ka patur dhe të vrarë, Portali Sputnik i Kremlinit, në një shkrim të publikuar sot ka hedhur akuza ndaj amerikanëve dhe Shqipërisë pasi sipas tyre CIA po përgatit vrasës në Shqipëri për të sulmuar dhe luftuar me armë regjimin iranian.
Redaksionalja është në fakt edhe pjesë e një emisioni që ata kanë bërë në Radio Sputnik në gjuhën serbe, e cila dëgjohet si në internet por edhe në valët normale radiofonike.
Në intervistën e dhënë për gazetarët, analisti politik Aleksandar Paviç ka hedhur akuza të forta.
Shtetet e Bashkuara kanë qëllime shumë serioze kur bëhet fjalë për Iranin dhe kujton që President Trump është i lidhur ngushtë me lobin izraelit, i cili ndikoi për ta transferuar ambasadën amerikane në Jeruzalem. Shtetet e Bashkuara pretendojnë se Irani është një shtet terrorist dhe një eksportues i terrorizmit. Ne e dimë se kjo nuk është e vërtetë, sepse nëse flasim të vërtetën, shteti terrorist numër një është Arabia Saudite.
Në Shqipëri gjatë vitit të kaluar emigroi tërë udhëheqja e organizatës ‘Mujahedin-e-Khalq’, një nga kundërshtaret kryesorë të regjimit. Ata janë të zhvendosur nga amerikanët, janë rreth 3,000 njerëz që kanë selinë e tyre dhe një faqe interneti për të monitoruar nga afër situatën në Iran. Është një organizatë e çuditshme që ka organizuar sulme terroriste kundër autoriteteve iraniane në Iran gjatë dhjetë viteve të fundit”, ka thënë Paviç
Kjo akuzë e Paviç theksohet edhe në artikull. Trump së bashku me Izraelin ka një plan të qartë dhe atë po e aktivizon sot nga Shqipëria. CIA dhe shërbimi seret izraelit po përgatisin ushtarët për t’i dërguar në luftë në Iran që të rrëzojnë regjimin, por do ta kenë të pamundur”, thotë Biblija.
Kujtojmw sw sot kreu i Rojeve Revolucionare të Iranit ka deklaruar humbjen e “kryengritjes” në vend.
Gjeneral Majti Mohammad Ali Jafari bëri njoftimin para masës së njerëzve që morën pjesë në tubimet pro-qeveritare të thirrura për të luftuar trazirat.
Protestat fillimisht ishin bërë kundër korrupsionit, por u kthyen në një ndjenjë më të gjerë anti-qeveritare.
Gjenerali Jafari tha: “Sot mund të themi se ky është fundi i kryengritjes”.
Ai tha se “gatishmëria e sigurisë dhe vigjilenca e njerëzve” kishin çuar në humbjen e “armiqve”. Ai shtoi: “Në çdo vend kishte një maksimum prej 1,500 vetëve dhe numri i protestueve nuk tejkalonte 15,000 njerëz në mbarë vendin”.
“Armiqtë” janë përpjekur të paraqesin “kërcënime kulturore, ekonomike dhe të sigurisë kundër Iranit islamik”, tha ai.
Komentet e tij i bëri jehonë atyre të udhëheqësit të Lartë Ajatollah Ali Khamenei, i cili gjithashtu fajësoi “armiqtë” e papërcaktuar por që i referoheshin SHBA-së, Izraelit dhe Arabisë Saudite. (B.H/Faxweb)
Sputnik interview with Anne Khodabandeh about MEK (aka Maryam Rajavi cult, MKO, NCRI …) in Albania
Sputnik, Serbia, December 31 2017:… British Anne Khodabandeh, is an expert in anti-terrorist activities and a long-standing activist in the field of deradicalization of extremists. She has written several articles and books on this subject, along with her husband, who is of Iranian origin. For years they have been working with radicalized individuals, helping them to leave terrorist organizations …
Sputnik interview with Anne Khodabandeh about MEK (aka Maryam Rajavi cult, MKO, NCRI …) in Albania
Originally published in Serbian in Two Parts
In Tirana, the capital of Albania, an interesting workshop called “Conflicts in the Middle East – Radical Groups and Ideologies” was held at the end of November.
The conference was organized by the Free Media Institute in Tirana, because the country has increasingly become the new focus for violent extremism and terrorism experts in recent months, primarily in security circles, which see it as a “gathering center” for extremists who are either returning or sent to the Balkans from armed conflicts in the Middle East.
It is known that Edi Rama’s government has long been working in direct cooperation with the US military and security structures – working on the establishment of specialized “deradicalization centers” in Albania, about which Sputnik has written on several occasions in the last three years.
It appears that Rama’s “hard work” paid off. An article published in the Huffington Post in early December, says that there are already about three thousand members of MEK, Iranian Mojahedin (the Rajavi cult), who are violent opponents of Iran.
They were transferred to Albania from Iraq by the end of 2016, with a cash injection by the US authorities to the Rama government, and, according to the Huffington Post, under the cover of “humanitarian intervention”, ie, with the supervision of the UNHCR. The payment, according to the US outlet, was at least twenty million dollars.
Well-informed circles in Albania claim that there are already strong indications that the next group, which will also be moved to the country for “humanitarian reasons”, will be the families – widows and children – of DAESH fighters who have either left Iraq and Syria, or have been killed in fighting over the past few years.
Sputnik’s interviewee, British Anne Khodabandeh, is an expert in anti-terrorist activities and a long-standing activist in the field of deradicalization of extremists. She has written several articles and books on this subject, along with her husband, who is of Iranian origin. For years they have been working with radicalized individuals, helping them to leave terrorist organizations and reintegrate into society.
Anne is well acquainted with the situation in Albania and the movement of members of the Mojahedin, and some time ago, she reportedly received information that members of the MEK, stationed in the former building of the University of Tirana, started actively recruiting the Albanian youth into their movement – and she decided to react.
[The rest of this interview is provided below as unedited Google Translation]
For starters, it might not be a bad idea to explain to Sputnik’s readers from what kind of life and family environment these “radicalized individuals” with whom you are working come.
– They come from all layers of society. It is a mistake to assume that only some uneducated people have gone to Syria – most foreign fighters of DAES are from the middle class – mostly students, educated people … Terrorism is a global phenomenon today – there is no person whom he cannot guess. But it’s pure politics. Going to jihad is a political act. In addition, everyone has a personal reason why it becomes extremist, there is no formula, no recipes … Otherwise, it’s hard to radicalize people who have some goal in life; The escape in the extreme is the easiest thing for poor people, without a target, “casual”, “lost cases” … Their best-quality members of the extremists, they say, are recruited among violent football fans. My job today is to go around and explain to people how “radical” works. I keep repeating – no one is born as a terrorist. It’s not a talent, it’s not a career, it’s not a conscious choice. I think that I, personally, is a great example that anyone, at any time, can be radicalized, if he finds himself at the wrong time in the wrong place.
Can you explain it a bit? How is this “you, personally” example?
– When I enrolled in college, at the end of the seventies, I met an interesting group of people at the University of Manchester. There were many foreigners among students, we would all be sitting in a student club and talking mostly about politics. The Iranians then came in large numbers in England. They were friendly, different from my surroundings, they attracted me … They kept occasional meetings, I went to one of them out of curiosity, with their then boyfriend, and it turned out they were actually the mujahedin – MEK – what we call today the Raji cult . I did not understand much at that time, but I remember that they had a wonderful attitude towards me. Today, I would say that the techniques they used to attract me were, at the very least, interesting (laughing). I did not know their language, but I felt the energy. They were active, they not only sat down and talked about politics, and that attracted me. The revolution began in Iran, and I, thanks to them, had a “seat in the first place”! I was 19 years old, the boy was also in that, I was a great idealist. I was not a girl who was interested in shopping. I wanted to change the world! And this has not changed, to this day. Radicalization affects the psyche, but does not affect the type of personality. If you enter an organization as a certain person, the same will be, essentially, out of it and you go out.
Wait, you shocked me with that story … And what happened next? How long did it take?
– Twenty years. The first ten, until 1989, I practically lived a double life. I worked, I had a job, a house, a car, my normal everyday “English” life, but I spent all my free time working – for the mujahedeen. I dealt with what we call pi-ar activities today, but all friends thought that something was wrong with me. I did not want to hear anyone. I thought I was smarter than all of them. It’s part of the tactic – we are the smartest, we have others that have an incomprehensible vision, a higher goal. Separation from the family is crucial. Each radical group is organizing it with its members. At one point, my boyfriend then became violent, our relationship changed, and I turned to them. They became practically my only family. I was a computer programmer with a great salary, but I left it all because of them. I was first in the office in London – I was watching the news, writing the press … And then I went to the Middle East. Imagine !? An English woman twenty years old, from a middle class. Who would say?
Incredibly. How did that happen to you? And how is it possible that you did not have any problems with the British authorities? Still, it was an extreme group …
– Well, first and foremost, I did not choose in whom I will fall in love (laughter), it all just happened … It began with my beginning that their ideology is like “Islamic Marxism.” They began with activities during the Iranian Revolution, fought shah, they wanted to carry out a coup after the revolution; that plan failed, and they were expelled. They represented us as fighters for democracy, even as advanced, feminists – but essentially, the only “business” of ordinary members of us was to respect the leader. We should not have thought, to ask questions – you just do what they tell you. It can hardly be understood by someone who has not experienced it. You asked me about the problems with the British authorities? Well, MEK has always had the support of Western governments because we were working against Iran. That’s why they left us alone. I knew they were violent, but it did not prevent me – even though I am by the nature of the pacifist, I am very calm, I do not like violence … It only shows how they can “gain” you no longer think your head. Today, of course, I would say to them that they are a criminal organization. Only one single government ever officially recognized them – it was the government of Saddam Hussein. All others helped them “black” – politically, financially, yes, but never officially. If you would ask the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or German or French service, everyone would just be crazy – they would say they do not know what you’re talking about.
EXCLUSIVE charm offensive: Slave jihadists reveals the plan of the Islamic invasion of the Balkans
British En Kodabande is an expert in anti-terrorist activities and a longtime activist in the field of deradicization of extremists, for years before it was a pier of the terrorist movement, worked with the mujahedin, and barely, she says, pulled out of their claws.
We wrote about this part of the life of En Kodabande yesterday, and today we will give that part of the conversation that explains her life as a fighter against jihad.
You say that you spent 20 years with them. How did you go?
– My current husband was the bodyguard. We fell in love with one another, but we were forbidden to have a relationship. We started slowly to understand where we are. We believed that we were fighting against dictatorship and human rights in Iran. I worked in the office. I contacted the media, with the politicians, we called in all those talks on the UN declaration on human rights … This document, otherwise, has 16 members. When I, as we say, “lighted the light bulb”, after many years I read the Declaration, all 16 members, and realized that none of the only ones has anything to do with my work, life, position at that time. I did not have a passport, I did not have my own money, I did not dare to marry. I was their slave. Gladiator. Then I decided to withdraw. I told my husband he would have to seek asylum in Britain. And we did it. We are back. We live in Leeds, north of England. But I knew well that, if we do not oppose them publicly as soon as we go, we will flee from them all our lives. That’s why I went straight to the police. I told them who we are, what we did – of course, they sent people … they were questioning us, they wanted to know who we were, where we were … But soon they left us alone. And we decided not to hide. We have published all of our information on the Internet so that anyone who wants to make us any problems or threatens us can easily find out where we are. In some cases, the fact that you are not hiding can save your head.
Then what happened?
– My husband and I quickly decided to start working with families of members who want to leave MEK. We made a foundation, I went to Iraq, we asked for donors … I spoke with the Maliki family. We had meetings with NGOs, with government officials in Britain … And we realized very early in this process that the problem will not be solved by politics or human rights, but that we have to work on the ground, practically – but for that there was no political will, No money. Or the mujahedin was too small an organization to try the state around them, or the authorities did not have a strong desire to “settle them”.
You did not think about quitting?
– Not. After a while we infiltrated them, we began to submerge them from within. We found a way to get into all the “pores” of that group. In the meantime, I have become a “engaged activist” in Britain, as it is now known – I started publicly speaking about my experiences. We have managed to get, up to now, over a thousand people from MEK. Among other things, I also deal with prevention – by preventing extremists from recruiting new members. Not only in terrorist organizations, but also in sects … The methodology is completely the same, and the process of radicalization, through which I myself went through, almost certainly does not differ. The biggest problem is that MEK, mujahedins still exist. They regrouped. Now they are a new, reformed extreme group that operates on several levels – and that’s why I came to Albania – because they were transferred here! They have already been paid by some deputies, they have joined the Albanian mafia, and now, here in this country, they want to go to their “offensive charm” – to try to gain new supporters. According to information I have, over US $ 20 million the Americans paid to the Albanian government to transfer this group of several thousand mujahedin from Iraq here.
What do you think is the intention of the US government and the Albanian authorities? What are the possible consequences?
– Unfortunately, these people can not just “descend” to Albania just like that. They simply have to be deradicalized, otherwise the damage will be immeasurable. The public only sees the so-called. the concrete result of terrorist attacks – explosions, casualties and material damage … But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Below is a lot of things. The main activities are recruiting and collecting money. In the recruitment process, the logic is – the more people, the better. It is very dangerous when you place one such group in any country, in any environment, because they soon begin to “naturally” radicalize their environment.
This program that you are applying in the process of derading … How does it work?
– You can not deradicalize someone if you do not know how it is radicalized. These people are literally “brainwashed”. The whole process begins with a deep understanding of their position. A functional primary or secondary family is one of the basic conditions for successful deradicization. We made a foundation and we managed to pull out about a thousand people from MEK so far. But the key was that these people had already intend to leave. They themselves wanted to leave the mujahedeen – without it, nothing would make sense. So – to get back to the thesis from the beginning of the conversation – “how you enter, such a way out” – I am in the depths of the soul and still the most active activist (laughter), only now with another goal. I’ll be, I hope, such for the rest of my life.
And what are the concrete results? Let’s say, in what number of cases does the process of deradicization work?
– Many people returned to normal life. The process of “removing” someone can be very short or very long, no rules. When people leave the extremist group, they should first understand what was happening to them. Some of them, but remain radicalized for years – remain what they were while they were with extremists. Certainly, specialist help is needed. If you leave the group because you have “turned on the light bulb”, if you “woke up”, as it happened to me and my husband, only in that case do not have much effort to make you understand what happened to you, that you lied and exploited. But almost always help is needed.
You mentioned “recruiting staff”. Tell us more about them. Who are these people?
– I think everything starts and ends with some kind of attraction. Examples are groups that fight for animal rights; first organize a public protest. Then someone suggests something radical, let’s say, let’s call them individually. You can easily “slip” it into an extreme version of belief. Extremes are attractive. Those people, those who do not think like you, actually need to – die. There, say, all those who torture animals … Let them die! Then the real plan is to put a bomb under the car? From the idea, through firm belief, to concrete action. Through this process, this “recruitment staff” is guided by you – but it is an emotional journey, you pass it together, and you’re getting closer. The real “recruitment officers” are people who absolutely believe in the idea of leadership, think that this idea should attract as many followers; they are convincing; they know how to instill people into something that they would not otherwise be at the edge of their minds. Let’s say – to travel to Syria or Iraq to join the jihadists. The key is intuition. Questions about you. The problems that you have – they signal what the target is, where the man is “thin”, where he can be “pressed” harder. They like to use what we call “car sales techniques” – the so-called “lifestyle sails”. “You have to think about this, imagine how cool it would be to drive this car!” But, with the car, there’s always the option to change your mind – but the belief system is sold so you do not even know that they sold you. I like to say that the extremist group as an arc – many layers, a very clear, closed structure, within which everything is under absolute control. And every bow is very different from the outside, as every extreme organization is very different, but from within, they all have, in essence, the same structure.
Britanka En Kodabande ekspert je za antiterorističke aktivnosti i dugogodišnja aktivistkinja u oblasti deradikalizacije ekstremista, godinama pre toga bila je pi-ar terorističkog pokreta, radila sa mudžahedinima i jedva se, kako kaže, izvukla iz njihovih kandži.
O tom delu života En Kodabande pisali smo juče, a danas ćemo dati onaj deo razgovora koji objašnjava njen život kao borca protiv džihada.
Kažete da ste proveli 20 godina sa njima. Kako ste otišli?
— Moj sadašnji muž je bio vođin telohranitelj. Zaljubili smo se jedno u drugo, ali bilo nam je zabranjeno da imamo vezu. Počeli smo polako da shvatamo gde smo. Verovali smo da se borimo protiv diktature i za ljudska prava u Iranu. Ja sam radila u kancelariji. Kontaktirala sam s medijima, s političarima, pozivali smo se u svim tim razgovorima na deklaraciju UN o ljudskim pravima… Taj dokument, inače, ima 16 članova. Kada mi se, kako mi to kažemo, „upalila sijalica“, posle mnogo godina pročitala sam Deklaraciju, svih 16 članova, i shvatila da nijedan jedini nema veze s mojim tadašnjim poslom, životom, položajem. Nisam imala pasoš, nisam imala sopstveni novac, nisam smela da se udam. Bila sam njihov rob. Gladijator. Tada sam odlučila da se povučem. Mužu sam rekla da će morati da traži azil u Britaniji. I uspelo nam je. Vratili smo se. Živimo u Lidsu, na severu Engleske. Ali sam dobro znala da, ako im se ne usprotivimo javno čim odemo, bežaćemo od njih čitavog života. Zato sam otišla pravo u policiju. Rekla sam im ko smo, šta smo radili — naravno, poslali su ljude… Ispitivali su nas, hteli su da znaju ko smo tačno, gde smo bili… Ali ubrzo su nas ostavili na miru. A mi smo rešili da nećemo da se krijemo. Objavili smo sve svoje podatke na internetu, tako da svako ko želi da nam pravi bilo kakve probleme ili da nam preti može lako da sazna gde smo. U nekim slučajevima, činjenica da se ne krijete može da vam spase glavu.
Šta se onda dogodilo?
— Muž i ja smo ubrzo odlučili da počnemo da radimo s porodicama članova koji žele da napuste MEK. Napravili smo fondaciju, ja sam otišla u Irak, tražili smo donatore… Razgovarala sam s porodicom Maliki. Imali smo sastanke i s nevladinim organizacijama, sa vladinim službenicima u Britaniji… I shvatili smo veoma rano u tom procesu da problem neće rešiti ni politika, ni ljudska prava, već da moramo da radimo terenski, praktično — ali za to nije bilo ni političke volje, ni novca. Ili su mudžahedini bili premala organizacija da bi se država oko njih potrudila na taj način, ili vlasti nisu imale dovoljno jaku želju da ih „srede“.
Niste razmišljali o tome da odustanete?
— Ne. Posle nekog vremena smo se infiltrirali među njih, počeli smo da ih potkopavamo iznutra. Našli smo način da se zavučemo u sve „pore“ te grupe. U međuvremenu, ja sam u Britaniji postala, kako se to danas kaže, „angažovana aktivistkinja“ — počela sam javno da govorim o svojim iskustvima. Uspeli smo da izvučemo, dosad, preko hiljadu ljudi iz MEK-a. Između ostalog, bavim se i preventivom — sprečavanjem ekstremista da regrutuju nove članove. Ne samo u terorističke organizacije, već i u sekte… Metodologija je potpuno ista, a proces radikalizacije, kroz koji sam i sama prošla, gotovo se ni po čemu ne razlikuje. Najveći problem je u tome što MEK, mudžahedini još uvek postoje. Pregrupisali su se. Sada su nova, reformisana ekstremna grupa, koja operiše na nekoliko nivoa — i zato sam i došla u Albaniju — zato što su ovde prebačeni! Već su potplatili neke poslanike, povezali su se s albanskom mafijom i sada i ovde, u ovoj zemlji, žele da krenu u svoju „ofanzivu šarmom“ — da pokušaju da pridobiju nove pristalice. Prema informacijama koje imam, preko 20 miliona dolara su Amerikanci platili albanskoj vladi da bi se ta grupa od nekoliko hiljada mudžahedina iz Iraka prebacila ovamo.
Šta mislite da je namera Vlade SAD i albanskih vlasti? Koje su moguće posledice?
— Nažalost, ti ljudi ne mogu samo da se „spuste“ u Albaniju tek tako. Oni prosto moraju da se deradikalizuju, inače će šteta biti nemerljiva. Javnost vidi samo tzv. konkretan rezultat terorističkih napada — eksplozije, žrtve i materijalnu štetu… Ali to je samo vrh ledenog brega. Ispod se krije mnogo toga. Glavne aktivnosti su regrutacija i prikupljanje novca. U procesu regrutacije, logika je — što više ljudi, to bolje. Veoma je opasno kada jednu takvu grupu smestite u bilo koju zemlju, u bilo koje okruženje, jer oni ubrzo počinju da „prirodno“ radikalizuju svoju okolinu.
Taj program koji sada primenjujete u procesu deradikalizacije… Kako on funkcioniše?
— Ne možeš da deradikalizuješ nekoga ako ne znaš na koji način je radikalizovan. Tim ljudima je bukvalno „ispran mozak“. Ceo proces počinje dubokim razumevanjem njihove pozicije. Funkcionalna primarna ili sekundarna porodica je jedan od osnovnih uslova za uspešnu deradikalizaciju. Napravili smo fondaciju i uspeli smo, dosad, da izvučemo oko hiljadu ljudi iz MEK-a. Ali ključno je bilo to da su ti ljudi već imali nameru da odu. Oni su sami želeli da napuste mudžahedine — bez toga, ništa ne bi imalo smisla. Tako da — da se vratim na tezu s početka razgovora — „kakav uđeš, takav izađeš“ — ja sam u dubini duše i dalje najpredaniji aktivista (smeh), samo sada s drugim ciljem. Biću, nadam se, takva do kraja života.
A kakvi su konkretni rezultati? Recimo, u kom broju slučajeva proces deradikalizacije uspeva?
— Mnogo ljudi se vratilo normalnom životu. Sam proces „skidanja“ nekoga može da bude veoma kratak ili veoma dug, nema pravila. Kada ljudi napuštaju ekstremističku grupu, treba da pre svega shvate šta im se dešavalo. Neki odu, ali ostanu radikalizovani godinama — ostanu ono što su bili dok su bili s ekstremistima. Svakako je neophodna specijalistička pomoć. Ako napuštaš grupu zato što ti se „upalila sijalica“, ako si se „probudio“, kao što se desilo meni i mom mužu, e samo u tom slučaju ne treba puno truda da sebe nateraš da shvatiš šta ti se dogodilo, da su te lagali i iskoristili. Ali skoro uvek je neophodna pomoć.
Kako je moguće da su te veze toliko jake? U čemu je tajna tolike „privlačnosti“ ekstremnih grupa?
— Mislim da svako može, u svakom dobu svog života, da bude radikalizovan. Svako želi da „pripada“ nečemu. Postoje tehnike manipulacije koje „rade“ na bukvalno svakome, bilo kog uzrasta. Uvek postoji neka tačka u vašem životu koja je krizna, tranziciona — problemi sa porodicom, razvod, odlazak na studije, bilo koji veći stres — to su trenuci u kojima je najlakše nekoga regrutovati. Mnogo su manje šanse da te regrutuju ako imaš dobar posao i zadovoljan si svojim životom; mnogo su lakše mete oni koji imaju neki ozbiljan problem, najpre porodični. Postoje takozvani „regrutni kadrovi“ — ljudi koji duboko veruju u ideologiju grupe. Oni su najopasniji. Oni pokreću sve procese — uvlačenje u društvo, zbližavanje, prenošenje ideološke poruke. Najlakše se, i to se zna, radikalizuju idealisti, ljudi koji žele da menjaju svet, da ga „sređuju“, da „postave stvari na svoje mesto“. Njihove porodice budu u šoku, jer niko ne odgaja dete učeći ga da treba da postane ubica. Ali radikalizacija je po definiciji proces koji traje i odvija se u vezi, u odnosu koji se strpljivo gradi. Treba znati da su ljudi uzrok, a ne tehnologija. Nije internet kriv. Internet je samo sredstvo koje ekstremisti koriste da privuku „žrtvu“.
Pomenuli ste „regrutne kadrove“. Recite nam nešto više o njima. Ko su ti ljudi?
— Mislim da sve počinje i završava se nekom vrstom privlačnosti. Primer su grupe koje se bore za prava životinja; prvo organizuju javni protest. Onda neko predloži nešto radikalno, recimo, hajde da ih prozivamo pojedinačno. Iz toga lako „skliznete“ u ekstremniju verziju verovanja. Ekstremi su privlačni. Ti ljudi, oni koji ne misle kao vi, zapravo treba da — umru. Eto, recimo, svi ti koji muče životinje… Neka umru! Onda se pravi plan — da im postavimo bombu ispod auta? Od ideje, preko čvrstog verovanja, do konkretne akcije. Kroz taj proces vodi vas taj vaš „regrutni kadar“ — ali to je jedno emotivno putovanje, prolazite ga zajedno i dodatno se zbližavate. Pravi „oficiri za regrutaciju“ su ljudi koji bespogovorno veruju u ideju vodilju, misle da ta ideja treba da privuče što više sledbenika; ubedljivi su; znaju kako da uvere ljude u nešto što im inače ne bi bilo ni na kraj pameti. Recimo — da otputuju u Siriju ili Irak, da se pridruže džihadistima. Ključna je intuicija. Pitanja o vama. Problemi koje imate — oni su signali šta je moguća meta, gde je čovek „tanak“, gde može malo da se jače „pritisne“. Najviše vole da koriste ono što zovemo „tehnikom prodaje automobila“ — takozvani „lajfstajl sejls“. „Moraš da se zamisliš u ovome, zamisli koliko bi bio kul da voziš baš ovaj auto!“. Doduše, kod automobila, uvek postoji opcija da se predomislite — ali sistem verovanja se prodaje tako da ti i ne znaš da su ti ga prodali. Ja volim da kažem da je ekstremistička grupa kao luk — mnogo slojeva, veoma jasna, zatvorena struktura, u okviru koje je sve pod apsolutnom kontrolom. A svaki luk je spolja veoma različit, kao što je i svaka ekstremna organizacija naoko različita, ali iznutra sve one imaju, u suštini, istu strukturu.
U Tirani, prestonici Albanije, krajem novembra održano je zanimljivo savetovanje pod nazivom „Konflikti na Bliskom istoku — radikalne grupe i ideologije“.
Konferenciju je organizovao Institut za slobodne medije iz Tirane, zato što se ta zemlja poslednjih meseci, pre svega u bezbednosnim krugovima, sve češće pominje kao novo ekstremističko žarište, „sabirni centar“ za ekstremiste koji se ili vraćaju, ili šalju na Balkan iz oružanih sukoba na Bliskom istoku.
Zna se da vlada Edija Rame već duže vreme — po svemu sudeći u direktnoj saradnji s američkim vojnim i bezbednosnim strukturama — radi na osnivanju specijalizovanih „centara za deradikalizaciju“ na teritoriji Albanije, o čemu je Sputnjik u poslednje tri godine u više navrata pisao.
Izgleda da se Ramin „trud“ isplatio — portal „Hafington post“, u članku objavljenom početkom decembra, navodi da se u toj zemlji već nalazi oko tri hiljade pripadnika MEK-a, iranskih mudžahedina iz Radžavi kulta, inače ljutih protivnika vlasti u Teheranu.
Oni su krajem 2016. godine prebačeni u Albaniju iz Iraka, uz novčanu „injekciju“ američkih vlasti Raminoj vladi i to — kako navodi „Hafington post“ — pod plaštom „humanitarne intervencije“, tj. uz superviziju UNHCR-a. Uplata je, piše američki portal, bila najmanje dvadeset miliona dolara.
Dobro obavešteni krugovi u Albaniji tvrde da već postoje i čvrste indicije da će narednu grupu koja će, takođe iz „humanitarnih razloga“ biti preseljena u tu zemlju, činiti članovi porodica — žene i deca — boraca DAEŠ-a koji su ili već napustili Irak i Siriju, ili su poginuli u borbama tokom poslednjih nekoliko godina.
Sagovornica Sputnjika, Britanka En Kodabande, ekspert je za antiterorističke aktivnosti i dugogodišnja aktivistkinja u oblasti deradikalizacije ekstremista. Napisala je više članaka i knjiga na ovu temu, zajedno sa suprugom, koji je iranskog porekla. Godinama oni rade i s radikalizovanim pojedincima, pomažući im da napuste terorističke organizacije i reintegrišu se u društvo.
Dobro je upoznata sa situacijom u Albaniji i kretanjem članova mudžahedinskog pokreta, a pre izvesnog vremena je, kako kaže, do nje došla informacija da su pripadnici MEK-a, stacionirani u bivšoj zgradi univerziteta u Tirani, počeli da aktivno regrutuju albansku omladinu u svoj pokret — i odlučila je da reaguje.
Za početak, možda ne bi bilo loše da pojasnite čitaocima Sputnjika iz kakvog životnog i porodičnog okruženja dolaze ti „radikalizovani pojedinci“ sa kojima radite.
— Dolaze iz svih slojeva društva. Pogrešna je pretpostavka da su u Siriju odlazili da ratuju samo neki primitivci — većina stranih boraca DAEŠ-a je iz srednje klase — uglavnom studenti, obrazovani ljudi… Terorizam je danas globalni fenomen — ne postoji osoba koju on ne može da pogodi. Ali u pitanju je čista politika. Odlazak u džihad je politički akt. Pritom, svako ima lični razlog zašto postaje ekstremista, nema formule, nema recepta… Inače, teško se radikalizuju ljudi koji imaju neki cilj u životu; beg u ekstrem najlakše se dešava slabim osobama, bez cilja, „sluđenim“, „izgubljenim slučajevima“… Svoje najkvalitetnije članove ekstremisti, kako kažu, regrutuju među nasilnim fudbalskim navijačima. Moj posao danas je da idem okolo i objašnjavam ljudima kako „radi“ radikalizacija. Stalno ponavljam — niko se ne rađa kao terorista. To nije talenat, nije karijera, nije svestan izbor. Mislim da sam ja, lično, sjajan primer da bilo ko, bilo kada, može da bude radikalizovan, ako se nađe u pogrešno vreme na pogrešnom mestu.
Možete li malo da pojasnite? Kako ste to „vi, lično“ primer?
— Kad sam upisala fakultet, krajem sedamdesetih, upoznala sam zanimljivu grupu ljudi na Univerzitetu u Mančesteru. Bilo je puno stranca među studentima, svi bismo sedeli u studentskom klubu i razgovarali, uglavnom o politici. Iranci su tada dolazili u velikom broju u Englesku. Bili su druželjubivi, drugačiji od mog okruženja, privukli su me… Održavali su povremeno sastanke, otišla sam na jedan od njih iz radoznalosti, sa svojim tadašnjim dečkom, i ispostavilo se da su to u stvari mudžahedini — MEK — ono što danas zovemo Radžavi kultom. Ja tada nisam mnogo toga razumela, ali se sećam da su se divno ponašali prema meni. Danas bih rekla da su tehnike koje su koristili da me privuku bile, u najmanju ruku, zanimljive (smeh). Nisam znala njihov jezik, ali sam osećala energiju. Bili su aktivni, nisu samo sedeli i pričali o politici, i to me je privuklo. Počela je revolucija u Iranu, a ja sam, zahvaljujući njima, imala „sedište u prvom redu“! Imala sam 19 godina, dečko je takođe bio u tome, bila sam veliki idealista. Nisam bila devojka koju je zanimao šoping. Htela sam da menjam svet! I to se nije promenilo, sve do danas. Radikalizacija utiče na psihu, ali ne utiče na tip ličnosti. Ako uđeš u neku organizaciju kao određena osoba, isti takav ćeš, u suštini, iz nje i da izađeš.
Čekajte, šokirali ste me tom pričom… I šta se dalje događalo? Koliko je sve to trajalo?
— Dvadeset godina. Prvih deset, do 1989. godine, praktično sam živela dvostruki život. Radila sam, imala sam posao, kuću, auto, svoj normalan svakodnevni „engleski“ život, ali sam sve slobodno vreme provodila radeći — za mudžahedine. Bavila sam se onim što danas nazivamo pi-ar aktivnostima, ali su svi prijatelji mislili da sa mnom nešto nije u redu. Nisam htela nikog da slušam. Mislila sam da sam pametnija od svih njih. To je deo taktike — mi smo najpametniji, imamo drugima nerazumljivu viziju, viši cilj. Odvajanje od porodice je ključno. Svaka radikalna grupa priređuje to svojim članovima. U jednom trenutku, moj tadašnji dečko je postao nasilan, odnos nam se promenio, i ja sam se okrenula njima. Postali su, praktično, moja jedina porodica. Bila sam kompjuterski programer sa sjajnom platom, ali sve sam to ostavila zbog njih. Prvo sam bila u kancelariji u Londonu — gledala sam vesti, pisala saopštenja… A onda sam otišla na Bliski istok. Zamislite!? Engleskinja od dvadesetak godina, iz srednje klase. Ko bi rekao?
Neverovatno. Kako vam se to desilo? I kako je moguće da niste imali problema sa britanskim vlastima? Ipak je bila u pitanju ekstremna grupa…
— Pa, pre svega, ja nisam birala u koga ću da se zaljubim (smeh), prosto se sve tako desilo… Otpočetka mi je bilo jasno da je njihova ideologija nalik „islamskom marksizmu“. Počeli su s aktivnostima u vreme Iranske revolucije, borili se protiv šaha, posle revolucije su hteli da izvedu državni udar; taj plan im je propao, i proterani su. Predstavljali su nam se kao borci za demokratiju, čak kao napredni, feministi — ali u suštini, jedini „posao“ nas običnih članova je bio da poštujemo vođu. Nije trebalo da mislimo, da postavljamo pitanja — samo radiš šta ti kažu. To teško može da razume neko ko to nije iskusio. Pitali ste me za probleme s britanskim vlastima? Pa, MEK je uvek imao podršku zapadnih vlada jer smo radili protiv Irana. Zato su nas i ostavljali na miru. Znala sam da su nasilni, ali me ni to nije sprečilo — iako sam po prirodi pacifista, vrlo sam mirna, ne volim nasilje… To samo pokazuje na koji način mogu da vas „pridobiju“ da više ne razmišljate svojom glavom. Danas bih, naravno, za njih rekla da su kriminalna organizacija. Samo jedna jedina vlada ikada ih je zvanično priznala — bila je to vlada Sadama Huseina. Svi drugi su im pomagali „na crno“ — politički, finansijski, da, ali nikada zvanično. Ako biste pitali britansko Ministarstvo spoljnih poslova, ili nemačke ili francuske službe, svi bi se samo pravili ludi — rekli bi da ne znaju o čemu pričate.
Fact-Finding Mission to Rescue Separated MEK Unearths Profound Security Issues
Iran Interlink, December 07 2017:… Anne Khodabandeh of Iran-Interlink visited Albania twice for a fact-finding mission in November and December. The fact-finding mission was to investigate the situation of separated members of the MEK and to see what needed to be done to help them and others who will be separating in future. Anne was also invited to speak in a workshop about her work as an expert in prevention … Under President Macron, France can play a pivotal role in Western relations with Iran
Fact-Finding Mission to Rescue Separated MEK Unearths Profound Security Issues
Anne Khodabandeh of Iran-Interlink visited Albania twice for a fact-finding mission in November and December. The fact-finding mission was to investigate the situation of separated members of the MEK and to see what needed to be done to help them and others who will be separating in future. Anne was also invited to speak in a workshop about her work as an expert in prevention and de-radicalisation of violent extremism and terrorism. Khodabandeh works as ‘Open Minds’under the UK government’s Prevent Duty programme.
During her humanitarian mission during which she spoke to many separated members about their experiences and difficulties, Khodabandeh also discovered a great deal of disconcerting information in regard to the MEK’s activities in Albania. Some of this information has already been made public through various written pieces and media interviews and television reportsfrom Tirana. This concerns the MEK actively recruiting Albanian youth [also], links with theAlbanian mafia and plans to move the members to an isolated camp.
However, Anne Khodabandeh went on to brief British and American security services about the various security issues which have arisen as a direct result of the MEK’s presence in Albania.
On Tuesday, following a meeting on Monday between the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the EU Parliament on Monday and Ditmir Bushati, Albania’s foreign affairs minister, Khodabandeh was able to brief officials in European Parliament buildings who have direct concern for Albanian affairs. They acknowledged that this information would be helpful in appraising Albania’s efforts to join the European Union.
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) briefed officials in European Parliament buildings
THE CONFLICTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Workshop
Gazeta Impakt, Tirana, Albania, December 02 2017:… Anne Khodabandeh explains how she was radicalised and turned into a terrorist by the Iranian Mojahedin and how the process of radicalisation takes place. [The presentation was given at the conference: CONFLICTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: IDEOLOGIES AND RADICAL GROUPS, organised by the Free Media Institute on 28 November 2017 in Tirana]
THE CONFLICTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Workshop (Part 6)
Anne Khodabandeh shpjegon si eshte radikalizuar nga muxhahedinet iraniane dhe sesi ndodh procesi i radikalizimit
Anne Khodabandeh explains how she was radicalised and turned into a terrorist by the Iranian Mojahedin and how the process of radicalisation takes place.
[The presentation was given at the conference: CONFLICTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: IDEOLOGIES AND RADICAL GROUPS, organised by the Free Media Institute on 28 November 2017 in Tirana]
Anne Khodabandeh shpjegon si eshte radikalizuar nga muxhahedinet iraniane dhe sesi ndodh procesi i radikalizimit
Anne Khodabandeh shpjegon si eshte radikalizuar dhe kthyer ne terroriste nga muxhahedinet iraniane dhe sesi ndodh procesi i radikalizimit.
[prezantimi u be gjate konferences: KONFLIKTET NE LINDJEN E MESME: IDEOLOGJITE DHE GRUPET RADIKALE, organizuar nga Instituti i Medias se Lire ne 28 nentor 2017 ne Tirane]
Free Media Institute meeting on the fight against terrorism (VIDEO)
Tema TV, November 29 2017:… The theme of the conference which took place in Tirana today was ‘Conflicts in the Middle East, ideologies and radical groups’. Guest speakers were from India, Great Britain, USA, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia and Albania. They discussed the history and ideologies of radical groups in the Middle East. The meeting also discussed what the participants described as the presence of radical groups …
Link to the source (Albanian)
(Translated by Iran Interlink)
Free Media Institute meeting on the fight against terrorism (VIDEO)
Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 14:57
The theme of the conference which took place in Tirana today was ‘Conflicts in the Middle East, ideologies and radical groups’.
Guest speakers were from India, Great Britain, USA, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia and Albania. They discussed the history and ideologies of radical groups in the Middle East.
The meeting also discussed what the participants described as the presence of radical groups in Albania and their treatment. The organizer of the meeting, Osli Jazaxhi, tells TemA TV about the meeting.
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Media e lirë, takim për luftën ndaj terrorizmit
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Media e lirë, takim për luftën ndaj terrorizmit (VIDEO)
E Martë, 28 Nëntor 2017, 14:57
“Konfliktet në Lindjen e Mesme, ideologjitë dhe grupet radikale” ishte tema e takimit që u zhvillua këto ditë në Tiranë.
Të ftuar ishin pjesmarrës nga India, Britania e Madhe, SHBA, Kroacia, Turqia, Kroacia dhe Serbia, të cilët diskutuan mbi historinë dhe ideologjitë e grupeve radikale në Lindjen e Mesme.
Por në takim u diskutua ajo që pjesmarrësit e cilësuan si prezenca e grupeve radikale në Shqipëri dhe trajtimi i tyre. Organizatori i këtij takimi, Olsi Jazexhi, tregon për kameran e TemA TV apskete të takimit.
National Geographic, March 04 2017:… Leading MEK members squirm under the knowing gaze of Michael Ware. Watch the shifty looks and glances as the MEK representatives try to lie about their true intentions. They admit to wanting regime change, but claim to be pacifists. Ware asks ‘Why does a political organization still need to have a para-military organization?’ He then cleverly gets them to …
Associated Press, February 16 2017:… The group at one point successfully infiltrated the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, according to a State Department report. And a series of bombings attributed to the MEK accompanied visits by presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter to Iran, including one to target an American cultural center. In 1973, MEK assailants wearing motorcycle helmets shot dead U.S. Army Lt. …
Iran Interlink, February 15 2017:… The following OpEd by MEK advocate Col. Wes Martin was published first in The Hill, followed by Mojahedin Khalq’s “Iran Probe” and the “NCRI” websites. Iran Interlink has published it here as indication of how hysteria has become the new normal in American published writing. A form of madness appears to have infected US politics and now all and sundry are dancing …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, February 07 2017:… He also signals that his war is not with ISIS but with the country Iran. Donald Trump rose to victory in part on the promise to take on ISIS and defeat the group. Yet ISIS cannot be defeated except by a coalition of forces that includes Iran. The facts on the ground in Syria and Iraq demonstrate unequivocally that ISIS forces in Aleppo and Mosul have been defeated largely due to the involvement
Gazeta Impakt, Albania, Translated by Iran Interlink, January 01 2017:… According to Fatos Klosi, former director of the National Intelligence Service, the American CIA chief has warned Albania that Donald Trump will renounce support for the MEK terrorists and it will be the Albanian Government itself which must deal with internal security and must confront a group trained militarily from the time of Saddam Hussein …
Massoud 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 …
Massoud 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 …
Iran Interlink, October 30 2016:… Local observers in Tirana are reporting that the Mojahedin Khalq cultic terror group (MEK) is buying and creating several sandwich and kebab shops in the city and is using the MEK members to work in these fast-food businesses. On the surface this may look like a positive move. In an article titled ‘Albania: What would a de-radicalization program for the Mojahedin Khalq involve’, it was …
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Iran Interlink, October 16 2016:… In spite of American promises, no de-radicalisation programme is in place to deal with over 2500 members of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group who have relocated to Tirana from Iraq. The MEK has a long history of violent and criminal activity. This has not stopped now they are in Tirana. Unless the Albanian government introduces its own programme, it must accept …
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington post (and Top Topic), October 09 2016:… For the local citizens, mystery surrounds their arrival and their lifestyle. Should these secretive and covert neighbours be treated with suspicion or kindness? At a local level, the first thing neighbouring families need to be aware of is that among all MEK members, sexual relations have been banned for over 25 years. This means there are no marriages or children or young people in the organisation. More troubling …
Massoud & Anne Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, July 14 2016:… Whether Rajavi is already dead or now killable is not known – only he can answer this – but he and his whole organisation are certainly now, body and soul, in the capable hands of the Saudi Prince. If he is still alive, Rajavi’s only role is to act as go-between to instruct his wife what she must do on behalf of the Saudis. If he is dead
Massoud 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? Fro