Iran: Saudis have officially announced their commitment to use terrorism (including MEK, Maryam Rajavi cult)

Iran: Saudis have officially announced their commitment to use terrorism (including MEK, Maryam Rajavi cult)

Saudi_Arabia_Mojahedin_Khalq_TerrorismFront Line, February 25 2018:…  including the Saudi former chief of intelligence going to Paris, participating in the rally by a known terrorist organization and telling the terrorist organization that we are with you as you overthrow the Iranian government. This is an official member of the royal family, an official of the Saudi government, who goes and makes these statements. This was at an MEK [People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, or Mujahedeen-e-Khalq] rally? Yeah. And we’re talking about 2017 … 

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The FRONTLINE Interview: Mohammad Javad Zarif


Mohammad Javad Zarif is the foreign minister of Iran.
This interview was conducted by FRONTLINE’s Martin Smith on Feb. 20, 2017
for the documentary Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia. It has been edited in parts for clarity and length.

What was the meaning of the Iranian revolution of 1979?

I guess different people have different impressions of the revolution, but I believe that it was a demand for dignity on the part of the Iranian people. They wanted recognition for who they were, for their history, for their identity.

Do you think Americans generally understand the Iranian experience prior to the revolution?

I guess not. I believe the American people have not been subjected to the type of indignation and lack of respect that the people of Iran were subjected to, although they were a close ally of the United States. But you could feel that Iran was not receiving the respect that it deserved.

And how was that revolution received on the Arab street, across the region?

Well, to be honest with you, I was in the United States, so I know how it was received in the U.S. I do not have a personal experience of how it was received in the Arab street, but from what I read, there were two reactions, one by the Arab masses, who saw the possibility of ridding themselves from dictatorships. Didn’t mean that Iran wanted to do it for them. It just provided the example that people without any foreign help were able to engage a very brutal regime, supported by primarily by the United States, and defeat it.

So that was one message that was received, I believe, in the Arab street. And there were jubilations. On the other hand, the Arab governments, some of them, because of this possible implication for the future, started to guard against this revolution and without anything having been done on the Iranian side, started to prepare to defeat this. The most vivid example of that was their arming, financing and supporting for eight years a brutal aggression against Iran.

I want to talk about that in a minute. Let me ask you a couple more questions about the revolution, because indeed, there were demonstrations and support from the Arab street. What made this a seismic event that shook not just the region but around the world [was] that this was a religious revolution.

Well, actually, it was a revolution that received its inspiration from the teachings of the Islamic religion, but not necessarily a religious uprising.

Adel al-Jubeir, your counterpart, foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, calls it a Shia revolution. Was it a Shia revolution?

Well, you see, they feel threatened because of the wrong choices that they have made. Starting with Saddam Hussein, continuing with Al Qaeda, with Daesh, with Al Nusra [Front], they made all the wrong choices. Now, in order to be able to one way or the other justify what they’re doing, they have to do this name calling.

Iran has supported the cause of Palestine. Is Palestine a Shia revolution? Are Palestinians Shiites? We have paid the heaviest price for our support for the Palestinian people. I don’t believe even a minute percentage of the Palestinian people are Shiites, so I think they need to think twice before they make such ridiculous statements.

Are you saying it was not a Shia revolution?

No, because it’s an Islamic revolution, because it brought everybody together, and it reverberated, as you said, throughout the Islamic world. People try to portray it as a Shia revolution, and since then tried to propagate a message of hatred throughout the world with a lot of money.

Now, that message of hatred created all these cells in every corner of the world that are now coming to haunt the supporters of the Saudi regime. You see that every extremist terrorist organization has its roots, ideological roots, without any exception, in the teachings, in the books and literatures that have been propagated, published and sent across the world, spending a lot of petrol dollars providing the teachings that provide the foundations for this extremist ideology.

But yet those Salafist cells that you’re talking about, those Wahhabi cells that you’re referring to, do not attack Iran, but they attack Saudi Arabia regularly.

Yes, because they do not find sympathetic populace in Iran. They cannot take refuge in Iran. They do not have houses, businesses who support them in Iran. All of it comes from Saudi Arabia. Look at how many messages of support for Daesh comes from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries of the Persian Gulf. This is an unfortunate fact. You know why? Because we believe that instability in Saudi Arabia, instability of the government of Saudi Arabia, instability of any government in our region is a threat to our national security, because you cannot live in a non-secure environment and enjoy security.

This is just impossible. That is why, although these terrorist groups do not have sympathizers with Iran, our intelligence has to be very careful, because on a daily basis, they’re trying to infiltrate from other countries into Iran. And some of them continue to this day to receive financial and military support from Saudi Arabia.

You know, you talked about the fear that the governments of Gulf [nations], and Saudi Arabia in particular, felt after witnessing your revolution. At the same time, Imam Khomeini called for the downfall of Gulf monarchies and the House of Saud.

We did not take action against any country. We make our views clear about the nature of governments that were submissive to the United States, governments that were presenting a message of hatred.

But back in 1979, there were radio reports coming out of Iran calling for Shia in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia to rise up against the monarchy.

Well–

That sounds like interference to me.

We always rejected the use of force against governments. We may have encouraged people to ask for their rights.

But that’s interference in their internal affairs. You say you have no sort of aggression against these governments.

I like to see that really observed, because I saw that a few years ago from the floor of the Senate, people were sending messages to the Iranian people to rise up against the government.

I’m not saying that’s right. One thing does not justify the other.

But people are not making a lot of fuss about it, saying that the United States wanted to overthrow the Iranian government. People express their views. In today’s world, expression of views, particularly by radio and television, if these are to be considered calls for revolution and calls for overthrow of the government, then you would have a very difficult time looking at the record of many countries, including the Saudi former chief of intelligence going to Paris, participating in the rally by a known terrorist organization and telling the terrorist organization that we are with you as you overthrow the Iranian government. This is an official member of the royal family, an official of the Saudi government, who goes and makes these statements.

This was at an MEK [People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, or Mujahedeen-e-Khalq] rally?

Yeah. And we’re talking about 2017, not during the emotional days after the victory of the revolution, where emotional statements were rather normal under those conditions.

The Saudis say that you don’t recognize citizenship of others; that you identify people as Shia, whatever country they are in, and do not recognize that they are citizens of those countries.

In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Iran recognizes the authority of every government over its entire population. And that’s the end of the story. We do not differentiate between the citizens of other countries, as we do not differentiate between our own citizens.

The other day you made a very impassioned speech in defense of your missile test.

It wasn’t the other day. It was last year, but we retweeted it.

But wait a minute. You used that as a retweet to defend against the missile strike that followed the Muslim ban in the United States?

It wasn’t a missile strike. It was a missile test.

It was a missile test

It wasn’t a response to the Muslim ban, because the missile test was just a regular, normal, unannounced missile test because it wasn’t something extraordinary. We are required to produce our own means of defense, because the United States conducts a campaign of preventing Iran from acquiring its means of defense. That campaign started during the Iran-Iraq War, so we have to do our own defense.

I don’t think it’s a war that Americans understand very well. Your generation that now leads Iran you were all shaped by that experience.

That is a very unfortunate fact that people have short memories. And actually, some of them may not want to remember what happened.

When Iraq invaded Iran on the 22nd of September, 1980, everybody expected the Iranian government to fall within seven days. That is why the [United Nations] Security Council did not issue a resolution until the 29th of September. A massive aggression had taken place. Thousands of kilometers of Iranian territory — this was a shock-and-awe operation almost. Thousands of kilometers of Iranian territory had already been taken. Not a single word. People were waiting for the regime, for the new revolutionary government, to fall.

Took seven days for them to realize that it wouldn’t be as rapid as they had hoped. So on 19 September 1980 the Security Council issued its first resolution, and it’s just horrendous, because it doesn’t even follow the usual protocol. You know, when there is a war, almost cliché for a Security Council resolution is to ask for cease-fire and withdrawal.

Didn’t. It just asked for cessation of hostilities, not even for withdrawal. And that was the only resolution the Security Council issued, Resolution 479. Then the Security Council went home. For two years, our people had to single-handedly defend their country. Everybody was supporting Iraq. Not a single piece of equipment came officially to Iran. We went and purchased through unofficial means, paying exorbitant amounts–

On the black market?

On the black market.

And you were up against?

We were up against the most serious campaign by the United States to prevent, and we were up against a regime that was receiving equipment from almost everybody. The Americans provided it with AWACS [Airborne Warning and Control System] intelligence. The French provided it with Mirage fighters. The Russians provided it with MiG fighters.

And the Saudis?

The Saudis provided it with all the money they need. The Kuwaitis put their ports at their disposal, and they provided them with money. People started selling oil for them so that they would be able to finance this aggression for eight years. The Germans provided them with chemical weapons. Chemical weapons started to be used in Iran-Iraq War as early as 1984, and they were started to be used in large quantities in 1985. I’ve got to give you some stories here.

Please.

I went to the president of the Security Council. I believe I was then a young diplomat, but acting in our mission in New York, I went to the president of the Security Council, who probably had a diplomatic background equal to my age. I was just about 26, and he had been a diplomat for more than 26 years, and they usually reminded me every time that I went to see them of that fact. And this very seasoned diplomat, when I went to him and told him that Iraq was using chemical weapons against us, told me, “I’m not authorized by the Security Council to talk to you about this.” So going back to the first two years, the first Security Council resolution after 479, which was issued on 29 September 1980, was issued in June or July 1982. And you know when that day is? That’s the date which liberated our cities from Iraqi occupation.

Then the Security Council came to the conclusion that it had to call for withdrawal of troops to the internationally recognized borders because they were worried that we will go in Iraqi territory.

It was around that time then that you were offered a cease-fire, and you rejected it. Why?

No. No. We were–

You say no.

You see, offers were made, but there were conditionalities attached. This guy has invaded us, has bombed us, destroyed our cities. I mean, we had gone through two years of international deafening silence when we were protecting, defending and liberating our cities.

Was it a mistake to reject the cease-fire?

No. In in 1988, we had a Resolution 598, which addressed Iran’s major demand, that Iraq was responsible to initiate this war. That was very important for us.

But a lot of lives were lost in the interim–

It’s the unfortunate situation.

–for that principle.

That’s a question that the Iranian people need to ask the international community. Why didn’t anybody in the international community say a word about the Iraqi use of chemical weapons? I believe the international community owes Iran an explanation for its disastrous behavior. Iran doesn’t owe anybody any explanation for defending itself.

OK, let’s go to the other side. That’s what you say. I understand. Clearly you were aggressed upon. Clearly Saddam Hussein was supported by all these countries that you name. There’s no debate about that. On the other hand, the Saudis insist that Iran is a hostile, belligerent, adventurous nation attempting to export revolution around the region. How do you respond?

Well, talk is cheap. Let’s look at the actions. Saudis helped Saddam Hussein for eight years. Saudis helped Al Qaeda. Saudis created Daesh. Saudis created Al Nusra. Saudis are funding terrorists who are operating in eastern Iran.

Let’s grant you–

So I’m not I’m not making accusations. I’m talking about facts. All he’s talking about are accusations. These are not facts; these are accusations. But what I’m saying are facts. Can anybody contest the fact that Saudis helped Saddam Hussein? Can anybody contest the fact that out of the three governments that recognized the Taliban in Afghanistan, Saudis were one of them? Can anybody contest the fact that Saudis financed Daesh and Al Nusra?

I’m not arguing that. But you’re saying all these accusations, whether it’s the Marine barracks explosion in 1982 or the Khobar Towers attack, or the blowing up the Jewish Center in in Buenos Aires, or the assassination attempt against Adel al-Jubeir in Washington, all of that is untrue?

I’m saying that Iran had nothing to do with any of it.

You’re saying that these were actions by proxies?

No, no, no. Iran directly or indirectly had nothing to do with it.

OK. All right.

And I mean, Adel al-Jubeir should respond for the actions of his government. He’s not representative of the international community. I don’t think anybody gave him that responsibility nor can he aggregate it to himself. I mean, he lived in the U.S., just like me, a bit too long to understand that he represents Saudi Arabia, not the international community, because people who listen to Americans talk think anybody can speak on behalf of the international community.

We’ll ask him the same questions.

Neither the United States nor anybody else, particularly Saudi Arabia, with its bright record of every atrocity, can speak on behalf of the international community.

You know, there’s a certain point, though, listening to the two of you, and I just sat down with Jubeir yesterday, and then I’m sitting here with you today, is that it feels like you guys need to stop talking to people like me and talk to each other.

We have talked to each other.

When was the last time you talked to Jubeir?

The last time that I saw him was on the sidelines of an international conference. But I don’t mind talking to him. I have no difficulty talking to him. And you see, I never start — I never even start these debates. When you ask me a question, you saw my statement yesterday, please, if I didn’t mention Saudi Arabia even once. Not a word about Saudi Arabia.

Let’s talk about things that really get under their skin. One of those is your support for Hezbollah. Why did you decide to support Hezbollah in Lebanon? What’s the strategic value of that?

First of all, it’s none of their business.

Well, why is it your business?

Because we believe that Hezbollah is a force for resistance, a great asset for the Lebanese people. It has representation in the Lebanese Parliament. The question that needs to be asked is why are they supporting terrorist extremists who are blowing up Lebanese inside Lebanon? I mean, the man who was responsible for the attack on the Iranian Embassy two years ago in Lebanon, which killed our cultural attaché, was a Saudi citizen. The man who masterminded it was Saudi. Why is it that they are doing this? Hezbollah is a political party in Lebanon; has the brave history of liberating Lebanon from Israeli occupation; has been a force for stability in Lebanon. The Saudi government has tried to undermine this, has tried to interfere in the Lebanese internal affairs.

We were the first who announced during the process for presidential election that people have to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Lebanon and allow the Lebanese themselves to form a government, and that is why immediately after the Saudis stopped vetoing people. I mean, it’s interesting. Saudi Arabia vetoed the Lebanese president for two years, and as soon as they stopped vetoing and they had a government, I was the first foreign minister to go to Lebanon to meet both with the president and with the prime minister, Mr. [Saad] Hariri. And I promised both of them the full support of the Iranian government in building Lebanon, in building consensus, which is their job, not ours. Their job. They’re Lebanese. They’re more advanced democratically and politically than most countries in the Arab world, so we need to leave them to their own device so that they could make the right decisions for themselves. We should be there to facilitate.

And we should be there to facilitate other peaceful developments in the region. We should not dictate. Neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia are in no position to dictate to the people of the region. We should stop this arrogance. As two major countries, we should help end the war in Iraq. We should help end the war in Syria. We should help end the repression in Bahrain. We should help end the atrocities in Yemen. And we’re prepared to help.

You complain about Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs.

No. I’m complaining about them trying to dictate. I’m complaining about them trying to decide for the Lebanese. In today’s world, talking about interference in the terms that you just alluded to it almost impossible. All people express their views about what’s happening.

All people have friends in various countries. All countries have influence in various countries. What is important is that this influence, the friendship, the relations should be used to facilitate reconciliation and dialogue and not to dictate your views and your positions.

You support Hezbollah with how much money every year?

Well, I’m not privy to that information. Hezbollah is an organization in Lebanon that has huge support from the Lebanese community–

Receives money from the government of Iran, many millions of dollars from you–

Has provided assistance for reconstruction of Lebanon. But that assistance went to anybody whose houses were destroyed by the Israelis. Anybody whose houses were destroyed. We offered to provide assistance to the Lebanese military. We have offered to build power plants. And this offer goes directly to the Lebanese government, no matter who’s the prime minister, Hariri or Tammam Salam or others. The offer is there for the Lebanese. We’re prepared to build dams for them. We’re prepared to build power plants for them. Our help is there, and I hope that everybody there is a lot of competition that we can be engaged in in the region. But I hope that Iran and Saudi Arabia could start competing for reconstruction of these countries, not for destruction.

You enjoyed a thaw in relations with Saudi Arabia in the late ’90s. Why then, and what happened to that?

I believe that after the fall of Saddam Hussein, although Saddam was no friend of Saudi Arabia–

This is prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein. In 1999, President [Mohammad] Khatami goes to Riyadh–

No, no, no. I’m saying what changed the dynamic? I understand.

Oh, you’re saying what made it bad again?

Yeah. The fall of Saddam Hussein signified to Saudi Arabia a change in the equilibrium in the Arab world. That is why from 2003, when Saddam was ousted, till very recently they refused even to send an ambassador to Iraq. They did everything to undermine the Iraqi government because they felt that the equilibrium had been broken. They felt that that this equilibrium needed to be reversed. And they felt that Iran was gaining upper hand.

And this is when we see a rise in sectarianism.

Well, this is when you see a rise in sectarianism. You see, Iran, the Shias are minorities. We need to live with the majority in the Muslim world. We need to go to Hajj; we need to go to Mecca. I mean, just putting all our rhetoric aside, that we have called for the unity of the Muslims, we do not want to have a hostile environment in which our people are going to Hajj.

So they started this sectarian message, not us. They started saying that the Sunnis were being underrepresented. For centuries in Iraq, Sunnis have dominated the Shia majority. So after the invasion, in which we had role, it was their allies actually. We advised the Americans against the invasion both publicly as well as privately. I said publicly in the Security Council in February of 2003 that the only outcome that is certain from the U.S. invasion of Iraq is rise in extremism.

I can even quote what I said in the Security Council in February. We were outspoken about that. But when the Americans invaded Iraq, they tried to use their influence with the Americans to keep the Sunni-minority domination. It was them who started this sectarian division in Iraq, them who pushed the sectarian line in Iraq. For us, it’s of no use to us to push the sectarian line.

Why did you decide to support [Bashar al-]Assad in Syria?

Because the alternative would have been a Daesh state rather than a Daesh organization.

But Syria has no border with Iran. Syria is far from you. It has no necessary strategic value to you.

Now we see that unfortunately these borders are not recognized by these terrorist organizations. As I said earlier–

But what did you foresee as your strategic interest in defending Assad?

No, it’s our strategic interest in preventing the rise of extremism. And I believe, in this strategic interest, Saudi Arabia and every other country has much at stake. Unfortunately, they’re a bit late in recognizing their own interest, as they were late in recognizing the fact that Saddam Hussein would turn against them if they continued to support him. I believe they will recognize sooner or later that these monsters that they produce and nurture will finally turn against them, and they are much more vulnerable to this threat than we are.

I’ve been in Iran. I’ve talked to people on the street. They do not see the value of supporting Bashar al-Assad. This is a man who’s responsible for the deaths of many hundreds of thousands–

Because you put the question the wrong way.

Oh, we’re going to blame the media now?

No, no, no. I’m not blaming media or you. You ask the question, and you get an answer. You ask people whether it’s right to support this or the other person, they’ll say, “No, it’s not.” You ask them whether it’s right to prevent Daesh from coming very close to your border, and you will see 99 percent of the Iranians saying it’s the right policy.

So you need to ask the right question. The question is an important part of the answer, and that is why I believe we need to ask the right question about the future of the region. I mean, now we’re asking a question which produces a response that would put Iran against Saudi Arabia. But if you ask the right question, whether it would be in the interest of both Iran and Saudi Arabia to work together in order to prevent extremism and sectarianism to take root in the region and to find ways of cooperating for the future of the region, of course, the answer will be yes.

But if you put the question whether Iran and Saudi Arabia have differences of views about Assad, of course the answer will be yes. So we need to ask the right questions so that the right question would lead us into cooperation, rather than into zero-sum approaches to a conclusion that would be a negative-sum conclusion, because in today’s world, you cannot win at my expense. We either win together or lose together. And I think the Nobel Committee was right in giving the Nobel Prize to the economist who first produced non-zero-sum game.

Many people look at the war in Syria and say you are fighting a sectarian battle; that you’ve rallied people under a sectarian cause–

My friend, 90 percent of the Syrian army are Sunni.

I know this.

Ninety percent of the Syrian government is Sunni. Ninety percent of the Syrian intelligence is Sunni. What are we talking about?

I’ll tell you what they’re talking about, and that is that you rally people to that war under the banner of defending Hussein. The slogan, “Yā Hussain,” is present. Hezbollah has come in there, a Shia force to defend the shrine of Zaynab, and you recruit people from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Shia. You’ve incentivized them to come fight a Shia cause to defend Assad.

No, it’s again–

Is that not true?

It is to prevent a terrorist state from taking hold. If you look at the situation in Syria, undermining the government in Syria is tantamount to giving Daesh Damascus on a platter.

Right. I understand that part of it. But why has it taken on this sectarian–

Unfortunately it’s because others have taken a sectarian line on this.

OK, you point fingers at one another, I have to say. You look at Iraq for a minute. You defend Shia militias that fly the flag of Shiadom–

Who went and supported the Kurds when Daesh was just about to take over–

You did. And you defended Baghdad when Daesh was coming down the Tigris.

We did. Are they Shias?

No. They’re Sunnis.

They had an alliance — hold on. They had an alliance with Turkey. [Kurd leader Masoud] Barzani was really close to Turkey, and he called, asked for help. What did they tell him? Everybody was putting all their belongings in their whatever, pickup trucks and getting out of Kurdish areas. So why don’t you look at the facts?

Why do you give it a flavor? Erbil is enough to prove to you that Iran is against terrorism, not for domination of a sect. If we were for domination of a sect, we would have allowed Daesh to teach a lesson to Barzani, who has relied on the Turks.

I accept that–

Go ask your Sunni brothers in Turkey to come to your assistance, but we didn’t. Within two hours of his request, we were there. We were there to provide them support to defeat Daesh. I mean, this is how people are paying their respect and admiration to a country that has stood up against the worst enemy of humanity today, who is beheading innocent individuals. I just saw a picture with a lot of kids, young boys, in a cage — I just can’t imagine — just about to be burned. Is anybody proud to open their borders so that they get new recruits? Is anybody proud to allow their banks to send them money? Is anybody proud to sell their oil? Is anybody proud to buy their oil?

And unfortunately, all these countries who are attacking Iran either buy Daesh oil, sell Daesh oil, send people through their territory or finance it.

I accept your example. You defended the Kurds, who are Sunni. But that deflects from the question of the support you also give to Shia militias, Shia militias who have also committed atrocities. This support is visible. Qasem Soleimani is photographed with the Badr organization.

We support anybody who fights terrorism. If Saudi Arabia wants our support to fight terrorism, it is readily available. We support the government of Afghanistan. It’s not a Shia government, but we support them in fighting terrorism. You see, we’ve been consistent. Saudis supported Taliban in Afghanistan. We supported the Northern Alliance. The Northern Alliance was not a Shia organization.

And you support Hamas.

We support Hamas. We support Palestinians. Why do they continue making that nonsense?

Because you also support Shia militia, and that’s what you’re not addressing–

No, no, no. We support anybody who’s fighting terrorism, so we support Sunnis; we support Kurds; we support Shias. Is it the intention that we should stop supporting the Shias because they are Shias? I mean, this is contradiction. All I have to prove in order to prove to you that Iran is fighting a counterterrorism battle rather than a sectarian battle is to prove to you that we support anybody who fights Daesh. We support anybody who fights Nusra. I mean, if they happen to be Shias, we should stop supporting them?

You know, Saudi Arabia says the biggest terrorist in the region–

Of course Saudi Arabia wants Daesh to win. Unfortunately, the king of Saudi Arabia is on the record telling another king that we prefer Daesh over Assad, and then we will deal with Daesh. That’s wishful thinking. That’s the same mistake they made with Saddam Hussein. They’re so shortsighted, unfortunately, that they do not see two steps ahead of them. They do not understand that if Daesh took Damascus, it would claim to the caliphate that would attract a lot of people, and that would be disaster for them.

The Saudis say that the biggest terrorist in the region is not Daesh, it’s Bashar al-Assad, and that you, the government of Iran, has supported him. He has used chemical weapons-

As you say in the court, I rest my case. They prefer Daesh to win from Bashar al-Assad. Let’s present that to the world and see if that is an acceptable alternative. I agree with that. This is their view. They believe that Bashar al-Assad is worse than Daesh. That’s exactly what I’m saying. They want Daesh to take over Damascus.

But how can you defend a person who uses chemical weapons?

We have rejected the use of chemical weapons.

Granted. Have you expressed to your counterpart [Walid] Muallem, foreign minister of Syria, your concerns after the red line, after your help with getting the chemical weapons out of the country, that they continued use of chlorine gas?

We are against the use of chemical weapons.

Have you expressed that?

And we have made it very clear to everybody–

And what does he say?

They tell us that they’re not using it. We’re against the use of chemical weapons. We’re against the attacks on civilian targets, and we don’t engage in that. We have never engaged in any of that. We stick to our principles. We stand by our principles.

What is the importance strategically of Yemen? What’s your–

It’s not–

–interest in Yemen?

It’s none. We know that Yemen is important for Saudi Arabia, and we never want to stab Saudi Arabia in the back. We sent messages to them before Yemen erupted into this that Yemen is in turmoil; let’s work out something. And the only response we got — you know what was the response? “Arab world is none of your business.”

Well, that raises the issue of, you know, your revolution aspires to be on the side of the people, but yet you only have really one ally in the region in Bashar al-Assad and maybe Iraq. Why don’t you have more friends?

We’ll count the chicken, as we say in Iran, at the end of fall. Our influence is with the people. We have very good relations with regional governments. Saudi Arabia imposes pressure, intimidates, pays. We don’t engage in that type of activity.

Despite the fact that the United States and almost every other powerful nation supports Saudi Arabia actively and tries to undermine us actively, we are still the most influential power in the Middle East. That should tell you something. That should tell you that we have made the right choices, and they’ve made the wrong choices.

Where is this going?

We don’t want it to go anywhere other than reconciliation.

I know you have to go. I want to know: You live in a tinderbox right now. The relationship with Saudi Arabia has never been worse. Do you think President Trump has the experience to fully understand the region?

I hope by the time you air this show, he would have gained it.

Are you worried about him?

Well, I think at the end of the day, cooler heads prevail.

He’s put you on notice.

And we are unmoved.

Foreign Minister, thank you very much.

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Khamenei: US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and MKO were responsible for violent protests (aka MEK, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi cult …)

Iran’s top leadership believes that the recent violent protests in Iran were the result of the coordinated efforts of a “triangle” having US-Israel at one side, Saudi Arabia and Mujahideen-e-Khalq Organisation (MKO), the designated terror group holding the other two sides.

According to Tehran based Press TV, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while addressing a large group of people from Qom, the holy city south of Tehran, on Tuesday, said that a “triangle” of enemies — with the United States and Israel comprising one of its sides, a rich Persian Gulf littoral state (read Saudi Arabia) on its second side and the anti-Iran MKO terror organization on the third side — has been plotting for the past few months to foment chaos and violence in Iran.

The meeting was organised in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the January 9, 1978 uprising in Qom against former King Mohammad Raza Shah  Pehlavi. The Islamic revolution succeeded in February 1979.

He said, “The plot has been hatched by Americans and Zionists. They have been working on it for several months, planning to begin from small towns and then move on towards the center. The cash comes from one of the filthy rich Persian Gulf littoral states. Obviously, such projects need money, but the Americans won’t be willing to spend anything as long as they have these [rich allies].” He further said that the third side of the triangle was the “murderous” Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, whose elements served as their lackeys on the ground.”

Khamenei appreciated the people’s wisdom saying they distanced themselves from rioters after finding out their motives. He called the violence that hit some areas of the country as “fireworks and vicious acts.”

He asked his people to be ready to face such situation in future as well saying, “These are not normal incidents. [These incidents] occur nowhere in the world. It is not a matter of one or two or five years. [It is about] a battle between the nation and those hostile to the nation; a battle between Iran and those hostile to Iran; a battle between Islam and those hostile to Islam.”

Describing the reason why US and its allies were bent upon harming Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the US is angry with the Iranian nation, the government and the Islamic Revolution due to the blows it has taken from this “great movement”.

However, the leader acknowledged that people’s honest and rightful demands should be differentiated from acts of violence and sabotage. The protests against price rise and unemployment were turned anti-government and protesters got involved in violent attacks on public property.

Iran played important role in defeating Daesh (IS) terrorists in Iraq and Syria and holds influence in Lebanon. Saudi Arabia has been alleging Iran for supporting Houthi militants in Yemen and opposition forces in Bahrain, one of its close allies in the neighbourhood.

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همکاری مافیای آلبانی و مجاهدین خلق، فرقه رجوی Iran arrests MKO (Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult …) ringleader in Isfahan

Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) Our Men in Iran? (Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, April 2012)

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MKO-Linked Cell Busted in Western Iran (aka Maryam Rajavi cult, MEK, NCRI …) 

Iran_Inteligence_MEK_Mojahedin_Khalq_Maryam_RajaviTasnim News, January 05 2018:…  Iran’s intelligence forces disbanded a cell that had links with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in the western province of Lorestan. Lorestan Province’s intelligence office announced that the cell affiliated with the MKO terrorists was disbanded in the city of Boroujerd on Friday morning. According to a statement, four members of the terrorist cell … 

زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیProtests in Iran were also manipulated by Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, Rajavi cult) in Albania

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MKO-Linked Cell Busted in Western Iran (aka Maryam Rajavi cult, MEK, NCRI …)

وزارت اطلاعات ایران دستگیری اعضای تروریست مجاهدین خلق TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s intelligence forces disbanded a cell that had links with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in the western province of Lorestan.

Lorestan Province’s intelligence office announced that the cell affiliated with the MKO terrorists was disbanded in the city of Boroujerd on Friday morning.

According to a statement, four members of the terrorist cell have been arrested, and one of them has been injured in clashes.

It also added that the terrorist cell has been involved in many acts of sabotage in the province of Lorestan, particularly in Boroujerd, over the past days.

Last week, a number of peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in several Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.

Over a dozen people have been killed in the ensuing violence, according to media reports.

Following the unrest, people of Iran held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.

According to commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists.

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زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیMojahedin Khalq (MEK) terrorist training camp in Albania impacts whole Balkan region

ISIS_MEK_Maryam_Rajavi_Tirana_Albania_TerrorismWill Prime Minister Edi Rama host ISIS terrorists in Albania?

ISIS ISIL Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult FlaqsMojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult, Saddam’s Private Army, were trained by Mossad to assassinate Iranian scientists 

Iranian_Mogherini avoids Maryam Rajavi as MEK violence erupts in EUPMogherini Avoids Maryam Rajavi As MEK Violence Erupts At The EU Parliament

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

رد تروریسم مجاهدین خلق مریم رجوی اتحادیه اروپا A Fully United Europe Claims the High Ground in Relations with Iran

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Unpopular Maryam Rajavi’s Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO) and Saudi media outlets

Saudi_Arabia_Mojahedin_Khalq_TerrorismIranian.com, January 03 2017:… Marginal groups of anti-government extremists that are unpopular within the country such as the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran have also been prominently featured in foreign state-controlled media such as the Saudi-owned network Al Arabiya. The PMOI, also known as Mojahedin-e Khalq, once enjoyed the protection of Saddam Hussein and played a role in assassination … 

زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیBBC: Who are the Iranian dissident group MEK? (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, PMOI, …) 

عربستان سعودی مجاهدین خلق فرقه رجوی توی تروریسمThe Saudi Embrace of the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult …)

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Russia Warns Against Foreign Meddling In Iran As Separatism, Extremism Voiced In Unrest

As Iran struggles to control spiraling unrest, Iran’s geopolitical foes have backed marginal opposition groups and voiced hopes for “regime change.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement addressing the ongoing mass protests in Iran and highlighting the apparent ambitions of some regional and international powers to turn the country’s internal affairs into a vehicle for advancing their interests.

“This is Iran’s internal affair,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, according to TASS news agency. “We express the hope that the situation won’t develop under the scenario of bloodshed and violence.”

“External interference destabilizing the situation is inadmissible.”

The protests began on Dec. 28, 2017, in response to the country’s complicated social conditions and had been focused primarily on economic and policy demands.

Since then, however, authorities have sought to get a handle on the increasingly disparate and often radicalized nature of the opposition, which has in some cases shown hostility to the Islamic Republic established by late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979.

Ten people were reportedly killed in protests on Sunday, a death toll that rose on Monday when the deputy governor of the western Hamadan Province, Saeed Shahrokhi, told ISNA another three persons were killed in the city of Tuyserkan. The circumstances and cause of these deaths, however, remain unclear.

On Monday, a protester shot and killed a policeman during demonstrations, according to police, the first reported fatality during the five days of unrest.

Slogans calling for the ousting or assassination of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been echoed and amplified by several corporate and state-owned foreign media outlet as officials and heads of state of Iran’s geopolitical foes the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have displayed unabashed glee at Iran’s domestic unrest.

In groups where high concentrations of minority nationalities such as Ahwazi Arabs or Balochis are located, separatist and terrorist tendencies have also been displayed in the form of violent clashes with security forces, calls for secession from Iran, and even a pipeline bombing, which was claimed by jihadist group Ansar al-Furqan Ahwaz Martyrs Brigade.

Marginal groups of anti-government extremists that are unpopular within the country such as the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran have also been prominently featured in foreign state-controlled media such as the Saudi-owned network Al Arabiya. The PMOI, also known as Mojahedin-e Khalq, once enjoyed the protection of Saddam Hussein and played a role in assassination attempts against Iranian officials and attacks on Iran.

The group has long gained significant lobbying muscle in Washington and is widely considered to enjoy the backing of Riyadh, with Saudi officials publically backing the group’s efforts.

Iranian Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said Monday that Iran would temporarily restrict access to social networks in Iran.

Via TeleSUR

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رد تروریسم مجاهدین خلق مریم رجوی اتحادیه اروپا A Fully United Europe Claims the High Ground in Relations with Iran

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http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=8539

ISIS Drew On MEK Expertise For Terror Attacks On Tehran (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult) 

Maryam Rajavi Baghdadi MEK ISIS terror TehranMassoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, June 20 2017:… The following piece has been written by somebody I know well. He does not want his real name to be used because that would jeopardize the sensitive nature of his current work in counter terrorism in Europe – Massoud Khodabandeh… As a former member of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organization (MEK), I followed the news of terrorist attacks on Tehran with shame, guilt and anger. My shame and guilt stem … 

مریم رجوی داعش تروریسم Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult) terrorists openly declare support for ISIL, terror acts

مک کین و مریم رجوی و لیست شهدای سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایرانMEK’s Maryam Rajavi blackmails Albania to become the new ‘Saddam regime’ for them.

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ISIS Drew On MEK Expertise For Terror Attacks On Tehran  (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)

مریم رجوی البغدادی مجاهدین خلق داعش تروریسم تهران

The following piece has been written by somebody I know well. He does not want his real name to be used because that would jeopardize the sensitive nature of his current work in counter terrorism in Europe – Massoud Khodabandeh.

As a former member of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organization (MEK), I followed the news of terrorist attacks on Tehran with shame, guilt and anger.

My shame and guilt stem from having been involved in such attacks in the past as a member of the MEK. My anger springs from what I see as the MEK’s ongoing influence in these current attacks. Based on my inside knowledge of the MEK I believe this organization has now helped the most notorious terror organization in the world to attack our country and our people.

As I followed news of the attacks I was forced to remember my own role in a similar mission and how my membership of the MEK had almost cost me my life. While analyzing the details of the ISIS attack as they emerged, it was easy to see that these operations in Tehran had been based on the expertise of MEK operations in several ways. I have identified some of these similarities which I have given in outline below.

Planning

The targets selected by ISIS were sites constantly targeted by the MEK. The Iranian Parliament and its members had always been primary targets for the MEK since the 1980s. The group had managed to assassinate several members of the Parliament and tried to plant a bomb there at one point. They were unsuccessful and some members were killed by security forces while other terrorist teams were arrested. Similarly, after Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine was created, Massoud Rajavi, the late MEK leader, announced that “Khomeini’s grave must be exploded”. It became a mantra among MEK members which they would chant in indoctrination sessions. The MEK tried unsuccessfully to send terrorist teams there in 1991 and 2002.

While ISIS and the MEK have the same interests in attacking Iran, ISIS could have caused much greater anti-government fear and hatred among the civilian population in line with its regime change agenda if they had bombed a civilian target like transport infrastructure or a shopping mall. They could have done more damage by targeting the Revolutionary Guards whose forces are in Syria. Instead, the ISIS targets matched those which had been constantly under attack by the MEK for thirty years.

Logistics

ISIS used locally recruited Iranians for this attack. Their main challenge was to get their weaponry to Tehran without being detected by Iranian security forces. This had always been the main challenge for MEK terrorists. They used different methods to get their weapons to Tehran. For example, hiding the weapons in a small truck loaded with food or inside an empty computer case. The MEK experiences were helpful to the ISIS attackers. They paid a female acquaintance to join them to go to Tehran, pretending it is a family visit. This was to raise less suspicion. Between 2000-2003, the MEK used the same approach to get their terrorists from Iraq to Tehran. The first suicide bomber in Iran was a female MEK member. Since then, the MEK used women in suicide operations to ‘normalize’ their terrorist teams.

The suicide mission

An important similarity is the human factor. Just like the MEK, ISIS terrorists selected and trained for suicide missions are thoroughly brainwashed first. They undergo intensive indoctrination and psychological manipulation sessions and afterwards they are not allowed to think of anything else but their mission; terror. From the videos and reports, it is clear that the terrorists are numbed and fearful people who are prepared to use weapons as a first resort against innocent unprepared people. The ISIS terrorists exploded their vests in their first moments of contact with security forces. A couple of them even exploded their vests as soon as they just saw the security forces. This is similar to MKO terrorists who were brainwashed to assassinate unarmed civilians or perform a mortar attack in a large city like Tehran. They were also armed with cyanide pills and a hand grenade and ordered that rather than risk capture they must commit suicide and hurt as many of the people around them as possible.

Governmental backing

It has been widely reported that, just like the MEK, ISIS also gets support from inside Saudi Arabia. After the Tehran terrorist attacks neither Saudi Arabia nor the MEK condemned the events. This echoes MEK behaviour under the Saddam regime. The MEK could not and would not condemn any action of Saddam or the Saudis because they were being paid and supported by them.

The MEK needed governmental level backing to move across national borders. Saddam arranged for MEK operatives to get inside Iran from Pakistan and Turkey rather than cross the Iraqi border which was under international scrutiny. ISIS has also been able to cross borders and move weapons and fund its activities in a way that indicates governmental level of support.

There is no indication that the MEK were directly involved in the Tehran attacks. But from my inside knowledge and based on having performed a similar style of suicide attack in Tehran myself some years ago, there is little doubt in my mind that ISIS have been able to use MEK expertise to pursue this modern terrorist attack.

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افشای اعتصاب غذای دروغین مجاهدین خلق فرقه رجویSitting Down with the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult, NCRI, …)

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

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Debate in the European Parliament ‘What is to be done about the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq (MEK)?’ 

Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffpost, June 02 2017:… The meeting was organised by Ana Gomes, SND (Portugal) and seconded by Marietje Schaake, ALDE (Netherlands) and Michael Gahler, Christian Democrats (Germany). Two expert speakers were invited to address the meeting: Nicola Pedde, Director Institute for Global Studies, Italy and Massoud Khodabandeh, Director Middle East Strategy Consultants, UK. … 

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Debate in the European Parliament ‘What is to be done about the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq (MEK)?’

By Massoud.khodabandeh

A meeting in the European Parliament on 30 May discussed the problems associated with the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (MEK) both inside the Parliament and across Europe and the wider world.

The meeting, which was attended by MEPs, researchers and analysts along with representatives of agencies outside the parliament such as security personnel, was organised by Ana Gomes, SND (Portugal) and seconded by Marietje Schaake, ALDE (Netherlands) and Michael Gahler, Christian Democrats (Germany).

نمایندگان پارلمان اروپا جلسه بحث در مورد مجاهدین خلق فرقه رجوی

All three have a clear record as outspoken critics of Iran’s human rights record and are concerned about the impact of MEK activity on this issue.

Two expert speakers were invited to address the meeting: Nicola Pedde, Director Institute for Global Studies, Italy and Massoud Khodabandeh, Director Middle East Strategy Consultants, UK.

مسعود خدابنده نیکلا پدی پارلمان اروپا

Since all the participants have seen first-hand that the MEK spends enormous amounts of money for publicity and lobbying, the first issue to be discussed was ‘who funds the MEK and what is their agenda?’ It soon became apparent that the MEPs are fully aware that the MEK has never existed as an independent group and has benefitted over three decades from funding streams from specific circles which are trying to engineer regime change in the Middle East. The question then became whether these sponsors understand that the cost benefit of supporting the MEK is not giving positive returns but in fact has a negative result for them in their regime change agendas.

Further discussion by representatives revealed that the MEK has been shunned by almost every Parliament across Europe.

In spite of this, MEK members can still gain access to the European Parliament because it is an open institution. The problem this presents is the bullying tactics used by the MEK to intimidate MEPs and their staff. Several delegates at the meeting gave first-hand evidence of this. One MEP said that within ten minutes of taking one particular stance he was bombarded by mass emails some of which contained swearing and threats. Delegates agreed that this is incompatible with the fundamental principles of any Parliament in which representatives must be able to speak and act free from any pressure or intimidation.

Nicola Pedde described to delegates his work in the Italian Parliament where MPs are persuaded to sign petitions by bogus human rights campaigners. Pedde said that when he asked, many of the signatories were unaware that the MEK was behind the petition and didn’t realise that various sentences or paragraphs were added afterwards to give support for Maryam Rajavi and her agenda. Pedde said some MPs were even strongly against the MEK and were very angry about being deceived in this way. They had thought they were condemning human rights abuses in Iran, but their names were then misused to depict them as supporters of terrorists in Albania.

The discussion moved on to the problem of accepting the MEK as advocates of human rights for Iran. Ana Gomes said that when Iranian Nobel Human Rights Prize winner Shirin Ebadi visited the European Parliament, she was unequivocal in saying that the MEK do not have the right to be described as human rights activists. Quite the opposite, they are abusers themselves, she said. Massoud Khodabandeh reminded delegates that in a recent interview with AP, Reza Pahlavi – who wants to restore the monarchy to Iran – dismissed the MEK as a cult. In addition, every Iranian opposition group from the Greens to the Nationalists has rejected the MEK as human rights advocates and as a political entity.

More concerning for delegates is that the government of Iran is quick to use the MEK’s advocacy for human rights as a means to dismiss the issue, pointing out that the terrorist group murdered thousands of Iranian citizens and still commits human rights abuse against its own members. Massoud Khodabandeh gave an example from the UK House of Lords in which Haleh Afshar – a prominent Iranian feminist and academic who now sits in the House as Baroness Afshar – hosted a parliamentary debate about human rights in Iran. The challenging discussion, with valuable contributions from several informed members, was completely undermined by one of the MEK’s supporters who asserted that only Maryam Rajavi and her group could bring freedom and human rights to Iran. The government of Iran cannot be expected to even respond to such a debate said Khodabandeh.

Nicola Pedde made an interesting comment when he said that the MEK cannot be considered as a viable force because, as a result of its cultish behaviour, the MEK do not have a second generation. They have effectively killed themselves, he told delegates, because marriage and family are banned for all members.

The third issue to be discussed was the MEK presence in Albania. Delegates heard how the MEK had been forced to leave Iraq and how the Americans arranged for the UN to be able to transfer them to Albania. The government of Iraq was relieved to be rid of three thousand MEK who had been part of Saddam Hussein’s repressive forces, but the problem has now simply been moved to Albania. The Americans promised help to de-radicalise the MEK members. But, as Massoud Khodabandeh pointed out, this did not happen and the group was allowed to re-group as a terrorist cult and treat its members as modern slaves.

Delegates discussed Albania’s candidature to join the European Union in light of this situation and agreed that this is not just incompatible but that having trained terrorists on the doorstep of Europe is already a security threat to Europe. Delegates stressed that European security services need to take this threat seriously from now.

Reports also described the human rights abuses inflicted on MEK members by their own leaders. They are living in conditions of modern slavery because the UNHCR is acting illegally by paying refugee allowances to the organisation instead of to the individual members. This means members are forced into dependency on the group and cannot leave. Members are also prevented from contacting their families or even other former members so they do not have any recourse to external help or support.

As the two speakers gave their expert analysis throughout the meeting, they also offered suggestions for solutions. Khodabandeh urged delegates to put pressure on the Albanian authorities and the UNHCR to resolve the hostage condition of MEK members in Albania.

Pedde said MEPs should be briefed about the danger of supporting human rights through using groups like the MEK.

At the end the meeting was also opened to the audience for discussion. Former MEK members, Ali Akbar Rastgou, Batoul Soltani, Reza Sadeghi and Ghorban Ali Hossein Nejad were able to join the discussion at this time.

In conclusion delegates discussed various solutions which are open to them. It was important, they said, to find ways to tackle these problems because parliament cannot be held hostage to bullies. A package of activities was agreed in order to curtail the MEK’s deceptive and intimidating activities in Parliament. Other solutions to the wider problems were also agreed and will be put in place throughout the rest of the year.

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Albanian Translation:
http://gazetaimpakt.com/parlamenti-evropian-shqiperia-rrezikon-integrimin-ne-per-shkak-te-muxhahedineve-mek/

Parlamenti Evropian: Shqipëria rrezikon integrimin në BE për shkak të muxhahedinëve (MEK)

Një takim në Parlamentin Evropian më 30 maj diskutoi problemet që lidhen me Organizatën Muxhahedin e-HalK (MEK) si brenda Parlamentit, ashtu edhe në të gjithë Evropën dhe botën e gjerë.

Takimi, në të cilin morën pjesë deputetë, hulumtues dhe analistë, së bashku me përfaqësues të agjensive jashtë parlamentit si personel i sigurisë, u organizua nga Ana Gomes e Partisë Socialiste (Portugali), dhe u suportua nga Marietje Schaake e partisë ALDE (Hollandë) dhe Michael Gahler i Partisë Kristian Demokrate (Gjermani).

Të tre kanë një rekord të qartë si kritikë të sinqertë të të dhënave për të drejtat e njeriut në Iran, dhe janë të shqetësuar për ndikimin e aktivitetit të MEK në këtë çështje.

Dy ekspertë u ftuan për të adresuar takimin: Nicola Pedde, Drejtor i Institutit për Studime Globale, Itali, dhe Massoud Khodabandeh, Drejtor i Këshilltarëve të Strategjisë për Lindjen e Mesme në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar.

Meqë të gjithë pjesëmarrësit kanë parë që MEK shpenzon shuma të mëdha parash për publicitet dhe lobim, çështja e parë për t’u diskutuar ishte ‘kush e financon MEK-un dhe cila është axhenda e tyre’? Shumë shpejt u bë e qartë se deputetët janë plotësisht të vetëdijshëm se MEK nuk ka ekzistuar kurrë si një grup i pavarur, dhe ka përfituar më shumë se tre dekada nga financimi nga qarqe të veçanta që po përpiqen të kurdisin ndryshimin e regjimit në Lindjen e Mesme. Më pas u bë pyetja nëse këta sponsorë e kuptojnë se kostoja e mbështetjes së MEK-ut nuk po jep kthime pozitive, por në fakt ka një rezultat negativ për ta në axhendat e ndryshimit të regjimit.

Diskutimet e mëtejshme të përfaqësuesve zbuluan se MEK është shmangur nga pothuajse çdo Parlament në të gjithë Evropën.

Përkundër kësaj, anëtarët e MEK-ut ende mund të fitojnë qasje në Parlamentin Evropian, sepse është një institucion i hapur. Problemi që paraqet kjo është taktika e persekutimit e përdorur nga MEK për të intimiduar deputetët dhe stafin e tyre. Disa delegatë në takim dhanë dëshmi të dorës së parë për këtë. Një deputet i parlamentit tha se brenda dhjetë minutave nga marrja e një qëndrimi të veçantë, ai u bombardua nga emaile masive, disa prej të cilave përmbanin betime dhe kërcënime. Delegatët ranë dakord se kjo nuk është në përputhje me parimet themelore të kujtdo Parlamenti në të cilin përfaqësuesit duhet të jenë në gjendje të flasin dhe të veprojnë pa ndonjë presion ose frikësim.

Nicola Pedde u përshkroi të deleguarve punën e tij në Parlamentin Italian, ku deputetët janë bindur për të nënshkruar peticione nga aktivistët e rremë të të drejtave të njeriut. Pedde tha se kur ai i pyeti, shumë nga nënshkruesit nuk ishin në dijeni se MEK ishte prapa peticionit, dhe nuk e kishin vënë re se më pas ishin shtuar fjali ose paragrafë të ndryshëm për të dhënë mbështetje për Marjam Raxhavin dhe axhendën e saj. Pedde tha se disa deputetë ishin madje shumë kundra MEK dhe ishin shumë të zemëruar që ishin mashtruar në këtë mënyrë. Ata kishin menduar se po dënonin abuzimet e të drejtave të njeriut në Iran, por emrat e tyre më pas u keqpërdorën për t’i përshkruar ata si mbështetës të terroristëve në Shqipëri.

Diskutimi vazhdoi me problemin e pranimit të muxhahedinëve si avokatë të të drejtave të njeriut për Iranin. Ana Gomes tha se kur fituesja e çmimit Nobel për të Drejtat e Njeriut, Shirin Ebadi vizitoi Parlamentin Evropian, ajo ishte e qartë që muxhahedinët nuk kishin të drejtë të përshkruheshin si aktivistë për të drejtat e njeriut. Përkundrazi, ata janë vetë abuzuesit, tha ajo. Massoud Khodabandeh u kujtoi delegatëve se në një intervistë të kohëve të fundit me AP, Reza Pahlavi, princi i kurorës në Iran – i cili dëshiron të rivendosë monarkinë në Iran – hodhi poshtë MEK-un si një kult. Përveç kësaj, çdo grup i opozitës iraniane, që nga të Gjelbrit deri te Nacionalistët e ka hedhur poshtë MEK-un si avokatë të të drejtave të njeriut dhe si subjekt politik.

Më shqetësuese për delegatët është që qeveria e Iranit është e shpejtë në përdorimin e avokimit të MEK-ut për të drejtat e njeriut si një mjet për të hedhur poshtë çështjen, duke vënë në dukje se grupi terrorist ka vrarë mijëra qytetarë iranianë dhe ende kryen abuzime të të drejtave të njeriut kundër anëtarëve të vet. Massoud Khodabandeh dha një shembull nga Shtëpia e Lordëve në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar në të cilën Haleh Afshar – një feministe dhe akademike e shquar iraniane, e cila tani është ulur në Shtëpi si Baronesha Afshar – priti një debat parlamentar mbi të drejtat e njeriut në Iran. Diskutimi sfidues, me kontribute të vlefshme nga disa anëtarë të informuar, u dëmtua plotësisht nga një prej mbështetësve të MEK-ut, i cili pohoi se vetëm Marjam Raxhavi dhe grupi i saj mund të sillnin liri dhe të drejta të njeriut në Iran. Qeveria e Iranit nuk mund të pritej as të përgjigjej për një debat të tillë, tha Khodabandeh.

Nicola Pedde bëri një koment interesant kur tha se MEK nuk mund të konsiderohet si një forcë me gjasa për sukses, sepse, si pasojë e sjelljes së tij kulturore, MEK nuk ka një brez të dytë. Ata kanë vrarë në mënyrë efektive veten e tyre, u tha ai delegatëve, sepse martesa dhe familja janë të ndaluara për të gjithë anëtarët.

Çështja e tretë për t’u diskutuar ishte prania e MEK-ut në Shqipëri. Delegatët dëgjuan se si MEK ishte detyruar të largohej nga Iraku dhe se si amerikanët organizuan që OKB-ja të ishte në gjendje t’i transferonte ata në Shqipëri. Qeveria e Irakut u lehtësua që shpëtoi nga tre mijë muxhahedinë që kishin qenë pjesë e forcave represive të Sadam Huseinit, por problemi tani thjesht është zhvendosur në Shqipëri. Amerikanët premtuan ndihmë për de-radikalizimin e anëtarëve të MEK-ut. Por, siç vuri në dukje Massoud Khodabandeh, kjo nuk ndodhi dhe grupi u lejua të ri-grupohet si një kult terrorist dhe t’i trajtojë anëtarët e tij si skllevër modernë.

Delegatët diskutuan mbi kandidaturën e Shqipërisë për t’u bashkuar me Bashkimin Evropian nën dritën e kësaj situate, dhe ranë dakord se jo vetëm që kjo është e papërputhshme, por trajnimi i terroristëve në pragun e Evropës është tashmë një kërcënim për sigurinë e saj. Delegatët theksuan se shërbimet e sigurisë evropiane duhet ta marrin seriozisht këtë kërcënim prej tani.

Raportet gjithashtu përshkruan abuzimet e të drejtave të njeriut të shkaktuara ndaj anëtarëve të MEK-ut nga udhëheqësit e tyre. Ata jetojnë në kushte të skllavërisë moderne, sepse UNHCR-ja vepron në mënyrë të paligjshme duke ia dhënë ndihmat për refugjatët organizatës, në vend që t’ua japë anëtarëve individualë. Kjo do të thotë se anëtarët janë të detyruar të varen nga grupi dhe nuk mund të largohen. Anëtarëve u pengohet gjithashtu që të kontaktojnë me familjet e tyre ose edhe me anëtarët e tjerë të mëparshëm, në mënyrë që ata të mos kenë ndonjë ndihmë apo mbështetje të jashtme.

Ndërsa dy ekspertët prezantuan analizën e tyre gjatë gjithë takimit, ata gjithashtu ofruan sugjerime për zgjidhje. Khodabandeh u kërkoi delegatëve të ushtrojnë presion ndaj autoriteteve shqiptare dhe UNHCR-së për të zgjidhur gjendjen skllavërore të anëtarëve të MEK-ut në Shqipëri.

Pedde tha se deputetët duhet të informohen për rrezikun e mbështetjes së të drejtave të njeriut përmes përdorimit të grupeve si MEK.

Në fund takimi u hap edhe për diskutim nga audienca. Ish anëtarët e MEK-ut, Ali Akbar Rastgou, Batoul Soltani, Reza Sadeghi dhe Ghorban Ali Hossein Nejad ishin në gjendje të bashkoheshin në diskutim në këtë kohë.

Në përfundim delegatët diskutuan zgjidhje të ndryshme që janë të hapura për ta. Është e rëndësishme, thanë ata, që të gjenden mënyra për të trajtuar këto probleme, sepse parlamenti nuk mund të mbahet peng i frikësimeve. U ra dakord për një paketë aktivitetesh për të kufizuar veprimtaritë mashtruese dhe frikësuese të MEK-ut në Parlament. U dhanë gjithashtu zgjidhje të tjera për probleme më të gjera, që do të vendosen në punë gjatë gjithë pjesës tjetër të vitit. / © Gazeta Impakt

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Mojahed Khalq Brother John Bolton has a memory lapse

تعلیم دیدگان صدام مجاهدین خلق رجوی از عراق تا آلبانیThree members of the Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) Central Council defect the group in Albania

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Trump’s MEK version of events won’t secure victory against Iran, lets ISIS off the hook 

Col. Jack Turner Col. Paul ShafferMassoud 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 of Iran. Trump clearly has no intention of defeating terrorism.

(Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, by Kenneth Katzman. Washington, Nov 1992. 6 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42953-1 no.92-824F)

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Trump’s MEK version of events won’t secure victory against Iran, lets ISIS off the hook

Rudi Giuliani, Maryam Rajavi and Elaine Chao

They say actions speak louder than words. Looking behind the Twitter storm which creates a smoke and mirrors effect to disguise the Trump administration’s true intents, one fact is blindingly clear; for this government, Iranians are first in the firing line.

This, of itself, is not unexpected. On the campaign trail Trump threatened to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran. So it was already clear he’s no fan of Iranians.

His first act as president has been to issue a direct and belligerent challenge to Iran – he included Iran in the Muslim ban and then declared that Iran is “on notice” after Iran test-fired a ballistic missile which it says is defensive. Iran is clearly in the crosshairs for Trump and his team.

And the evidence stacks up. As a barometer for any individual or even government’s aggressive approach to Iran, support for the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK aka Rajavi cult) is as accurate an indicator as any. The group has advocated violent regime change against Iran for three decades. Its supporters are in doubt that this is a rallying cry for a US-led war.

Even before taking office, revelations about potential Trump administration advisers and officials giving support to the terrorist MEK cult caused concern among foreign policy experts. After all, anti-Iran pundits can choose from literally thousands of civil groups and personalities to act as advisors and partners in challenging Iran. The MEK’s dirty past includes the anti-Imperialistinspired murder of six Americans in pre-revolution Iran which it later celebrated insongs and publications. (The family of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Turner – “We were the first victims of terror before there was ever a war on terror” – is currently seeking redress for his death.) The new president has apparently brushed aside such concerns and has chosen to surround himself with people who have advocated for the MEK.

Col. Jack Turner and Col. Paul Shaffer victims of Mojahedin Khalq terror campaign

By not denouncing the MEK Trump has done several things. One is to signal that he is at war not with Iran but with Iranians. The MEK is hated more profoundly than any of Iran’s current political leaders by Iranians inside and outside the country.

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 of Iran. Trump clearly has no intention of defeating terrorism.

But most importantly, this tolerance, even warmth, shown toward the MEK in American foreign policy circles is a message that can be read from afar and by everyone else in the world: the American war box is virtually empty. Aside from a handful of puny sanctions, bringing the MEK into the equation means that not only does the America not have a stick to wave at Iran, it appears foolish enough, befuddled by ideological zeal perhaps, to tie its fate to the most unlucky and doom-laden group there ever was.

Laughably, parasitically, the MEK has consistently tied its fate to whichever it assumed was the winning side. However, the choice of MEK sponsors no longer looks so astute. Ayatollah Khomeini quickly saw through the MEK’s smarmy overtures to share power and promptly exiled them from Iran. The next step was to ally with Saddam Hussein against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war – a feat of spectacular treachery for which no Iranian will ever forgive them. After Saddam’s fall the MEK believed that the chaos in Iraq which gave rise to the insurrection of Al Qaida in Iraq would somehow carry them forward. The MEK even flirted with support for ISIS and the Syrian Free Army hoping they would find a home in the new Caliphate. Instead, the MEK were evicted from their base and sent into deeper exile in Albania, a country with no axe to grind against Iran. Long term sponsors have included Israel – which tasked MEK operatives with the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists – and the anti-Shia Saudi Arabia. Both countries are bogged down with interminable troubles of their own. And now the MEK are hoping to cosy up with the Trump administration.

The Obama administration kept the MEK at arms’ length and never entertained direct support for the group. When the government of Iraq held the US, along with the UN, responsible for removing the MEK from Iraq to a third country, the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was forced to agree to remove the MEK from the US terrorism list before any third country would legally be able to accept them on their territory.

Since 2001 Trump’s predecessors have built up strong homeland defences and led counter-terrorism efforts particularly against the threat of ISIS to the US and Europe. It is now likely that this legacy will be squandered by an administration with an overriding hatred of Iran. Instead of understanding the benefit of developing strategic partnerships with countries like Iran and Iraq in the global fight against terrorism, the Trump administration would rather rain down terror on the Iranian people.

But the biggest delusion would be to believe that the MEK could be a reliable or effective partner in any sense. If Donald Trump has any insight into his own modus operandi – the erratic demands and refusal to take criticism – he will have a direct view of how the MEK operates. Aligning America’s foreign policy with the whims of a mind control cult will not secure victory over Iran. Instead, it will diminish America’s standing in the world, and it will certainly not make the world a better or safer place.

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

Some related documents:

Lets create another Vietnam for America(pdf).
(Mojahedin English language paper April 1980)

Letter to Imam (Khomeini) (pdf). 
(Mojahedin English Language paper April 1980)

Some questions unanswered regarding the US military invasion of Iran (pdf).
(Mojahedin English Language paper June 1980)

link to one of the Mojahedin Khalq songs
advocating terror and killing Americans

(In Persian written and distributed after the Iranian Revolution)

مریم رجوی رودی جولیانی الین چاو تروریسم قتل جنایتDonald Trump pick Elaine Chao was paid by ‘cult-like’ group that killed Americans (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)

زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیBBC: Who are the Iranian dissident group MEK? (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, PMOI, …) 

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

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 … 

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)

2015-10-29-1446141457-4261917-syria2013Aleppo.jpgMassoud Khodabandh, Huffington post Nov. 2015:
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 … 

What does it mean when we say ISIS operates as a mind control cult?

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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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    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 … 

     mek_albania_June2013Iran 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 … 

    mojahedin-khalq-albania-pm-ramaAnne 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 … 

    Radicalised Mojahedin Khalq from Iraq to AlbaniaAnne 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

    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? Fro