Nejat Society, May 12 2018:… Mehdi Abrishamchi is a senior member of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/MEK/ the PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi. He was born into a merchant family in Tehran, in 1947. He studied chemistry at the University of Tehran. He joined the MKO in 1969. He was imprisoned by the shah forces in 1972 for his involvement with the MKO that was an anti-shah and anti-imperialism movement at the time …
Who Is Mehdi Abrishamchi?
Mehdi Abrishamchi is a senior member of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/MEK/ the PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi. He was born into a merchant family in Tehran, in 1947. He studied chemistry at the University of Tehran. He joined the MKO in 1969. He was imprisoned by the shah forces in 1972 for his involvement with the MKO that was an anti-shah and anti-imperialism movement at the time. He was in jail until the 1979 Iranian revolution.
After the Revolution, Abrishamchi became one of the senior members of the organization. Soon after, the MKO broke out with the Iranian government, he along the MKO and fled to Iraq finding a safe haven near the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein who was at war with the Iran.
During the Iran-Iraq war, Abrishamchi was a unit commander in the ‘National Liberation Army of Iran’, the military wing of the MKO –Saddam’s Private Army—fighting against Iranians. After the collapse of Saddam and the consequent disarmament of the NLA and the disappearance of Massoud Rajavi, Abrishamchi was evolved to be a top an official of the group’s political wing ‘National Council of Resistance’.
Abrishamchi was married to Maryam Qajar Azdanlou, the younger sister of a veteran member of the group until January 1985. In 1985 that the leader of the MKO Massoud Rajavi decided to marry Maryam. Thus Abrishamchi divorced Maryam in order to pave the way for Massoud and Maryam’s marriage that would be then called the ‘ideological revolution’. He congratulated Massoud and Maryam in the big celebration that the group held in Paris. Whatever the true reasons behind the marriage, the results were crystal clear. The marriage ended to more isolation of the rank and file. Shortly after, he married to Mousa Khiabani’s younger sister Azar who was only 17 years old at the time.
Mehdi Abrishamchi has been one of the top authorities of the MKO to run Massoud Rajavi’s rule over the rank and file. He believes that “Brother Massoud” is a prophet and a representative of God on the Earth.
After the 9/11 disaster in the US territory, Abrishamchi congratulated the group Massoud and Maryam in a gathering that was held in the group’s camp in Iraq in order to celebrate the catastrophic incident. “The collapse of the Twin Towers is a big sign of decomposition and annihilation of the USA,” he addressed the audience.
Abrishamchi is currently living in France acting as one of the key figures of the MKO’s propaganda against the Iranian nuclear program and is engaged in other disinformation campaigns against Iran. After the relocation of the MKO’s members from Iraq to Tirana, Albania, he was charged with a new responsibility.
Once the group had been resettled in a European country, the increasing rate of defection of the group made Maryam Rajavi to seek a solution to prevent more members from leaving the group. Make a proper decision to stop more departure from the group. Rajavi sent two top level to mend this problem. Fixers –Mehdi Abrishamchi and Zohreh Merikhi – to intervene to stop the rapid dissolution of the MKO.
Former members of the MKO recount horrible testimonies of how Abrishamchi treats the dissents in the group. He is a hated figure for ex-members of the group who call him a” torturer” and the “guardian of the Maryam Rajavi’s prison”.
Mehdi Abrishamchi on terrorism charges. Several former MEK members staged a picket in support of the prosecution
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The US Army keeps the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, NCRI …) army in Albania
Tachydromos, Athena, April 16 2018:… On March 15, the Mojahedin attacked a group of Albanian intellectuals headed by former Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani, who participated in a scientific conference in Tehran. The attackers claimed it was an assault by Tehran to defame them. The Mojahedin, many of whose members are abandoning the organization in Albania, attack these former members by labelling them as …
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The US Army keeps the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, NCRI …) army in Albania
Posted: 30/03/2018 by: Tachydromos
Written by Olsi Jazexhi – Albanian historian and journalist
On March 22, 2018, former mayor of New York and adviser to President Trump, Rudi Giuliani, was in Tirana. He was invited to the capital of Albania by Maryam Rajavi, head of the Iranian People’s Mojahedin organization, to attend the Iranian Feast of Nouruz. The Iranian People’s Mojahedin has been hosted in Albania since 2013. At this meeting, organized by the Mojahedin, Giuliani expressed his support for about 3,000 Iranian extremists in Albania.
In his speech, Giuliani encouraged the Mojahedin to continue its struggle against the Iranian government and called for regime change in Tehran. Three Albanian politicians also participated in the gathering.
One was Pandeli Majko, the minister of the Diaspora in the current Albanian government. Majko served as Interior Minister at the time of CIA secret renditions in Eastern Europe when Albania was used by the CIA for the surrender and torture of people. Majko, who has never denied his cooperation with the CIA or the existence of secret prisons in Albania, has defended the illegal traditions and torture and criticized those who spoke against the CIA torture.
The second politician was the infamous Fatmir Mediu, a former defense minister, charged in Albania with weapons trade in Afghanistan and the bloody explosion of Gërdec. Gërdec’s explosion, which killed 26 Albanians, injured hundreds, destroyed more than two thousand homes, was part of a Fatmir Medium operation with US agents to sell old Albanian ammunition to Afghanistan as new. The third politician was Elona Gjebrea, who served as Deputy Interior Minister under the famous Saimir Tahiri (2013-2017) and is now under investigation for her potential ties with a notorious Albanian mafia gang known as the Habilaj brothers.
Giuliani told the Mojahedin that the US and the Albanian government see them as the only future for Iran, and what they should fight for is regime change. Pandeli Majko, the Diaspora minister in Edi Rama’s government, supported Giuliani claim and told the Mojahedin that his dream is to return to Tehran with them. Elona Gjebrea and Fatmir Mediu did the same. They supported the Mojahedin in their violent mission to change the government in Iran.
Giuliani encouraged the Mojahedin by saying changes are coming to Washington. One of these is John Bolton, who is a warm Mojahedin supporter and is going to become the National Security Advisor desirous of changing the regime in Iran.
Giuliani’s threats against Iran have been orchestrated in recent months with close monitoring and massive attacks on Iranian and Shiite Muslim targets in Albania and Kosovo. The Israelis are constantly alert to prevent Iranian influence in the Balkans. They are giving orders to their Albanian partners to target Iran and its institutions, although Iran has never had a problem with a Balkan country.
With the arrival of the Mojahedin in Albania, hysteria against Iran and the Shias is becoming increasingly apparent. The Mojahedin, which acts as proxy for the US and Israel, claims Iran has a major influence in Albania and works with its agents to discredit their struggle for regime change. In recent months, a series of attacks have been launched with attacks on Iranian institutions and the Iranian Embassy in Tirana.
With the backs of the UN
On March 15, the Mojahedin attacked a group of Albanian intellectuals headed by former Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani, who participated in a scientific conference in Tehran. The attackers claimed it was an assault by Tehran to defame them. The Mojahedin, many of whose members are abandoning the organization in Albania, attack these former members by labelling them as Iranian agents and threatening to assassinate them.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is supposed to help refugees in conflicts, has taken the part of the Mojahedin and refuses to financially support those leaving the group. It even advises the latter to return to the Mojahedin camp if they want financial support. When local TV stations dare to present their allegations of threats from the Iranian People’s Mojahedin, they are attacked by the Mojahedin which claims that the media were bought by Iran.
The Albanian government is silent
Faced with the threats of the Iranian People’s Mojahedin against Albanian intellectuals, the media and the former members, the Albanian government remains silent; even though a recent police report claims that the Mojahedin may have murdered some of those who left the organization.
While the Albanian government and its courts are very careful about the imprisonment of any Albanian Salafist as a terrorist if he calls for regime change in Syria or supports ISIS, so far no action has been taken against the Mojahedin, nor the Albanian or American politicians who support the Mojahedin and are calling for a regime change in Iran. All this, even though the Albanian Penal Code penalizes such acts with imprisonment from four to ten years. The Albanian government and its courts did not even act against those Mojahedin who threatened to assassinate their former members in Albania.
The Albanian government takes orders from people like John Bolton, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani to do everything in their power to support the Mojahedin. And they have even attacked Shiites and Salafists in Albania. On March 22, 2018, counter-terrorism broke into the Novruz ceremony, which was hosted by the world headquarters in Tirana.
The ceremony of liberal Muslim-style Sufis was interrupted when the anti-terrorist police arrested two retired Iranian journalists and an Iranian-German citizen who celebrated Novruz at the Grand Sufi Teqe. They were officially invited to the ceremony by Baba Mondi, the Grand Dervish of Bektashis. Albanian counter-terrorism units, acted on received allegations by the Iranian People’s Mojahedin about Iran’s influence and the conspiracy against them. They held and investigated the two retired Iranian journalists covering the Bektashi festival as terrorists for seven hours.
Let us be quiet
Although the journalists were later released, this fact shook the Bektashi community and the Iranian cultural NGOs operating in Albania. The attacks launched by the Mojahedin against local Muslim communities, academics and intellectuals, journalists and the media shook the Albanian people.
So far we have seen the Mojahedin as another terrorist organization that the US wanted to dump on Albania after exiting from Iraq. However, the recent media and police attacks show the Albanian people that the Mojahedin are a threat not only to Iran but also to Albania. On the other hand, the call for Albania’s Mojahedin to launch a holy war on the government of Iran by US senators, such as Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and John McCain, is worrying many Albanians.
Many ask: If the US wants to use the Mojahedin to fight Iran, why not host them in the US instead of Albania? The Albanian people have not and never had any problems with Iran. Why is the US government blackmailing Albania and using it as a starting point for the next terrorist war against another Middle East country?
Was it not enough for the US government to allow the Saudis to radicalize young Muslim people in the Balkans and send them to Syria for jihad? But are they now creating another jihad and the Muslims in the Balkans are paying the price again? Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton, you can host your Mojahedin in the US and from there do whatever you want! We do not want to fight for another Middle East war. Leave us in peace, please!
Στρατό μουτζαχεντίν διατηρούν οι ΗΠΑ στην Αλβανία
Γράφει ο Olsi Jazexhi* –
Στις 22 Μαρτίου του 2018 ο πρώην δήμαρχος της Νέας Υόρκης και σύμβουλος του Προέδρου Τραμπ, Ρούντι Τζουλιάνι βρισκόταν στα Τίρανα. Είχε προσκληθεί στην πρωτεύουσα της Αλβανίας από την Maryam Rajavi, επικεφαλής της οργάνωσης τζιχαντιστών «Μουτζαχεντίν του Λαού του Ιράν», για να παραβρεθεί στην ιρανική γιορτή Νορούζ. Οι «Μουτζαχεντίν του Λαού του Ιράν» φιλοξενούνται στην Αλβανία από το 2013. Σε αυτή τη συνάντηση, που οργανώθηκε από τους Μουτζαχεντίν, ο Τζουλιάνι εξέφρασε την υποστήριξή του στους περίπου 3.000 Ιρανούς ριζοσπάστες της Αλβανίας.
Στην ομιλία του, ο Τζουλιάνι ενθάρρυνε τους Μουτζαχεντίν να συνεχίσουν την πάλη τους εναντίον της κυβέρνησης του Ιράν και κάλεσε για αλλαγή καθεστώτος στην Τεχεράνη. Στη συγκέντρωση συμμετείχαν επίσης τρεις Αλβανοί πολιτικοί.
Ο ένας ήταν ο Παντελή Μάικο, υπουργός της Διασποράς στην σημερινή κυβέρνηση της Αλβανίας. Ο Μάικο χρημάτισε υπουργός Εσωτερικών κατά την εποχή των μυστικών παραδόσεων στην CIA στην Ανατολική Ευρώπη, όταν η Αλβανία χρησιμοποιήθηκε από τη CIA για την παράδοση και τον βασανισμό ανθρώπων. Ο Μάικο, ο οποίος ποτέ δεν αρνήθηκε τη συνεργασία του με τη CIA ή την ύπαρξη μυστικών φυλακών στην Αλβανία, υπερασπίστηκε τις παράνομες παραδόσεις και τα βασανιστήρια και επέκρινε εκείνους που μίλησαν εναντίον των βασανιστηρίων της CIA.
Ο δεύτερος πολιτικός ήταν ο κακόφημος Φατμίρ Μεντίου, πρώην υπουργός Άμυνας, ο οποίος κατηγορείται στην Αλβανία για εμπόριο όπλων στο Αφγανιστάν και για την αιματηρή έκρηξη του Γκέρντετς. Η έκρηξη του Γκέρντετς στην οποία σκοτώθηκαν 26 Αλβανοί, και τραυματίστηκαν εκατοντάδες, καταστρέφοντας πάνω από δύο χιλιάδες σπίτια, ήταν μέρος μιας επιχείρησης του Φατμίρ Μεντίου και αμερικανικών παραγόντων για να πουλήσει παλαιά αλβανικά πυρομαχικά στο Αφγανιστάν ως νέα. Ο τρίτος πολιτικός ήταν η Elona Gjebrea, η οποία υπηρέτησε ως υφυπουργός Εσωτερικών υπό τον περίφημο Saimir Tahiri (2013-2017) και η οποία τώρα βρίσκεται υπό έρευνα για πιθανούς δεσμούς της με μια διαβόητη αλβανική συμμορία γνωστή ως αδελφοί Habilaj.
Χτυπήστε το Ιράν
Ο Τζουλιάνι είπε στους Μουτζαχεντίν ότι οι ΗΠΑ και η αλβανική κυβέρνηση τους θεωρούν ως το μοναδικό μέλλον για το Ιράν και αυτό για το οποίο πρέπει να παλέψουν είναι η αλλαγή καθεστώτος. Ο Παντελί Μάικο, υπουργός της Διασποράς στην κυβέρνηση του Έντι Ράμα, υποστήριξε την αξίωση του Τζουλιάνι και είπε στους Μουτζαχεντίν ότι το όνειρό του είναι να επιστρέψει στην Τεχεράνη μαζί τους. Η Elona Gjebrea και ο Φατμίρ Μεντίου έκαναν το ίδιο. Υποστήριξαν τους Μουτζαχεντίν στη βίαιη αποστολή τους για αλλαγή καθεστώτος στο Ιράν.
Ο Τζουλιάνι ενθάρρυνε τους Μουτζαχεντίν λέγοντας ότι έρχονται αλλαγές στην Ουάσινγκτον. Μια από αυτές είναι ο Τζον Μπόλτον, ο οποίος είναι θερμός υποστηρικτής τους και που πρόκειται να γίνει Σύμβουλος Εθνικής Ασφάλειας του Τραμπ επιθυμώντας να αλλάξει το καθεστώς στο Ιράν.
Οι απειλές του Τζουλιάνι εναντίον του Ιράν έχουν ενορχηστρωθεί τους τελευταίους μήνες με στενή παρακολούθηση και μαζικές επιθέσεις εναντίον ιρανικών και σιιτικών μουσουλμανικών στόχων σε Αλβανία και Κόσοβο. Οι Ισραηλινοί είναι συνεχώς σε επαγρύπνηση για να εμποδίσουν την ιρανική επιρροή στα Βαλκάνια. Δίνουν εντολές στους Αλβανούς εταίρους τους να στοχεύσουν το Ιράν και τα ιδρύματα του, παρόλο που το Ιράν δεν είχε ποτέ κανένα πρόβλημα με κάποια βαλκανική χώρα.
Με την άφιξη των Μουτζαχεντίν στην Αλβανία, η υστερία εναντίον του Ιράν και των Σιιτών γίνεται ολοένα και πιο εμφανής. Οι Μουτζαχεντίν, οι οποίοι ενεργούν ως πληρεξούσιος στρατός για τις ΗΠΑ και το Ισραήλ, ισχυρίζονται ότι το Ιράν έχει μεγάλη επιρροή στην Αλβανία και συνεργάζεται με τους αντιπροσώπους του για να δυσφημίσει τον αγώνα τους για αλλαγή καθεστώτος. Τους τελευταίους μήνες έχουν ξεκινήσει μια σειρά επιθέσεων με επιθέσεις σε ιρανικά ιδρύματα και την ιρανική πρεσβεία στα Τίρανα.
Με τις πλάτες του ΟΗΕ
Στις 15 Μαρτίου επιτέθηκαν εναντίον ομάδας Αλβανών διανοουμένων με επικεφαλής τον πρώην πρόεδρο της Αλβανίας, Rexhep Mejdani, ο οποίος συμμετείχε σε επιστημονικό συνέδριο στην Τεχεράνη. Οι επιτιθέμενοι ισχυρίστηκαν ότι ήταν μια στημένη επίθεση της Τεχεράνης για να τους δυσφημήσει. Οι Μουτζαχεντίν, των οποίων πολλά μέλη εγκαταλείπουν την οργάνωση στην Αλβανία, επιτίθενται σε αυτά τα μέλη κατονομάζοντάς τους ως Ιρανούς πράκτορες και απειλώντας να τους δολοφονήσουν.
Η Ύπατη Αρμοστεία των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τους Πρόσφυγες (UNHCR), που υποτίθεται βοηθάει τους πρόσφυγες πολέμου, έχει πάρει το μέρος των Μουτζαχεντίν και αρνείται να στηρίξει οικονομικά τους αποχωρούν από την ομάδα. Ζητά μάλιστα από τους τελευταίους να επιστρέψουν στο στρατόπεδο των Μουτζαχεντίν εάν θέλουν να λάβουν οικονομική υποστήριξη. Όταν οι τοπικοί τηλεοπτικοί σταθμοί τολμούν να παρουσιάσουν τους ισχυρισμούς τους όσον αφορά τις απειλές από τους «Μουτζαχεντίν του Λαού του Ιράν», δέχονται επιθέσεις καθώς οι Μουτζαχεντίν ισχυρίζονται ότι τα ΜΜΕ πουλήθηκαν στο Ιράν.
Η αλβανική κυβέρνηση σιωπά
Μπροστά στις απειλές τους «Μουτζαχεντίν του Λαού του Ιράν» εναντίον των Αλβανών διανοούμενων, των μέσων μαζικής ενημέρωσης και των μελών που αυτομόλησαν, η αλβανική κυβέρνηση παραμένει σιωπηλή, παρόλο που μια πρόσφατη αστυνομική αναφορά ισχυρίζεται ότι οι Μουτζαχεντίν μπορεί να έχουν δολοφονήσει ορισμένους από όσους εγκατέλειψαν την οργάνωση.
Ενώ η αλβανική κυβέρνηση και τα δικαστήρια της είναι πολύ προσεκτικοί για τη φυλάκιση οποιουδήποτε Αλβανού Σαλαφιστή ως τρομοκράτη, εάν ζητήσει αλλαγή καθεστώτος στη Συρία ή υποστηρίζει τον ISIS, μέχρι στιγμής δεν έχουν αναληφθεί ενέργειες εναντίον των Μουτζαχεντίν, Αλβανών ή Αμερικανών πολιτικών που υποστηρίζουν τους «Μουτζαχεντίν του Λαού του Ιράν» και ζητούν την αλλαγή καθεστώτος στο Ιράν. Όλα αυτά παρόλο που ο αλβανικός ποινικός κώδικας τιμωρεί τέτοιες πράξεις με φυλάκιση από τέσσερα έως δέκα χρόνια. Η αλβανική κυβέρνηση και τα δικαστήριά της δεν έκαναν καμία ενέργεια ούτε εναντίον εκείνων των Μουτζαχεντίν οι οποίοι απειλούσαν να δολοφονήσουν τους αποστάτες τους στην Αλβανία.
Η αλβανική κυβέρνηση παίρνει εντολές από ανθρώπους όπως ο Τζον Μπόλτον, ο Τζον Μακέην και ο Ρούντι Τζουλιάνι να κάνουν ό, τι μπορούν για να στηρίξουν τους Μουτζαχεντίν, έχουν επιτεθεί ακόμη και σε Σιϊτες και Σαλαφιστές στην Αλβανία. Στις 22 Μαρτίου 2018 η αντιτρομοκρατική διέλυσε την τελετή του Novruz, που διοργάνωσε στα Τίρανα το παγκόσμιο αρχηγείο του μπεκτασισμού.
Η τελετή της φιλελεύθερης μουσουλμανικής σουφικής σέχτας διακόπηκε, όταν η αντιτρομοκρατική αστυνομία συνέλαβε δύο συνταξιούχους Ιρανούς δημοσιογράφους και έναν Ιρανο-γερμανό πολίτη που γιόρταζαν τον Novruz στο Grand Sufi Teqe. Προσκλήθηκαν επίσημα στην τελετή από τον Baba Mondi, τον Μεγάλο Δερβίση των Μπεκτασίδων. Ωστόσο, οι αλβανικές αντιτρομοκρατικές μονάδες, οι οποίες δέχτηκαν καταγγελίες από τους «Μουτζαχεντίν του Λαού του Ιράν» για την ιρανική επιρροή και συνωμοσία εναντίον τους, κράτησαν και διερεύνησαν ως τρομοκράτες για 7 ώρες τους δύο συνταξιούχους Ιρανούς δημοσιογράφους που κάλυπταν το φεστιβάλ των Μπεκτασίδων.
Αφήστε μας ήσυχους
Παρόλο που οι δημοσιογράφοι αργότερα απελευθερώθηκαν, το γεγονός αυτό συγκλόνισε την κοινότητα των Μπεκτασίδων και τις ιρανικές πολιτιστικές ΜΚΟ που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Αλβανία. Οι επιθέσεις που εκτοξεύουν οι Μουτζαχεντίν εναντίον τοπικών μουσουλμανικών κοινοτήτων, ακαδημαϊκών και διανοουμένων, δημοσιογράφων και μέσων μαζικής ενημέρωσης συγκλονίζουν τον αλβανικό λαό .
Μέχρι τώρα βλέπουμε τους Μουτζαχεντίν ως μια ακόμα τρομοκρατική οργάνωση που οι ΗΠΑ ήθελαν να διασπάσουν στην Αλβανία μετά την απομάκρυνσή τους από το Ιράκ. Ωστόσο, οι πρόσφατες επιθέσεις των μέσων ενημέρωσης και της αστυνομίας δείχνουν στον αλβανικό λαό ότι οι Μουτζαχεντίν αποτελούν απειλή όχι μόνο για το Ιράν, αλλά και για την Αλβανία. Από την άλλη πλευρά, το κάλεσμα στους Μουτζαχεντίν της Αλβανίας, από γερουσιαστές των ΗΠΑ, όπως ο Ρούντι Τζουλιάνι, ο Τζον Μπόλτον και ο Τζον Μακέιν, για να εξαπολύσουν ιερό πόλεμο στην κυβέρνηση του Ιράν ανησυχεί πολλούς Αλβανούς.
Πολλοί ρωτούν: εάν οι ΗΠΑ θέλουν να χρησιμοποιήσουν τους Μουτζαχεντίν για να πολεμήσουν το Ιράν, γιατί δεν τους φιλοξενούν στις ΗΠΑ αντί της Αλβανίας; Ο αλβανικός λαός δεν έχει και ποτέ δεν είχε κανένα πρόβλημα με το Ιράν. Γιατί η αμερικανική κυβέρνηση εκβιάζει την Αλβανία και την χρησιμοποιεί ως εκκίνηση για τον επόμενο τρομοκρατικό πόλεμο εναντίον μιας άλλης χώρας της Μέσης Ανατολής;
Δεν ήταν αρκετό για την αμερικανική κυβέρνηση να επιτρέψει στους Σαουδάραβες να ριζοσπαστικοποιήσουν τους μουσουλμάνους νέους στα Βαλκάνια και να τους στείλουν στη Συρία για τζιχάντ; Αλλά τώρα δημιουργούν μια άλλη τζιχάντ και οι Μουσουλμάνοι των Βαλκανίων πληρώνουν ξανά το τίμημα; Ρούντι Τζουλιάνι και Τζον Μπόλτον, μπορείτε να φιλοξενήσετε τους Μουτζαχεντίν σας στις ΗΠΑ και από εκεί να κάνετε οτιδήποτε θέλετε! Δεν θέλουμε να πολεμήσουμε για έναν άλλο πόλεμο στη Μέση Ανατολή. Αφήστε μας ήσυχους, παρακαλώ!
*Ο Olsi Jazexhi είναι Αλβανός δημοσιογράφος.
MEK’s violent past looms over US lobby for regime change in Iran (aka Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi cult, …)
Ted Regencia, Aljazeera, March 31 2018:… The MEK’s history of violence has resurfaced in recent days, after US President Donald Trump appointed John Bolton as his national security adviser. The former US ambassador to the UN is a lobbyist for the group and its “government-in-exile”, the Iran National Council of Resistance. Bolton and the MEK support Trump’s threat to undo the Iran nuclear deal and advocate for “regime change” …
MEK’s violent past looms over US lobby for regime change in Iran (aka Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi cult, …)
Secretive Iranian opposition group finds new White House ally in John Bolton, but remains a ‘pariah’ back home.
by Ted Regencia29 Mar 2018
In 2012, the US State Department removed the MEK from its ‘terror list’ [Reuters]
On June 28, 1981, a huge explosion ripped through the headquarters of Iran’s ruling Islamic Republic Party, killing at least 74 government officials, including the country’s chief justice, Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti and more than 20 parliament members, gathered that Sunday evening in southern Tehran.
The suspect reportedly placed the bomb in a rubbish bin near where party leader Beheshti, 52, was addressing the group.
The incident, one of the deadliest political killings in Iran’s history, is still remembered as the Haft-e-Tir bombing, so named after the date when it took place on the Persian calendar.
A busy square and a subway station in central Tehran were similarly named in honour of the victims.
Two months later, President Mohammad Ali Rajaei, Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar, and three other people were also killed when an explosive hidden in a briefcase detonated inside the prime minister’s office.
The new president had barely escaped the June bombing.
The effect of the explosion reverberated through the parliament building nearby, and it took more than two hours to put out the fire that followed the blast, according to witness accounts.
A Harvard International Review article described the device as “very sophisticated”.
Bahonar’s secretary turned out to be an undercover MEK operative, and was identified by investigators as the person who planted the bomb. He and the Haft-e-Tir bombing suspect were never arrested.
Republican and Democratic US officials back the MEK against the government in Iran [Reuters]
‘No love lost for MEK’
The MEK’s history of violence has resurfaced in recent days, after US President Donald Trump appointed John Bolton as his national security adviser. The former US ambassador to the UN is a lobbyist for the group and its “government-in-exile”, the Iran National Council of Resistance.
Bolton and the MEK support Trump’s threat to undo the Iran nuclear deal and advocate for “regime change” in Iran. But critics warned the group’s proximity to the levers of American power and the policy they espouse could be a recipe for more bloodshed in the Middle East.
The MEK said it has long renounced violence to advance its goals in Iran. It said it supports “a democratic Iran based on the popular vote”, and the separation of church and state. In September 2012, it was removed from the US “terror list”.
But when Bolton spoke before the group in July 2017 in Paris, members cheered loudly as he said it should be a US policy goal that the Iranian regime “will not last until its 40th birthday” on April 1, 2019.
“I have said for over 10 years since coming to these events, that the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullah’s regime in Tehran.”
A year before that, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, a former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, also spoke before the group, denouncing the “Khomeini cancer”, in reference to the Islamic Republic’s founder and first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Declarations such as those, however, only make the MEK more unpopular in Tehran, diminishing the likelihood that it could play a role in the country’s political future, observers said.
“There is no sympathy towards the group in Iran,” said Marzieh Javadi, a Tehran-based foreign policy expert who closely follows Iran and US relations.
Among the Iranian public, there is a negative view towards the MEK not only because of its policy of regime change, but more so because of its role in the post-revolution political assassinations and the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, she said.
According to the RAND Corporation think-tank, the MEK launched numerous raids across the border into Iran.
In exchange for its support of Saddam Hussein, MEK received “protection, funding, weapons, ammunition, vehicles, tanks, military training, and the use of land”.
Bolton said he wants to see regime change in Iran by 2019 [AP]
That decision by the MEK to collaborate with Saddam only magnified Iranian public opinion against the group, Javadi said.
“That was a very dark point in the history of Iran, and that is why there is hostility towards these people,” Javadi said.
Saeed Jalili, a Tehran-based journalist and expert on the Iranian economy, said with the group’s chequered past, it is doubtful the MEK has any significant following inside Iran now.
“I have not heard anyone asking them [MEK] to make a comeback [in Iran] or anything like that,” he said.
Majority of Iranians “can’t stand the idea of having a socialist regime”, Jalili said referring to “cruel” single-party ruling system in communist countries.
“The fact that they are believed to be promoting a strict communist ideology makes them less likable here,” he told Al Jazeera.
“Iranians believe it’s no different than the one we already have.”
Al Jazeera contacted former US senator Robert Torricelli, a lawyer of MEK, for comment. He did not reply as of the publishing of this story.
But in an article published in Politico in 2016, Torricelli said he has seen “no evidence” that the MEK “took part in terrorist activities against Iranians or Americans”.
Torricelli said the group saved American lives following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, by identifying locations of improvised explosive devices.
Founded in 1965 by a group of students from Tehran University, the MEK embraced a combination of Marxist philosophy and Islamic values, and supported an armed revolt against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last royal ruler of the country.
Before the revolution, the MEK carried out attacks on the Shah’s government and his American allies, including the killing of the Tehran police chief in 1972, and two US air force officers in 1975.
Right after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, MEK members were also believed to have participated in the hostage-taking at the US embassy in Tehran, which lasted for 444 days, according to the United States Institute of Peace and The National Interest foreign policy magazine.
An analyst said only the Iranians can decide to keep or change their current government [File: AP]
But they later split with the dominant sectarian ruling party, and began targeting Muslim leaders and government officials. In retaliation, the government executed socialist figures and MEK members.
MEK’s rift with Iran worsened when its leader, Masoud Rajavi, aligned with Saddam in the eight-year Iran-Iraq War.
The organisation is now based in Paris and is led by Rajavi’s wife, Maryam Rajavi, an engineer and native of Tehran. It is unknown whether Masoud is still alive.
In her speeches as head of the MEK, Maryman has repeatedly highlighted her policy on gender equality, saying the rights of women are “linked to the struggle against … fundamentalism”.
Her organisation has also vowed to abolish the death penalty and promote freedom of assembly in a “free Iran”.
Torricelli praised MEK as “the most organised and disciplined of the Iranian opposition groups”.
Al Jazeera also requested comment, but received no response, from the office of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who spoke at the Persian New Year event of MEK in Albania on March 20.
At the celebration, Giuliani told thousands of cheering MEK members that the appointment of Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser is “very exciting”, while reminding them of Bolton’s 2017 promise of regime change in Iran by 2019.
“You remember John Bolton? You think he changed his mind? No. In fact, if anything, John Bolton has become more determined that there needs to be regime change in Iran, that the nuclear agreement needs to be burned, and that you need to be in charge of that country.”
Iranians, however, “fundamentally don’t trust MEK’s narrative of history and their actions”, said Amir Havasi, an independent journalist in Iran.
Not counting its history of violence, the MEK’s link to the Trump administration “makes them a total pariah in Iran” now, Havasi said, adding the organisation is even more unpopular than the monarchists – those who supported Iran’s overthrown royal ruler.
How the Rajavis run the MEK is also a mystery, according to Kayvan Hosseini, editor of Radio Farda, the Persian-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
He said former members accused the MEK of acting “like a cult”, and no one is allowed to criticise the Rajavis. There have also been reports of “forced divorces” and “group confessions” of members.
Hosseini said Maryam Rajavi has refused to speak to journalists and answer questions about her organisation.
“As long as they keep their door closed to independent journalists and their leaders refuse to answer to the media, it is not possible to know the truth about MEK.”
Meanwhile, Hosseini said it is not only the MEK but also other opposition groups who “actively seek” regime change in Iran.
But he said it is not up to any particular individual or organisation to decide who should be the “alternative” to the current government in Iran.
“That is a question for the Iranian nation. They should decide whether to keep their current government, or change it to any other form of government they desire.”
َAlireza Jafarzadeh has already published his suicide bombing note.
Wondering at those Americans who stand under the flag of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult) only to LOBBY for the murderers of their servicemen
124 Iranian members of MEK (Rajavi cult) have escaped and asked for asylum from Albanian police
Fax web, Tirana, Albania, March 23 2018:… 124 Iranian residents who came to our country as members of the MEK organization have rejected the organization and its ideology, but risk suffering the same fate as in Iraq where dozens of murders were reported. Fax News has revealed the measures that state police have implemented since 21st of February this year in order to protect and guarantee their lives. Invited to the Fax News studio, former Military Intelligence Director Ylli Zyla said that …
Translated by Iran Interlink.
124 Iranian members of MEK have escaped and asked for asylum from Albanian police
Is security threatened by threats of clashes among the Mojahedin?! “Fax News”: Why was Albania chosen? (Vide)
124 Iranian residents who came to our country as members of the MEK organization have rejected the organization and its ideology, but risk suffering the same fate as in Iraq where dozens of murders were reported.
Fax News has revealed the measures that state police have implemented since 21st of February this year in order to protect and guarantee their lives.
Invited to the Fax News studio, former Military Intelligence Director Ylli Zyla said that a good number of the Mojahedin that are in our country are elderly and do not pose a high risk.
Zyla said further that the security services in our country are keeping these people under surveillance.
Why was Albania chosen to bring the Mojahedin here?! Zyla says: There are many problems because Albania is called a small and fragile country. To be realistic, if these people were taken to France or England, the weight of their relationship with Iran would be more nuanced. Because there are no other foreign communities in Albania, it was easier to accommodate them here, though their past is what it is. They operate a closed, centrally controlled system. All members who communicate with other persons, whether in Albania or in Iran, are considered traitors.
“The Mojahedin were used in violent, deadly terrorist actions in the war between Iran and Iraq. They do not pose an obvious danger to national security now since they are not young; most of them are old aged.
If our authorities in Albania are affected by these Iranians – they are very powerful in our region, through organizations and foundations – then the situation could deteriorate. In Albania there are three Iranian organizations that have come to our country. The leaders of these organizations have an influence on politics and the Iranian government.
The Mojahedin themselves recognise their own past and as they do not have a profession they are hopeless people. Their only fame is that they reported that Iran was developing nuclear weapons, and this bought them credit with the United States.
The security services have the ability to control this mass of people and the work of their ranks. They have no way of influencing Iranian politics and they have a rule that they cannot get married”, said Zyla.
Two Hostages Escaped The MKO Base In Albania (aka MEK, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi cult …)
Nejat Society, March 16 2018:… Two members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/MEK /PMOI / the Cult of Rajavi) left the group’s base in Albania. According to Sahar Family Foundation, the two recently-defected people could manage to escape from the MKO’s new base called Ashraf 3 in the outskirt of Tirana and introduced themselves to the office of the UN High Commissioners …
Two Hostages Escaped The MKO Base In Albania (aka MEK, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi cult …)
Two members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/MEK /PMOI / the Cult of Rajavi) left the group’s base in Albania.
According to Sahar Family Foundation, the two recently-defected people could manage to escape from the MKO’s new base called Ashraf 3 in the outskirt of Tirana and introduced themselves to the office of the UN High Commissioners of Refugees.
The newly-established camp of the MKO is located in Durres region, 31 kilometers West of Tirana where members are more isolated than they were in Tirana.
SFF reported that following the relocation of MKO members in Ashraf 3 their discontent of the cult-like regulations of the group increased and once they were informed that the UNHCR pays their monthly payment independently –not via the MKO authorities- they are more motivated to leave the group as soon as possible.
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) exposing Maryam Rajavi’s MEK activities in Albania
Will Prime Minister Edi Rama host ISIS terrorists in Albania?
City News, Tirana, Albania, November 26 2017:… During efforts to collect material for an investigative letter for a construction permit issued by the National Territorial Council for the ‘Iranian Mojahedin Khalq’ group known as the MEK, but officially granted to an NGO named FARA, (an extremely problematic issue for Albania and Albanians), we came across in the US media “Huffington Post” an article …
Link to the source (Albanian)
Translated by Iran Interlink
Will Prime Minister Edi Rama host ISIS terrorists in Albania?
During efforts to collect material for an investigative letter for a construction permit issued by the National Territorial Council for the ‘Iranian Mojahedin Khalq’ group known as the MEK, but officially granted to an NGO named FARA, (an extremely problematic issue for Albania and Albanians), we came across in the US media “Huffington Post” an article titled “Albania’s Modern Slavery Problem Alienates Europe” written by British national Anne Singleton (Khodabandeh). The article deals in detail with the problem of Iranian MEKs sheltered in the outskirts of Tirana. Item link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/albanians-modern-slavery-problem-alienates-europe_us_5a12eefae4b0e6450602ecfd
The article drew attention to a very problematic phrase: “The other [reason] is to empty the old university buildings in Tirana to make way for a new round of political slaves to take up residence. This time, families of Daesh fighters who have fled Iraq and Syria are rumoured to be ready to move to Albania on ‘humanitarian grounds’.”
According to the author of the article, Anne Singleton, the buildings of a private university in the suburbs of Tirana closed by the Rama government will be used instead of the Iranians some relocated members of the families of Daesh fighters (ISIS) who have fled from Iraq and Syria. This move will be for “humanitarian reasons”.
It is true that Albania as an ally of America accepted the US request to shelter no more than 10 Uighurs released from Guantanamo Prison, but many other countries from all over the world including microscopic states such as Nauru accepted such Uighurs just like Albania. It is true that the Berisha Government accepted several dozen members of the MEK in Albania, but with the clear American promise that other NATO countries would accept in their countries the rest of the MEK members who would leave Iraq. The Rama government, along with the chemical weapons cleaning deal with the Americans, in the absence of total transparency, admitted the arrival of all the MEKs in Albania.
Daesh in Albania
We personally believe that the survivors of Daesh terrorists killed in the battlefields in Iraq and Syria are likely to come to Albania. There are signs that young women and children or even babies of terrorist fathers are turning into an extraordinary mess for western countries, especially the US. The Rama government is likely to be silent about hosting in Albania the families of terrorists in exchange for even half a US pledge to close an eye to the hard and soft drugs that are produced and transited through Albania, money laundry and delivery of weapons, ammunition and explosives from Albania to European countries.
The Swedes managed to repatriate to Sweden, under diplomatic pressure, an ethnic Swedish teenager who, after falling in love with a terrorist, went to the ISIS territories and had two children with the terrorist who was killed 3 years later. The German authorities are determined to transfer to Germany some ethnic German nationals who ended up in ISIS territories along with their lovers. These Germans, including children, are in the Iraqi prisons and detention centers of Shiite militias in Iraq.
From the above two examples it emerges that serious Western states are trying to evacuate women and children who are their own citizens. Understandably, no German, French, Belgian, Swedish, Luxembourg or ethnic Albanian women, along with their children, will be killed after being with men or lovers killed as members of ISIS. Here will become home to terrorists who would be killed in places where their lives are endangered, or at least they would be imprisoned and tortured. All Tunisians and Moroccans, Azeris and Turkmen, Malaysian and Malaysian, Indonesian and Nigerian Nigerians (Niger) will arrive in Albania. etc. In the best case, they will come only from such nationalities. But with Belgian, French, Spanish, Italian, English, etc. nationalities not being admitted back into those EU countries because they are a threat to national security, supposedly those who threaten the safety of major European countries do not endanger the safety of such a country as Albania!!!!
Where is the risk?
They will not stay in Albania for weeks of months, but will stay for ever! After Rama becomes the Qammah, the old Latin saying in our case can be spelled out. With belan: family of killed terrorists let the governments of Post-Rama deal!
Most of the women of Daesh’s terrorists have done at least a rudimentary training in the use of combat weapons, explosives and explosive booby-traps. If this training will add to their experience in the battlefield, then their level of combat is higher not only than the police in the Tahiri era, but comparable to the capabilities of Albanian commando combat troops. We have seen in the documentaries and the propaganda photos in “Dabiq” magazine or the media “Hayat”, even 10-year-old children are forced to execute Daesh hostages. I ask the reader how many Albanian policemen did not kill, but just shot in the flesh one single time during their police career?!?!?!? Imagine a 10 to 12-year-old child who is traumatized by killing people for ISIS, or rapists sheltering in Albania where illegal weapons are still openly available!
The hypocrisy of the Rama Government
Prime Minister Edi Rama’s government is most likely to make an agreement to shelter victims of terrorists killed by ethnicities from all four corners of the world. But this government should not shy away from concern about the fate of Albanian women [wives] and children of terrorists killed in Iraq and Syria… Valbona Berisha, with her brain stunned by ISIS’s propaganda grabbed her boy (her third child), abandoned her ordinary immigrant partner in Italy and fled to Syria. Rama’s government made ZERO effort to find this miserable kid. The Italian law enforcement authorities, Italian diplomats in Damascus, Tehran, Beirut and Baghdad did what they could to recover the infant, and the foolish and criminal father and mother who were ethnic Albanians, but also lawful immigrants in Italy. When you’re not interested in getting the miserable child from the hell of Valbona Berisha, why the hell is he worrying about the widows and children of terrorists?!!?!? Why was Julia Sergio (Fatima), the terrorist spouse of Lushari terrorist Aldo Kobuzi, sent to Italy in January 2017 with the assistance of the border police of Vlora and was not given residence in Albania, but instead they ask to bring these widows and orphans of foreign terrorists here. Julia Serxhon was a bride from Albania, and we had an Italian group, why go away in Africa and Asia to bring widows and young kids of murdered terrorists?!?!?! The most likely answer is simply that the Prime Minister’s parliamentary seat should not expire in January 2018, but some 4 years later!
There is a growing suspicion that Rama & Co. are negotiating … humanitarian shelter for the foreign families of ISIS terrorists killed in the ranks of ISIS because of the government’s “omertas”. By applying the rule of journalism to hear both sides of the issue, we addressed the question by SMS to Gjebrea, whose name is quoted in the article written by Anne Singleton. Ms. Gjebrea as the former Deputy Minister of the Interior Ministry answered us by SMS by suggesting, inter alia, that we should contact the councillor for internal affairs of the interior ministry. We contacted Bita’s Advisor by SMS on 20 November 2017. The SMS response was: “Mr. Thanasi! I receive info and write to you FLM!” An answer quite polytheistic and correct. On November 22 we again contacted Mr. Bita, because no response came from him for 2 days. We believe it enough to be informed whether there is any truth or not in the issue of transferring family members of terrorists to Albania. Until the evening of November 24, 2016, we asked but got no reply. This is typical for Mrs Rilindja for whom Rama flags up transparency over taxpayer money, but the matter of Daesh, “humanitarian” terrorists, does not!
Written for Citynews.al – Gjergj Thanasi
Postscript: We invite the reader to take courage and look at all 12 illustrative photos to better understand what refugees Mr Rama will, on an allegedly humanitarian basis, host in Albania.
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