John Bolton – defender of Zion, promoter of MEK terrorism – fees revealed

John Bolton – defender of Zion, promoter of MEK terrorism – fees revealed

john_bolton_2018_financial_MEK_TerroristsIran Interlink, June 13 2018:… John Bolton’s appointment as Assistant to the President, National Security Advisor attracted controversy because of his past links to the terrorist MEK group. Now his Public Financial Disclosure Report reveals just how much money Bolton was paid by the group to speak at its events: ‘Globe Events–European Iranian Events 1st July 2017’. Washington Editor of Al Monitor, Julian Pecquet, tweeted … 

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John Bolton – defender of Zion, promoter of MEK terrorism – fees revealed

John Bolton’s appointment as Assistant to the President, National Security Advisor attracted controversy because of his past links to the terrorist MEK group. Now his Public Financial Disclosure Report reveals just how much money Bolton was paid by the group to speak at its events: ‘Globe Events–European Iranian Events 1st July 2017’.

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Link to the pdf file: Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) 
Bolton, John, Assistant to the President, National Security Advisor, White House
Date of Appointment: 04/09/2018

Washington Editor of Al Monitor, Julian Pecquet, tweeted “Revealed: @AmbJohnBolton ‘s speaking fees for last year’s #MEK / NCRI #Iran regime-change dinner in Paris: $40,000 (#31) h/t @aaronjschaffer”. Aaron Schaffer also highlighted another payment in September last year; “Another one: Bolton was paid $20,000 (#49) by the US Foundation for Liberty for two speaking appearances, including this one protesting Iranian President @HassanRouhani’s appearance at UNGA in September”.

Richard Engel from NBC’s On Assignment re-tweeted “Finally we have a concrete figure for how much John Bolton was paid to speak at an MEK event last year – $40k acc to his financial disclosure. That was just one of many appearances he’s made over the years, in support of the former terrorist group that wants to take over #Iran.”

On Assignment had aired a segment titled ‘The MEK’s man inside the White House’ asked ‘How did a fringe Iranian opposition group with a history of assassinating Americans get so cozy with the likes of John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani?’ Bolton was reluctant to reveal his financial links with the MEK to journalists.

مسعود خدابنده و ریچارد انگل ان بی سی امریکا می 2018The MEK’s Man inside the White House (Bolton Giuliani and Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult terrorists)

Interestingly, after the $40,000 MEK payment, Bolton lists a payment of $100,000 by Guardian of Zion (#32) for an acceptance speech at an award ceremony.

Let’s remind ourselves, John Bolton is now America’s National Security Advisor.

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Bolton, Giuliani and Pompeo have been paid by Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) Terrorist organisation 

Professor_Bessma_MomaniProfessor Bessma Momani, The Globe and Mail, June 07 2018:… John Bolton,  Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani have been hosted by a fringe Iranian opposition movement called the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK). Once listed as a terrorist organization by U.S. authorities, most Iranians regard the MEK as traitors aided by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in the Iraq-Iran war or, at best, a sadistic cult. The MEK have convinced many of Trump’s … 

MEK’s Role Is To Toxify Political Debate On Iran Says Panel Of Experts In The European Parliament

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Trump’s Plan B: Iranian regime change
 
BESSMA MOMANI
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Professor_Bessma_MomaniBessma Momani is a professor at the University of Waterloo, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation, and non-resident fellow of the Washington-based Stimson Center

As Europeans meet Iran’s foreign minister in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss their strategy after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the international accord limiting Iranian nuclear technology known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, Europeans will likely double down and support continued engagement with Iran. Not just because of the economic benefits that will accrue, but because they rightly contend that the Trump administration does not want to fix the JCPOA. Rather, the Trump administration’s Plan B is Iranian regime change.

French President Emmanuel Macron had brought an addendum with him to Washington that would have addressed U.S. concerns. Hence, Europeans do not buy Mr. Trump’s self-embellishing line that he will, and only he can, negotiate a new and better deal. Those who have Mr. Trump’s ear are whispering Iranian regime change, and they believe this Mideast theocracy is about to crumble from within and Mr. Trump’s move last week is a checkmate that will hasten its collapse.

Senior people surrounding Mr. Trump, such as National Security Adviser John Bolton, newly installed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and even attorney Rudy Giuliani have worked with or been hosted by a fringe Iranian opposition movement called the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK). Once listed as a terrorist organization by U.S. authorities, most Iranians regard the MEK as traitors aided by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in the Iraq-Iran war or, at best, a sadistic cult. The MEK have convinced many of Trump’s inner circle that the time is ripe for Iranian regime change and repeal of the JCPOA will speed the demise of the Iranian despots by suffocating it of funds.

Indeed, there are fissures in the Iranian system. The value of Iran’s currency has been in rapid decline, prompted in part by months of uncertainty on the JCPOA status and thanks to the regime’s own mismanagement. Corruption runs rampant in its banking system where loose regulations for crony-owned banks have caused average Iranians to lose their savings. There are risks of bank runs as liquidity diminishes, particularly hard currency which is in ever-shorter supply. All these woes are putting pressure on the Rouhani government that promised the JCPOA would deliver economic results.

 Protests since last December have continued throughout Iran, criticizing the government for not doing enough about unemployment, corruption, rising food prices and misallocation of funds to both its religious institutions and its regional military misadventures. For months, Iranian women have been protesting the forced hijab, too, with brave Wednesday protests. While many of these protests are organic and leaderless, the MEK and Washington neoconservatives have convinced Trump that these protests show Iran is near a tipping point of regime collapse.

Neoconservatives in the Washington, D.C. beltway argue Iran is like the Soviet Union, circa the late 1980s. But the protests are small in scale and remain limited. They do not compare to the scale of the 2009 Green Revolution that gripped Iran’s major cities. Iran’s middle class and residents of Tehran have generally stayed away from recent protests. While they are undoubtedly frustrated with their despotic and corrupt regime, they may be more fearful of the consequences of top-down regime change or the regime repression that could ensue.

While many Iranians may indeed want to see the end of the republic after all, the almost 40-year-old regime continues to promote a theocratic ideology that is alien to most cosmopolitan and secular-leaning Iranians. That said, American-led regime change in neighbouring Iraq is not a distant memory and and the state repression that comes with quashing revolutions are still playing out in countries such as Syria, Bahrain and Egypt.

Those whispering in Mr. Trump’s ear do not dare suggest that a full onslaught of U.S. military force would be needed to execute regime change. This is a president that is still uninterested in committing troops and treasure to another Mideast arena. Moreover, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is certainly of the view that the JCPOA had worked to contain Iran and is known to be unmoved by regime-change proponents. But will Mr. Mattis outlast both Mr. Trump’s constant changing of the guard in his administration and the Bolton-Pompeo hawkish alliance?

One should not discount the actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, backed by his ally, the Saudi Crown Prince, who has been personally gunning for regime change in Iran. This is where the Israeli PM, to the cautioning of his own military and intelligence services, may be inclined to instigate a war he knows Israel cannot finish, but which will force the U.S.’s hand to intervene on its side. The tit for tat between Israel and Iran in Syria must now be watched ever-more closely.

 So, as American and Mideast hawkish elements push for Iranian regime change, the European countries’ preservation of the JCPOA may be a means of preventing a redux of Iraq in 2003.

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The MEK’s Man inside the White House (Bolton Giuliani and Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult terrorists) 

Massoud_Khodabandeh_MSNBC_2018_1Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, May 28 2018:… How did a fringe Iranian opposition group with a history of assassinating Americans get so cozy with the likes of John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani? By paying them thousands to speak at its events, where they advocate for MEK-led regime change inside Iran. The MEK’s Man inside the White House (Bolton Giuliani and Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult terrorists) … 

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The MEK’s Man inside the White House (Bolton Giuliani and Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult terrorists)

مسعود خدابنده و ریچارد انگل ان بی سی امریکا می 2018

How did a fringe Iranian opposition group with a history of assassinating Americans get so cozy with the likes of John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani? By paying them thousands to speak at its events, where they advocate for MEK-led regime change inside Iran.

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Massoud Khodabandeh, Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton)
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2015 DOI: 10.1111/aspp.12164

The Life of Camp AshrafMojahedin-e Khalq, Victims of Many Masters,
By Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) and Massoud Khodabandeh

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MEK’s Role Is To Toxify Political Debate On Iran Says Panel Of Experts In The European Parliament 

Massoud Khodabandeh i pergjigjet shpifjeve te MEK-ut ne Gazeta TemAMassoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, April 17 2018:… Indeed, none of the MEK’s lobbyists turned up for the debate. MEP Gérard Deprez, Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament (affiliated to the MEK), who claims to have gathered over 200 signatures from fellow MEPs in favour of the MEK, was unable or unwilling to join the debate. When asked by MEPs to give the names of the signatories, he refused to do so … 

مسعود خدابنده تیرانا آلبانی فرقه رجوی مجاهدین خلقMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post: Albania’s Modern Slavery Problem Alienates Europe

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MEK’s Role Is To Toxify Political Debate On Iran Says Panel Of Experts In The European Parliament

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Politicians and experts gathered in the European Parliament last week to discuss the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) threat to Albania.

Albania, a small NATO country in the Balkans, has found itself increasingly coerced against its own political will into taking positions alien to its national interests.

That coercion has come indirectly from the Americans through the agency of the discredited Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organisation (MEK) also known as the Rajavi Cult. The MEK has been present in Albania since 2013 when they were transferred from Iraq under a secret agreement between the American and Albanian governments and MEK leaders. Under this deal, the UNHCR agreed to move them while the MEK agreed to ‘behave’ and pay their own expenses. The Americans said they would establish a De-Radicalization Institute – a prelude to bringing more ‘terrorists’ in future. The budget languishes unspent with the American embassy in Tirana. Instead, by the end of 2016, there were 2,745 radicalized MEK in Albania who have re-grouped in a closed, isolated paramilitary training camp they named Camp Ashraf Three, to resume their anti-Iran activities unhindered.

Calling for regime change against another country is a criminal offence in Albania. But this has not stopped the MEK from doing exactly this. They have even drafted in several American supporters – John Bolton, John McCain, Rudi Giuliani – to come and add ‘veracity’ to their claim to be ready to overthrow the Iranian government from Albania. This is a problem not least because Albania is a peaceful country which, after its emergence from the controls of Soviet Russia, is proud of its religious tolerance and freedom of speech. Albania has also enjoyed a long history of shared traditional and cultural links with Iran. In the febrile atmosphere of US-Russia tensions, provoking enmity against Iran is not in Albania’s national interests at all.

In this context, experts on the MEK and political representatives from Albania gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday 10th April, as MEPs Ana Gomes and Patricia Lalonde hosted a round-table meeting titled ‘Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) threat in Albania’ to discuss the problem.

Ms Gomes had called for an open debate but had to inform delegates that over thirty of her colleagues had signed an MEK instigated letter demanding the meeting should not go ahead. Ms Gomes denounced this approach saying that with the JCPOA in place and with an eye to the human rights situation in Iran, it is vital for the European Parliament to engage in dialogue with and about the Islamic Republic of Iran, even though it is obvious both sides will have very different opinions and views. The MEK are profoundly undemocratic and certainly do not believe in freedom of speech. That they are able to influence political behaviour in the EUP to try to silence MEPs is totally unacceptable.

Above: Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Threat in Albania – Ana Gomes MEP

Indeed, none of the MEK’s lobbyists turned up for the debate. MEP Gérard Deprez, Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament (affiliated to the MEK), who claims to have gathered over 200 signatures from fellow MEPs in favour of the MEK, was unable or unwilling to join the debate. When asked by MEPs to give the names of the signatories, he refused to do so.

Nicola Pedde, director of the Rome based Institute for Global Studies, described a similar situation in Italy. “When the MEK and Maryam Rajavi had free access to the Italian parliament, invited by various government agencies, they gathered signatures from around 70% of MPs. But after interviewing these members it was found that most MPs did not remember signing or what they signed for. Only five members deliberately supported the MEK. There was misuse of members’ ignorance on Iran issues. Such letters were used to increase the MEK’s infiltration inside institutions where they could toxify the bilateral relations and debate between the Italian Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Friday, April 14, 2017, Senator John McCain, Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Maryam Rajavi in Tirana.

The MEK are replicating these methods in Albania; approaching MPs, media and opinion makers and influencing them with information which is “produced in a way to derail the interests of the country toward the Iranian government”. What Pedde calls “the toxification of political debate on Iran”.

But the problems for Albania are not limited to politics. According to an Albanian police report “…Iranian asylum seekers from [MEK]… could pose implications to our internal security, as these individuals are deeply indoctrinated, have been part of military structures, and have participated in fighting a war and in acts of terror.” Historian Olsi Jazexhi pointed out, “the MEK calls for jihad against a foreign country. According to the Albanian penal code, the MEK is unequivocally a terrorist organisation in my country.”

A fundamental difficulty in dealing with the MEK is that they are unaccountable. “We don’t know who they are or exactly how many there are”, said Anne Khodabandeh, a UK De-Radicalization consultant. “In 2003, the US army detained 3,800 MEK in Iraq. The UNHCR brought 2,901 to Albania. A now outdated report by the Albanian police accounts for 2,465 members. Since then, more have left or died. Yet their American lobbyist Senator Robert Torricelli claims there are 4,000 of them in Camp Ashraf Three. Where did the extras come from?”

Mojahedin threat in Albania – debate in the European Parliament

According to Albanian lawyer, Migena Balla who helps former MEK members, the MEK do not have UN refugee status either from Iraq or in Albania. The Albanian state does not give them right to residence or work permits. They are, in effect, stateless. Even the International Organisation for Migration will not take responsibility for them. This picture is hugely complicated because when the UNHCR registered individuals in Iraq prior to transfer, the MEK deliberately used false names and identities – using borrowed and faked passports. We really don’t actually know who they are.

The MEK not only fake information, but identities too. This means the MEK can move members around without detection. The larger amorphous group also provides cover for around fifty highly radicalized members who are ‘deeply indoctrinated’, trained and willing to kill and die to order in pursuit of the MEK’s regime change agenda.

In a country notorious for corruption and with serious security and economic problems, the unaccountability of the MEK allows them unprecedented influence. This group, whether in Albania or Europe, is a danger to political debate, to civil society and to its own members. Olsi Jazexhi told delegates in the debate, “Europe is pluralistic and democratic and strong. We Albanians have come to ask for your help in dealing with the MEK”. But, if the MEK is not accountable to anybody, and nobody will take responsibility for the MEK, how will Europe answer?

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

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The Iran Protests, Regime Change, And The MEK 

Maryam_Rajavi_Iran_Protests_Regime_Change_MEK_MKO_NCRIAnne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Lobelog, January 18 2018:… In an attempt to maneuver her way out of this isolation and irrelevance, Maryam Rajavi recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal as though none of this had happened. It is just one more attempt by the MEK to portray itself as an influential representative of the Iranian people. But if the MEK had even one iota of influence inside Iran … 

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The Iran Protests, Regime Change, And The MEK

by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh

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When protests broke out in Iran at the end of 2017, most countries maintained a hands-off approach. After all, these countries maintain diplomatic and trade relations with the Iranian government. Even some influential U.S. observers recommended caution. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, for instance, tweeted: “With humility about how little we know about what’s happening inside Iran, this much is clear: it’s an Iranian moment and not anyone else’s. But the rights of people to protest peacefully and voice their aspirations are universal and governments everywhere should respect that.”

But other American observers, eager to exploit the protests for their own purposes of promoting regime change in Iran, quickly rushed in where the more cautious feared to tread. The first push came from the media. Lacking any organizations or opposition leaders to interview inside Iran, some American media substituted Iranian exiles as representatives of the people. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s Monarchists got some coverage.

But it was Maryam Rajavi, leader of the notorious Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), who received the most coverage, appearing by video link on Fox News and Voice of America.

The MEK is a fringe, cult-like group that was once on the U.S. terrorism list. Rajavi’s appearances, in which she talks as though she represented the Iranian people, provided Iran’s leaders with a gift. Among other angry Farsi commentary, she provoked a hashtag storm on Twitter, with Iranians of every political stripe telling Rajavi in English and Farsi to #shutuprajavi. It is hard to overstate how much Iranians both inside and outside the country hate the MEK.

Indeed, the Iranian media immediately translated Maryam Rajavi and the MEK’s social media output and video speeches into Farsi to inform all Iran’s citizens how the US was hoping to impose the MEK on the country through regime change. Some Iranians might want regime change but what comes after is just as important. No Iranian wants the MEK to substitute for the mullahs.

Later, what had begun as working-class protests against economic hardship and government corruption were quickly politicized by agitators who instigated violence. Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Khamenei attributed these incidents of violence to “foreign interference,” naming America, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and their proxy, the MEK. Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), announced that the MEK trained a number of people involved in the violence. Iran’s intelligence service in the western Iranian province of Lorestan also said it had disbanded and arrested four members of a terrorist cell linked to the MEK in Boroujerd. Iran also claimed to have uncovered a network of agitators organized from Afghanistan and Iraqi Kurdistan that planned to launch violent actions later in 2018. The spontaneous and widespread working-class protests had apparently triggered the network into action ahead of schedule.

If the plan had been to provoke Iran’s security services into a harsh crackdown on the protesters, which the Western media could then present as human rights violations, it largely didn’t work. Instead, the establishment brought out its supporters in big counter-demonstrations. Above all, when the protests turned violent, ordinary people went home. They wanted no part in manufactured regime change. Iran’s hardliners know that the most effective way to denounce the protests without resorting to bans or violence is to blame the MEK. This allows them to spin their suppressive activities to the populace as counter-terrorism.

Iranians are not surprised by the involvement of the MEK in violence. They know the group and its history. A visitor to any war museum in Iran will find a section dedicated to the MEK’s military collaboration with Saddam Hussein. New Iranian films and TV docudramas educate a new generation about the MEK terrorism, which caused thousands of civilian deaths.

Nevertheless, the MEK’s backers have worked for years to whitewash the group’s past crimes for a Western audience. For anti-Iran elements in the United States, the MEK has been a useful tool by leaking faked information during the nuclear negotiations and posing as human rights advocates. This carefully constructed narrative of victimhood and supposedly democratic values has allowed the MEK to operate in political circles where they could push the regime change agenda.

Meanwhile, in Albania, the MEK was busy secretly reconstructing the terrorist training camp it had lost in Iraq. When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton negotiated an agreement to transfer 3,000 MEK fighters from Iraq to Albania, funding was earmarked to establish an Institute for De-Radicalisation so that the MEK could be successfully rehabilitated back into society. That didn’t happen. In this past year, Senator John McCain(R-AZ) and former UN ambassador John Bolton both visited Albania to promote the MEK and its regime-change agenda.

These and other MEK activities have driven a wedge between Europe and the Trump administration. Even before the protests, European parliamentarians had demanded a ban on the MEK, particularly after an incident of MEK violence on parliamentary premises. Relations between France and Iran now make it possible for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to directly demand that France curtail the MEK’s activities there.

In an attempt to maneuver her way out of this isolation and irrelevance, Maryam Rajavi recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal as though none of this had happened. It is just one more attempt by the MEK to portray itself as an influential representative of the Iranian people. But if the MEK had even one iota of influence inside Iran, the protests would have become much more violent. Instead, all the MEK seems to have accomplished is to provide Iran’s hardliners with a convenient rationale for suppressing an authentic civic movement for change.

Massoud Khodabandeh is the director of Middle East Strategy Consultants and has worked long-term with the authorities in Iraq to bring about a peaceful solution to the impasse at Camp Liberty and help rescue other victims of the Mojahedin-e Khalq cult. Among other publications, he co-authored the book “The Life of Camp Ashraf: Victims of Many Masters” with his wife Anne Singleton. They also published an academic paper on the MEK’s use of the Internet. Anne Khodabandeh is a UK expert in anti-terrorist activities and a long-standing activist in the field of deradicalization of extremists. She has written several articles and books on this subject, along with her husband, who is of Iranian origin. Photo: Maryam Rajavi (jalal4liberty via Flickr)

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A Fully United Europe Claims the High Ground in Relations with Iran 

United Europe reject Mojahedin Khalq Maryam Rajavi MEK NCRI TerroristsMassoud Khodabandeh, Huffpost, December 17 2017:… In order to be credible and effective in further dealings with Iran, the European Union countries need to distance themselves from any tolerance or support for terrorist groups like Maryam Rajavi’s Mojahedin Khalq which call for violent regime change against Iran. MEP Ana Gomes highlighted a … 

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A Fully United Europe Claims the High Ground in Relations with Iran

United Europe reject Mojahedin Khalq Maryam Rajavi MEK NCRI Terrorists

In a week when UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini both delivered considered speeches about the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump’s typical shorthand reference to it as a “bad deal” indicates nothing to the world community other than he hasn’t put the effort in to understand how the deal came about and what it actually says. His apparent ‘policy’ is to abandon it and strike a better deal. But there is no indication how that would come about. The 60 day deadline for Congress to vote to reimpose sanctions passed on December 12.

Trump’s foreign policy tweets are now analysed widely by foreign policy wonks as part of a ‘bluff and bluster’ policy of diverting attention away from anything he might have to answer for. Trump’s decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the agreement in October created uncertainty was not leadership. Instead, a peculiar kind of American weakness is being exposed for all to see.

This has given an opportunity for the European Union to step into the void. The EU is fully united in its support for the nuclear deal. The JCPOA is regarded as a binding commitment, as starting point, on all sides from which to begin to address other outstanding issues.

Those issues include Iran’s missile programme, but also human rights and regional influence.

Currently there is no consensus between the original P5+1 about how to deal with Iran. An unproven allegation by UN ambassador Nikki Haley that Iran supplied ballistic missiles to the Houthis in Yemen might excite the United States and Saudi Arabia but in contrast Russia’s position is that missiles were never part of the JCPOA agreed in July 2016.

While they may have agreed with Europe and America over the nuclear issue, Russia’s military help to Syrian leader Assad alongside Iran puts it at odds with the European and American positions. And China enjoys good trade relations with the EU and Iran and is unlikely to want to disturb this balance for what appear angry ideological rants from America.

The EU, in an effort to bridge and navigate this difficult breach so as to assert the necessary leadership for further negotiations over Iran, has chosen to strike the moral high ground. Essentially, Europeans believe America lacks credibility on human rights because of its support for the death penalty. This applies also to Russia and China. In its dealings with other countries, the EU always raises the issue of human rights asserted Mogherini. The EU leads the world in this respect.

The EU also believes that the nuclear issue is resolved. Iran is complying with its terms and under stringent IAEA inspection Iran will not be able to break out. For this reason, the idea of tearing up an agreement that took twelve years to broker is ludicrous. This would undermine the credibility of the IAEA at a time when it will be needed in future for other nuclear crises, notably North Korea.

The US complaint that other issues – like missiles – were not included is disingenuous. Iran’s starting point for the negotiations was that everything should be on the table. But, when issues such as supplying Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war or human rights abuses were mooted as possible points of discussion, it was the US and Gulf countries which objected.

While the US objects to Iran’s involvement in regional conflicts, it is dishonest for its spokespersons to ignore America’s role in the conflicts of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Israel. European politicians are more bold and honest. In order to be credible and effective in further dealings with Iran, the European Union countries need to distance themselves from any tolerance or support for terrorist groups like Maryam Rajavi’s Mojahedin Khalq which call for violent regime change against Iran. MEP Ana Gomes highlighted a recent security breach linked to Rajavi’s visit to the EU parliament when MEK agents carried out a planned attack against two of their critics at the parliament.

This new found confidence in Europe is in direct contrast to – and probably a consequence of – the dysfunctional and chaotic policy stances issuing from the Trump administration. Lacking any actual policy toward Iran, Trump’s aim appears simply to be as disruptive as possible. In contrast, the European Union has a clearly stated position and has now signalled its intention to take the lead in diplomatic talks aimed at getting Iran engaged in changes to its human rights behaviour and military strategies.

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Bashkimi Evropian kërkon marrëdhënie të sinqerta me Iranin

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nga Massoud Khodabandeh.

Brenda një jave Sekretari i Përgjithshëm i OKB-së Antonio Guterres dhe shefja i politikës së jashtme e Bashkimit Evropian Federica Mogherini kanë mbajtur fjalime rreth marrëveshjes bërthamore me Iranin, e cila është quajtur “marrëveshje e keqe” sipas Presidentit Donald Trump i cili nuk u përpoq asnjëherë që ta kuptonte se cfarë thoshte ajo në të vërtetë. Politika e tij e dukshme ishte që ta braktiste atë dhe të arrinte një marrëveshje më të mirë. Por deri tani nuk ka asnjë tregues se si do arrihet kjo. Afati 60 ditor i Kongresit për të votuar për rivendosjen e sanksioneve ka kaluar që më 12 dhjetor.

Politikat e jashtme të Trampit janë analizuar gjerësisht jashtë, si pjesë e politikës ‘mashtro dhe mburru’ për të larguar vëmendjen nga çdo gjë për të cilën duhet të përgjigjet. Vendimi i Trampit për të mos firmosur rinovimin e marrëveshjes me Iranin në tetor krijoi pasiguri. Në vend të kësaj u ekspozua për botën një lloj i veçantë i dobësisë amerikane.

Kjo i dha një mundësi Bashkimit Evropian që të hyjë në këtë zbrazëti. BE është plotësisht e bashkuar në mbështetjen e saj për marrëveshjen bërthamore. JCPOA konsiderohet si një angazhim i detyrueshëm, si pikënisje për të gjitha anët nga të cilat fillon trajtimi i çështjeve të tjera të pazgjidhura.

Këto çështje përfshijnë programin raketor të Iranit, por edhe të drejtat e njeriut dhe ndikimin rajonal.

Aktualisht nuk ka konsensus midis pesë vendeve plus një, për mënyrën se si të merren me Iranin. Një deklaratë e paprovuar nga ambasadori i OKB-së Nikki Haley se Irani furnizoi me raketa balistike Huthët në Jemen mundi të nxehë Shtetet e Bashkuara dhe Arabinë Saudite, por në të kundërt pozicioni i Rusisë ishte se raketat asnjëherë nuk kishin qenë pjesë e JCPOA e miratuar në korrik 2016.

Ndërsa ata mund të kenë rënë dakord me Evropën dhe Amerikën lidhur me çështjen bërthamore, ndihma ushtarake e Rusisë ndaj udhëheqësit sirian Asad së bashku me Iranin i vë në kundërshtim pozicionet evropiane dhe amerikane. Edhe Kina gëzon marrëdhënie të mira tregtare me BE-në dhe Iranin dhe nuk ka gjasa që të ndërhyjë në prishjen e këtij ekuilibëri vetëm se është zemëruar Amerika.

BE, në një përpjekje për të kapërcyer këtë të çarë, në mënyrë që të vendosë lidershipin e nevojshëm për negociata të mëtejshme mbi Iranin, ka zgjedhur pozitën morale më të lartë. Në thelb, evropianët besojnë se Amerika nuk ka kredibilitet për të drejtat e njeriut për shkak të mbështetjes së saj për dënimin me vdekje. Kjo vlen edhe për Rusinë dhe Kinën. Në marrëdhëniet e saj me vendet e tjera, BE-ja gjithmonë ngre çështjen e të drejtave të njeriut të pohuara Mogherini. BE është lidere e botës në këtë drejtim.

BE gjithashtu beson se çështja bërthamore është zgjidhur. Irani është në përputhshmëri me kushtet dhe nën inspektimin e rreptë të IAEA, Irani nuk do të jetë në gjendje të lëvizë. Për këtë arsye, ideja e prishjes së një marrëveshjeje që zgjati dymbëdhjetë vjet për tu ndërmjetësuar është qesharake. Kjo do të minonte besueshmërinë e IAEA në një kohë kur mund të vijnë kriza të tjera bërthamore, veçanërisht nga Korea e Veriut.

Pakënaqësia e SHBA-së është se çështje të tjera si ato raketore nuk ishin të përfshira. Pikë nisja e Iranit për negociatat ishte se çdo gjë duhet të ishte në tryezë. Por kur u diskuatuan çështje të tilla si furnizimi i Saddam Husseinit me armë kimike gjatë luftës Iran-Irak apo abuzimet e të drejtave të njeriut, ishin SHBA dhe vendet e Gjirit që kundërshtuan.

Ndërsa SHBA kundërshton përfshirjen e Iranit në konfliktet rajonale, është e pandershme që zëdhënësit e saj të injorojnë rolin e Amerikës në konfliktet e Irakut, Sirisë, Jemenit dhe Izraelit. Politikanët evropianë janë më të guximshëm dhe më të ndershëm. Në mënyrë që të jenë të besueshëm dhe efektivë në marrëdhëniet e mëtejshme me Iranin, vendet e Bashkimit Evropian duhet të distancohen nga çdo tolerim apo mbështetje për grupet terroriste si Mojahedin Khalq i Merjem Raxhavit, që kërkon ndryshimin me dhunë të regjimit iranian. Deputetja Ana Gomes theksoi një shkelje të sigurisë gjatë kohëve të fundit lidhur me vizitën e Raxhavit në Parlamentin Evropian, ku agjentët e MEK kryen një sulm të planifikuar kundër dy kritikëve të tyre në parlament.

Ku mirëbesim i ri në Evropë është në kontrast të drejtpërdrejtë dhe ndoshta pasojë e qëndrimeve jofunksionale dhe kaotike të politikave që lëshohen nga administrata Trump. Duke pasur një mungese politike aktuale ndaj Iranit, qëllimi i Trampit me sa duket ka qenë, dëmto sa të mundësh. Në të kundërt, Bashkimi Evropian ka një qëndrim të qartë dhe tashmë ka sinjalizuar synimin e tij për të marrë rolin drejtues në bisedimet diplomatike që synojnë që Irani të angazhohet në ndryshime në sjelljen ndaj të drejtave të njeriut dhe ato strategjike ushtarake/ huffingtonpost/Gazeta Impakt

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Tirana_today_Mafia_shqiptare_ndihmon_muxhehedinëtSCANDAL! Albanian Mafia Helps Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, Rajavi cult) Recruit Our Youth, Fears The EU

ISIS_MEK_Maryam_Rajavi_Tirana_Albania_TerrorismWill Prime Minister Edi Rama host ISIS terrorists in Albania?

تیرانا آلبانی مجاهدین خلق فرقه رجوی تروریسم فساد قاچاقAlbania’s Modern Slavery Problem Alienates Europe

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Mogherini Avoids Maryam Rajavi As MEK Violence Erupts At The EU Parliament 

Iranian_Mogherini avoids Maryam Rajavi as MEK violence erupts in EUPMassoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, December 12 2017:… Mogherini was too clever for that and afterwards reminded Rajavi’s lobbyists in the EUP: ‘The President of Iran is not a woman with a criminal record living in France and here is not Tehran but Brussels’. Maryam Rajavi, becoming hysterical over this rebuke, ordered her gang to attack a group of Iranian opposition members who had come to the EUP at … 

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

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Mogherini Avoids Maryam Rajavi As MEK Violence Erupts At The EU Parliament

Massoud Khodabandeh

Iranian_Mogherini avoids Maryam Rajavi as MEK violence erupts in EUP

In the week leading up to Human Rights Day on December 10th, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, had a typically busy week meeting with world leaders. For this reason, our inside sources tell us, MEK leader Maryam Rajavi brought forward a planned trip to the European Parliament hoping she would bump into Mogherini in the buildings by chance and take a picture so she can claim to her followers that she is still alive as ‘President-elect of Iran’.

Mogherini was too clever for that and afterwards reminded Rajavi’s lobbyists in the EUP: ‘The President of Iran is not a woman with a criminal record living in France and here is not Tehran but Brussels’. Maryam Rajavi, becoming hysterical over this rebuke, ordered her gang to attack a group of Iranian opposition members who had come to the EUP at the same time to talk to MEPs about the human rights violations in her own group. Rajavi’s thugs managed to break the nose of one and cause serious back injury to another before EUP security staff were able to step in and prevent further injuries on the premises of the parliament. It is high time these MEK criminals were banned from the buildings and premises of the European Parliament.

Unfortunately, the MEK has been enabled by lobbyists like Belgian MEP Gérard Deprez and British MEP Julie Ward, in establishing a permanent presence in the in the EUP buildings. Of course, it is only a matter of time until these lobbyists join previous MEK lobbyist MEPs, like Paulo Casaca, Vidal Quadras and Struan Stevenson who have now apparently accepted paid positions in the MEK’s office opposite the parliament.

In the meantime, on a daily basis, MEK agents stalk, harass and intimidate MEPs as well as their researchers and staff. One such MEK agent is Firooz Mahvi, an ex-Saddam Private Army commander wanted by the government of Iraq for alleged torture and murder charges on behalf of the MEK (aka Rajavi cult) during Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Another one of the perpetrators is London based Siavosh Rajabi, who had been paid and dispatched by Maryam Rajavi to the EU buildings in Brussels.

The MEK has a history of violence in Europe and North America including, but not limited to, self-immolations ordered by the cult leader in 2003, to attacking and injuring delegates at a meeting in FIAP in Paris with knives, sending several victims to hospital. In recent years the MEK launched a vicious physical attack on Mr Mustafa Mohammadi and his daughter Houriyeh when he demanded to visit his other daughter Somayeh whom he was denied seeing.

However, this is the first time that the MEK have attacked individuals in the presence of and on direct order by Maryam Rajavi in an establishment building such as the EUP. This represents a serious escalation of MEK violence.

To give context to this escalation of violent behaviour, it is worth mentioning that two days before this incident Anne Khodabandeh briefed MEPs on the results of her fact-finding visits to Albania, where the MEK combatants are now based after being expelled from Iraq. Khodabandeh raised the issue of security, asking why a NATO country – Albania – was permitting a foreign terrorist organisation to construct a terrorist training camp on the edge of the European Union?

Khodabandeh had previously briefed British and American security services about additional issues concerning the MEK’s behaviour and the impact this has on security concerns across the Balkans and Europe.

Allowing the MEK to conduct its mafia like behaviour with impunity in the European Parliament is offering a green light to the group’s further ambitions to grow its presence as a terrorist group in Albania.

Cover image: Mehdi Khoshal was among those roughed up by Maryam Rajavi’s camp

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Mogherini i shmanget takimit me Maryam Rajavin, ndërkohë MEK shkakton dhunë në Parlamentin Evropian

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Javën e kaluar në ditën e të Drejtave të Njeriut më 10 dhjetor, Federica Mogherini, Përfaqësuesja e Lartë e Bashkimit Evropian për Punë të Jashtme dhe Siguri, pati një takim të zakonshëm me liderët e botës. Burimet tona nga brenda thanë se liderja e MEK, Maryam Rajavi ndërmori një udhëtim të planifikuar për në Parlamentin Evropian duke shpresuar se mos mund të përplasej me Mogherinin rastësisht dhe të bënte me të një foto në mënyrë që ajo të mund të pretendojë për pasuesit e saj se është ende gjallë si ‘Presidentja e zgjedhur e Iranit’.

Mogherini ishte mjaft e qartë dhe i rikujtoi lobistët e Rajavit në EUP: “Presidentja e Iranit nuk është një grua me një dosje penale që jeton në Francë, ky nuk është Teherani por është Brukseli”. Maryam Rajavi u bë histerike ndaj këtij qortimi dhe urdhëron bandën e saj për të sulmuar një grup anëtarësh të opozitës iraniane që kishin ardhur në EUP në të njëjtën kohë për të folur me deputetët në lidhje me shkeljet e të drejtave të njeriut në grupin e saj. Banditët e Rajavit arritën ti thyejnë hundën njërit dhe ti shkaktojnë dëmtime serioze një tjetri përpara se personeli i sigurisë së EUP të parandalonte dëmtimet e mëtejshme në ambientet e parlamentit. Ka erdhur koha që kriminelët e MEK-ut të ndalohen se hyri në ndërtesat dhe ambjentet e Parlamentit Europian.

Për fat të keq, MEK-ut i është mundësuar nga lobistët si eurodeputeti belg Gérard Deprez dhe eurodeputeti britanik Julie Ward, për të pasur një prani të përhershme në ambjentet e EUP. Natyrisht që është vetëm një çështje kohe derisa këta lobistë të bashkohen me deputetët e lobistëve të mëparshëm të MEK, si Paulo Casaca, Vidal Quadras dhe Struan Stevenson, të cilët me sa duket kanë pranuar pozicione të paguara nga zyra e MEK-ut përballë parlamentit.

Ndërkohë që agjentët e MEK rregullisht kërcënojnë, shqetësojnë dhe frikësojnë deputetët, si dhe studiuesit dhe stafin e tyre, një agjent i tillë është Firooz Mahvi, një ish-komandant i Ushtrisë Private të Saddamit, i kërkuar nga qeveria e Irakut për akuza të torturës dhe vrasjes për hesap të MEK (aka kulti Raxhavi) gjatë diktaturës së Sadam Huseinit. Një tjetër autor është Siavosh Rajabi me banim në Londër, i cili është paguar dhe dërguar nga Maryam Rajavi në ndërtesat e BE-së në Bruksel.

MEK ka një histori dhune në Evropë dhe në Amerikën e Veriut ku përfshihen vetësakrifikimet pa kufizim të urdhëruara direkt nga liderja e kultit, si në vitin 2003 kur sulmuan dhe plagosën me thika delegatët në një takim në FIAP në Paris, duke dërguar shumë viktima në spital. Kohët e fundit MEK ndërmori një sulm fizik të egër ndaj z. Mustafa Mohammadi dhe vajzës së tij Houriyeh gjate kohes kur ai kërkoi të vizitonte vajzën tjetër Somayeh, takim i cili nuk u lejua të kryhej.

Megjithatë, kjo është hera e parë që MEK me urdhër të drejtpërdrejtë nga Maryam sulmon individë brenda një ndërtese si EUP. Kjo paraqet një përshkallëzim serioz të dhunës të MEK.

Për të dhënë një kontekst të këtij përshkallëzimi të sjelljeve të dhunshme, vlen të përmendet se dy ditë përpara këtij incidenti Anne Khodabandeh informoi eurodeputetët mbi rezultatet dhe faktet e zbuluara gjate vizitave të saj në Shqipëri, vendi ku qëndrojnë tashmë luftëtarët e MEK pasi u dëbuan nga Iraku. Khodabandeh ngriti çështjen e sigurisë duke pyetur se pse një vend anëtar i NATO-s, Shqipëria lejoi një organizatë terroriste të huaj të ndërtojë një kamp trajnimi terrorist në kufirin e Bashkimit Europian?

Khodabandeh kishte informuar më parë shërbimet e sigurisë britanike dhe amerikane rreth çështjeve shtesë lidhur me sjelljen e MEK dhe impaktin që ka lidhur me shqetësimet e sigurisë në gjithë Ballkanin dhe Evropën.

Të lejosh MEK-un që të përçojë këto sjellje mafioze në Parlamentin Evropian pa marrë ndëshkim, është një dritë jeshile për ambiciet e mëtejshme të grupit për të rritur praninë e tij si grup terrorist në Shqipëri./iranian/ Gazeta Impakt

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

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

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

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

Massoud Khodabandeh Director at Middle East Strategy Consultants.

Co-authored by Anne Khodabandeh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does the MEK offer for their dollar?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prezenca e Muxhahedinëve në Shqipëri thekson rreziqet e sigurisë për Evropën

Nga GAZETA IMPAKT – July 25, 2017

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

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

Çfarë ofron MEK-u për dollarët e tyre?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Massoud and Anne Khodabandeh

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

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

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

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

List-of-Mojahedin-Khalq-martyrs-Massoud-Maryam-Rajavi-MEK-fiction-fakeThe Enemy of My Enemy is NOT Always My Friend…

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

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

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