• Ali Gharib, Lobelog, July 15 2016:... Let’s be blunt: MEK is neither a viable agent for regime change in Iran nor the “government-in-exile” the group pretends to be. They enjoy almost no support among Iranians at home or abroad. Exiled royalists hate them for their terror war against the Shah’s regime and their part in the Islamic Revolution. Inside the country, they are reviled across ...

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  • Ali Gharib, New Republic, April 12 2016:... But the alliance with Khomeini was tenuous, at best, and the Mojahedin suffered from its own eccentricities; by that time, the Mojahedin had coalesced around a charismatic leader named Massoud Rajavi, who would later lead the group into being little more than an armed cult of personality. When it became clear that Khomeini had no intention of sharing too much power with these lay, Marx-inspired radicals ... 

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  • josh-block-israel-projectAli Gharib, Lobelog, March 21 2016:... And yet the revisionism required to accept the latest TIP video’s promotion of Rajavi seems like a huge joke. It’s bad enough that the spot seeks to leverage statements by true defenders of Iranian human rights to suit its agenda—torpedoing the nuclear accord with Iran and, one presumes, eventually toppling the regime by whatever means necessary—but then here comes the MEK. The video holds up Rajavi as an “exiled leader.” ... 

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  • Ali Gharib, Lobelog, August 12 2015:...  As far back as 2008, Lieberman was joking—yes, joking, as if this were a laughing matter—about the “appeal” of bombing Iran. In a 2010 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations that re-purposed many of the talking points Lieberman had used to push for the invasion of Iraq, he spoke of a six-month deadline—six months! ...

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  • by Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib, Lobelog, July 22 2015:... Namely, two items on the website of Citizens for a Nuclear Iran, one of which was later removed, featured an exiled Iranian opposition group called the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). The MEK makes a cameo appearance in the television ad crafted by Citizens ...

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  • Ali Gharib, Lobelog, July 03 2015:... “Inevitably,” Lieberman addressed the MEK members directly, “as individuals you may ask yourself: Is it possible that we can bring about a change of regime in Iran? And I want to say to you that it is. I’m confident that it is and it will happen.” The US, he said, “should be working closely with your resistance group.” ...

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  • Ali Gharib, The Nation, April 29 2015:... Rajavi’s written testimony, a copy of which was obtained by The Nation, focuses on an unexpected way of bringing ISIS to heel: by fostering regime change in Iran. “The ultimate solution to this problem” of Islamic extremism, such as ISIS, Rajavi says in the written statement ...

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  • Ali Gharib, Tne Nation, April 06 2015:... But Menendez’s strategy has paid off—literally. Menendez received more campaign contributions from the MEK and its allies than any other member of Congress, according to a study by Eli Clifton and me for our piece on their relationship in the Intercept. And during his 2012 re-election campaign, Menendez garnered ...

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  • Jim Lobe, Lobelog, March 01 2015:... It appears that Menendez has also been the top recipient of campaign funding from donors with ties to the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK), the cultish group that was until recently included on the State Department’s terrorism list, according to a new investigative report published Thursday by LobeLog alumni and occasional ...

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  • Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton, The Intercept, February 27 2015:... Not least because of the yellow jackets, the group’s many critics — including foreign policy-oriented Hill staffers — view the Mojahedin as “wacky”; they remain obscure beyond the Beltway and battle persistent criticisms that the group is a cult of personality, with adherents prone to ...

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  • Eli Clifton, The Nation, May 30 2014: ... But perhaps more surprisingly, the WSJ editorial board apparently felt no compunction to inform readers about the source of this “plausible new report.” This, despite the fact that the Journal’s editorial team even includes one outspoken critic of the MEK, Sohrab Ahmari, an editorial page writer based in Europe. In a 2011 Radio Free ...

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  • Ali Gharib, The Nation, May 14 2014: ... According to his office, however, Shaheed requested to withdraw from the official Iran Accountability Week proceedings. He agreed, an assistant said, to brief lawmakers "in a different context than Accountability Week." Asked why, Shaheed's representative responded, "He just didn't think it was appropriate." The assistant ...

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