Author: Iran Interlink
Posted on: 2019/02/19
Luisa Hommerich, Des Spiegel (Spiegel Online), February 19 2019:… Members of the Trump administration have been providing support to a political sect that aims to topple the Iranian regime in Tehran. Around 2,000 of its members live in a camp in Albania. Former members say it is subjecting followers to torture and psychological terror. In 2007, units of the People’s Mujahedin began to receive training at a U.S. military facility in the desert of Nevada — even though the group was still listed by Washington as a terrorist organization at the time
Critian Maza, Newsweek, February 19 2019:… The group has an office in Washington, D.C., and has registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) with the name National Council of Resistance of Iran. “NCRI-US engages in disseminating information about the politico-economic situation in Iran and the Middle East, holds conferences and gatherings, conducts meetings, and engages in media activities.
Posted on: 2019/02/18
The Independent, Tehran Times and Sun Daily, February 18 2019:… “John Bolton is now angry because he said he would celebrate with MEK in Tehran in 2019 and that is not going to happen,” said the foreign minister. Iran needed to manufacture defence equipment because it does not get supplies from elsewhere, said Mr Zarif, while the US was selling billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf states. “Mr Trump talks about them as ‘beautiful weapons’, now these beautiful weapons are falling, as we know, on the people of Yemen. The only time we ourselves have used our missiles have been against Isis,” he said.
Posted on: 2019/02/17
Tehran Times, Febrauary 17 2019:… A German magazine has revealed that members of the MKO, also called MEK, undergo horrific training in a camp in Albania, the Mehr news agency reported on Saturday. Der Spiegel said the members held in the camp practice “cutting throats with knife”, “breaking hand”, “removing eyes with finger” and “tearing down mouth”. The German weekly magazine said those who left the cult group say the members are being tortured and subjected to psychological trauma.
Posted on: 2019/02/16
Thomas Erdbrink, The New York Times, February 16 2019:… Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, in a posting on his Twitter account, quickly drew a link between the Warsaw meeting and the deadly bus attack.“Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?” he wrote. “Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with twitter bots? US seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results.”
TRT, February 16 2019:… The MEK (Mojahedin Khalq, Maryam Rajavi cult) fought alongside Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. That led to them being branded traitors by the Iranian government, who executed thousands of political opponents, including MEK supporters, at the end of the war in 1988. The US State Department added the MEK to its list of terrorist organisations in 1997, and the exact reason why is unknown but the group carried out several terror attacks killing Iranians, Iraqis and Americans.
Posted on: 2019/02/15
Robert Mackey, The Intercept, February 15 2019:… Off-stage, the U.S. president’s lawyer admitted that he was paid by the exile group, but stressed to reporters that he was in Warsaw on behalf of the MEK in his personal capacity and would not be attending the diplomatic conference organized by the State Department. The Israeli prime minister described the gathering as primarily a meeting of Iran’s enemies.
Posted on: 2019/02/14
Ebrahim Noroozi, Sputnik News, February 14 2019:… Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has responded to US President Donald Trump’s comments about the 1979 Iran Revolution by urging Trump “to rethink failed US policy after 40 years of wrong choices”. “40 Years of Failure to accept that Iranians will never return to submission. 40 Years of Failure to adjust US policy to reality. 40 Years of Failure to destabilize Iran through blood & treasure,” FM Zarif wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.
Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, February 14 2019:… It’s the dystopian substance of Oceania which fits so accurately with the Mujahedin Khalq Organization. It is 2019 and members of the MKO are living in an Oceania-like world. This means that ruling system in Oceania is not only a government but also a life style that removes individuality from human beings and make them follow the community and its ruler. The parallel of the term “Big Brother”—referring to the absolute leader of Oceania—is “Brother Massoud”referring to the co-leaders of the MKO.
Posted on: 2019/02/13
Alireza Hashemi, Iran Front Page, February 13 2019:… The celebrations left unfulfilled the latest prophecy of the hawkish US national security advisor John Bolton, who hoped last year “the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its fortieth birthday.” In his speech to a conference of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), the notorious group behind biggest terror attacks in Iran, Bolton also said they would hold celebrations in Tehran before 2019.