Author: Iran Interlink
Posted on: 2019/03/19
Happy Persian New Year – Happy Norooz (Nowruz)
This ancient celebration marks the first day of Spring and occurs on the Spring Equinox. Norooz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years. A feature of the occasion is the Haftsin table on which are displayed seven items beginning with the Persian letter S to symbolize the renewal of life.
Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, March 19 2019:… Imagine terrorist extremists attacking European citizens, cutting their throats with knife, breaking their hands, removing their eyes with fingers, and tearing their mouth open. Even imagining such scenes seems horrific but there are some people out there who have been trained to do so. A large group of these trained terrorists are members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/the Cult of Rajavi). Coincidently, they live in Europe now.
Posted on: 2019/03/16
Iran Interlink, March 16 2019:… International Women’s Day, and many have written about women in the MEK’s Manez camp. They talk of the historic abuse of women members by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, the slavery situation and the specific problems for women who don’t have any place to go if they run away. Many have compared their situation with domestic violence and coercive control. They highlight the financial dependence of the women, especially now that they are in their 60s and 70s. On the other side of this is Maryam Rajavi’s pretence at being a feminist.
Posted on: 2019/03/14
Nejat Society, March 14 2019:…. Female defectors of the Mujahedin Khalq Organizaion (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI) participated an inter-parliamentary committee meeting organized by Parliament’s gender equality committee. The conference that was held a day ahead of the International Women’s Day was focus on young women in politics as well as women’s real power in politics and how to boost it. Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee members debated with more than 20 national MPs from 15 EU member states and Norway during an inter-parliamentary meeting on ‘‘Women’s power in politics’’.
Posted on: 2019/03/09
Fars News, Tehran, March 03 2019:… The co-founder of Pinkcode, an anti-war NGO based in the US, blasted members of the Congress for supporting the anti-Iran Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group. Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of Codepink: Women for Peace, voiced concern about the relashionship between the US congresspersons and the terrorist groups like the MKO.
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Lobe log, March 09 2019:… Hommerich reported that inside the camp in Albania, MEK militants were still practicing the deadly techniques for combat taught them by Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard—“cutting throats with a knife,” “breaking hands,” “removing eyes with fingers,” and “tearing the mouth open.” In 2017, the Trump administration reversed a 2013 plan by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to establish a De-Radicalisation Institute to disband and rehabilitate the MEK, allowing the dangerous cult to regroup behind closed doors in a de facto extra-territorial enclave and continue its violent practices.
Iran Interlink, March 08 2019:… To mark International Women’s Day on 8th of March some commentators remind us of the situation of women inside the MEK. In particular, Sarrafpour from Shiraz has written a long piece explaining how from the very beginnings up to the present Rajavi abused women. Some of the former MEK women members wrote that perhaps the biggest crime Rajavi committed against them was not the unnecessary hysterectomies but taking their children from them at very young age.
Posted on: 2019/03/08
Tehran Times, March 08 2019:… Thanks to his brother’s high rank in the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, NCRI or PMOI), Amir Arjmand escaped to Iraqi Kurdistan and there he met with French security agents who took him to Paris. About the status of MKO terrorist group among US-sponsored anti-Iran groups, Zam tells Alireza that Americans have an instrumental approach to the MKO.
Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, Marcy 08 2019:… Many Iranians refer to the second group as the “fake” opposition,” he writes. “It consists mostly of the monarchists, some ethnic groups, and the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the exiled group that is universally despised in Iran and was on the State Department’s list of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” from 1997 until 2011. It is called the “fake” opposition because it supports the economic sanctions and the threat of military attacks, and has completely aligned itself not only with the Trump administration, but also with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Israel, and endorses their propaganda against Iran
Barbara Slavin, Al-Montor, March 08 2019:… the MEK is understood to be widely reviled inside Iran as a leftist Islamist cult that sided with Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The group advocates the overthrow of the Iranian government and the elevation of Maryam Rajavi, the wife of MEK founder Massoud Rajavi, as the new leader. She lives in exile outside Paris. In the past, State Department talking points have said that the United States believes that the MEK is not a viable political alternative for Iran. But that line was changed just before the Warsaw conference last month.