Mazda Parsi, Nejat society, January 21 2019:… With the relocation of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) in Albania Europe, concerns over the presence of a formerly terrorist designated group with cult-like attitudes has been increasing. From time to time, News outlets, TV channels shed light upon the matter of the MKO. The most recent reference to the case of the MKO was posted on the Swiss newspaper New Zurich Zeitung. The author of the article Ulrich von Schwerin investigates …
Concerns Over MEK’s Threat In Europe
With the relocation of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) in Albania Europe, concerns over the presence of a formerly terrorist designated group with cult-like attitudes has been increasing. From time to time, News outlets, TV channels shed light upon the matter of the MKO.
The most recent reference to the case of the MKO was posted on the Swiss newspaper New Zurich Zeitung. The author of the article Ulrich von Schwerin investigates the support by the side of US leading politicians for the MKO despite the fact that
“the history of the Iranian People’s Mujahedeen is bloody, turbulent and tragic, their method is controversial and their ideology is full of contradictions”. 
He finds the American support for the group as a contradiction too because it is the most hated opposition group among Iranian public.
“No Iranian opposition group polarizes like them, no one has so many critics, but no such prominent supporters,” he states. The contradiction leads him to wonder what role the MKO plays in Washington’s Iran policy is, and if it really is the right ally for the US government. 
To find out the answer, the author interviews or cites from several Western politicians, scholars and journalists including German Green MP Omid Nouripour.
“The People’s Mujahedeen have suffered an incredible amount of suffering, but also caused a lot of damage,” Nouripour says. He strongly advised against supporting the group because there are “huge questions about its ideology, its structure and its legitimacy” and because of its past it has little support in Iran. 
Thus, the author of NZZ concludes,
“For many, their commitment to democracy and human rights seems untrustworthy after alliance with Saddam Hussein. And even the pronounced leadership cult around the Rajavis makes many doubt on their democratic views.” 
Ulrich von Schwerin closes his article citing Daniel Benjamin of the New York Times who sees MKO’s multi-million dollar campaign to buy US politicians’ support as the main motivation for advocating the formerly terrorist designated group that has the blood of six US citizens in hand.
“It’s something when someone offers you $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 on the phone to join a panel discussion,” Benjamin says. “This does not happen to former diplomats every day.” 
Besides NZZ, there has been a post on the controversial presence of the MKO in Italian news website “Gli Occhi Della Guerra” based in Rome in the early January. The writer, Giovanni Giacalone focuses on the expulsion of the two Iranian diplomats by the Albanian government based on a false flag operation plotted by the Israeli Intelligence Mossad and the MKO.
“Apparently, the clash between the Shiite axis and the Salafite/Wahhabi galaxy, as well as between Israel and Iran, is now also taking place on Albanian soil and the MEK may play a major role in this scenario,” Giacalone suggests. “However, the Mojahedin base on the Adriatic threatens to increase destabilization in the Balkans, an area already characterized by strong ethnic-religious and political tensions, all to the detriment of Europe. Albania for its part is reconfirmed as among the most loyal allies of the United States and Israel.” 
The threat of the MKO is persistently confirmed by the Albanian-Canadian historian Dr. Olsi Jazexhi who was interviewed by the Balkan Post, last week. Albania is deriving no benefit but only headaches, scandals and bad name for what it is doing with MEK,” Dr Jazexhi tells Navid Nasr of the Balkan Post.
“The media in the Balkans and the region, from Serbia, to Greece, Macedonia and Italy, have reported with great concern the coming of MEK to Albania. Europeans are also upset with what Albania is doing.” 
He believes that the only people who are benefiting from hosting the MEK are organized criminals and some Albanian politicians who run gangs of drug dealers.
“Many Albanian politicians, like Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Diaspora Pandeli Majko etc are building personal relationships with American politicians like John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Patrick Kennedy etc, who are opening their doors to Washington. In their yearly “Free Iran” meetings that MEK organizes in Paris, Maryam Rajavi is enabling many corrupt Albanian politicians to meet major European and American neocon politicians,”
He points out the destructive role of the MKO in the international relations particularly in the Europe considering the MKO as destructive as other Jihadist extremists like ISIS.
“The European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which are not happy with what Albania is doing, must be asked to raise their voice against the MEK’s activities,”
“These three organizations must extend their deradicalization programs over to the MEK and must not use their programs only against Albanian Muslims who want to do Jihad in Syria.”
“EU bodies must ask Albania and the Americans to come out with an action plan to deradicalize MEK in the same way that they are jailing and deradicalizing ISIS sympathizers. France must do the same,” he continues. “They must not allow Maryam Rajavi to use French soil as a base for violent Jihadi propaganda against Iran or any other country. The Europeans must ask MEK to open its camp, deradicalize its members, stop its Jihadi propaganda and its members must be allowed to marry, find jobs and start free civilian lives.”
By Mazda Parsi
Ulrich von Schwerin, Die Volksmujahedin sind fragwürdige Verbündete Washingtons in Iran, nzz.ch,January14,2019
Giacalone,Giovanni,Gli iraniani erano davvero pronti
a fare un attentato in Europa? ,Gli Occhi Della Guerra, January6, 2019
Dr. Reza Ekhtiari Amiri, Habilian Association, January 15 2019:… Hassan Shahbaz, a defected MKO member said in an interview with Aljazeera: “We used to receive daily orders instructing us to emphasize on major topics and current problems in Iran. For instance, unemployment, high prices, and poverty were among the topics to which we had to attract the attention of people and blame the Islamic government in Iran for these problems. This was our daily task on the internet.” …
Iran Interlink, January 11 2019:… There were two more deaths this week in Albania. Every week two or three members are dying. On one side it can be put down to their age, but on the other hand some deaths are suspicious. There is no oversight or inspections to find out what happened to them. We have only to accept what MEK say about them. Behzad Massoudi, who died this week, was with MEK for over forty years. Everyone who knows him says he had no illness as the MEK claim. But he was a critic during all his time with them …
Press TV, January 09 2019:… The Leader was referring to comments by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. “Before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran,” Bolton told an MKO meeting in July 2017. Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Christmas was a few days ago. This is how US calculations work.” “Some US officials pretend that they are mad. Of course I don’t agree with that. Rather, they are first-class idiots,”
Gli Occhi Della Guerra, Rome, Italy, January 07 2019:… The Albanian investigative journalist Gjergj Thanasi had followed the case and had managed to show how the two were in fact [retired] Iranian journalists invited by the well-known Bektashi Albanian community for the celebrations of the Shiite festivity of Nowruz and to attend a conference on Imam Ali. Their visas had been validated by the Albanian consulate in Istanbul, there was an official letter …
Mehr and Fars News, January 07 2019:… MP Mohammed al-Baldawi said Saturday that American Forces have received some members of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult, NCRI) in northern Iraq and have started training these terrorists. al-Baldawi said. The US military camps have received dozens of members of the Iranian opposition organization, and have started arming and training them to lead the plot.” …
Various sources, January 05 2019:… Dear Roald Sturla Næss, former Norwegian ambassador to Iran. mek fought with Saddam Hussein during the Iraq war against Iran in the 1980s and currently being financed by Saudi Arabia and working closely with Iran’s enemies also shows lack of legitimacy in the Iranian population”, and I have to say it considered by most Iranians as an act of treason as well …
Iran Interlink, January 04 2019:… A bus filled with university students overturned on a mountainous road killing tens of students. Students from the Free University of Tehran held a sit-in asking the authorities for answers. Maryam Rajavi jumped on the bandwagon in her websites trying to link herself with the student action. The students quickly published an announcement not only distancing themselves but rejecting Rajavi and the MEK …
Balkans Post, January 03 2019:… The Iranian Mojahedeen-e-Khalq organization which were designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and Canada until 2012, started to come to Albania in 2013. A few months after the Obama administration removed them from the terrorist list, the Americans asked the government of Sali Berisha in Albania to offer asylum to 250 Iranian Mojahedeen commanders who could not stay in Iraq …
Gazeta Impakt, December 30 2018:… The expulsion of the Iranian ambassador from Albania by order of the US Security Adviser John Bolton is an act that has seriously shaken Albanian politics. The Albanian government of Prime Minister Rama, Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and President Ilir Meta not only did not welcome the dictates of John Bolton, but until now have not made any official statement to welcome the expulsion …
Ora News, December 30 2018:… Our government should not be involved at all with issues relating to Iran, and for me, the Mojahedin should not have been taken in by Albania at all. Taking thousands of people and thereby importing conflict is, for me, very wrong. Albanians have been so persecuted in the last two centuries, even by Europe, there is nowhere to go. Normally there would be a rise and not a drop, and you will protect those …
Iran Interlink, December 21 2018:… Maryam Rajavi held a meeting in Albania where she announced that Iranian communities in 44 other countries support her. Snippets of this ‘support’ were broadcast on MEK media. The reality is, nobody attended except their low-level paid lobbyists and there were no Iranians except themselves. Commentators say they notice a big difference from some years ago. Now MEK don’t have the known lobbyists …
Dr. Olsi Jazexhi, Tirana, Albania, Iranian.com, December 21 2018:… The Iranian Mojahedin who started to come to Albania as war refugees since 2013, have since the election of Donald Trump in the White House become very aggressive in the country. The MEK which runs a paramilitary camp in the village of Manza outside Durres, have been accused by various Albanian and Western media outlets of running illegal activities in Albania …