Fox News MEK And Another Fake Photo 

Fox News MEK And Another Fake Photo 

Fox News MEK And Another Fake Photo Matt Novak, Gizmondon UK, January 04 2020:… What is even more mysterious is the person or people behind Alavi’s Twitter account. The Intercept reported in June that Alavi, who has been used as a source by the White House, does not appear to be a real person. A former member of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an anti-Iranian organization, told the Intercept that Alavi was a facade. Hassan Heyrani was a former high-ranking member of the organization according to the Intercept. Fox News MEK And Another Fake Photo  

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1- Fox News reporter posts years-old photo of Iranian graffiti thanking Trump

Daily dot, January 04 2020

It’s unlikely it’s legit.

A Fox News producer tweeted out a photo of Arabic graffiti that supposedly shows Iranian support for President Donald Trump.

After a military strike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani on Thursday, Iranian protesters took to the streets to mourn Soleimani. However, Yonat Friling, from Fox News, portrayed support for Trump’s decision in Iran with a tweet on Friday.

“From Tehran this morning graffiti says ‘Thank you Trump’. (Source protected),” @Foxyonat tweeted.

Her tweet has since been deleted.

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The image; however, has a few suspicious qualities. First, this is not the first time it has circulated on Twitter. In 2018, an account by the name Heshmat Alavi tweeted out the photo to show support in Iran for Trump. Alavi claims to be an anti-Iranian regime activist. When Alavi posted it, he says the graffiti translates to ‘way to go Trump.

While #Iran‘s regime may claim of having a social base opposing U.S. President Donald Trump’s #IranDealWithdrawal, this graffiti today from Tehran shows how Iranians are actually very thankful. ‘Way to go Trump’,” @HeshmatAlavi tweeted.

What is even more mysterious is the person or people behind Alavi’s Twitter account.

The Intercept reported in June that Alavi, who has been used as a source by the White House, does not appear to be a real person. A former member of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an anti-Iranian organization, told the Intercept that Alavi was a facade. Hassan Heyrani was a former high-ranking member of the organization according to the Intercept.

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“Heshmat Alavi is a persona run by a team of people from the political wing of the MEK,” Heyrani said. “They write whatever they are directed by their commanders and use this name to place articles in the press. This is not and has never been a real person.”

The Trump administration used an article published by Alavi to justify leaving the nuclear deal in 2018. Alavi contended that there was Iranian support for the administration’s decisions.

This morning, the Alavi account tweeted out more alleged evidence of support for Trump’s most recent military strike.

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! An Iranian family celebrating the killing of #Iran‘s IRGC Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani. “Death to Dictator!” they are heard chanting,” @HeshmatAlavi tweeted.

Gizmodo reported that the support for Trump’s attack is not likely to be substantiated by the Iranian people. Dr. Pedram Partovi, an associate professor at American University, told Gizmodo that hatred for the American government far outweighs the current disdain for the Iranian regime.

“Even if the current government in Iran is unpopular with the vast majority of the Iranian population, Trump and his administration may be even more unpopular. Regular public opinion polling conducted by the University of Maryland, among others, bears this out,” Partovi wrote in an email to Gizmodo.

Friling did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Dot.

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2- No, Graffiti Did Not Appear Overnight in Iran Thanking President Trump

Matt Novak, Gizmondon UK, January 04 2020

ave you seen the photo doing the rounds on social media in the wake of the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani? The Trump regime took credit for killing Soleimani overnight, and some conservatives claim that Iranians are thankful that Trump killed him. According to people on Twitter, the graffiti on the wall says “Thank you Trump,” supposedly tagged overnight to thank the president for killing Soleimani. But the image isn’t quite what it seems.

Fox News producer Yonat Friling posted the image to Twitter, claiming that she got it from a protected source. (Friling’s tweet has since been deleted, it’s archived here.) But in reality, the photo is more than a year old (at least) and can be traced back to a highly dubious source.

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The graffiti message does indeed roughly translate to something like “Good on ya, Trump,” according to Dr. Pedram Partovi, an associate professor at American University who spoke with Gizmodo by email.

“‘Damet garm’ is a slang expression that roughly translates to ‘thanks/good job/well done’ with the connotation that the message writer not only supports the action/rhetoric of the subject of the message but will also back them in their efforts,” Partovi told Gizmodo. “‘Damet garm’ literally means ‘your side is warm (because I’m standing by you).’”

But even if the translation is close, there’s plenty of evidence that the photo wasn’t taken today.

One of the earliest people to post the image appears to be the Twitter account of Heshmat Alavi, who has previously described himself as an activist working against the Iranian regime in Tehran. Alavi’s account posted a video of the wall on May 20, 2018, and screenshots from the video have circulated on the web ever since, claiming to show support in Iran for President Trump.

Unlike the version that’s going viral today, which claims the translation from Farsi to English is “Thank you Trump,” Alavi claimed that the wall says “Way to go Trump.”

Alavi has written articles for far-right websites like the Federalist and the Daily Caller, but the most curious thing about Alavi is that some people insist he’s not real.

The Intercept published an article on June 9, 2016, where two sources said that Alavi is operated by an Iranian opposition group called Mojahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK for short.

“Heshmat Alavi is a persona run by a team of people from the political wing of the MEK,” Hassan Heyrani, a defector from the MEK, told the Intercept. “They write whatever they are directed by their commanders and use this name to place articles in the press. This is not and has never been a real person.”

Even more interestingly, Alavi tweeted these photos today, supposedly showing Iranians celebrating with pastries and cards that read, “Thank you Trump.” Those photos couldn’t be independently verified, but even if they’re real they don’t detract from the fact that Soleimani was incredibly popular inside of Iran. And even people who didn’t like him will likely rally behind the Iranian regime against an enemy they despise more: the Americans.

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Alavi did not respond to a request for comment about whether he’s a real person or not. But either way, we do know one thing for sure: this photo that’s going viral is old and has nothing to do with the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani.

“It is possible that this graffiti came from Iran,” Dr. Partovi told Gizmodo. “I don’t think it represents widespread public opinion in Iran.”

“Even if the current government in Iran is unpopular with the vast majority of the Iranian population, Trump and his administration may be even more unpopular. Regular public opinion polling conducted by the University of Maryland, among others, bears this out.”

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1500 Victims? Pompeo Uses MEK Fabrications

1500 Victims Pompeo Uses MEK FabricationsThe Statesman, December 29 2019:… Earlier this month, the US said that Iranian authorities may have killed more than 1,000 people in a crackdown on demonstrations in mid-November. In his series of tweets, Pompeo cites to a much higher death toll that has already been listed by certain media outlets, as well as the exiled Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the formerly armed opposition that is fiercely critical of the regime and has cultivated close ties with the Trump administration. 1500 Victims? Pompeo Uses MEK Fabrications 

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

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The massive violent protests broke out on November 15 across Iran, whose economy has suffered under sweeping sanctions from the United States, after the government abruptly hiked fuel prices.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday lashed out at Iran for using “violence” and censorship to prevent memorials for those killed during the suppression of recent protests.

Taking to Twitter, Pompeo said, “The Iranian people have the right to mourn 1,500 victims slaughtered by @khamenei_ir during #IranProtests”, while directly accusing Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

According to the Ilna news agency, internet access was effectively cut off Wednesday in multiple Iranian provinces ahead of memorials planned on social media a month after the protests.

“The regime fears its own citizens, and has once again resorted to violence and shutting down the internet,” Pompeo further said.

The massive violent protests broke out on November 15 across Iran, whose economy has suffered under sweeping sanctions from the United States, after the government abruptly hiked fuel prices.

Earlier this month, the US said that Iranian authorities may have killed more than 1,000 people in a crackdown on demonstrations in mid-November.

In his series of tweets, Pompeo cites to a much higher death toll that has already been listed by certain media outlets, as well as the exiled Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the formerly armed opposition that is fiercely critical of the regime and has cultivated close ties with the Trump administration.

 

Earlier in the month, President Rouhani had said that the Islamic republic “will proudly bypass sanctions” by the United States that took effect, targeting the country’s oil and financial sectors.

In September this year, Pompeo blamed Iran fro the drone attack at an oil field in Saudi Arabia which disrupted about the half of the Kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5 per cent of the daily global oil supply.

Last year, after its unilateral exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington has been piling up pressure on Tehran through a series of sanctions to force it to return to negotiations.

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