Iran Interlink, March 13 2015:… The death was announced yesterday of Hareth al Zaari, a backer of the MEK. Al Zaari escaped from Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein to Jordan where he established the Association of Muslim scholars. This association was part of a cohort, which included Saddam’s daughter, fighting against the Iraqi government …
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – March 13, 2015
++ The death was announced yesterday of Hareth al Zaari, a backer of the MEK. Al Zaari escaped from Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein to Jordan where he established the Association of Muslim scholars. This association was part of a cohort, which included Saddam’s daughter, fighting against the Iraqi government and trying to stop the progress of the country. Iraq had issued an arrest warrant against him. Al Zaari died in Turkey from cancer and his body will be taken to Jordan for burial. Although he was a fugitive he was very influential for the MEK; Massoud Rajavi was highly dependent on his patronage.
++ Widespread ridicule followed Maryam Rajavi’s annual invitation to the Iranian people to ‘rise up and overthrow their government’ on the occasion of the joyous Iranian celebration of Chahar Shanbe Suri, an ancient purification rite. The MEK treat it as though the Iranian people are doing it to support them. One Farsi comment was that “the next step will be for Maryam Rajavi to ask all the people of the world to take their socks off before going to bed at night and then the next morning claim that she made it happen saying ‘look, all the world supports me because they took their socks off!”
++ The Quarterly issue of Cheshmandaz Iran, whose editor is Meysami a well-known critic of Iran where he is resident, has published a two part article by Mohammad Karimi, also a known revolutionary at time of Shah who had been involved with the MEK at that time. In this final part titled ‘Mojahedin-e Avare’ (The Homeless Mojahedin), he goes into detail about the start of the MEK when he was with them and is a short but thorough history. In the same publication Maysami writes, “People ask me where do I think Massoud Rajavi is. My only answer is that after what he has done he is staying somewhere that he doesn’t have to answer to anyone for anything. I don’t know where but I know why.”
++ In reaction to Maryam Rajavi’s Berlin show to mark International Women’s Day, Mirbaghersaderi in Switzerland writes about this from the angle of Maryam Rajavi’s outstanding hypocrisy, her unique potential and ability in lying. The writer says she is far superior to anyone else in this skill.
++ Many people continue writing to their friends and family in Tirana. Hassanpiransar congratulates his friend Alireza Mirbagheri for moving out of Iraq but encourages him and his friends to take the next step and free themselves. He tells them not to be afraid. Hassanpiransar says “the MEK pay you $500 per month and this keeps their rope around your neck. The difference between that and the UN money is only $300 and I promise you, you will not collapse if you take that instead. The damage done by that extra $300 is much worse than struggling to make your own way. The MEK’s money is poison for you.”
++ This week, following Maryam Rajavi’s show in Berlin to mark International Women’s Day, several former MEK members have written open letters to political representatives of their countries of residence to protest and to inform.
Iran Zanan (Iranian Women’s Association) wrote to Otto Bernhardet in Germany after he met with Rajavi to ask him ‘Do you know who Maryam Rajavi is?’ The letter listed the human rights abuses specifically affecting women in the cult, including murders, forced hysterectomies, grooming for sex and ongoing incommunicado incarceration.
Mohammad Razaghi wrote to Manuel Valls, the Prime Minister of France warning of the danger posed by MEK members living in Auvers sur Oise who have been trained in the manufacture and use of explosives and chemical weapons; this training was provided by Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard says Razaghi who is an eye witness to many of the MEK’s criminal and terrorist activities. Such MEK members living in France use false identities to evade detection by security services, he says.
++ Using the framework of Maryam Rajavi’s claim to defend the rights of women, Mazda Parsi in Nejat Bloggers says she should be challenged to identify the economic, political and social achievements of the women in her own camps both in France and Iraq. Parsi points out that “no woman in the MKO earns money or runs her own business. Women in the MKO are completely separated from men. Even women are not allowed to associate with their same sex comrades as friends. Friendship is forbidden. Celibacy is obligatory and a lot of other facts that prove that female members of the MKO enjoy no social achievements. They are not given the slightest opportunity to learn social skills. Most of them have no idea how to use a cellphone. About the political achievements of the MKO female members, it is enough to mention that the group has no significant role in the political scene of Iran.” Parsi says former members of the MEK are highly motivated to help rescue their former comrades who Rajavi is holding hostage.
++ PressTV reported that Rudi Giuliani made his lucrative annual pilgrimage to Europe to advocate for the MEK in a speech in Berlin. As expected, Giuliani’s speech, delivered to a captive audience of Polish and Czech students taking time out from an MKO funded all-expenses paid tourist trip, followed the usual trend of ineffectual nobodies being paid to make unwarranted and unwanted criticisms of President Obama’s efforts in the nuclear negotiations as part of a greater attempt by Zionists and Neocons to stymie the process. He described Obama as “extremely reckless”. Giuliani also wants the residents of Camp Liberty to be given refugee status. Press TV did not report how Giuliani proposed this should be granted – the residents continue to be held in incommunicado captivity by the MEK leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi – we can assume he didn’t elaborate.
++ Another MEK-paid advocate was unable to attend the Berlin show because of problems at home. The New York Times reported that the US “Justice Department is preparing to file corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez… after a two-year investigation into allegations that he accepted gifts and lavish vacations in exchange for political favors for a longtime friend and political benefactor. The article focuses on Menendez’ friendship with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye surgeon and the corrupt practices which ensued. It was left to Paul Mulshine in nj.com to focus on the senator’s use of his powerful position as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for “courageous efforts to keep the cowardly and evil Obama administration from caving in to the crazed Iranian mullahs who want to rain nuclear destruction on the U.S. and Israel”.
“The senator’s recent behavior should be seen in light of his affinity for another Mideastern group he champions, Mojahedin-e Khalq. You’ve probably never heard of it. But Bob Baer has… “These guys killed Americans,” said Baer, a former CIA agent who spent much of the 1980′ and ’90s in the Mideast. “They tried to kill one of my colleagues, but they ended up shooting his driver.” MEK, as it’s known, is an Iranian dissident group of Marxist-Leninist origins that operates from a base in Iraq called Camp Liberty. Menendez has become its prime spokesman in Congress – and also the prime recipient of donations from MEK sympathizers, according to an article on the Intercept site.”
++ Marcin Banasik writing for Dzienni Poliski24 newspaper exposes the MEK’s activities in Poland. The MEK created a Facebook page to lure students into participating in an all-expenses paid trip to Berlin for Rajavi’s show. But, said the paper, the students weren’t informed that the trip was paid for by a terrorist organization and that they were expected to support the MEK as part of the conditions attached to the trip.
“When we called the number given on the web, we were told that the organizers are associations supporting the struggle for democracy. The person responsible for compiling the departure list would not, however, give us a Polish contact for the tour. Facebook is the only information we had and it says that “the subject is the same as every year in Paris”.
The point is that in 2008 the People’s Mojahedin held a rally at Charles de Gaulle airport. That was attended by around 3.5 thousand Polish students and was met with criticism from Iran. The Iranian ambassador in Warsaw said that this event, in which a terrorist organization could deceive students, was a humiliation for Polish society.
Until yesterday the authorities of Kracow University did not know about the Berlin trip. In the same way as the Paris Conference, Professor Anna Krasnowolska from the Department of Iranian Studies at Jagiellonian University learned about the Berlin Conference in March from us. Professor Krasnowolska said “I advised my students not to participate in this. The way in which it is organized shows that the concept of democracy is foreign to the People’s Mojahedin”.
When articles began to circulate on the Internet showing the true face of the Conference in Paris, some students began to sell their tickets for the trip to Berlin. “I preferred to withdraw from participation in the meeting altogether. I even heard that the Americans refuse to issue visas to those who were at a similar conference”, the student from Krakow told us.”
Behind the deceptive face of Maryam Rajavi’s Women’s Day meeting in Berlin
Iran Interlink, March 04 2015:… The MEK’s whole existence relies solely on the image it is able to present in order to influence public opinion. But a closer examination of the second example of duplicitous MEK image manufacture reveals a more sinister and indeed dangerous element to the group’s devious behaviour. The example concerns an MEK planned …
Behind the deceptive face of Maryam Rajavi’s Women’s Day meeting in Berlin
In the space of a few days we have two outstanding examples of how the Mojahedin Khalq uses lies and deception to artificially position itself as a player in the Iranian political scene.
Firstly we have the debacle of the MEK’s so-called nuclear revelations designed to scupper the nuclear talks. The MEK are paid by the anti-Iran cohort of Zionists, neoconservatives and pro-war pundits to annoy Iran. Their task was simple: exploit the MEK’s specious reputation for previous ‘discoveries’ of Iranian clandestine nuclear activity to manufacture another revelation which would impact on the negotiations. Unfortunately for the MEK’s sponsors the group was so intent on making the messenger centre of attention and the focus of publicity, that they completely forgot that the message itself actually needed to appear credible enough for the IAEA to take notice.
The MEK’s claim was readily exposed as pure fabrication by a journalist’s simple Google image search which revealed the door to a supposed nuclear bunker was taken from an advertising brochure for a safe manufacturing company in Iran. Perhaps the MEK thought that the IAEA would not notice that the design of a safe door differs fundamentally from that of a blast proof bunker door. As a result, the MEK was widely ridiculed and the talks continued without a hiccup. If nothing else, the incident exposes how insignificant the role of the MEK is the Iran nuclear dossier. The group really is a messenger, a mere tool.
The MEK’s whole existence relies solely on the image it is able to present in order to influence public opinion. But a closer examination of the second example of duplicitous MEK image manufacture reveals a more sinister and indeed dangerous element to the group’s devious behaviour. The example concerns an MEK planned meeting on March 7th in Berlin to mark International Women’s Day (March 8). The event has been advertised on a site with no contact details as being organised by a ‘Confederation of Iranian Societies in Germany’.
Neither of the two biggest Iranian societies in Germany
have any knowledge of this site for the simple reason that it consists entirely of MEK supporters.
What is widely known of course is that the only support the MEK has among Iranians whether inside or outside Iran is that which has been paid for or which is provided by indoctrinated followers who are subjected to cultic brainwashing techniques. This is why both speakers and audience extras at its rallies and meetings must be paid.
It is also well known that the reason for holding these gatherings is simply to ‘showcase’ Maryam Rajavi as the sole figurehead of the whole Iranian opposition; the speakers’ panels never include other Iranians because Maryam Rajavi sees them as rivals.
Interestingly, although it would be expected that an Iranian opposition group would want to attract an Iranian audience, the event has not been announced in the MEK’s Farsi websites. Instead a concerted effort is being made to silence MEK critics and prevent them exposing the lies and deception behind everything the MEK does. The MEK sites spew out verbal attacks couched in vile and threatening language. Truly, there is nothing sophisticated in the MEK’s incitement to hatred and its incitement to murder. It is a strange kind of character assassination which actually harms your image more than that of your target!
The cult leader is, of course, highly praised. However, nowhere is it announced that Maryam Rajavi will be the central figure in the Berlin event. This deliberate omission allows the MEK to dupe unsuspecting members of parliament into agreeing to speak on a popular theme in the West – criticism of the Islamic Republic of Iran – without knowing they will be co-opted into supporting the MEK when they do.
Behind all the smoke and mirrors of the MEK’s image-conjuring tricks, it is surely instructive to examine how the MEK manages its public relations campaigns. If nothing else it exposes the complacency of Western governments toward the activities of a terrorist group in their countries.
Every year the MEK uses International Women’s Day as an opportunity to promote an image of Maryam Rajavi as a feminist. As an indication of how important this is, huge sums of money are allocated to this show. Some weeks before the event the MEK announces a “bassij” that is, an all-out effort, in order to find speakers and an audience. As in any campaign the various tasks are divided between trusted members of the MEK. They have at their disposal teams of unpaid rank and file (slaves) and paid supporters. The task of finding speakers follows a typical MEK cultic recruitment and indoctrination process.
First an information source is established using bogus Associations and Societies, each with a website (without any contact details or identifiable owner). ‘Fishing’ sites are also established to authenticate the identity of the recruiters.
With this artificial ‘Confederation’ in place, the MEK then uses its lobbyists in various parliament – in this case the Bundestag and the European Parliament – to persuade other members to join them in supporting it. Once MPs show an interest (whether the financial incentives or the chance for publicity), they are offered expenses and ‘love bombed’ by the Iranian troupe which is tasked to take care of them and provide for their needs. This can be a quite intense experience; possibly a daily visit in which a trained MEK member poses as an intern and talks to convince the MP of the need for a particular stance toward Iran. The ‘evidence’ of course has been put in place with various websites and ‘victims’ of abuses ready with their emotive stories. The involvement of other MPs (the MEK’s paid lobbyists) in the cause is a strong incentive and assurance.
As long as the MEK can prevent the target from accessing information from other sources – which would inevitably expose the MEK’s lies – they can be persuaded to speak. Once the target has taken the bait and has been convinced to join the meeting, the recruiters will carefully introduce Maryam Rajavi in saintly terms as the saviour of all Iranian women, a promotor of democracy and a defender of human rights.
For anyone with any knowledge at all about Iran and the MEK, especially those MPs who have served over several parliaments, these persuasive cult techniques have little currency. Instead the MEK targets newly elected MPs, and in the European Parliament especially, the MPs from Eastern Europe where the MEK is not much known.
A significant factor in this year’s recruitment campaign is the involvement of Mohammad Mohsiri. Moshiri’s German website Veranstaltung: “Für Toleranz & Gleichstellung” (‘Meeting: for Tolerance and Equality’) is written in English. This a ‘fishing’ site to attract potential MP recruits in the Bundestag and European Parliament. Moshiri is used as the decoy to hide the fact that this is the MEK’s meeting. He claims to be a poet, although his Farsi writing reveals he is only semi-literate.
In fact, page 13 of this FBI Report reveals that Mohammad Moshiri is known to the FBI for something quite different to poetry:
Mohammad Razaghi, a former member of the MEK remembers Moshiri from the time of Saddam Hussein as the go-between for the MEK’s Iraqi and European bases. He was instrumental in the fraudulent use of MEK children in Europe to collect social security payments. In Iraq, Moshiri worked under Nader Rafiee Nejad in the interrogation of dissident members before they were sent to Abu Ghraib political prison. He would regularly visit the prison for follow up interrogations in order to break the prisoners’ resistance. MEK prisoners knew him well for savagery. He was the Persian speaking interrogator for Mokhaberat in this prison. He is also famous inside the MEK because Rajavi once praised him in a meeting as being instrumental in collecting information files for over 50 thousand Iranians living in Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and France.
Considering this past there should be no doubt that the man behind the German website is involved in deceptively finding and clandestinely paying personalities (women if possible and from the newer members of the EU) to attend the MEK’s meeting in Berlin on March 7 where Maryam Rajavi will be the surprise guest.
Similar MEK scams operate in Jordan to recruit Arab women speakers from Iraq if possible or elsewhere if not. The MEK will first find their target using these bogus websites and then find their weaknesses (perhaps money problems or personal issues) and then blackmail them into compliance with MEK demands – in this case attending a meeting.
Moshiri is an expert in this task. He has been trained by Iraqi security and is known to the intelligence services of France, Britain and the US.
So, it should be of deep concern that Moshiri has posted photographs of himself next to Angela Merkel on his site. The MEK has worked to create a forced photo opportunity in order for Moshiri to present an image of himself as a person who has access to and meets with political leaders. What security services should be asking is how could a known member of a terrorist group get within such close proximity to the German Chancellor that he could have easily stepped forward and killed her?
Moshiri has posted photographs of himself next to Angela Merkel
Moshiri has posted photographs of himself next to Angela Merkel
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Middle East Strategy Consultants, December 27 2013: … In the past year over 8,000 people have died in violent incidents in Iraq. The problem is not that the MEK are being singled out for attack, the real problem is that nobody is allowed to get inside Camp Liberty to help rescue these people from their enforced captivity. Nobody is allowed to help them or
Azar Hossein Nejad, Hossin Nejad weblog, January 01 2015:… I am contacting you to ask for your help regarding the situation of my sister, Zeinab Hossein Nejad, a 36 years old woman who is living in Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. I never saw my parents or sister during my childhood and youth as all of them had to run for their lives. They left Iran along …
Holly Dagres, Huffington Post, December 12 2014:… Maryam Rajavi’s marriage to one of the original founders of the MEK symbolized the transformation from an organization to a “cult of personality.” With the money provided by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein–they formed an alliance due to a deep disdain for the Iranian regime–to “construct self-sufficient camps” …
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Foreign Policy Journal, November 08 2014:…In addition to the “Iran experts”, Washington has found itself other sources of ‘intelligence’, foremost; the Mojahedeen Khalg (MEK) terrorist cult. This group feeds Washington information provided them by Israel. Previous to this assignment, the cult was busy fighting alongside Saddam …
Fars News, Tehran, November 27 2014:… the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has come to realize that the allegations raised by enemies and the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI) against Tehran’s nuclear program have all been fake and wrong. “Today, the IAEA has come to this conclusion …