Iran Interlink, August 29 2014: … The film ‘An unfinished documentary for my daughter’ was broadcast again, this time with English subtitles. The film is very revealing about the inner workings of the MEK and had attracted a lot of comments in Farsi. This subtitled version also has a large number of views and comments on Iranian.com. The MEK, which had been silent …
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 29 August 2014
++ The film ‘An unfinished documentary for my daughter’ was broadcast again, this time with English subtitles. The film is very revealing about the inner workings of the MEK and had attracted a lot of comments in Farsi. This subtitled version also has a large number of views and comments on Iranian.com. The MEK, which had been silent up to this point, have responded harshly in English, and have tried to discredit the whole Mohammadi family. Mustapha Mohammadi as head of the family, wrote an article published in Iran-Interlink titled ‘Pouring Water in the Nest of Rajavi’s Ants’. He refers to the documentary as something that not only exposes what the MEK did to his family but shows what they do to every family. He says it reminded him of the year 2008 when Rajavi tried to dismiss him as a ‘nobody’. Mohammadi says, “yes, I am that nobody. But a nobody who is alive, and who has a captured daughter and who has to fight her corner”.
++ Nasrin Ebrahimi wrote an open letter addressed to some Arab speaking women who visited Maryam Rajavi at her base in Paris. Ebrahimi warns them not to sell themselves cheap and points out the price they will have to pay for discrediting themselves. She produces facts and documents showing the MEK’s anti-women policies and refers to previous lobbyists and speakers who have regretted their support because they hadn’t researched the MEK properly.
++ Several outlets mentioned the MEK’s silence over the downing of an Israeli drone in Iran, comparing this to the MEK’s usual response which is to interpret anything and everything that happens in Iran, from a stone moving to a goat sneezing, to their own benefit. The website Mojahadin.com published an article titled ‘Were the MEK blind or…?’ This mentions that the only two places which remained silent were Israel itself and its paid agents the MEK.
++ This week, as widely predicted, Rajavi has begun attacking the new government of Iraq. Before, everything was Maliki’s fault, now it is the new government’s fault. The cries of ‘poor us in the camp, with no fuel, no food etc, have begun. In the meantime, at the start of the week news emerged of an agreement for some countries to take these people in order to help the new Iraqi government. By the end of the week sources in the Iraqi foreign ministry announced that an agreement has been reached to deport 850 Camp Liberty residents to America, Romania and Albania by end of 2014.
++ Iraj Mesdaghi wrote a long article which poses 271 questions directly to Massoud Rajavi. Mesdaghi says these are “fact based questions which Rajavi cannot deny, yet, will he dare to answer any?” He emphasises these are not the questions of disaffected members or enemies of the MEK, these are questions of actual members, which Rajavi is trying to ignore.
++ This week Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif met with Iraqi Prime Minister Al Abadi in Baghdad and with Masoud Barezani in Kurdistan. The theme was Iran’s cooperation with and help to the central and regional governments. Both Iraqi leaders thanked Iran for helping their military to fight ISIS. Both Iraq leaders also vowed to get rid of the MEK as they have no place in the whole region and, vowed that as a terrorist group they will be dealt with alongside ISIS and any other terrorist force.
++ This week Spiegel had an article about Saddam’s daughter Raghad who officially announced her support for ISIS. The article revealed that ISIS described Saddam Hussein as a martyr of Islam. His daughter says, ‘with ISIS we will take our revenge for the overthrow of Saddam’s regime’. Saddam’s daughter is a backer of the MEK and this helps explain MEK support for ISIS.
++ Former MEK member Masoud Banisadr spoke at a meeting in London to address the issue of ‘undue influence’. Banisadr brought his expertise on the links between terrorism and cultic influence to the event. He said, “Terrorism is like any other virus. It attacks through our weaknesses.” He pointed out that as long as there are “open gates” that allow the virus to spread, cults and extremist groups will have a free hand to continue. What really needs to be tackled is the “undue influence” (mind manipulation) that enables such groups to thrive.
++ Ariane Tabatabai writing in The National Interest, warns existing and potential supporters of the MEK in America to be wary of the group. Tabatabai allows that the MEK’s campaign to galvanize western support may have been relatively successful, but the article examines six major issues which provide evidence of the group’s problematic nature, before concluding: “The voices supporting the MEK are ignoring the lessons of some of the most catastrophic U.S. foreign-policy mistakes in the past few decades, urging Washington to repeat history. Overhyping the threat of an adversary and blindly supporting groups opposing it led to the creation of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Supporting the MEK is neither in accordance with American values, nor beneficial to U.S. interests. Instead, the United States should pursue the diplomatic track, which is what most Americans favor. Diplomacy will not only promote U.S. interests in the Middle East, but also help empower Iranians to improve their lives by normalizing the Iranian political climate.”
++ Ehsan Roshanzamir published an open letter in Iran Ghalam addressed to Jose Louis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain who had spoken in Paris in support of the MEK. The letter points out some of the problems for members of the MEK and says the Rajavis are hiding their true faces and deceiving people in the west.
Comrades in Arms – Sexual abuse by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
Eric Draitser, RT, August 18 2014: … Washington wanted to permanently base US troops in the country, and Maliki rejected this proposal, demanding the permanent withdrawal of all US forces by the end of 2011. Maliki purged Iraq of the US-sponsored terrorist organization the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) which had waged a decades-long campaign of terrorism ..
A.Sepioud, Nejat Bloggers, August 17 2014: … The strategy of deception is deep-rooted in the background history of the MKO as a fraudulent cult. As a group which believed in anti-imperialism struggle the MKO fought against the Shah of Iran along with other revolutionary groups. Despite its persistent denial today, MKO fully supported the US embassy takeover …
By Massoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, August 25 2014: … An unfinished story about the Mohammadi family who were deceived by the Mojahedin Khalq in Canada. This is the story of a father who lost his daughter to the cult and who is still trying to rescue her from captivity in Iraq. The docu
Ariane Tabatabai, The National Interest, August 24 2014: …The voices supporting the MEK are ignoring the lessons of some of the most catastrophic U.S. foreign-policy mistakes in the past few decades, urging Washington to repeat history. Overhyping the threat of an adversary and blindly supporting groups opposing it led to the creation of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan …