Iran Interlink, May 06 2016:… Iranian media covered the 34th International Film Festival in Tehran. There were two films which were based on the MEK. Ebrahim Khodabandeh who served for 23 years as the head of the MEK’s International Relations department and who left them in 2003, gave a speech about the films and talked about the internal situation of the MEK as a terrorist cult. The film ‘Cyanide’, an action movie directed by Behrouz Shoaibi, is set in the time before …
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – May 06, 2016
++ Payvand Rahai Association met with officials in the Albanian embassy in Paris to present a letter of concern signed by 72 former MEK members in western countries. The delegation discussed the situation of former MEK members now in Albania who are under pressure there.
++ 20 more people were removed from Iraq and transferred to Albania and other places. Ashraf News, Arabic website, published photographs of a cluster of the MEK women standing in Baghdad airport looking old and miserable. In an interview, the head of the airport explained they were being transferred under the auspices of the UNHCR but their passports were being stamped with the word ‘deported’. Farsi commentators congratulated the families that there is movement again after a hiatus in the expulsions. Some say that although Rajavi tried for so long to delay the transfers, it is now at the stage that he can’t stop it. Albania is the last stop and Rajavi can’t do anything else beyond that. Majid Rouhi, who writes weekly for Iran-Interlink exposing Rajavi on one particular issue each week, this week wrote about the MEK in Albania. He says “They used to be called Rajavi’s unpaid Gladiators. But now we look at them, we see they are dead people walking.”
++ Iranian media covered the 34th International Film Festival in Tehran. There were two films which were based on the MEK. Ebrahim Khodabandeh who served for 23 years as the head of the MEK’s International Relations department and who left them in 2003, gave a speech about the films and talked about the internal situation of the MEK as a terrorist cult. The film ‘Cyanide’, an action movie directed by Behrouz Shoaibi, is set in the time before the revolution. The film starts with the MEK assassination of two Americans in Iran and then follows infighting within the MEK which resulted in changing the ideology from Islam to Marxism, and the consequent assassination of the remaining Muslim members like Majid Sharif Baghefi and others. The other film ‘Mina’s Choice’, directed by Kamal Tabrizi, takes place after the revolution during the time that Saddam’s army was hitting Iranian cities with missiles. The film exposes the way the MEK provided intelligence to the Iraqis so they could hit these cities. In this context the film follows relationships among the people doing this, and specifically relationships under the restrictions imposed by Rajavi – forced divorce and gender segregation, etc.
++ The official website of the President of the IRI reported a meeting between President Rouhani and President of the Belgian Senate Christine Defraigne. Without directly naming the MEK, Rouhani highlighted Europe’s sometimes discriminatory approach to the issue of terrorism, saying “Terrorism should be combatted anywhere, with any motto and terrorists should not be divided into good terrorists and bad terrorists for short-term interests,” added the President. He continued: “We were dealing with terrorism in the beginning years of the Islamic Revolution and they brutally killed our authorities and people; and unfortunately, the same terrorists are living and working freely in Europe”.
++ Mazda Parsi writing for Nejat Bloggers says that increasing rapprochement between Iran and the West will render the MEK ever more irrelevant. “As the leading enemy of the Iranian Government on the nuclear affairs, the US is now starting the first financial deals with Iran. The news of the US buying Iran’s heavy water marks a significant message to other players against the Iranian nuclear program. As a vocal opponent of diplomacy, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) has received the message so it has launched an aggressive propaganda against the deal.”
++ Ashraf News, Baghdad: Mr. Rinas Jano Mohammad Younis, a deputy of Kurdistan Democratic Party from Dahuk Province told Ashraf News, “Kurds have been victims of the MKO as it was cooperating with Saddam Hussein… The role of the MKO and the crimes it committed against Iraqi people including Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens is known to everyone,” Mr. Jano added. “Iraqi government has so far tolerated members of this terrorist organization because European countries have promised to receive it in their soil.”
The Kurdish parliament member considers the United Nations as the main responsible body to determine the future of the remaining members of this Iranian organization, in Iraq. “The UN has a heavy responsibility on the issue of the group since it has been a side of the agreement that was signed based on relocation of members of the Mujahedin Khalq out of Iraq,” Mr. Jano said.
The deputy of Kurdistan alliance in Iraqi Parliament denied that Kurdish alliance faction wants the MKO members to remain in Iraq. ”We support the rule of Iraqi government on its territory and the expulsion of any terrorist group that is hostile to neighboring countries of Iraq,” he stated.
Translated by Nejat Society
International Workers’ Day and MeK’s propaganda efforts (aka; Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)
Seyed Hojjat Seyed-Ismaeili, Iran Didban, Tehran, April 27 2016:… However, there has always been a great contradiction in the MeK’s propaganda in these events. The final product is never in accordance with what the MeK blows in its own horn. Even if we assume the most optimistic scenario according to the MeK’s official website (below) that protests have erupted in Iran by workers under the influence of MeK’s propaganda in less than 6 days, then …
International Workers’ Day and MeK’s propaganda efforts
Seyed Hojjat Seyed-Ismaeili
Former member of MeK leadership council
In the first place, I have to mention that there is a principle dominating the MeK that none of the members must never be seen idle and they have to work from dawn to dusk. The principle is being applied the MeK from top to bottom. Of course the principle becomes more and more severe in the rank and files. Maryam Rajavi used to say that the members should be engaged either in the war or training. Thus when there is no war and the trainings become repetitive, they will be engaged in forced labor. Rajavi held the belief that the members should be forced to work overtime so that they become so tired that they fall asleep as soon as their heads touch their pillows.
The purpose was to keep them working, no matter what kind of job they were doing or in which part of the organization they were involved. It had two advantages at the time: 1. The members do not notice the passage of time. 2. They will not be distracted by other issues, particularly sexual feelings, which was regarded as a “red line” in the organization.
So all the occasions, either the self-described events such as the June 20th and historic flight or the national and international ones such as International Women’s Day or May Day holds a special place in the MeK and plays the best role in solving organizational problems and entertaining the members.
I’ve wrote all these to show the importance of the MeK’s propaganda efforts in each and every events.
Now the MeK has May Day 2016 ahead to entertain its political and organizational members until the next event.
The MeK released its first statement on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day on April 7, 2016. Referring to the “heavy burden of economic recession and crises” in Iran and a bunch of workers’ economic problems, the statement call on the Iranian workers to “rise up to support this great right of people with 1000 Ashraf and Liberation Army.” http://wwwbahayazadi.blogspot.com/2016/04/blog-post_79.html
Given the many years of experience and a good understanding of the MeK, I should say that their propaganda is merely an internal matter and has no effect on the Iranian people. In other words, the propaganda starts and ends with the MeK. This is the MeK’s strategy, sending out statements, telling lies about widespread protests of the workers and their support for the MeK’s statements. The next step is showing the supports on their outlets and their coverage should be as big as the statement lest the MeK’s reputation is further smeared.
However, there has always been a great contradiction in the MeK’s propaganda in these events. The final product is never in accordance with what the MeK blows in its own horn.
Even if we assume the most optimistic scenario according to the MeK’s official website (below) that protests have erupted in Iran by workers under the influence of MeK’s propaganda in less than 6 days, then we should expect hundreds of Iranian workers protesting across the Iranian streets in support of the MeK.
April 12, 2016: Two workers in Tehran, Mazandaran filed lawsuit to the ILO against Iran regime
April 11, 2016: Statement of students from Islamic Azad University on the occasion of International Workers’ Day
April 10, 2016: Call on the workers and students for International Workers’ Day in Tehran, Pakdasht and Kermanshah
April 10, 2016: International Workers’ Day, Supporting statements in Tehran, Boroujerd and Khoramdarreh
April 7, 2016: Statement of the Workers, Students in Tehran, Boroujerd and Kermanshah on the Occasion of International Workers’ Day
April 6, 2016: Miners at Qom Manganese Mine Call for Protest the Occasion of the International Workers’ Day
April 6, 2016: Workers of the Qouchan Tous Porcelain Call for Protest against Iran regime on the Occasion International Workers’ Day
April 3, 2016: Statement of Scores of Workers at Appliance Manufacturing Factories in West Tehran on the Occasion of International Workers’ Day
April 3, 2016: Statement of a group of Workers of Southern Tehran Companies on the Occasion of International Workers’ Day
March 30, 2016: Statement of a group of Employees and Retired Workers of Azmayesh Manufacturing Co. on the Occasion of International Workers’ Day
March 30, 2016: A Group of Retired Workers of Manufacturing Factories in Tehran Calls for Massive Protests on April 30, 2016
March 29, 2016: Workers of Bella and Melli Shoe Co. Call for Mass Protests on the International Workers’ Day
Mojahedin Khalq ( MEK, MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult) Affiliated Terrorist Ring Disbanded in Southeastern Iran
Tasnim News, April 06 2016:… The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces have smashed a terror ring linked with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as, MEK) in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province, an IRGC commander announced. Brigadier General Mohammad Marani, the commander of IRGC Ground Force Quds Headquarters, told the Tasnim News Agency that the ring was fully disbanded in …
Mojahedin Khalq ( MEK, MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult) Affiliated Terrorist Ring Disbanded in Southeastern Iran
ZAHEDAN (Tasnim) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces have smashed a terror ring linked with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as, MEK) in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province, an IRGC commander announced.
Brigadier General Mohammad Marani, the commander of IRGC Ground Force Quds Headquarters, told the Tasnim News Agency that the ring was fully disbanded in Chanf village, near the city of Nikshahr in southern part of the province.
Both Sunni and Shiite Muslims of the region helped the IRGC forces in hunting down the terrorist ring, Marani said, noting that five militants, including the band’s leader Ahmad Sahouei, have been killed.
Complicity with the MKO terrorist group as well as murder and armed robberies were among the crimes committed by the ring, the Iranian general said, stressing that the militants had long been monitored by security forces.
Five weapons and certain amounts of ammunition were also seized during the operation, he went on to say.
The IRGC general further warned terrorists operating in southeastern Iran that now, not only the Iranian security and military forces, but also the people of Sistan and Baluchestan, including Shiites and Sunnis, are against them.
“The people in this region consider terrorists both as murderers of their beloved ones and an obstacle to the growth and development of the (deprived) region,” he said.
People are well aware of the role of such terrorist groups’ activities in the underdevelopment of the region, Marani went on to say.
The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.
The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.
More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.
Ebrahim Khodabandeh: Daesh, MKO (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult) fed by the same source
IRNA, Tehran, June 30 2015:… Ebrahim Khodabandeh said that if the Iranian people had not resisted to the MKO, which receives its financial support from the same source as Daesh, and the Iranian intelligence officers and security forces were not mighty enough, Iran’s western provinces were the scene of similar events what happened in Syria …
Fmr MKO member: Daesh, MKO fed by same sources
Tehran, June 29, IRNA – A former member of terrorist group Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) said on Monday financial sponsors of both terrorist groups, the MKO and Daesh are the same.
Ebrahim Khodabandeh said that if the Iranian people had not resisted to the MKO, which receives its financial support from the same source as Daesh, and the Iranian intelligence officers and security forces were not mighty enough, Iran’s western provinces were the scene of similar events what happened in Syria and Iraq.
Speaking in a panel discussion titled ‘From the MKO to Daesh’ at Iran Press and Cultural Institute, the former MKO member said that such clans as the two brainwash their supporters and destroy their sound reasoning capability.
He said that the other similarity between the MKO and Daesh is that they both take advantage of religious beliefs of the people aimed at securing their horrendous hegemony.
Meanwhile, Khodamabdeh ridiculed the terrorist MKO group’s anti-imperialist slogans and that they were the one and only one such group in Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic that it will eventually roll to the Imperialists camp.
‘The heads of the terrorist MKO groupe in Paris hold meetings with the most brutal branches of imperialists, ignoring all their initial anti-imperialist slogans,’ he said.
He said that the similarity of MKO and Daesh in this regard is that the latter publicized Shiaphobia to attract the fanatic Sunni people and then they control their minds and isolate them.
Comrades in Arms – Sexual abuse by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
MEK, Inside Out. A short brief on the Mojahedin-e Khalq
Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Nejat Society, Tehran, June 27 2015:… At the present time the organization is striving to find an alternative for the deposed Saddam Hussein, this time in the west, since it has lost its hope to gain any backing inside Iran. They are making contact with all and any enemies of Iran, including terrorist entities such as ISIL …
MEK, Inside Out
A short brief on the Mojahedin-e Khalq
The Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO, PMOI, NCR, NCRI, NLA, and many other disguised entities) was established in 1965 as an urban guerilla movement to fight against the Shah and seize power in Iran through armed struggle.
It pitched its appeal to attract leftist, Islamist and anti-imperialist forces at the time and killed US citizens in Iran as well as many of the Shah’s officials. Assassination was, and remains, central to the strategic modus operandi of the organization.
After the Iranian revolution in 1979, the MEK opposed the newly established Islamic Republic of Iran and assassinated many officials as well as thousands of ordinary people through bombings.
The leader Massoud Rajavi fled to France in 1981, then in 1986 moved to Iraq by invitation of Saddam Hussein where he founded the National Liberation Army as an adjunct to the Iraqi army and entered the Iran-Iraq war on the side of the enemy.
Massoud Rajavi became a cult leader and used mind manipulation methods to brainwash his followers in order to control their thoughts and beliefs and to command their total, unquestioning obedience. Compulsory divorces and celibacy, and the separation of children from their parents were imposed by the cult leader on every member. Members were isolated from the outside world and had no contact whatsoever even with their families.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein and the invasion of Iraq by the allied forces, the situation of the MEK dramatically changed. Massoud Rajavi, who lost his only state support, went into hiding and Maryam Rajavi moved to Paris. The organization then adopted pro-western gestures and falsely pretended to have distanced from its past terrorist activities.
On 17 June 2003, Maryam Rajavi was arrested along some 120 individuals in her base in Paris by the French police charged with fraud, money laundry, and plotting violent activities against opponents and former members.
As a result the cult ordered several members to commit self-immolation to protest against this action by the French authorities. Ten individuals in ten different European cities simultaneously set fire to themselves. Two died and the others were severely injured. This was considered as the most obvious sign of thought control imposed by the MEK on the members. A person who obeys an order for self-immolation is certainly capable of performing suicide attacks on others too.
The organization has absolutely no popular support in Iran since it committed the most public act of betrayal; cooperating with the enemy at war against the homeland. The MEK leaders are aware of this fact more than anyone else.
At the present time the organization is striving to find an alternative for the deposed Saddam Hussein, this time in the west, since it has lost its hope to gain any backing inside Iran. They are making contact with all and any enemies of Iran, including terrorist entities such as ISIL.
The MEK is currently re-creating its Iraqi terrorist bases in Albania with property and facilities it has purchased close to Tirana. The Iraqis have always considered them as the worst heritage left by Saddam Hussein for their country and have tried to expel them from their country since the fall of the dictator. The MEK participated in suppressing Iraqis in the past and have caused many national security difficulties for the nation at the present time.
The MEK organized a rally in Villepinte near Paris to promote this new base. Maryam Rajavi’s keynote speech focused on her demand that the group be re-armed. This can only be interpreted as the MEK’s intention to construct a militarized base in Europe from which to train terrorists to attack Iran or elsewhere. The occasion which is being celebrated by the MEK is the anniversary of the start of armed struggle on June 20, 1981.
Western government experts are fully aware of the activities and beliefs of the MEK. One can, of course, refer to the US Department of State or the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for further clarification.
The MEK uses deceptive methods to influence general political opinion and individuals in the west, and do not say who they really are when they approach people to gain their support.
One may like to refer to the 2009 RAND Report and the 2005 HRW report ‘No Exit’ for more detailed information. If researchers would like further information the https://iran-interlink.org is a good source.