Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – November 01, 2019

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – November 01, 2019

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest Mojahedin Khalq MEK NCRI Rajavi cultIran Interlink, November 01 2019: … Maryam Rajavi’s outlets have hinted that the death of Al Baghdadi is a setback for Iran in Syria. Several articles have ridiculed her for this using quotes and screenshots from when ISIS and Al Baghdadi were started in Mosul. She used to call them “Iraqi Revolutionaries” rather than ISIS. Now she’s changed her tune. One writer said her support for ISIS back then wasn’t surprising because Al Baghdadi was supported by ex-Baathists. But it’s also not surprising that she now denies her previous stance because mercenaries don’t have allegiances. Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – November 01, 2019 

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Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – November 01, 2019

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest Mojahedin Khalq MEK NCRI Rajavi cult++ Maryam Rajavi’s outlets have hinted that the death of Al Baghdadi is a setback for Iran in Syria. Several articles have ridiculed her for this using quotes and screenshots from when ISIS and Al Baghdadi were started in Mosul. She used to call them “Iraqi Revolutionaries” rather than ISIS. Now she’s changed her tune. One writer said her support for ISIS back then wasn’t surprising because Al Baghdadi was supported by ex-Baathists. But it’s also not surprising that she now denies her previous stance because mercenaries don’t have allegiances.

++ When Rajavi started ‘supporting’ the workers of Azar Ab and Hepco companies in Arak, Iran who have been staging workers protests, representatives from both factories and union members didn’t any waste time before broadcasting videos distancing themselves from MEK. The videos went into depth about how many workers MEK killed when they were based in Iraq and waging their terror campaign in Iran. The videos explain that whatever our demands are we don’t demand to sell our country – we are not traitors – you have to be answered and put in your place. The same scenario played out with Kurds. When Rajavi denounced Syrian Kurds being killed, Kurdish groups in Syria, Iraq and Iran – excepting the terrorist groups – declared that for the record and for history it should be known that this woman is on film saying “take the Kurds under your tanks save your bullets for the Revolutionary Guards”.

++ Open Letters signed by over 50 ex-MEK members addressed to the UNHCR and the president of Albania about MEK activities and human rights abuses were handed to the UNHCR office and Albanian embassy in Paris. The letters were published in sites in Farsi, English, French and Arabic – including on Iran-Interlink. Ironically this week Rajavi’s sites triumphantly declared ‘we found the names of these people who sent this letter. MEK are now asking EU countries to expel these 50 people as agents of the Iranian regime. Ghorban Ali Hossein Nejad wrote a short note saying “What can you say about these people who think Europe is Iraq and the UNHCR is Saddam Hussein and the president of Albania is their slave. Why didn’t you say anything two weeks ago when the letters were published? Obviously your rant is for internal consumption, for those who don’t have access to the internet or the outside world. You want to tell them ‘look, we’ll find your name if you try to do anything against us’.”

++ Four ex-MEK members that Ali Safavi named as agents of the Iranian regime have been interviewed on ten different media in Albania exposing the MEK’s activities in that country. The reports were translated into English, French and Farsi. The backlash against MEK’s stupid spokesman couldn’t have been bigger or worse. Now Safavi has vanished again as he usually does – he gaffes then goes. MEK had to take him out of the scene. After losing Safavi and also Behzad Saffari, who is being sued for defamation in Albania, MEK are struggling to find anyone who can speak English.

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++ Maryam Rajavi announced her new English language book. That she doesn’t know English or French – as other MEK members who put their names to books – does not cause her any shame or embarrassment. Now that MEK has one by one lost their major lobbyists they are in a desperate situation. Reduced to buying third rate politicians and retired officials, and not allowed in parliament. Rajavi is in a panic; the earth is quaking under her feet.

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++ A brief look at news in English shows how Maryam Rajavi is fighting fires on several fronts. MEK lobbyist Rudi Giuliani’s feet are being held to the fire over his paid lobbying for some dubious foreign folk, including but definitely not limited to MEK. Iranian Canadian Congress is seriously displeased by MEK’s smear campaign against MP Majid Jowhari run by MEK’s troll farmers. Worst of all was the fallout from getting the Albanian police chief to read out on national television a MEK prepared statement saying his forces had uncovered an Iranian terrorist cell led by a bad man in Iran and including a cast of ‘Ne’er do wells’ also involved in organised crime. Within hours this was exposed by Albanian journalists and experts as fake news, concocted by the MEK and using MEK faked events to corroborate this lie. MEK is like the ostrich with its head in the sand that believes it’s safe because nobody can see it. To make things worse, MEK spokesman Ali Safavi was parachuted in from the US to ‘save the day’. Only Safavi is famous for his stupid gaffes. He unnecessarily announced to Albanian media that some ex-MEK in their capital Tirana were ‘agents of the Iranian regime’. Again, within hours four ex-MEK were being interviewed on Albanian news channels talking about their peaceable civilian lives. One, employed as a metal-worker, even showed up in his work gear straight from his shift. They were greeted with much sympathy by a public already suspicious and antagonistic toward MEK. Cue Safavi’s rapid departure. No doubt he’s in a room somewhere writing penitential reports about how he betrayed Sister Maryam! The Police chief should do similar penance. He read out a statement written by MEK which admitted to the world that Albania is overrun by mafia and terrorists. Mate! It’s your job to stop that.

In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK Cult

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – November 01, 2019

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Former MEK in Albania Expose MEK Stupid Lies

Former MEK in Albania Expose MEK Stupid LiesABC News and Ora News, Tirana, Albania, October 26 2019:… On 23 October, the Albanian Chief of Police exposed himself to ridicule by reading out badly a prepared statement written by the MEK disseminating fake news. The statement claimed that a terrorist cell run by an individual in Iran, helped by several named individuals involved in organised crime and a MEK associate who lives in Austria and whose mother is trapped in the MEK camp in Manëz, Durres, were intent on plotting to kill the Mojahedin in Albania in March 2018. This is what the Police Chief read out loud. No evidence was produced. Former MEK in Albania Expose MEK Stupid Lies 

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Former MEK in Albania Expose MEK Stupid Lies

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On 23 October, the Albanian Chief of Police exposed himself to ridicule by reading out badly a prepared statement written by the MEK disseminating fake news. The statement claimed that a terrorist cell run by an individual in Iran, helped by several named individuals involved in organised crime and a MEK associate who lives in Austria and whose mother is trapped in the MEK camp in Manëz, Durres, were intent on plotting to kill the Mojahedin in Albania in March 2018. This is what the Police Chief read out loud. No evidence was produced.

To counter the backlash, the MEK sent one of their veteran spokespersons to Albania in a bid to exert some damage limitation. However, the MEK only managed to make things worse by publicly and randomly accused some former MEK members who, having rejected the group, now live peaceful and law abiding lives in the capital Tirana, of being “agents of the Iranian regime”. The MEK appear to have forgotten that they are embroiled in a court case over exactly this stupid accusation. Albanian journalist Gjergji Thanasi has sued MEK member Behzad Saffari for defamation after Saffari several times made public accusations that Thanasi is an “agent of the Iranian regime”. Putting aside the question ‘what does that actually mean and who actually cares’, we can see there is a clear pattern here. The MEK defends itself by spuriously and falsely attacking others.

In response, a group of former MEK members in Tirana visited the Interior Ministry to denounce the MEK and its fake news and fake labels. Here are two television reports of media interviews with those individuals.

Former MEK in Albania Expose MEK Stupid Lies

INTERVIEWS

1- Iranians labelled by MEK: We are not agents, we live by Albanian laws

ABC News, 25 October 2019 (Translated by Iran Interlink)

Link to the source (Albaniana)

Former members of MEK , the Iranian opposition in Albania, who broke away from the organization, told ABC News on Friday that they live in Albania with residence permits and work permits issued by the Interior Ministry and respect the laws of the country. They consider their former comrades-in-arms to be terrorists and said they were witnesses of the massacres they committed.

Representatives of the Iranian opposition in Albania said on Thursday that other persons, former MEK members, are also in Albania, who, according to them, are ‘agents of the regime’ and should be arrested and expelled from Albania. Ali Safavi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, told ABC News that Gholam Zadeh Shekari, Hassan Hayrani (Hajrani), Rahman Mohammadi are in Albania, but he doesn’t know where they live.

The aforementioned persons, former MEK members who left the organization, told ABC News on Friday that they live in Albania with residence permits and work permits issued by the Interior Ministry and that they respect the laws of the country.

FULL INTERVIEW

ABC News: Can you tell me your name?

My name is Abdurrahman Mohammadian and I am a former member of the Mojahedin. I separated from this organization two or three years ago and I now live my life in Tirana.

ABC News: What about your friends?

My friends also left the organization and now live their lives as individuals. We do not want anything to do with this organization because we do not see anything in this organization. We left and now we don’t want to know anything about this organization. This is not a good, humanitarian organization, but a terrorist organization. As you know, the name of this organization was blacklisted, on the American terrorism list, it was on the UN blacklist, on the UK blacklist, and on the Canadian blacklist. It was listed as terrorist and has committed acts of terrorism in Iran as a terrorist organization. This is a terrorist organization and we know all about it; this organization did wrong against the Iranian people, they killed a judge in Iraq, Iraqi judges, committed massacres, we saw them, and we are witnesses to that. This organization is afraid that we can talk about these.

ABC News: Are you affiliated with the Iranian government?

No, we do not support anyone, no party, we live our personal lives and we do not want any problems with anyone. But this organization does not want us in this country because we live as free people. They do not want us to live here because other people within the organization see us living as free people and maybe want to come out too. So, they put pressure on us to leave this place because our freedom here is not good for them.

ABC News: Why did you leave MEK?

Because this organization is not good. We used to believe it was a good organization for the Iranian people, but we found out during the years the bad things they did against the Iranian people. We left and also because the pressure on relations in this organization is not good…

ABC News: Do you have permission from the Albanian government to live outside the camp?

Yes, we have permits and every year we renew them and…

ABC News: Who gave the permission?

The interior ministry, the interior ministry gave us work and residence permits. We are legal, we live legally in Tirana, in this country, we have not done anything against the law, we accept the laws in this country, and we live our own personal lives as individuals.

2- Former MEK speak out: We are not terrorists, do not drive us out!

ORA News, 25 October 2019 (Translated by Iran Interlink)

Link to the source (Albaniana)

The Mojahedin members who deserted the camp in Manëz regret that they worked for Saddam Hussein and demand that they not be persecuted.

Defectors from the Mojahedin camp in Manëz, Durres, demand that they are not accused of being terrorists and agents of Iran. They admit they had been fighting for Saddam Hussein for years but have repented and now want to live away from the pressures and threats.

Mojahedin defector: It is not true that we are terrorists. We left this organization to live our lives as civilians. We no longer want to fight as jihadis. We seek to live freely, as this organization has made many mistakes in the past.

They ask the Albanian government not to expel them.

Mojahedin defector: I am here to tell the Albanian public and the government that we are not agents of Iran. I was part of Saddam Hussein’s regime and then fought alongside him, now I want to live as a free citizen.

About 4,000 Mojahedin live in the Manëz camp and it turns out that 400 people have left there, 40 of whom live in Tirana.

Former MEK in Albania Expose MEK Stupid Lies

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In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK Cult

In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK CultShaun Walker in Tirana, The Guardian, July 16 2019:… For example, you would have to say: ‘I saw a girl on television and I got an erection,’ or ‘This morning I masturbated,’” said Hassan Heyrani, one of the defectors. He said there was no specific punishment for such admissions except scolding and embarrassment. “If you admit to it too often they will get angry and say: ‘How do you want to create freedom for the Iranian people if you have an erection every day? In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK Cult .

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In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK Cult

Trump allies’ visit throws light on secretive Iranian opposition group

MEK operates out of compound in rural Albania and has been described as having cult-like attributes

In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK Cult

The gates to the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) compound, situated on a gently inclined hillside in rural Albania, are usually firmly closed, guarded by two sculpted lions atop stone pedestals and a large team of Albanian security guards. Unannounced visitors are not welcome at the fenced-off, secretive site, where more than 2,000 MEK members live.

The history of the MEK, or the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, is long and complicated. Critics and many of those who have left the group in recent years describe it as a shadowy outfit with little support inside Iran and many cult-like attributes, condemned to die out at the obscure base in Albania because of its enforced celibacy rules.

But for its backers, which include many politicians and, notably, members ofDonald Trump’s inner circle, the MEK are tireless fighters for a free and democratic Iran who could potentially become the country’s next government.

This was highlighted over the weekend when the group held a gathering of international backers attended by, among others, Trump’s personal lawyerRudy Giuliani. Other visitors included the former Democratic senator Joe Lieberman and the British Conservative MP Matthew Offord.

Giuliani described the MEK as a “government in exile” and suggested it was also a government in waiting after potential regime change in Iran. “It gives us confidence that if we make those efforts to overthrow that horrible regime, sooner rather than later, we will not only save lives but will be able to entrust the transition of Iran to a very responsible group of people,” he said to cheers from the assembled audience.

Giuliani has been a regular visitor to MEK events for several years, as has the US national security adviser, John Bolton. While they have been predicting an MEK government in Tehran for years, the fact that these officials now have positions in the Trump administration, combined with the increasingly fraught geopolitical situation around Iran, makes their support for the MEK matter more than ever.

Originally a Marxist-Islamist group that played a leading role in the 1979Iranian revolution, the MEK ended up exiled and fighting against the Iranian regime from a base in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. In the process, the MEK lost a lot of support inside Iran.

The group was only removed from the US terror list in 2012 and the Obama administration later helped negotiate its relocation to Albania as the situation in post-Saddam Iraq became perilous. There, in the countryside, it has constructed a vast compound where men and women lead segregated existences.

Last month, the Guardian spoke with about a dozen men in Tirana who had fled the MEK compound over the past two years. With no passports or other documents, they remain in limbo, unable either to work or to leave the country. The picture they painted of life inside the compound was of a cult-like atmosphere in which mobile phones and contact with relatives were banned, all interactions between men and women were prohibited, and days were spent sitting at computers firing out tweets and other online messages in support of the MEK.

Each evening, the men had to gather in small groups with their commanders for “ideological training” as well as a confessional about any sexual thoughts they might have had that day.

“For example, you would have to say: ‘I saw a girl on television and I got an erection,’ or ‘This morning I masturbated,’” said Hassan Heyrani, one of the defectors. He said there was no specific punishment for such admissions except scolding and embarrassment. “If you admit to it too often they will get angry and say: ‘How do you want to create freedom for the Iranian people if you have an erection every day?’”

An investigation by the Intercept recently found that an anti-regime Iranian activist, who had written extensive media columns about Iran, appeared, in fact, to be an invented persona created by MEK trolls.

When leading political figures came to visit, the rank-and-file MEK members were told to do everything to make sure their high-level guests felt appreciated. Heyrani remembered a visit by John McCain in 2017, who was greeted by a chanting crowd of MEK members. “We had to cheer and clap. One of the commanders told us: ‘You speak English. Please tell him he is the best of democracy,’” he said.

For the MEK leadership, the election of Trump in 2016 was a godsend. Those who have left the camp since recalled that in the run-up to the election the group often prayed for a Trump victory and the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

One person who left the compound in 2018 said: “Everything changed when Obama left and Trump came to power. The leaders came from France to talk to us. They said you must wait a few months and suffer the conditions here and then soon we’ll be in power.”

The MEK did not respond to several requests for comment sent to a Paris-based spokesman, nor to a request left with the security guards outside its compound in Albania.

In Albania Shedding Light on Bizarre Behaviour of MEK Cult

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