Iran Interlink, December 20 2019:… Iran International TV ran an interview with Massoud Khodabandeh about the rumour that France would be deporting Maryam Rajavi to Albania. Khodabandeh explained that a false Tweet about this issue was sent from a hijacked official account. But the news is true and for the past year the MEK has been severely curtailed in France and elsewhere in Europe – the Villepinte rally was banned and demonstrations have been curtailed throughout Europe (MEK gatecrashed other demonstrations just to stay visible). They will eventually be deported to Albania, said Khodabandeh. The false Tweet was either done by the far right in Iran or the far right in the West with the help of MEK. MEK NCRI Rajavi cult .
MEK NCRI Rajavi cult . Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – December 20, 2019
++ Iran International TV ran an interview with Massoud Khodabandeh about the rumour that France would be deporting Maryam Rajavi to Albania. Khodabandeh explained that a false Tweet about this issue was sent from a hijacked official account. But the news is true and for the past year the MEK has been severely curtailed in France and elsewhere in Europe – the Villepinte rally was banned and demonstrations have been curtailed throughout Europe (MEK gatecrashed other demonstrations just to stay visible). They will eventually be deported to Albania, said Khodabandeh. The false Tweet was either done by the far right in Iran or the far right in the West with the help of MEK. The purpose is to prevent rapprochement between France and Iran on the issue of cooperation over dealing with terrorist organisations. Khodabandeh explained that the MEK had been brought to Albania to be deradicalized and detoxified. But the Trump administration changed this plan. By doing so, the far right on both sides rescued the MEK. But now it has come to the point that they will have to get rid of the MEK because there is irrefutable evidence that MEK have been fabricating misinformation against Iranian diplomats and creating false flag ops in Europe – in particular the Villepinte bomb plot in 2017 and similar activities in Albania, Belgium and the Netherlands. These expose MEK as being actively involved in illegal activities, including murder and kidnapping. The security services in Europe are now working to get rid of MEK.
++ Last week, three MEK members died in Albania. MEK announced this was due to illness. But Farsi commentators question this. How do we know they didn’t die as a result of the earthquake, asked some, or in some other way. The fact is, nobody has access to the MEK enclave and therefore the MEK are unaccountable. Nobody can confirm what happened to these three.
++ Last week Reza Eslami announced his escape from MEK and described it as his “survival”. He will explain his ordeal on Mardom TV today.
++ MEK has been on overdrive these last two weeks to portray itself as active in all the regional uprisings – in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran. They have issued statement after statement about this. The simple fact is that they did not have a single person inside Iran willing to do anything for them – not even someone to pay to hold up photo in some obscure, hidden place like a mountain top. MEK reacted by trying to claim they are everywhere. But nobody buys these MEK lies.
++ A few people have written about the relationship between United Against Nuclear Iran, Washington Free Beacon, Pompeo, Giuliani and Bolton with the MEK. They have highlighted the practice of re-hashing each-others’ lies and misinformation and trying to make it a fact. One clear example is that they all claim 1000 people were killed in the protests in Iran. Mohammad Karami in Paris has placed these claims and dates together to show how this specific number started with Maryam Rajavi’s statement and ended up in these Zionist outlets and eventually became Pompeo’s fact so as to put sanctions on two lesser known judges in Iran. Pompeo claimed this was because of human rights in Iran, but in the end his motivation was clear since he couldn’t resist calling on Iran to contact Trump and stop the missile programme. Commentators conclude that whatever else they are, none of this this whole bunch of people are humanitarian, nor are they pro-people. And Iranians are better off with the devils they know, their own government.
++ Brian Freeman in News Max reported that long-term MEK advocate and Israeli favourite John Bolton has returned to United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) as a senior advisor. Another case of join-the-dots.
++ Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Devlin Barrett in The Washington Post wrote a long detailed piece about the latest machinations of Rudi Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, saying his actions “have caused persistent alarm among Trump’s advisers, who worry that it is often not clear who Giuliani is representing — the president, his private clients or his own foreign policy views”. The man who takes money from MEK to advocate their regime change agenda is now described as “Today, it seems he’ll take money from anyone” by former press secretary Ken Frydman. “Don’t back down. Don’t apologize,” Frydman said of Giuliani’s philosophy. But he said there is an “an intensity” to Giuliani now that goes beyond what he remembers: “He’s turned on the afterburners. He’s Rudy on steroids.”
++ Mazda Parsi in Nejat Society describes how ‘Herd mentality helped the Rajavis run their cult’. Parsi examines how a terrorist and cult member can be the same thing, while the group members see themselves as heroes or freedom fighters. Herd mentality, or peer pressure, is a potent tool for leaders who indoctrinate whole groups of followers. The consequences are dangerous and destructive for members and society.
++ Tom O’Connor writing for Newsweek highlighted the danger that the protests in Iran could be exploited by groups like ISIS, separatists and foreign governments which seek to damage Iran and even bring about regime change. This has led to concern among analysts and activists that as unlikely as it seems, ISIS and other groups could be in a position to exploit this vacuum. This includes the MEK which is supported by senior figures in America. The article concludes: “All three experts interviewed by Newsweek said they believed the collapse of the Iranian government was unlikely in the near future, despite the “maximum pressure” campaign by the U.S. against it. Even for Washington, this may not necessarily be a bad thing: It has repeatedly learned that an enemy government’s loss of control often had far-reaching repercussions in the form of mass refugee flows, the formation of new, more powerful enemies, and costly military interventions to fight them.
“The fall of Iran—a nation whose population is higher than all three of those war-torn nations combined—would likely have even more devastating side effects and give ISIS and other underground forces new room to operate.”
++ Suddaf Chaudry in Middle East Eye examines events in Albania in relation to Iran and the MEK. Chaudry casts doubt on claims that Iran plotted to kill MEK members since no arrests have been made in spite of the Albanian police announcing they discovered the plot and the individuals involved:
“Gjergj Erebara, a journalist with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, said the press conference – which he attended – was unusual, to say the least.
“Albanian police gave no proof to substantiate its claims. They said they have discovered the “terrorist cell”, but they didn’t make any arrests,” Erebara said.
Hassan Heyrani, a former high-ranking MEK member who defected from the group in 2017, said he believes the story that the police presented is fabricated.
“If it was true, why hasn’t Interpol arrested them? Albania is a very poor country where corruption is rife, police can be bought,” he said.
++ Iran’s Press TV and Fars News, explaining the crackdown on protests by Iran’s security forces said “Iran says many of the rioters were found to have links to the notorious US-backed Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terror group, royalists and separatists besides members of organized groups trained towards staging acts of sabotage.
“US leaders openly supported the rioters, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on them to send him videos of their acts of violence.”
++ Mazda Parsi in Nejat Society revisits the question of MEK financial resources, from support by Saddam Hussein, Saudi Arabia and Israelis. The article also touched on well documented MEK money laundering activities.
++ Nauman Sadiq, Euroasia Review, examines the Saudi oil attack and choreographed protests in Iran-aligned countries. He identifies the US as backing protests in Iraq and Lebanon for geopolitical and economic interests, but says “Unlike Lebanon and Iraq, though, Iran itself is immune to foreign-backed political demonstrations as it does not have any imperialist collaborators on the ground, besides a fringe militant group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) funded by the US, France and Israel.”
MEK NCRI Rajavi cult . Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – December 20, 2019
The MEK’s dirty past includes the anti-Imperialist inspired murder of six Americans in pre-revolution Iran which it later celebrated in songs and publications