US supported MEK terrorists kidnapped Iranians as slave workers

US supported MEK terrorists kidnapped Iranians as slave workers

US supported MEK terrorists kidnapped Iranians as slave workers Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor, Veterans Today, May 08 2020:… One of these violations of workers’ rights occurred during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, when Mojahedine-e Khalq terrorist group deceived job seekers by promising them to find new jobs, education and a better life in Europe. They told the workers that the office of the company is in Baghdad and transferred them to Iraq. Then, the workers were captive in the organizational jail of the terrorist group and their identification documents were confiscated. So, the terrorist cult prevented them from leaving the camp and the captivity and slavery continued.  US supported MEK terrorists kidnapped Iranians as slave workers 

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US supported MEK terrorists kidnapped Iranians as slave workers

These unfortunate Iranians were grabbed back in Saddam’s day when he was the US’ good buddy, but nothing has really been done for them 

Request for the Release of Workers from Captivity of Terrorism

…from the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT), Iran

[ Editor’s Note: This ADVT submitted piece slipped by me with all the virus news we were buried under.

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Iran has suffered over five 9-11s with its 16,000 terror victims

We support ADVT because they aren’t quitters. They know the US and Western media will usually ignore them, so as not to piss off their respective Intel agencies, but the ADVT people soldier on anyway, just like we would.

Sure these unfortunate Iranians were grabbed back in Saddam’s day when he was the US’ good buddy, but nothing has really been done for them up to now. ADVT is needling the UN, but the UN is weaker now than it has ever been, with the US ignoring any agreement it has ever signed at the cue of our political gangster class (which BTW does not include all of them).

With the world turning upside down with the Covid scourge, and inside out with the impending global recession descending upon us, it will be even tougher to save the last MEK slaves in Albania.

It has already sold its soul on this sad event and does not dare piss the US off now and risk whatever gravy train it is getting to not interfere in MEK business  Jim W. Dean ]

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MEK have been the US’ and Israel’s terrorists for some time

First published … May 02, 2020

The Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT) has called on the international community, International Labor Organization, and international organizations to help end decades of captivity of workers in the terrorist organization of the Hypocrites (Mojahedine-e Khalq – (MEK)).

For many years, the phenomenon of terrorism has gone beyond war, violence and killing people. Under the pretext of providing jobs and better lives in other countries, it deceives job seekers and enslaves them, which are other manifestations of modern slavery.

One of these violations of workers’ rights occurred during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, when Mojahedine-e Khalq terrorist group deceived job seekers by promising them to find new jobs, education and a better life in Europe. They told the workers that the office of the company is in Baghdad and transferred them to Iraq.

Then, the workers were captive in the organizational jail of the terrorist group and their identification documents were confiscated. So, the terrorist cult prevented them from leaving the camp and the captivity and slavery continued.

Bad social conditions and critical situations will lead to terrorist groups’ extreme abuse to recruit people. For example, in the current critical situation which has led to economic recession and unemployment of many workers, this process will increase.

UN Secretary-General said on Monday “extremist groups are taking advantage of COVID-19 lockdowns to intensify social media efforts to spread hatred and recruit young people who are spending more time online.”

Before the pandemic of COVID-19 he had said “One of every five young people was not getting an education, training or working, and one of every four was affected by violence or conflict. And he lamented that every year, 12 million girls become mothers when they are still children.”

Human rights organizations and international worker rights advocacy organizations have made great efforts to defend the rights of workers, but the issue of the damage of terrorism to the working class, especially deceiving them under the pretext of job placement, is still being overlooked.

Accordingly, International Labor Day will be an important opportunity for the relevant institutions to address this fundamental problem of the working class and other similar issues all over the world.

Commemorating International Labor Day and extending its sympathy to the families of those affected by terrorism, the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism calls on international, regional and national organizations and bodies to take the following measures to end the long captivity of the Iranian workers in the Mujahedin-e Khalq (the Hypocrites) terrorist organization in Albania and other similar cases in other parts of the world and prevent the recurrence of such deceptions.

ADVT calls on,

  1. The International Labor Organization, in cooperation with other relevant bodies, especially the United Nations, to have a specific plan to release the captive workers in the terrorist cult of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (the Hypocrites) in Albania.
  2. The International Labor Organization to take precautionary measures to prevent the recurrence of such frauds under the pretext of job replacement.
  3. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, to send a delegation to Albania to visit and ensure the health of the captive workers in the Mujahedin-e Khalq (the Hypocrites) terrorist cult in the critical situation of COVID-19 pandemic.

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US Imposed MEK Terrorists Put Albanians At Risk

US Imposed MEK Terrorists Put Albanians At RiskElis Gjevori, TRT World, January 16 2020:… In 2014, under US pressure, Albania took in more than 4,000 members [Correct number is 2100 – Iran Interlink] of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) a secretive group formerly based Iraq. “Albania is hosting one of the most dangerous terrorist organisations on behalf of the United States,” says Dr Olsi Jazexhi, an Albanian academic and expert who has been tracking MEK activities in Albania. “The Americans imposed them [MEK] on Albania and since Albania is a very fragile state they had to accept. The same thing was done by Prime Minister Edi Rama who is still hosting MEK in Albania,” Jazexhi tells TRT World. Considered a terrorist group by Iran, the MEK was also listed as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department until 2012. US Imposed MEK Terrorists Put Albanians At Risk 

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Albania becomes a front line in the proxy battle between Iran and the US

By hosting the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) on behalf of the US, despite the group being labelled a terrorist organisation by Iran, Albania has drawn the ire of Supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The acting Albanian foreign minister Gent Cakaj announced on his Facebook account that an additional two Iranian diplomats would be expelled from Albania. This follows a decision in 2018 which expelled the Iranian ambassador and has made Albania a frontline in a clash between the United States and Iran.

The decision to expel the Iranian diplomats seems likely a result of the comments made by Iran’s powerful Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the aftermath of Qasem Soleimani’s assassination at the hands of the US in which he said: “In a very small European country but an evil country in Europe, there are American elements with some Iranian traitors, they got together to conspire against the Islamic Republic.”

In 2014, under US pressure, Albania took in more than 4,000 members [Correct number is 2100 – Iran Interlink] of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) a secretive group formerly based Iraq.

Albania is hosting one of the most dangerous terrorist organisations on behalf of the United States,” says Dr Olsi Jazexhi, an Albanian academic and expert who has been tracking MEK activities in Albania.

“The Americans imposed them [MEK] on Albania and since Albania is a very fragile state they had to accept. The same thing was done by Prime Minister Edi Rama who is still hosting MEK in Albania,” Jazexhi tells TRT World.

Considered a terrorist group by Iran, the MEK was also listed as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department until 2012.

The Obama administration re-designated the group and formalised a relationship that the US had been cultivating covertly, protecting the group in Iraq at a US military base, then under American occupation.

“The reason for the MEK being brought to Albania is the general ignorance of Albanian politicians who do not understand the danger of international terrorism and the implications that this terrorism has on nation-states” added Jazexhi.

The MEK is a militant political organisation that subscribes to an unusual mixture of Marxist and Islamic ideology.

It has been accused of killing of American military personnel, bombing American companies and targeting innocent Iranian civilians during a campaign of terror over several decades.

A report by the US media outlet NBC News suggested that the group is being financed by Israeli intelligence and was also behind a string of assassinations targeting Iran’s nuclear scientists between 2007 and 2015.

“The MEK is deeply despised in Iran, they fought for Saddam Hussein against Iran for eight years. Then they spied for the Americans and the Israelis, they are mercenaries and a cult group,” said Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor of English Literature and Orientalism at the University of Tehran.

Former members of the MEK have spoken out about the oppressive cult-like rules enforced in the organisation, including marriages that have to be arranged by the leadership. There have been reports that the organisation has at times asked its followers to divorce en masse and locked up and even killed members who have criticised the dogma of Maryam Rajavi, the current head of the MEK.

“No one in Iran has any sympathy or respect for them [MEK], they are traitors to the country. They are tools of Western powers. Thousands of them are working as an online army in Albania,” said Marandi speaking to TRT World.

Earlier this year The Intercept, an online investigative publication reported on how the MEK had created a fake online persona called Heshmat Alavi in order to spread propaganda against the Iranian government, including advocating for regime change.

The so-called writer Alavi was managed in part from Albania and had fooled many American publications who had published the fake persona’s writing.

“Using different aliases on the internet, on Facebook as well as Twitter” they have managed to create a digital army, says Marandi, adding: “These social platforms do not block their activities because it is done in coordination with the US government and also they carry out spying activities in Iran.”

The US assassination of Iranian general Soleimani and the subsequent retaliation by Tehran in a series of rocket attacks on US bases underscores the dangerous manoeuvrings between the two powers and the potential to suck in other countries, including the small Balkan state of Albania.

“Albania has become the most dangerous country in the world for Iran after the United States and Israel,” says Jazexhi.

“While the United States and Israel are in open conflict with Iran, Albania by hosting MEK has become a major centre of anti-Iranian propaganda in the world.

The MEK doesn’t lack powerful friends in Washington and in particular enjoys close ties with the hawkish Trump administration. In 2017 the group paid National Security Adviser John Bolton and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudi Giuliani for speaking engagements.

With powerful friends like this, Albanian politicians don’t “dare to do anything” says Jazexhi even though “the majority of Albanians are appalled by what the government is doing.”

The MEK could also be acting against the Albanian penal code says Jazexhi.

“The Albanian penal code states very clearly that if a person or a group of people incites to fight against a foreign country or incites people or asks people to participate in a conflict in a foreign country they could be persecuted for this,” adds Jazexhi.

MEK actions in an impoverished country like Albania, which is still struggling to emerge from a communist dictatorship, doesn’t bode well for its long term stability or rule of law. Iraq has become a battleground of influence between the US and Iran, a faraway conflict for many Albanians.

“When you host terrorists and you aid terrorists than you should be afraid of suffering the consequences. These are not normal people,” says Marandi. “The Albanian government is foolish to cooperate in such a way with the Americans.”

Albanian President Ilir Meta shot back at comments made by Khamenei saying: “Albania is not a devilish country, but a democratic one.” However, Meta made no mention of the lack of democratic structures within the MEK and the human rights violations it has been accused of.

“MEK with its paramilitary camps that they have in Manza, Albania has created a state within a state,” says Jazexhi and as tensions between Iran and the US continue to heat up the role that the MEK is playing in Albania could also make it another theatre of conflict.

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MEK defectors raise doubts over alleged Iranian ‘terror cell’ in Albania

MEK defectors raise doubts over alleged Iranian 'terror cell' in AlbaniaSuddaf Chaudry, Middle East Eye, December 12 2019:… 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. MEK defectors raise doubts over alleged Iranian ‘terror cell’ in Albania 

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Police said cell planned attacks on exiled Iranian opposition group. Others wonder if Albania is being drawn into US and Israeli fight with Iran

MEK defectors raise doubts over alleged Iranian 'terror cell' in Albania

Mojahedin-e Khalq members wave Iranian flags from their base in Manza, Albania this July (AFP)

By Suddaf Chaudry

Albanian police recently announced that they had discovered a terror ring, run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which had planned attacks on an exiled Iranian opposition group living in Albania.

“A terrorist cell of the foreign operations unit of Iranian Quds was discovered lately by Albanian intelligence institutions,” Police Director General Ardi Veliu said at a press conference in late October.

The goal of the ring, Veliu said, was to strike the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an exiled Iranian opposition group which has been based in Albania for the past three years.

Names of group members were also released, including Alireza Naghashzadeh, whom Veliu identified as the cell’s operations chief and a member of the Quds Force, the arm of the revolutionary guards which conducts foreign operations.

The ring, he added, had been identified by sources inside it.

But no arrests have been made and Albania has yet to request international arrest warrants for the alleged attackers, leaving local journalists and Iranian dissidents with lingering doubts.

‘If it was true, why hasn’t Interpol arrested them?’
– Hassan Heyrani, former MEK member

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.

MEE repeatedly asked the Albanian police for further details about the alleged ring, but a spokesperson declined to comment. The Iranian Embassy in Tirana refused to comment.

Without further detail, some observers say they have been left wondering if the announcement is a sign that the Balkan country is being drawn further into America’s – and Israel’s – fight to overthrow the Iranian government.

From Iran to Albania

Established in 1965 as an Islamist-socialist movement, the MEK rose up against the rule of the Shah of Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but soon ran afoul of new leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Facing a deadly crackdown, the MEK launched attacks on government officials and security forces and eventually was forced to flee the country, first to France and then eventually to Iraq.

MEK defectors raise doubts over alleged Iranian 'terror cell' in Albania

Massoud Rajavi, who led the MEK until he disappeared in 2003, and his wife Maryam, who now leads the group, seen in Paris in 1985 (AFP)

The group, whose activities have been described as cultish, with a goal of overthrowing the Iranian government using violence and indoctrination, was designated for more than a decade by both the US and the UK as a terrorist organisation.

But in recent years, and as both countries delisted the group, the MEK has become a favourite of anti-Iran hawks in the US and Europe who see it as a weapon against the government in Tehran.

Between 2014 and 2016, at the bequest of the US, at least 2,700 MEK members were resettled in Albania after the group came under attack at Camp Ashraf, the Iraqi refugee camp where they had been living since the mid-1980s.

These days, the group lives in a fortified camp in the country’s northwest, heavily protected by Albanian authorities.

Covert playground

Analysts say the group’s presence in Albania has raised alarm bells in Tehran and there have been reports that prominent members of the group have been under surveillance globally.

Ruslan Trad, an independent researcher focused on Iranian influence in the Balkans and co-founder of De Re Militari, said he believes Albania is now “a subject of espionage games” between Israel, Iran and the US.

Trad said Iran’s presence in Albania must be understood in the context of Tehran’s activities over the past two decades in the Balkans where it has been quietly establishing a foothold, triggering the concerns of western governments that the conflict with Iran had arrived in their backyard.

A 2012 attack killing five Israeli tourists, a bus driver and the bomber outside the airport in the Bulgarian city of Burgas, which Bulgarian intelligence eventually attributed to Hezbollah, was seen by many analysts as part of the covert war between Iran and Israel. Hezbollah denied its involvement.

MEK defectors raise doubts over alleged Iranian 'terror cell' in Albania

Buses explode as Albanian investigators reenact 2012 July bombing in Burgas to try to piece together what happened (AFP)

Since then, however, Trad said he believes the Balkans have become an attractive location for Hezbollah, according to locally based Hezbollah members and sympathisers he has interviewed.

“Hezbollah is using Kosovo and Macedonia as a logistic centre and transit path, and Bulgaria as a hub,” he explained. He believes Hezbollah is heavily linked to Balkan mafia circles.

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In turn, the activity has seen the Israelis step up their own operations in the Balkans, he said: “The Albanian authorities are probably cooperating with them.”

US-Albanian ties

Heyrani, the former MEK member who defected, said he believes the main reason Albania has been so supportive of the MEK is a result of the close relations between Albania and the US.

“Albania is under American control and also MEK is supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),” he said, referring to the appearance of MEK members in an AIPAC-funded TV commercial against the Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

Under Donald Trump’s administration, hawkish support for the MEK has continued, including from now-former security advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Bolton praised Albanian President Edi Rama at the end of last year for expelling the Iranian ambassador in Tirana in direct relation to an alleged terror plot targeting MEK members.

 

Trump wrote a letter acknowledging Albania’s “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilising activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe”.

The continued support and safety measures that the Albanian government provides the MEK – now with the added questions about the alleged terror cell – has led many dissidents who have left the group to be concerned about their futures.

MEE spoke to several MEK defectors, several on condition of anonymity, who said they were distressed about what would come next for them, given the government’s stance.

“We just want a normal life, to get married and have a family. We have no citizenship, no passports, no land rights. We came here on humanitarian grounds, but we are treated like criminals,” Heyrani said. “I have no choice but to live here. I can’t go back to Iran. They do not accept us.”

Heyrani said that recently his image was splashed on Albanian television where he was described as an enemy of the state.

“They have no evidence, just like the alleged terror plot,” he said. “But here in Albania that is not important.”

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