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Iranian resistance demands Clinton remove it from terrorist list

 The Washington Times July 19, 2011 By Marieke van der Vaart Delay said to appease Tehran   Iranian opposition activists are accusing the State Department of flouting a federal court’s year-old ruling ordering the removal of the Iranian resistance from the U.S. list of international terrorist organizations. Supporters of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to comply with the court order as they rallied outside the State Department last week to mark the anniversary of the ruling. The State Department says it is still reviewing evidence about the group. “Until the [MEK] are removed from the list, the U.S. policy is appeasing the … [Read more...]

UN chief urges solution to Iranian exiles in Iraq

Reuters By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called in a report made public on Tuesday for stepped-up efforts to resolve the problem of Iranian exiles living at a camp in Iraq that was the scene of a bloody clash in April. Camp Ashraf, some 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, houses the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), which mounted attacks on Iran before the U.S.-led overthrow of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003. The future of the camp has been uncertain since the United States turned it over to Iraqi control in 2009. Unlike Saddam, who fought an eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s, Iraq's current … [Read more...]

US Policy Helping Iran Regime

The Atlanta Journal Constitution Monday, July 18, 2011  by Bob Barr Over the last several months, peoples in several Middle Eastern countries have taken to the streets in protest of oppressive governments — reflecting a profound desire for reform and an end to corruption. Many politicians in Washington have hailed these protests and openly encouraged government leaders in the countries affected to take meaningful steps to transition to democratic rule. Except for Iran. When the Iranian people rose up in June 2009 and began a wide and continuing protest against the Ahmadinejad administration and its religious leaders, all we heard from Washington was a modest degree of … [Read more...]

Prominent Former U.S. Officials Call for Expeditious Review of MEK Status and Its Removal from State Department’s Watch List, Urge U.S. Protection for Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire July 18, 2011 WASHINGTON, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Iranian American Community of Northern California: In a symposium, coinciding with the anniversary of the ruling by a U.S. Federal Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), former senior U.S. government officials called on the Department of State to expeditiously complete its review and remove the group from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). The bi-partisan panel expressed dismay over the administration's failure to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to … [Read more...]

Tehran’s Favorite “Lobbyist”

Originally published on stopfundamentalism.com   The infamous Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’s has a well-known saying: “If you tell a lie big enough and repeat it often enough, and the whole world will believe it.” Trita Parsi’s preposterous and naive attempt to besmirch the reputation of the main Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) as a “terrorist” group smacks of pure desperation to lay lie upon lie in order to build a metaphorical dam against a growing tide of support for the MEK in Washington and around the world. That is, of course, not unexpected. Parsi is the head of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a group widely considered as a “de … [Read more...]

Iranian opposition group pushes to be removed from U.S. terror list

CNN Friday, July 15, 2011 By Jamie Crawford, CNN National Security Producer Backers of an Iranian opposition group rallied outside the U.S. State Department on Friday demanding it be removed quickly from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, pointing to a court ruling issued a year ago that found its rights had been violated. More than 100 supporters of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, also known as MEK, congregated in northwest Washington to accuse the State Department of dragging its feet in deciding whether to keep them on the list of "Foreign Terrorist Organizations." Specifically, they alluded to a ruling issued last July by a federal appeals court in Washington. The … [Read more...]

Iranians protest US ban on opposition group

Iran Focus Friday, 15 July 2011 Washington, DC, Jul. 15 – Hundreds of Iranians rallied Friday outside the US State Department on the anniversary of a US Federal Court of Appeals ruling in favour of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), urging the Obama Administration to revoke the group’s status as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. A spokesperson for the demonstrators said they were protesting against the Administration’s delay in announcing a decision on the MEK’s status and to demand the group’s de-listing. The State Department recently missed the statute-mandated 180-day deadline for a decision. Iranians who attended the protest included … [Read more...]

Iran, Mujahedin-e Khalq, and the US State Department

Originally published on www.stopfundamentalism.com At the end of June, the world watched as Iran test-fired 14 medium range missiles capable of reaching US and Israeli bases in the Middle East.  According to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Iran has also been carrying out covert missile tests, “including testing of missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload.” In Syria, the Islamic Republic exercises its influence by assisting the worn-down Assad regime in brutally suppressing the Syrian people.  And in Iraq, we continue to see the hand of the Iranian regime in the ongoing violent insurgency, as well as in Maliki’s government. Tehran’s growing influence indicates a … [Read more...]

Iranian opposition “executed” in America before trial

United Press International Thursday, July 14, 2011 By JAVAD MIRABDAL and JAVID SHENASI SAN FRANCISCO, July 14 (UPI) -- Almost exactly a year ago, on July 16, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the U.S. State Department to re-evaluate the "terrorist" designation of Iran's main dissident movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq. After an inexplicable yearlong delay, the State Department continues to drag its feet even as the biggest state sponsor of terrorism -- the Iranian regime -- sardonically uses the label as a pretext to kill MEK members and supporters in Iran and through its proxies in Iraq. Many are left wondering why Washington is so conciliatory toward Tehran's demands despite the … [Read more...]

Landmark House Hearing Probes Massacre at Camp Ashraf and U.S. Responsibility, Urges De-listing of MEK

PRNewswire Tuesday, July 12, 2011   WASHINGTON, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday July 7, 2011, a landmark hearing, entitled "Massacre at Camp Ashraf: Implications for U.S. Policy," was held by the Oversight and Investigation Sub-Committee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.   Among those who provided testimony in the hearing were: Ms. Neda Zanjanpour, a survivor of the massacre at Camp Ashraf; Michael Mukasey, former Attorney General of the United States; Col. Gary Morsch, M.D., Chief medical liaison between Camp Ashraf and the U.S. military, Colonel Wes Martin (Ret.), Former Base Commander of Camp Ashraf; and Ray Takeyh, Senior … [Read more...]