February 19, 2018

America, terrorists and Nelson Mandela

REUTERS NEWS AGENCY Woe betide the organization or individual who lands on America’s terrorist list. The consequences are dire and it’s easier to get on the list than off it even if you turn to peaceful politics. Just ask Nelson Mandela. One of the great statesmen of our time, Mandela stayed on the American terrorist blacklist for 15 years after winning the Nobel Prize prior to becoming South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president. He was removed from the list after then president George W. Bush signed into law a bill that took the label “terrorist” off members of the African National Congress (ANC), the group that used sabotage, bombings and armed attacks against the white minority … [Read more...]

Human bargaining chips in deals with Iran

REUTERS NEWS AGENCY Seven summers ago, in a crowded conference room of a Washington hotel, an Iranian exile leader gave the first detailed public account of Iran’s until-then secret nuclear projects at the cities of Natanz and Arak. It greatly turned up the volume of a seemingly endless international controversy over Iran’s nuclear intentions. The disclosures, on August 14, 2002, did little to earn the group that made them, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), merit points from the U.S. government. A year later, the Washington office of the NCRI, the political offshoot of Iran’s Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) resistance movement, was shut. The State Department placed the group … [Read more...]

Washington Times, January 14, 2009: 10 Point Plan for Future of Iran

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Washington Times, January 7, 2009: EP Group Calls on US to Delist MEK

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Increasing Pressure on Iranian Opposition in Iraq

PolicyWatch #1394 By Raymond Tanter August 4, 2008 Throughout summer 2008, Iraqi politicians tied to Tehran have put increasing political pressure on the U.S. government to allow Baghdad to control Camp Ashraf, the base housing Iran's main opposition -- the Mujahedin e Khalq (MEK). Options regarding Iraqi-based MEK members are limited, but include the following: sending them to the United States; allowing them to stay in Iraq under Iraqi control; dispersing them to surrounding countries, including Iran; or maintaining the status quo with the continued protection of the U.S. military. Since each option is problematic, finding a solution is neither easy nor simple. Escalating … [Read more...]

A Roadmap for the Foreign Terrorist Organizations List

PolicyWatch #1366 By Patrick Clawson April 25, 2008 Although the Foreign Terrorist Organizationslist has a set of criteria for designating groups, there is little clarity in practice about the process for revocation. Even after organizations have renounced terrorism for many years, their designations persist without a clear explanation, and are based on the assumption that historical violence indicates future potential. A November 2007 court ruling by the UK's Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission (POAC) ordered the British government to remove the People's Mujahedeen of Iran -- known to the U.S. government as Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) -- from its terrorist organizations list. … [Read more...]

West should back Iranians

United Press InternationalFebruary 1, 2008By BARONESS GOULD OF POTTERNEWTONLONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Iran under the mullahs is the only country in the world that continues to hang children, and it has an equally sinister track record over its treatment of women.On Jan. 15, Amnesty International said in a report that nine women and two men in Iran are waiting to be stoned to death, adding that the "horrific practice" was "specifically designed to increase the suffering of the victims.""The majority of those sentenced to death by stoning are women. Women suffer disproportionately from such punishment. One reason is that they are not treated equally before the law and courts, in clear violation … [Read more...]

EU’s flawed combat against terrorism

Monday, 28 January 2008 Goesta GroenroosOpEdNews.com"Injustice is the best ally for terrorism," reiterated Dick Marty, the Swiss senator in a press conference last week following the ratification of a resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemning the methods used by the EU and the UN Security Council for blacklisting groups and individuals.This resolution by Europe's human rights watchdog, was based on a report pointing out that the use of terrorist lists by the EU and UN is arbitrary and violates fundamental rights, thus putting at risk the very the fabric of a democratic society, i.e. the rule of lawWhat is more tragic is that, under the cloak of combating … [Read more...]

Mojahedin of Iran are “not concerned with terrorism”

Friday, 25 January 2008 Source: Le Soir, Belgium daily By maintaining the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) on the European list of terrorist organizations, the 27 EU countries are “no longer following the rule of law… PMOI’s fundamental rights continue to be violated," says a report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority. And what about a case of an Italian citizen residing in Switzerland, found innocent in the courts of Italy and Switzerland, but fails to remove his name from the list of terrorists drawn up by the U.N. Security Council? Neither Bern nor Rome do have the requisite powers to counter … [Read more...]

Placating tyranny

Thursday, 24 January 2008 By LORD CORBETT OF CASTLE VALE Chair, British Parliamentary Committee for Iran FreedomA judgment last year described the government's ban on Iran's PMOI as 'unlawful' - will Jack Straw ever admit to his part in it?The Guardian, January 21, 2008 - Rarely has a verdict been so damning to the government as that issued on November 30 last year by the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission (POAC) over the case of the main democratic Iranian opposition, the PMOI.Since 2001, at the behest of Iran's theocratic leaders, the government had banned the PMOI as a terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000, without a shred of evidence. The former home secretary, … [Read more...]