September 22, 2017

Time for courage from Europe over Camp Ashraf

 PublicServiceEurope.com The tragedy of the Warsaw Ghetto is about to be repeated in Iraq if Europe, the United States and the United Nations do not step up to the plate. Alexis de Tocqueville once said: "When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness." What the government of Iraq is planning to do with Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 Iranian dissidents, is frighteningly reminiscent of what Hitler did to the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 - and it seems the bitter past is shedding little light on the situation. During the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 - Ashraf residents, members of the principal Iranian resistance movement the People's Mojahedin Organization of … [Read more...]

Stop Another Bloodbath at Camp Ashraf , Before it is Too Late

THE HUFFINGTON POST On Tuesday 1 November 2011, there was an urgent press conference at UK's Houses of Parliament. The press conference was attended by a large number of the Iranian and non-Iranian community and chaired by David Amess, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of South end West. The key speakers were Mr Mark Williams from the Liberal Democrat party, Mr Steve McCabe from the Labour party; and Lord Dholakia deputy President of the Liberal Democrat party in the House of Lords. Amongst the speakers, was also Mr Hossein Abedini, a member of the Parliament in exile of the Iranian resistance (NCRI) who also belongs to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the … [Read more...]

Back the Iranian opposition

THE BALTIMORE SUN Stop calling MEK a terrorist group and let Iranians transform their own country The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest report about Iran lays bare the true nature of Tehran's nuclear agenda: an advanced, sophisticated and highly secretive program run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to build the bomb. Overwhelming evidence shows a pattern dating back many years of covert activities with significant military involvement that cannot be explained away for any purpose other than building a nuclear warhead. The report contradicts the Iranian regime's claim that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "Iran has carried out activities relevant to the … [Read more...]

Don’t abandon Iran opposition

 THE BOSTON HERALD U.S. leaves cooperative dissidents hanging The just-released International Atomic Energy Agency report on the Iranian nuclear weapons program should be the final warning to the West: Iran must be dealt with now, before its advanced nuclear weapons program is operational, and while the United States still has viable options for changing the regime in Tehran. However, the news that Iran is developing nuclear weapons isn’t news at all: Western policymakers have been warned of such plans and intentions for years with exacting intelligence from the main Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK). In 2002, MEK activists risked their lives and revealed the existence … [Read more...]

Senate Committee Warns about Safety and Security of Camp Ashraf Residents

In a hearing in the U.S. Senate on Nov 15, 2011, attended by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, the leadership and members of the Committee on Armed Services expressed serious concern for the fate of the residents of Camp Ashraf once the Dec 31 deadline and the withdrawal of the U.S. forces comes about.  In a bipartisan mood, Senators Karl Levin, the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee (D-MI), John McCain (the ranking Republican from Arizona), Senator Bill Lindsey Graham (R- SC ), and Joseph Liberman (Independent-CO) all urged guarantees for the protection of Ashraf residents.   … [Read more...]

Tensions Mounting for Iranian Exiles Fearful of Another Massacre

 THE EPOCH TIMES High-profile former officials tell Secretary Clinton to take the MEK off the terrorist list WASHINGTON—When President Obama announced on Oct. 21 that all American combat troops would be out of Iraq by year’s end, no one in Iraq could be more impacted than the people residing in a little known refugee site called Camp Ashraf located 41 miles north of Bagdad, and 66 miles from the Iranian western border. With the U.S. pullout, these refugees are especially worried for their safety. “Whatever dwindling influence the U.S. Government still retains in Iraq, it will evaporate completely once American forces exit [Iraq],” said Ambassador Mitchell Reiss in Washington, Oct. 28, … [Read more...]

Policy, Human Rights Scholars Urge Congressional Action to Avert Massacre at Camp Ashraf after US Troop Withdrawal

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a briefing in the US Senate, entitled "US Troop Drawdown in Iraq: 50 Days to Impending Humanitarian Catastrophe at Camp Ashraf," Professor Ruth Wedgwood, Director of the International Law and Organizations Program of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Professor Raymond Tanter, former Senior Staff on the National Security Council and President of Iran Policy Committee; Bruce McColm, former Executive Director of the Freedom House; and Colonel Wesley Martin, USA (Ret.), former senior anti-terrorism/force-protection officer for Coalition forces in Iraq and Commandant of Camp Ashraf, … [Read more...]

Defense chief clashes with senators over Iraq

REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta rejected accusations at a heated Senate hearing on Tuesday that U.S. politics helped drive the decision to completely withdraw from Iraq this year without leaving any troops behind as trainers. The October 21 drawdown announcement by President Barack Obama followed failed negotiations with Baghdad to secure an immunity deal that the Pentagon made a precondition for keeping any U.S. military trainers in the country. Panetta put the blame squarely on Iraqi politics, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki unable to push an immunity deal through parliament. But prominent Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee questioned … [Read more...]

Sarajavo-style siege at refugee camp in Iraq

THE INDEPENDENT Who remembers the siege of Sarajevo? Today’s world leaders might have forgotten the early 1990s and the four-year encirclement of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Serbian forces. Known as one of the longest sieges in modern warfare, it was also a bloodbath – thousands of lives were lost, many of them women and children. For Europe, Sarajevo was a humiliation because the massacre occurred at the heart of what some claimed was the most civilised continent on earth. The European Community was incapable of coming together to prevent the extermination of innocent Europeans. A new Sarajevo is in the making today, and the question must be asked again: will the European … [Read more...]

It’s time to act on Iran’s nuclear threat

McClatchy Newspapers Since the Nov. 8, 2011, release of the International Atomic Energy Agency's latest report about Iran's nuclear program, Tehran has waged an all-out campaign to dismiss the IAEA's findings, while implicitly threatening the world with a terrorist response. "Iran will respond with full force to any aggression or even threats in a way that will demolish the aggressors from within," Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said. The regime's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that the report's findings were dictated by the United States, vowing Iran would not abandon its nuclear agenda. But on Nov. 11, the IAEA showed letters and satellite imagery to United Nations member states as … [Read more...]