May 28, 2017

Statement of European-American Conference in the European Parliament

Statement of European-American Conference in the European Parliament  February 7, 2012  A European-American Conference was convened on invitation of the Friends of Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament on February 7, in relation to the current political situation in Iran and the region, and the necessity of protecting Ashraf residents, members of the Iranian opposition. The conference was presided over by Jim Higgins, member of the European Parliament’s Bureau. Dozens of EU parliamentarians, including Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Struan Stevenson, head of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq in the parliament, and many prestigious American … [Read more...]

EU Parliament hosts conf. on situation in Iran

KUWAIT NEWS AGENCY   BRUSSELS, Feb 7 (KUNA) -- A European-American Conference was convened at invitation of the Friends of Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday on the current political situation in Iran and the region, and the Ashraf camp in Iraq, The conference was presided over by Jim Higgins, member of the European Parliament's Bureau. According to a statement released by the organisers, dozens of EU parliamentarians, including Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Struan Stevenson, head of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq in the EP, and many prestigious American personalities such as Howard Dean, former US Presidential … [Read more...]

The message we need to send Iran

FOX News Several years ago, a political leader from the war torn country of Lebanon observed that in his part of the world it is better to be respected than liked.  When it comes to Iran, the U.S. is neither.  On the contrary, Iran's leadership is hateful and disdainful of Western values and the United States. President Obama, time is running out. It is time to act unilaterally and decisively, and publicly support the democratic opposition in Iran. Following Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, recent events further demonstrate the impotence of five years of UN Security Council Resolutions and the West’s economic sanctions to stop the Mullahs’ terrorist regime from achieving … [Read more...]

Move Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Former U.S. base in Iraq could shelter Iranian resistance until resettlement. Is Iran serious in threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz or is this simply saber-rattling? Whatever the motives, inaction is not an option - not any more. Fearful of the impact of expanded U.S. sanctions, Iran’s first vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi told the official news agency IRNA on Dec. 27, “If they impose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Strait of Hormuz.” This could spell disaster for the whole region as skyrocketing oil prices would wreak havoc on the global economy. In any contingency planning, it is imperative to establish who … [Read more...]

Political Turmoil in Iraq – Camp Ashraf

Fox News  "Special Report" with Shannon Bream Special Guests: A.B. Stoddard, Steve Hayes, Charles Krauthammer Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com MICHAEL MUKASEY, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL: Now these people are in a camp where they are defenseless, and the United States troops have pulled out with the result that they are now at the mercy of the Iraqi government which is really doing the biding of the Iranian government. They've attacked them twice, both times when the U.S., then U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, was in country. SHANNON BREAM, GUEST HOST: That is former Attorney General Michael Mukasey talking about a group of Iranian dissidents who actually live in Iraq, and … [Read more...]

As U.S. Withdraws From Iraq, We Must Still Keep Our Promise to the Residents of Camp Ashraf

Fox News Monday, President Obama welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the White House with the declaration that U.S. troops were leaving Iraq with “heads held high.” But while administration spin-miesters are promoting the so-called deepening strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, an emboldened and increasingly defiant Maliki is quickly moving forward with sinister preparations of his own that threaten to jettison President Obama’s mission-accomplished moment. In collusion with the Mullahs terrorist regime in Tehran, the Iraqi Prime Minister is planning a Srebrenica-style massacre of 3,400 unarmed Iranian dissidents living in his country at Camp Ashraf---each … [Read more...]

The noose tightens around Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf

  The Iraqi government has announced that it plans to close Camp Ashraf, home to more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents by the end of the year. But the decision has put the international community in a difficult position. During his visit to the US this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has a number of issues on the agenda, primarily the December 31, 2011, withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq. But at Camp Ashraf – home to more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents in Iraq - all eyes are set on whether Maliki’s visit could bring a resolution to a looming crisis over the future of the refugee camp. December 31 also happens to be the deadline set by Maliki’s government to dismantle the … [Read more...]

Reaching Across the Aisle, Former Governors Call for Urgent Intervention to Save Iranian Dissidents in Iraq

PR Newswire As December 31 Deadline Nears for American Military Withdrawal, Fate of 3,400 "Protected Persons" Hangs in the Balance WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a press conference at the National Press Club, former Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell urged the Obama Administration to draw a clear line in the sand with the pro-Iranian government in Iraq: lift the approaching deadline for closing Camp Ashraf, home to more than 3,400 Iranian dissidents, refrain from forcible relocation of the residents that could lead to a massacre and allow their resettlement in third countries. The dissidents are members the main Iranian opposition group, the … [Read more...]

Push to drop Khalq terror designation in US

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON — A group of prominent Americans is lobbying President Barack Obama to lift designation of Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq as a terrorist group, The New York Times reported. Former CIA directors James Woolsey and Porter Goss and former FBI director Louis Freeh are among those seeking the change, the paper reported. Others include former attorney general Michael Mukasey, ex-homeland security secretary Tom Ridge, former national security adviser General James Jones and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The advocates insist their motive is humanitarian: to protect and resettle about 3,400 members of Mujahedeen Khalq, or People?s Mujahedeen, … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Urged to Compel Iraq to Lift the Deadline to Close Down Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Lives in Peril, Honor on the Line: America's Promise to Protect Camp Ashraf," was the title of a symposium in which several former senior U.S. officials as well as prominent human rights advocates urged the Obama Administration to prevent an impending humanitarian catastrophe at Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to thousands of members of Iran's main opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).   The panelists also rejected the call made jointly by the Iranian regime and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the residents of Ashraf must give in to relocation inside Iraq without any reliable protection for their safety and … [Read more...]