November 24, 2017

Why we should back the Persian Spring

Will the wave of change in the Muslim world reach Iran and evolve into a Persian Spring, asks Lord Corbett. The Telegraph By Robin Corbett 30 Jun 2011 About 100,000 Iranian exiles in Paris last month drew the attention of the international community to the plight of the Iranian people and demanded support for the Iranian Opposition movement. They believe the Persian Spring is part and parcel of the Arab Spring, and that the policy of the West could be the key to timing. The conference was addressed by senior US politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former US Congressman Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Ted Kennedy), former White House Chief of Staff Andrew … [Read more...]

Iranians are seeking democracy — and support

St. Louis Post Dispatch By Kasra Nejat Tuesday, June 28, 2011 As protests for democracy and human rights continue in the Middle East, the world has not forgotten that the Iranian people also staged nationwide uprisings beginning in June 2009. In February and March of this year, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Iran once again, demanding democracy and an end to the regime. Without offering support to the Iranian people and their main opposition, the world cannot deal with the regime's multi-faceted threats, including the mad dash toward nuclear weapons. For the West, the expression of legitimate demands for freedoms and human rights across the Middle East has … [Read more...]

U.S. policy toward Iran is stagnant

Anti-Tehran group should be nurtured, not hindered. Columbia Daily Tribune BY KASRA NEJAT Sunday, June 26, 2011 As protests for democracy and human rights continue in the Middle East, the world has not forgotten that for the past two years, beginning in June 2009, the Iranian people also staged nationwide uprisings. In February and March this year, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Iran once again, demanding democracy and an end to the regime. Without offering support to the Iranian people and their main opposition, the world cannot deal with the regime’s multi-faceted threats, including the mad dash toward nuclear weapons. For the West, the expression of … [Read more...]

U.S. must step up to help exiled Iranians in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf

Detroit Free Press June 17, 2011 After the death of Bin Laden, the world is again focusing on the Arab spring with even more vigor, because the message of Arab Spring is opposite to that of Bin Laden — freedom, democracy, and secular Islam. When Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi began to fire on his own people, the United Nations stepped in — as it should have — with air strikes to protect civilians and stem the brutal attacks. In Iraq, there is a similar situation, and perhaps even worse. Many Iraqi citizens have been gunned down in Baghdad and other cities because they called Maliki “a liar,” and wanted a better living condition for the country. Iraqi forces, at the behest of, … [Read more...]

Ted Poe wants Iranian group removed from terrorist list, says it now seeks peaceful regime change

Houston Chronicle June 16, 2011 Rep. Ted Poe is urging the State Department to remove an Iranian group from the department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. The Texas Republican said Mujahedin-e Khalq, also known as the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, is now a peaceful organization dedicated to regime change in Iran. “I have not been convince they should remain on the list,” Poe said, adding that he has received both classified and non-classified briefings from the State Department and has yet to see evidence that marks the group as a terrorists. The group,  founded in 1960s by Iranian Marxists who opposed the Shah of Iran,  is credited with several terrorist attacks that … [Read more...]

U.S.-Iran Policy: P.J. Crowley, Stuart Eizenstat and Nancy Soderberg, Join Former Republican Officials in Urging President Obama To Support a “Persian Spring”

PR Newswire June 6, 2011 WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several former U.S. Government officials spoke to the need for the Obama Administration to focus more on the Persian Spring as the administration is calibrating its new Middle East initiative to adapt to the realities in the region, during a symposium in Washington, DC, entitled "New U.S. Middle East Initiative and the Policy on Iran," organized by Human Rights and Democracy International.  P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs until March 2011, said, "Change is going to occur from the bottom up.  It's not going to be imposed from the outside in but we have to be in a position where we … [Read more...]

Obama must support Iranian democracy movement

By Brian Binley The Washington Times Friday, May 27, 2011 Start the effort by protecting Iranian exiles in Iraq As President Obama is in London to talk hard global politics about Libya and the Arab Spring, there is little doubt that in discussions about Iraq, the fate of 3,400 Iranians based in Camp Ashraf deserves to be high on the agenda. Those Iranians are members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), Iran’s largest opposition group and the greatest thorn in the side of the current Iranian regime for more than 30 years. The PMOI is famed for revealing the Iranian regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons program and also has played a key role in leading the … [Read more...]

Avert a humanitarian catastrophe Mr President

The Independent By Lord Corbett Tuesday, 24 May 2011 US President Barack Obama, who is visiting the UK at the moment, will be aware of the urgent humanitarian situation facing 3,400 Iranian pro-democracy supporters in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, who came under deadly attack by Iraqi armed forces last month at the behest of Iran. At least 34 unarmed and defenceless refugees, members of the main Iranian opposition PMOI, were killed and 350 others injured when Iraqi armed forces raided the camp and indiscriminately opened fire on them; however US officials who visited the camp following the massacre have not published their findings. The attack was condemned by the UK Foreign and … [Read more...]

Briefing in the US Senate: Call for Removal of Iran’s Principal Opposition, MEK, from FTO List, US Action to Protect Dissidents in Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire May 20, 2011 WASHINGTON, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Iranian-American Society of Texas: As President Barack Obama laid out his vision for a new chapter in American diplomacy in dealing with the new realities of the Middle East, in a briefing on Thursday, May 19, 2011, former senior U.S. government officials urged the removal of Iran's main opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations as an absolute prerequisite to be consistent with the facts on the ground. The panel demanded urgent U.S. action to protect 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, Iraq and strongly rejected the … [Read more...]

‘Democracy’ in Iraq a win for Iran

Orange County Register The war in Iraq has been over for years, but its unintended consequences continue to linger – indeed, fester might be a better word. Yes, Saddam is gone and the weapons of mass destruction never were found. But while Iraq now ostensibly is a democracy, the real winner – sad to say – is Iran. This has been evident for months, but if any more proof is needed, consider the appalling situation at Camp Ashraf, home to some 3,500 members of the main opposition group to the Iranian mullahs who clearly are giving the orders to Iraqi forces. Ashraf, located 60 miles north of Baghdad, has been the sanctuary for the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) since the Iran-Iraq war. … [Read more...]