February 21, 2018

Protesters rally against Iranian leader outside UN

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK, (AP) -- Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton said Thursday that the Obama administration is doing "almost nothing" to protect Iranians from the violence of their own regime — as represented at the U.N. by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Minutes before Ahmadinejad addressed the annual U.N. General Assembly, about 1,000 Iranian-Americans staged a protest rally in nearby Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Children stomped on a poster of Ahmadinejad among banners that covered the pavement. "Down With the Islamic Republic of Iran," read one. Bolton, who served as ambassador during George W. Bush's presidency, told The Associated Press that the … [Read more...]

Will U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon Do the Right Thing and Protect Iranian Dissidents?

FoxNews.com Each September, like clockwork, a bestiary of the world’s worst rogues and criminal heads of state arrive at the U.N. building on First Avenue to join in the organization’s opening of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.   This season, the winner of the contest for “greatest rogue with diplomatic immunity” is, once again, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran – a president with blood on his hands and nukes in his dreams who will get his 8" by 10” glossy photograph of a handshake with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon--and a P.R. platform supported by U.S. tax dollars.  Despite Ahmadinejad’s infamy as a Holocaust denier and his wild-eyed claim that the … [Read more...]

Iran’s Seat Does Not Belong to Clerical Rulers

 THE HUFFINGTON POST On Wednesday, September 21, Iran's state-run media announced that the two American hikers held in Iran, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were being released after more than two years in custody, just in time for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN the following day. Not coincidentally, the third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released a year ago just before Ahmadinejad's last UN speech. Ahmadinejad brazenly claimed that both releases were "humanitarian" gestures. No surprise there. But it is shocking, not to mention shameful, that he is allowed to get away with it by the various media, that conducts interviews, exclusives and gives him extensive … [Read more...]

My Aunt, the Iranian Heroine

THE HUFFINGTON POST It was an early Friday morning. I woke up with the sound of the radio in our living room and the worried voice of my father who was trying to get a hold on an important news through the statics that the Iranian regime was throwing in to block the opposition broadcast. I had never seen my parents that distraught and devastated. After some time went by, I went in and asked what had happened. I was told that my aunt, Zahra Rajabi, 39, one of the leading women in the struggle against the Iranian regime was brutally assassinated in Istanbul, Turkey. Iranian agents had tracked down her whereabouts and broke into her apartment, and shortly after killed her and one of … [Read more...]

Senior Panel Denounces Ahmadinejad’s Visit to the United States, Urges the U.S. to Stand with the Iranian Opposition

PRNEWSWIRE WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, September, 17, 2011, a senior panel of former Secretaries, Generals, and Governors, as well as State and Justice Departments officials denounced the presence of the Iranian regime's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, and urged the removal of Iran's main opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to Human Rights and Democracy International. The panel of former senior officials included Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Commandant of the Marine … [Read more...]

Free Iran’s freedom fighters

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Those who slander the MEK know nothing about its promise. As the first colonel to command Camp Ashraf in Iraq, where the main Iranian opposition movement, the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) is located, I should like to think I can speak with some authority about this deeply misunderstood organization now at the center of a fierce debate in Washington. The MEK is the largest component of the National Council of the Resistance to Iran (NCRI), Iran's parliament in exile. They established several bases inside Iraq in 1986, when Iraq was locked in a war with Iran. Today, as Iraq grows ever closer with Iran, the MEK is being targeted for annihilation in its … [Read more...]

Who’s afraid of the Iranian opposition?

THE AMERICAN THINKER The West has spent more than thirty years looking for incentives for compromise with the Islamist regime in Iran.  After the takeover of the alleged reformer Khatami in 1997, things looked brighter than ever before.  In what U.S. diplomat Martin Indyk described as a "goodwill gesture," the Clinton administration put the Iranian opposition group the Mullahs fear most -- the "Peoples Mujahedin Organization of Iran" (MEK) -- on their list of "Foreign Terrorist Organizations." The European Union followed suit with a similar decision in 2001, but had to remove the MEK of their list of terrorist organizations in 2009.  The many accusations that have been brought … [Read more...]

Misguided policy and bias on MEK

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- On Aug. 26, hundreds of students and faculty from various universities in the United States, Canada and Europe joined Iranian-Americans in front of the U.S. State Department in Washington to call on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove Iran's major opposition group, the People's Mujahedin of Iran, from the department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The PMOI is also known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq. Participating students led the protesters with a banner that read, "Secretary Clinton, you now have the backing of the court, the U.S. Congress and the Iranian people to delist the MEK." Why does the MEK … [Read more...]

Getting on the right side of history

    President Obama is in a quandary over what to do about Iran. News headlines over the last few weeks illustrate this: ·    “IAEA: Increasing concerns about Iran’s warheads designed to deliver nuclear payloads.” ·   “U.S. Treasury Department: Iran is aiding Al Qaeda.” ·   “Top al-Qaeda ranks keep footholds in Iran.” ·    “Iran continues to harbor and refuses to hand over bombers of Argentine Jewish charities.” ·   “Senior U.S. officials: Iran transferred lethal new munitions to Iraq and Afghanistan for attacks on U.S. troops.” The Iranian regime has become brazen in its defiance of multiple UN resolutions and continues to thumb its proverbial nose at the entire … [Read more...]

MeK, Iran and the War for Washington

THE NATIONAL INTEREST There is an escalating war for influence over U.S. policy toward Iran: It is a dispute among university scholars, think-tank analysts and former American officials. Reverberations of this war are not confined to the Washington beltway but have profound significance for the Middle East. As Arab republics like Egypt and Tunisia fall from popular protests, internally inspired regime-change scenarios abound. While largely peaceful protests brought down regimes in Cairo and Tunis, state suppression resulted in violent pushback in Libya, Syria and Yemen. Although Arab republics are the immediate targets of their populations, Arab kingdoms like Bahrain, and to a much … [Read more...]