June 25, 2017

US Policy Helping Iran Regime

The Atlanta Journal Constitution Monday, July 18, 2011  by Bob Barr Over the last several months, peoples in several Middle Eastern countries have taken to the streets in protest of oppressive governments — reflecting a profound desire for reform and an end to corruption. Many politicians in Washington have hailed these protests and openly encouraged government leaders in the countries affected to take meaningful steps to transition to democratic rule. Except for Iran. When the Iranian people rose up in June 2009 and began a wide and continuing protest against the Ahmadinejad administration and its religious leaders, all we heard from Washington was a modest degree of … [Read more...]

Prominent Former U.S. Officials Call for Expeditious Review of MEK Status and Its Removal from State Department’s Watch List, Urge U.S. Protection for Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire July 18, 2011 WASHINGTON, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Iranian American Community of Northern California: In a symposium, coinciding with the anniversary of the ruling by a U.S. Federal Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), former senior U.S. government officials called on the Department of State to expeditiously complete its review and remove the group from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). The bi-partisan panel expressed dismay over the administration's failure to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to … [Read more...]

Tehran’s Favorite “Lobbyist”

Originally published on stopfundamentalism.com   The infamous Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’s has a well-known saying: “If you tell a lie big enough and repeat it often enough, and the whole world will believe it.” Trita Parsi’s preposterous and naive attempt to besmirch the reputation of the main Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) as a “terrorist” group smacks of pure desperation to lay lie upon lie in order to build a metaphorical dam against a growing tide of support for the MEK in Washington and around the world. That is, of course, not unexpected. Parsi is the head of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a group widely considered as a “de … [Read more...]

Iranian opposition group pushes to be removed from U.S. terror list

CNN Friday, July 15, 2011 By Jamie Crawford, CNN National Security Producer Backers of an Iranian opposition group rallied outside the U.S. State Department on Friday demanding it be removed quickly from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, pointing to a court ruling issued a year ago that found its rights had been violated. More than 100 supporters of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, also known as MEK, congregated in northwest Washington to accuse the State Department of dragging its feet in deciding whether to keep them on the list of "Foreign Terrorist Organizations." Specifically, they alluded to a ruling issued last July by a federal appeals court in Washington. The … [Read more...]

Iranians protest US ban on opposition group

Iran Focus Friday, 15 July 2011 Washington, DC, Jul. 15 – Hundreds of Iranians rallied Friday outside the US State Department on the anniversary of a US Federal Court of Appeals ruling in favour of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), urging the Obama Administration to revoke the group’s status as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. A spokesperson for the demonstrators said they were protesting against the Administration’s delay in announcing a decision on the MEK’s status and to demand the group’s de-listing. The State Department recently missed the statute-mandated 180-day deadline for a decision. Iranians who attended the protest included … [Read more...]

Iran, Mujahedin-e Khalq, and the US State Department

Originally published on www.stopfundamentalism.com At the end of June, the world watched as Iran test-fired 14 medium range missiles capable of reaching US and Israeli bases in the Middle East.  According to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Iran has also been carrying out covert missile tests, “including testing of missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload.” In Syria, the Islamic Republic exercises its influence by assisting the worn-down Assad regime in brutally suppressing the Syrian people.  And in Iraq, we continue to see the hand of the Iranian regime in the ongoing violent insurgency, as well as in Maliki’s government. Tehran’s growing influence indicates a … [Read more...]

Iranian opposition “executed” in America before trial

United Press International Thursday, July 14, 2011 By JAVAD MIRABDAL and JAVID SHENASI SAN FRANCISCO, July 14 (UPI) -- Almost exactly a year ago, on July 16, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the U.S. State Department to re-evaluate the "terrorist" designation of Iran's main dissident movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq. After an inexplicable yearlong delay, the State Department continues to drag its feet even as the biggest state sponsor of terrorism -- the Iranian regime -- sardonically uses the label as a pretext to kill MEK members and supporters in Iran and through its proxies in Iraq. Many are left wondering why Washington is so conciliatory toward Tehran's demands despite the … [Read more...]

Landmark House Hearing Probes Massacre at Camp Ashraf and U.S. Responsibility, Urges De-listing of MEK

PRNewswire Tuesday, July 12, 2011   WASHINGTON, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday July 7, 2011, a landmark hearing, entitled "Massacre at Camp Ashraf: Implications for U.S. Policy," was held by the Oversight and Investigation Sub-Committee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.   Among those who provided testimony in the hearing were: Ms. Neda Zanjanpour, a survivor of the massacre at Camp Ashraf; Michael Mukasey, former Attorney General of the United States; Col. Gary Morsch, M.D., Chief medical liaison between Camp Ashraf and the U.S. military, Colonel Wes Martin (Ret.), Former Base Commander of Camp Ashraf; and Ray Takeyh, Senior … [Read more...]

Michael Rubin and the Mujahedeen-e Khalq

Originally published on www.stopfundamentalism.com Commentary by  Ali Safavi   As Iran’s main opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), earns a well-deserved spotlight around the world, Michael Rubin’s sagging fortunes have compelled him to lambast the organization once more. In a commentary last week, Rubin churned out another rant against the MEK. Although coated with a thin layer of supposedly calm and rational argument, the piece is bloated with clear bias and unjustified accusations. Both in this commentary and in an earlier article, Rubin is distraught and annoyed about the growing list of top former US government officials and Members of Congress, including the … [Read more...]

The Real Face of Realpolitik: Camp Ashraf and the U.S. FTO

The Huffington Post The U.S. State Department's inclusion of Iran's main opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), in the list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) has been fiercely criticized by members of Congress and former U.S. government officials over the past several months. The criticism was heightened when on April 8, 2011, under a direct order from Tehran, Iraqi forces launched a vicious attack against the residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq, home to 3,400 MEK members. Videos of the assault show Iraqi soldiers armed with AK-47s shooting at unarmed camp residents in cold blood. The April massacre at Camp Ashraf brought into light not just the political blunder of the … [Read more...]