February 23, 2018

Washington Times, January 14, 2009: 10 Point Plan for Future of Iran

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Washington Times, January 7, 2009: EP Group Calls on US to Delist MEK

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Increasing Pressure on Iranian Opposition in Iraq

PolicyWatch #1394 By Raymond Tanter August 4, 2008 Throughout summer 2008, Iraqi politicians tied to Tehran have put increasing political pressure on the U.S. government to allow Baghdad to control Camp Ashraf, the base housing Iran's main opposition -- the Mujahedin e Khalq (MEK). Options regarding Iraqi-based MEK members are limited, but include the following: sending them to the United States; allowing them to stay in Iraq under Iraqi control; dispersing them to surrounding countries, including Iran; or maintaining the status quo with the continued protection of the U.S. military. Since each option is problematic, finding a solution is neither easy nor simple. Escalating … [Read more...]

A Roadmap for the Foreign Terrorist Organizations List

PolicyWatch #1366 By Patrick Clawson April 25, 2008 Although the Foreign Terrorist Organizationslist has a set of criteria for designating groups, there is little clarity in practice about the process for revocation. Even after organizations have renounced terrorism for many years, their designations persist without a clear explanation, and are based on the assumption that historical violence indicates future potential. A November 2007 court ruling by the UK's Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission (POAC) ordered the British government to remove the People's Mujahedeen of Iran -- known to the U.S. government as Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) -- from its terrorist organizations list. … [Read more...]

Mojahedin of Iran are “not concerned with terrorism”

Friday, 25 January 2008 Source: Le Soir, Belgium daily By maintaining the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) on the European list of terrorist organizations, the 27 EU countries are “no longer following the rule of law… PMOI’s fundamental rights continue to be violated," says a report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority. And what about a case of an Italian citizen residing in Switzerland, found innocent in the courts of Italy and Switzerland, but fails to remove his name from the list of terrorists drawn up by the U.N. Security Council? Neither Bern nor Rome do have the requisite powers to counter … [Read more...]

MEK sense: Lift ‘Terror’ Designation on Iranian Group

The Washington Times Since the theocratic regime of Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in 1979, and under Khomeini’s successors, Iran has consistently out-maneuvered the United States and our allies through a crafty combination of diplomatic manipulation; exploitation of commercial considerations; support for terrorists and kidnappers; the use of proxy agents in Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere; and, in recent years, playing the nuclear card.  Earlier this year, we were relieved to see the 15 British sailors and marines return home from their captivity in Iran unharmed. But it is shocking and galling that Iran managed to win a propaganda victory over the West through a brazen act of piracy on … [Read more...]

Missing the Mark on Iran

FrontPageMagazine.com By Ali Safavi Friday, January 27, 2006 [Below is Ali Safavi's response to Michael Rubin's article on the Mujahedeen-e Khalq in our Leftwing Monsters series. Michael Rubin's response to Mr. Safavi is also in this issue. You can read it by clicking here -- The Editors] As a sociologist who has known, closely studied the history and followed the activities of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), in the past 34 years, I read with amazement and somewhat dismay Michael Rubin's "Monsters of the Left," (FrontPageMagazine, January 13, 2006)[i]. His article purports to be a scholarly survey of the assistance provided by “the Left” to the MEK. I was … [Read more...]