November 24, 2017

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...]

US Rally Calls for Protection of Iranian dissidents

 THE HUFFINGTON POST In an effort to prevent a humanitarian disaster, thousands of Iranians held a rally outside the US State Department to call for the protection of 3,400 Iranians resident in Camp Ashraf, Iraq and an end to the US ban on Iran's largest opposition group, the Mujahedeen e Khalq (MEK). The issues are intertwined, because the residents of Camp Ashraf are supporters and members of the MEK. The rally was addressed by US politicians and former national security officials who called on Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to listen to the thousands of Iranians gathered and end the US ban on the MEK. Their call was made not only because an end to the ban would allow the Camp … [Read more...]

Thousands of Iranians Rally in Washington, Urge delisting of MEK

StopFundamentalism.com I was among thousands of Iranian-Americans from 41 states across the country who took part in a huge rally and march outside the State Department last Friday, urging Secretary Clinton to act swiftly and delist the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK). Several senior former US Government officials also spoke at the rally, including Governor Ed Rendell; Rep. Patrick Kennedy; FBI Director Louis Freeh; CIA Deputy Director for Covert Operations, John Sano; and Col. Wesley Martin, chief of counterterrorism for the Coalition forces in Iraq and commandant of Camp Ashraf in 2006.  Aware that if the Secretary of State were to base … [Read more...]

Iranian Dissidents Gather High-profile Support

THE WASHINGTON POST Politicians, former national security officials and thousands of others gathered outside the State Department on Friday to call for the removal of the Mujahedin-e Khalk, an Iranian opposition group, from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.   Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” blasted from large speakers and doves and clouds of confetti flew into the air as former congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) introduced the group’s leader, Maryam Rajavi, to speak by video link from Paris. “I salute your protest and gathering, which symbolizes an uprising for the freedom of the Iranian people,” said Rajavi, speaking in Farsi. The controversial group, usually called … [Read more...]

Protesters hope to end terrorist label for Iranian group

THE MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON — Thousands of supporters of Iran's leading opposition group rallied outside the State Department on Friday, calling on the agency to take the group off its list of terrorist organizations.   Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and several other politicians addressed the mostly Iranian-American crowd, which gathered at midmorning in support of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, commonly referred to by the initials of its Farsi name, MEK. The State Department has classified the MEK as a terrorist organization since 1997, citing its alleged involvement in multiple assassinations of Americans in the 1970s and the 1979 takeover of the American Embassy in … [Read more...]

Thousands Demonstrate Outside the State Department, Calling For MEK Delisting

[oqeygallery id=1] WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This morning, thousands of Iranians from 41 states across the U.S. staged a huge and colorful rally outside the State Department urging the immediate delisting of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), Iran's main opposition movement. They also called for ensuring protection of MEK members in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, according to Human Rights and Democracy International. The ensuing march stretched several blocks around the State Department. The police were very cooperative by blocking the lanes for the peaceful marchers. Among the participants were more than 100 university professors, eminent scholars and physicians from … [Read more...]

DC Rally Draws Thousands Calling for MEK Delisting

WASHINGTON, DC - Thousands of Iranian-Americans from 41 states took part in a huge rally outside the State Department on August 26, 2011, urging Secretary Clinton to act swiftly and remove the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. … [Read more...]

Iranians Rally in DC to Demand Delisting of MEK

WASHINGTON, DC – Thousands of Iranian-Americans from 41 states took part in a huge rally outside the State Department on August 26, 2011, urging Secretary Clinton to act swiftly and remove the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). … [Read more...]

Rally Draws Thousands to DC Calling for MEK Delisting

WASHINGTON, DC – Thousands of Iranian-Americans from 41 states took part in a huge rally outside the State Department on August 26, 2011, urging Secretary Clinton to act swiftly and remove the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). … [Read more...]

State Department Rally Draws Thousands Calling for MEK Delisting

WASHINGTON, DC – Thousands of Iranian-Americans from 41 states took part in a huge rally outside the State Department on August 26, 2011, urging Secretary Clinton to act swiftly and remove the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).   … [Read more...]