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  • Iran dissidents in Iraq, accused of rights abuses, slam UN envoy

    07/16/2013 7:57:12 PM PDT · by nuconvert
    -excerpt- "A significant number of residents have reported to U.N. monitors that they are not free to leave the camp, to participate in the resettlement process offered by UNHCR, to contact family members outside Iraq, or to have contact with other relatives even within the camp itself," he said, referring to the U.N. refugee agency
  • Diary Of An MKO Rent-A-Crowd Demonstrator

    06/28/2013 6:06:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Kyrgyz student Alina Alymkulova recounts how she was recruited to travel from Prague to Paris to attend a rally for the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an Iranian opposition movement in exile. -excerpt- I was in Prague listening to music online and checking news on social media when an advertisement caught my eye. It offered a weekend trip to Paris, a city I always dreamed of visiting at least once during my lifetime. The price was amazingly cheap -- round-trip by bus and bed and breakfast at a four-star hotel would cost me only 35 euros ($46). I wrote to the...
  • An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends

    08/14/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 13, 2011 | Elizabeth Rubin
    A FEW weeks ago I received an e-mail from an acquaintance with the subject line: Have you seen the video everyone is talking about? I clicked play, and there was Howard Dean, on March 19 in Berlin, at his most impassioned, extolling the virtues of a woman named Maryam Rajavi and insisting that America should recognize her as the president of Iran. Ms. Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, are the leaders of a militant Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen Khalq, or Warriors of God. The group’s forces have been based for the last 25 years in Iraq, where I...
  • What’s Behind the Campaign to Delist the Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization?

    03/04/2011 5:13:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    A growing number of former U.S. officials — both Republicans and Democrats — have hopped on the bandwagon to demand that the State Department delist the Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of terrorist groups.I consider the MKO a terrorist group for good reason. There is no doubt that the MKO has targeted Americans, and no amount of slick public relations should erase that. During my time in Iran, it was clear that while Iranians respect the United States and have little good to say about their own government, they all detest the MKO.The enemy of my enemy...
  • Iran Has Nuclear Warhead Plants In Tehran: Exiled Opposition

    09/25/2009 1:47:46 AM PDT · by Strategy · 19 replies · 1,721+ views
    AFP ^ | September 24, 2009
    PARIS (AFP) - Iran's exiled opposition movement said Thursday it had learned of two previously unknown sites in and near Tehran that are being used to build nuclear warheads. "Resistance sources have managed to uncover two centres that work directly on nuclear armaments and which were until now kept secret," Mehdi Abrihamtchi of the People's Mujahedeen told reporters in Paris, where his group is based. "They are places for research and production of detonation systems which is a major part of the mullah's atomic bomb project," he said, adding that his organisation had passed on the information to the UN...
  • Camp Ashraf

    08/22/2009 8:46:57 PM PDT · by azadi4iran · 26 replies · 1,212+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 22, 2009 | Editorial
    In a letter to a British parliamentarian last month, a senior State Department official insisted that the United States was “doing its utmost” to ensure that Iraq’s government would treat 3,400 Iranian exiles living at Camp Ashraf in eastern Iraq “humanely.” Two weeks later, a clash between the exiles and Iraqi police left 11 Iranians dead, and 36 were taken into custody by Iraqi forces. Americans troops had guarded the camp since 2003, but recently handed over responsibility to Iraqi forces. Baghdad promised that the exiles would be protected. There is no authoritative version of events, but it does not...
  • Iraq acknowledges deaths at Iran exile camp

    07/30/2009 12:44:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeJen · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2009 | Mohammed Abbas and Tim Cocks
    Iraq's government acknowledged on Thursday that seven Iranian exiles were killed when Iraqi forces took control of their camp this week north of Baghdad. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh earlier denied anyone died in the clashes between Iraqi forces and protesters who tried to block their entry into Camp Ashraf, home to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran Iraq, Iran and the United States call the dissident group a terrorist organization. Iraq's Shi'ite Arab-led government wants to close the camp and send residents back to Iran or to a third country. Dabbagh, on Thursday, said seven people had died but disputed...
  • Iraqi forces storm MKO camp

    07/30/2009 4:53:42 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 24 replies · 2,945+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | July 30, 2009 | Tehran Times Political Desk
    TEHRAN/BAGHDAD - On Tuesday, Iraqi soldiers and riot police stormed Camp Ashraf, where Mojahedin Khalq Organization members had been based, triggering violent clashes that left at least 260 people injured. Iraqi officials say clashes broke out as they were trying to establish a police post in the camp. “After the failure of negotiations with the Mojahedin (Khalq) to enter peacefully, the Iraqi army entered Camp Ashraf with force and it now controls the interior and all entrances to the camp,” an Iraqi military source said. An Iraqi army spokesman in Diyala said two battalions of 400 soldiers each plus 200...
  • Iran minister says CIA funding "rioters"

    06/24/2009 2:18:47 PM PDT · by Constitutions Grandchild · 19 replies · 670+ views
    Reuters | 6/24/09 | (Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian and Hossein Jaseb; Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Louise Ireland
    Iran's interior minister on Wednesday accused U.S. spy agency the CIA of helping to fund "rioters," stepping up accusations of Western involvement in street unrest following the country's disputed election. "Britain, America and the Zionist regime (Israel) were behind the recent unrest in Tehran," Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars News Agency. "Many of the rioters were in contact with America, CIA and the MKO and are being fed by their financial resources," he said. The MKO (Mujahideen Khalq Organization) is an exiled Iranian opposition group.
  • Iranian dissidents urge immediate nuclear checks

    02/21/2008 5:04:04 AM PST · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 135+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | February 20, 2008 | David Brunnstrom
    BRUSSELS - An Iranian opposition group called on Wednesday for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to immediately inspect facilities in Iran which it said were at the core of an accelerated nuclear weapons programme. The National Council of Resistance of Iran dismissed a December U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that Tehran stopped trying to make a nuclear warhead in 2003, shortly after the group first revealed the country's nuclear enrichment activity. It charged that Iran had established a new command and control centre for the programme coded-named Lavizan-2 at Mojdeh on the southeastern outskirts of Tehran last April, near the site of...
  • Khomeini ordered 1988 massacre in Iran

    09/01/2007 6:19:41 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 7 replies · 749+ views
    IPS ^ | 9/1/07 | Jahanshah Rashidian
    Paris, 1Sept. (IPS) By 1988, there was nothing left of the relatively free atmosphere people acquired for a short period after the Iranian revolution of 1979. The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)’s brutal machine of repression had already uprooted a great number of other thinkers. Thousands of activists and sympathisers of the opposition groups had been already arrested, tortured, forced to repent or summarily executed, and their political rallies and media were banned. The peak of atrocity was however a death-fatwa in summer of 1988 issued by Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, the founder of the IRI. The fatwa was initially...
  • One-on-one with Iran's opposition

    11/07/2007 5:09:25 PM PST · by humint · 1 replies · 100+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 7, 2007 | John Hughes
    Provo, Utah - The head of the Iranian opposition group in exile that supplied early intelligence on Iran's clandestine nuclear program says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has engineered a clever disinformation campaign to convince foreign experts that Iran is eight to 10 years away from developing a nuclear bomb. But in fact, she says, the regime is less than two years away from producing such a weapon, as part of its plan to "create an Iranian empire" in the Middle East. In a wide-ranging weekend telephone conversation from her base of exile in Paris, Maryam Rajavi told me that Mr. Ahmadinejad...
  • "Intimidation Campaign" by (NIAC) Iran Mullahs' Lobby in US

    08/25/2007 10:25:17 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies · 547+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 8/26/07 | Persian Journal
    What could the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) possibly have in common? CAIR founders had close ties to Hamas, Palestinian Sunni Islamic extremists. NIAC and its main spokesman, Trita Parsi, have become apologists for the regime in Tehran, which exports a rival Shiite brand of Islamic extremism. Sunnis and Shias. We all know the story. They hate each other worse than Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants. Right? Well, no. As I pointed out in Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran, Sunnis and Shias get along just fine when it...
  • [Children of 'the Resistance'] Father's sacrifice

    09/26/2006 5:51:49 AM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 377+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-09-26 | Stewart Bell
    A National Post investigation has found the outlawed terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq recruited teenagers in Canada and sent them abroad to overthrow the Iranian government by force. Today, part three of a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with the guerrillas -- and now regrets it.- - - At 11 o'clock in the morning on June 19, 2003, Mustafa Mohammady stopped his car on Sussex Drive in Ottawa, opened the driver's door and headed toward the French embassy. He held a gasoline canister in one hand and a lighter in the other. Two days earlier, French...
  • Rally in France for Exiled Foe of Iran's Rulers

    07/01/2006 6:10:39 PM PDT · by markedmannerf · 4 replies · 305+ views
    LE BOURGET, France, July 1 — Thousands of Iranians from across Europe gathered here today in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its leader, Maryam Rajavi, who was recently freed from French judicial restrictions that limited her movement. Ms. Rajavi's message to the assembled crowd of 10,000 or more was that Iran needed neither nuclear weapons nor nuclear power but secular democracy, presumably led by Ms. Rajavi herself — or her husband, Massoud Rajavi, who is now presumed to be in hiding in Iraq. But the meeting's deeper message was that the Rajavi organization is still...
  • Monsters of the Left: The Mujahedin al-Khalq

    01/14/2006 1:14:06 PM PST · by Khashayar · 37 replies · 1,318+ views ^ | January 13, 2006 | Michael Rubin
    Few terrorists groups garner the bipartisan endorsement and support that Iran's Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization [MKO] has. On October 20, 2005, several congressmen and many aides attended a briefing in Congress. Maryam Rajavi, co-leader of the group and self-styled president-elect of Iran, addressed the gathering by video from France.[1] She received a warm reception. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) thanked "Sister Maryam."[2] A bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen have signed petitions calling for the U.S. Department of State to lift its 1997 classification of the group as a terrorist organization.[3] In an April 8, 2003 interview, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman...
  • Monsters of the Left: The Mujahedin al-Khalq

    01/13/2006 6:30:04 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 1 replies · 299+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Jan. 13, 2006 | Michael Rubin
    Few terrorists groups garner the bipartisan endorsement and support that Iran’s Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization [MKO] has. On October 20, 2005, several congressmen and many aides attended a briefing in Congress. Maryam Rajavi, co-leader of the group and self-styled president-elect of Iran, addressed the gathering by video from France.[1] She received a warm reception. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) thanked “Sister Maryam.”[2] A bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen have signed petitions calling for the U.S. Department of State to lift its 1997 classification of the group as a terrorist organization.[3] In an April 8, 2003 interview, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman...
  • For a charger like Torricelli, there's nothing like a good race (making millions--backs Hillary)

    07/29/2005 9:43:51 AM PDT · by Liz · 22 replies · 659+ views
    STAR LEDGER ^ | Friday, July 29, 2005
    It was September 2002. (Robert Torricelli's) re- election campaign had turned into a referendum on his ethics.............. He .....pulled out his cell phone, and punched in the number of his friend Bill Clinton. He was through......Clinton tried to talk him out of it. With that, Torricelli ended his lifelong passion for climbing the political ladder. He was 51 years old. Torricelli remains a busy man. With two former Senate staffers he formed a consulting business, Rosemont Associates, that advises the government of Taiwan, along with a list of corporate clients. He invests in real estate, including a handful of apartments,...
  • Iran says EU not serious in fight against terrorism

    11/08/2005 8:44:04 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 427+ views
    IRNA ^ | November 08, 2005
    Iranian Ambassador to the European Union Dr. Ali Ahani has criticized what he said were the EU's "double standards" with regard to the fight against terrorism. In an interview with the Belgian VRT television Monday night, Ahani said the permission given to the terrorist MKO grouplet to hold rallies and continue their activities in European countries shows that the EU is not serious in the fight against terrorism. About 300 supporters of the MKO held a rally near the EU's headquarters in Brussels Monday to call on EU foreign ministers to remove the group from the EU's terror list. The...
  • 'Iranian MKO involved in Basra car bombing'

    11/02/2005 8:18:45 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 503+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 02, 2005
    LONDON, November 2 (IranMania) - Terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) was involved in car bombing in the southern port city of Basra on Monday, Iraqi security official told IRNA. The car bombing on Monday killed at least 20 Iraqi civilians and injured more than 50 in Basra. Several of those injured are in critical condition. The security official said that the number of deaths will probably rise. "The car bombing took place in Basra following suspicious contacts between MKO elements and British military officers based in the Iraqi city," he said. Iraqi police arrested two British nationals accused of bombing...