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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Iran's Majlis Elections Neither Free Nor Fair

    02/04/2008 10:22:58 PM PST · by globalpolitician · 79+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 2/5/08 | Mark Williams - UK Member of Parliament
    <p>It is with optimism that I usually regard elections. Win or lose, they are an opportunity for the voice of the people to be heard, but an exception to this will be the Iranian "elections" this March. Elections in Iran are neither free nor fair. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rise to the Presidency in 2005 serves as a striking example. Even by the regime's own pre-poll records, Ahmadinejad was not even close to first place. So how does a previously-unheard-of Revolutionary Guards commander with no proven success in politics and no pre-poll showing get more than 50 percent of the votes in an election widely boycotted by the vast majority of the Iranian population? Simple. He doesn't.</p>
  • WSJ: Group says Iran resumed weapon program

    12/11/2007 3:18:56 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 189+ views
    The Wall Street Journal (excerpt) (subscrption) ^ | December 11, 2007 | MARC CHAMPION, JAY SOLOMON
    Excerpt - The Iranian opposition group that first exposed Iran's nuclear-fuel program said a U.S. intelligence analysis is correct that Tehran shut down its weaponization program in 2003, but claims that the program was relocated and restarted in 2004. The claim, to be made public today by the National Council for Resistance in Iran, joins a broad pushback by conservative hawks who say the U.S. analysis has wrongly given the impression that Iran's nuclear-fuel program doesn't present an urgent threat. ~ snip ~
  • 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...
  • Three Iranian factories 'mass-produce bombs to kill British in Iraq'

    08/20/2006 2:22:58 PM PDT · by humint · 82 replies · 2,122+ views
    telegraph ^ | 20/08/2006 | Toby Harnden in Washington
    Three factories in Iran are mass-producing the sophisticated roadside bombs used to kill British soldiers over the border in Iraq, it has been claimed.The lethal bombs are being made by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps at ordnance factory sites in Teheran, according to opponents of the country's theocratic regime. Designed to penetrate heavy armour, the devices being manufactured in Iran involve the use of "explosively formed projectiles" or EFPs, also known as shaped charges, often triggered by infra-red beams.The weapons can pierce the armour of British and American tanks and armoured personnel carriers and completely destroy armoured Land Rovers, which...
  • Exiled Iranian opponent says West appeasing Iran(MeK Leader problem for Solana talks)

    07/05/2006 1:43:46 PM PDT · by remuk · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-05-2006 | Paul Taylor
    The head of an exiled Iranian opposition group accused Western nations on Wednesday of appeasing Tehran with incentives to halt uranium enrichment that she compared to moves to placate Hitler before World War Two. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said she had clear indications that Tehran would not give up its enrichment activities and that diplomatic efforts by the European Union and the United States to avert a crisis were only rewarding the Tehran government's strategies. "The further they move forward, the more concessions the West is making," Rajavi told a news conference...
  • Iranian dissident rallies her followers [10,000 in Paris.]

    07/02/2006 10:47:34 PM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 560+ views
    LE BOURGET, France Thousands of Iranians from across Europe gathered here in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its leader, Maryam Rajavi, who was recently freed from French judicial restrictions that had limited her movement . . . Rajavi's message Saturday to the crowd of 10,000 or more just outside Paris was that Iran needed neither nuclear weapons nor nuclear power but rather secular democracy . . . The national council, which Maryam Rajavi heads, has been declared a terrorist organization by the United States because of the violent tactics of its military arm . ....
  • 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...
  • Sometimes a Picture is worth a Thousand Words

    04/10/2006 6:08:30 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 55 replies · 2,475+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 10, 2006
    Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, shows photographs as she attends a meeting of the liberal group at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, April 10, 2006. Rajavi came to Strasbourg to discuss about the increasing crisis between the world and the Iranian regime. (AP Photo/ Christian Hartmann)
  • Iranian Women and the Path to a Free Iran

    03/17/2006 5:26:29 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 522+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/17/2006 | Roya Johnson
    Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency, the Iranian regime has increased its oppressive tactics at home. The government is indeed tightening its fascist fist around the Iranian people, particularly women. It plans to segregate Iran’s pedestrian walkways on a gender basis, according to a deputy in Iran’s Parliament. Early this March, security forces removed several hundred women spectators from an indoor stadium by force as they were watching athletes performing in the 2006 Gymnastics World Cup tournament being held in Tehran, eye-witnesses have reported. A few days earlier, State Security Forces attacked female soccer fans in Tehran after they held a defiant...
  • Monsters of the Left: The Mujahedin al-Khalq

    01/14/2006 1:14:06 PM PST · by Khashayar · 37 replies · 1,318+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • No report on fate of 250 ex-MKO terrorist members

    11/02/2005 2:54:16 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 9 replies · 567+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Nov 2, 2005
    No news is at hand in recent days on the fate of 250 members of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO/MEK/NCR-Iran.org/Iranfocus.com and many more phony names by MKO, the most hated people among Iranians) who have been urging to leave Iraq and return to Iran as a priority, according to former MKO officials who have fled to Europe from Iraq. The former MKO officials believe that probably the group might have either been trapped in MKO detention camps inside the US army protected garrisons in Iraq or might have been subject to organizational duels and been killed. The commander of...
  • US can call foreign groups terrorists, court says

    10/20/2005 8:47:21 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 21 replies · 1,231+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The United States can designate foreign organizations as terrorist groups and bar Americans from financially backing them, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. "Leaving the determination of whether a group is a 'foreign terrorist organization' to the executive branch ... is both a reasonable and a constitutional way to make such determinations," Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote for a three-judge panel. "The Constitution does not forbid Congress from requiring individuals, whether they agree with the executive branch determination or not, to refrain from furnishing material assistance to designated terrorist organizations." The ruling by the...
  • Mko Dissidents Demands That Mas’oud Rajavi Also Be Put On Trial. (MKO Leader)

    10/19/2005 10:03:25 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 8 replies · 473+ views
    IPS ^ | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 | By Safa Haeri
    PARIS, 19 Oct. (IPS) On the eve of the trial of the toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, some former members of the Mojahedeen Khalq Organsation (MKO) demanded that the leader of the outlawed Organisation and some of his close associates be also tried for “crimes against both the Iraqi and Iranian peoples”. “The toppled regime of Saddam Hussein actively supported international terrorism and committed crimes against Iraqi and Iranian peoples and the Mojaheedin Khalq Organisation, led by Mas’oud Rajavi, were at the top of the list of these terrorist organizations”, Behzad Alishahi, a former member of the group said in...
  • US Openly Supports Iranian Terrorists MEK

    07/27/2005 1:40:09 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 175 replies · 1,558+ views
    Electronic Iraq ^ | 27/7/05 | William Van Wagenen
    The U.S. Government is now openly supporting the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian resistance movement designated as terrorist organization by the US State Department. On June 20th of this year, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq held a conference at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, which is where many foreign journalists stay and is under the full protection of the U.S. Army. I was in the area of the hotel that day, and saw at least 10 U.S. tanks heading in the direction of the hotel to provide additional security. I knew of the conference in advance, because of a report issued to all NGO's working...
  • The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (1972-75)

    05/31/2005 7:40:31 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 15 replies · 1,353+ views
    Congressional Research Service ^ | 1994 and 1995 | by Kenneth Katzman
    US State Department Report Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service. The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, by Kenneth Katzman. Washington, Nov 1992. 6 p. Doc. call no.: M-U 42953-1 no.92-824F Announcement of US about Mojahedin United States Department of State Washington, D.C 20520 UNCLASSIFIED DECL: OADR Dear Mr. Chairman: In accordance with section 523 of the FY 1994-95 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Public Law No. 103-236, I am pleased to submit on behalf of the secretary of state the report, "people's Mojahedin of Iran." The Administration has welcomed the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive review of the people's Mojahedin of...
  • Opposition calls rally-ban by France goodwill gesture to Iran

    02/11/2005 7:24:07 PM PST · by Wiz · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | Sat. 5 Feb 2005 | Unknown
    Paris, Feb. 05 - Iran's main opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, issued a statement today condemning the French government's decision to ban a peaceful protest by Iranian exiles in Paris against the dictatorship ruling Iran, despite prior approval. The NCRI called France's decision to cancel the rally "kowtowing to the demands of the medieval regime seeking to expand its repression from Tehran to Paris", adding "French officials as part of a shameful deal with the clerical regime in power in Iran, banned a February 10th demonstration by Iranians in Paris". February 10 coincides with the 26th...
  • Constitution of The National Council of Resistance of Iran: A Terrorist Organization???????????????

    08/01/2003 8:05:56 AM PDT · by globaldemocracyadvocate · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Constitution of the National Council of Resistance Article 1 The National Council of Resistance has been formed to overthrow the Khomeini regime and to establish the Provisional Government. Article 2 Until the formation of the National Legislative and Constituent Asscmbly, and, declaration of its readiness to assume its responsibilities, this Council will undertake temporary duties of the state's legislation and supervision of the administration of th e country's affairs. Article 3 Every personality or political current(whose membership of the Council is accepted), is entitled to one vote. Article 4 The Council's decisions are made with the approval of two-thirds of...
  • Iran's new French connection

    06/24/2003 10:59:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 188+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, June 25, 2003 | By Arnold Beichman
    <p>It is 1942, France has been overrun by the Germans who have installed a puppet regime in Vichy. Out of a clear sky, comes a thunderclap report: Great Britain has made a deal with Vichy. Since the fall of France in June 1940, Charles de Gaulle has been living legally in Britain as he organized the democratic resistance to Fascism. Suddenly it is announced that the British have agreed to extradite de Gaulle to Nazi-occupied France and to certain death.</p>
  • French Police Swoop on Iran Opposition Group

    06/17/2003 6:20:21 AM PDT · by Stew Padasso · 2 replies · 113+ views
    French Police Swoop on Iran Opposition Group Tue June 17, 2003 08:33 AM ET By Laure Bretton PARIS (Reuters) - French police launched a major swoop Tuesday on a left-wing Iranian exile group based in the Paris region, rounding up 167 sympathizers for questioning over possible links to terrorism and seizing $1.3 million in funds. The Interior Ministry said around 1,300 police and national security officers descended on homes and office of the People's Mujahideen starting at 6 a.m. in a raid ordered by leading anti-terrorist investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere. Television pictures showed masked riot police equipped with automatic rifles...