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  • The Paradox of the PMOI

    10/03/2012 3:47:06 AM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One simple word which encapsulates the sum of the aspirations harbored by Iranians throughout the world, both those in exile and those living, and suffering, in the land of their birth. It was one of the demands invoked repeatedly throughout the pro-democracy demonstrations which took place last week at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. These protests were held against the backdrop of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s last speech before the United Nations General Assembly, evoking memories of the election he purloined in order to remain in power.
  • 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...
  • We don't need you any more

    08/06/2009 4:25:04 PM PDT · by azadi4iran · 4 replies · 773+ views
    Economist ^ | 08/06/2009 | Economist
    From The Economist print edition Iraqi commanders say they can run the show on their own. Really?<\b> AMERICAN commanders in Baghdad have been here before. In 2004, a year after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, they handed the reins of security to freshly trained forces of a once-again sovereign Iraq and encouraged them to take control of the main towns. But the Iraqis proved unable or unwilling to hold the line against the insurgents. The Americans delayed their exit and set about retraining the Iraqis. This time will it be different? Probably yes. Since they again took control of...
  • Iranian Dissidents’ Fate in Iraq Shows Limits of U.S. Sway

    08/05/2009 6:53:57 AM PDT · by azadi4iran · 3 replies · 353+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/02/2009 | By MARK MAZZETTI and MARK LANDLER
    Last week’s bloody melee between Iraqi police officers and the residents of the camp has not only raised fresh doubts in Washington about the worth of these assurances, but has also exposed just how little leverage American officials now have in a country they largely controlled for almost six years. It has also forced the Obama administration to confront some of the thorny issues that bedeviled its predecessor: how to prevent Iraq from falling deeper under Tehran’s influence, and how to fashion a tough Iran policy amid delicate negotiations to dismantle the country’s burgeoning nuclear program. Officials in Washington have...
  • 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...
  • Clear and Present Danger (Oliver North)

    01/22/2009 9:05:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,269+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2009 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- Now that the festivities are over, it is time for the masters of the media to stop asking inane questions of the new folks in town -- such as, "How do you like your new office?" -- and for the Obama administration to get down to work on a clear and present danger. Notwithstanding the "day one" and "first week" coverage, the most pressing issue confronting the American people isn't closing "Gitmo" or the always ephemeral "Mideast peace process" in the aftermath of Gaza or even "fixing the economy." Item No. 1 ought to be preventing the world's...
  • Wish for freedom, is not terrorism

    06/02/2008 7:46:11 PM PDT · by summers · 4 replies · 130+ views
    Agoravox ^ | 02/06/08 | summers Azad
    A court ruling in the UK has recently ordered the British Home secretary to lay an order before the Parliament to withdraw the groups name from the proscribed organisations list. This followed a fierce legal battle between an opposition force that claims to be the antithesis to the religious regime in Iran and the British secretary of State, who has claimed to have taken the decision to proscribe the movement independent of the Iranian regimes demands. "We expect the EU to immediately remove the PMOI from the list," Rajavi told The Associated Press. "The EU decision was based on U.K.’s...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Iranian Rebels Support Royal (4 000 Iranian exiles, Iraqi supporters rally in Ashraf)

    04/28/2007 5:50:12 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies · 418+ views
    News24 ^ | 28/04/2007 22:04 | News24
    Baghdad - French presidential candidate Segolene Royal received a campaign endorsement from an unexpected quarter on Saturday when an Iraq-based Iranian rebel movement held a rally to support her. The People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), which is listed by the European Union and United States as a terrorist group, claimed that about 4 000 Iranian exiles and Iraqi supporters had gathered in the Iraqi town of Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad. The organisation has a long-standing enmity for the outgoing French President Jacques Chirac and his favoured successor, the Socialist Royal's right-wing opponent Nicholas Sarkozy. Photographs released by the group appeared...
  • [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...
  • 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...
  • The ghosts of the Cold War

    08/10/2006 7:30:30 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 373+ views
    asia times ^ | 10 August 2006 | Najum Mushtaq
    A core component of the United States' foreign policy since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US has been educational reform in Muslim countries to check the influence of extremist ideologies and fundamentalism. International obligations under the United Nations Security Council's anti-extremism resolutions also require curricular reform. Pakistan, as the birthplace of the Taliban and home to many a militant Islamic movement, finds itself at the center of policy debates and projects on curbing extremism and promoting "moderate Islam" through education. A growing pile of policy proposals in the United States, including a recent report from the US Institute...
  • 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 MKO involved in Basra car bombing'

    11/02/2005 8:18:45 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 503+ views
    IranMania.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • US Policy Options for Iran

    07/18/2005 7:37:31 AM PDT · by humint · 14 replies · 1,081+ views
    http://www.iranpolicy.org ^ | 30, June 2005 | Iran Policy Committee
    U.S. Policy Options for Iran: Sham Elections, Disinformation Campaign, Human Rights Abuses, and Regime Change Excerpt from Executive Summary While the Bush administration has been reluctant to adopt an unambiguous policy of regime change for Iran, the outcome of the Iranian electoral process, disinformation campaign, and violations of human rights require adoption of an explicit regime change policy for Iran.  An ambiguous American policy was somewhat effective prior to the June 2005 Iranian elections. That policy allowed Washington to support the European diplomatic initiative toward Iran without fear of being blamed for sabotaging negotiations by threatening the regime’s existence....
  • 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 reports 62 killed, 1000 arrested in Iran clashes

    04/21/2005 9:51:56 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 19 replies · 935+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 21 Apr 2005
    London, Apr. 21 – At least 62 people have been killed and over 1,000 arrested in the week-long clashes between people and security forces in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, according to the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran. Fierce fighting has brought the province to a complete stand-still since Friday, when State Security Forces (SSF) opened fire on a 3,000-strong anti-government demonstration in the city of Ahwaz. The residents who were mainly ethnic Arabs were complaining of government plans to redefine the ethnic make-up of the province. Ahwaz was placed under a de facto martial law...
  • Iran's 'Terrorists' Helped Disclose Nuke Program (MEK/MKO Alert)

    04/16/2005 5:47:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 586+ views
    USA Today ^ | 4/14/2005
    Iran's 'terrorists' helped disclose nuke program By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY 4/14/2005 TEHRAN, Iran — Tall and handsome, Arash Sametipour could be living a very different life in Northern Virginia if he hadn't joined the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). As U.S. troops watch, an MEK member, right, guards a road to the group's training camp in Iraq. By Brennan Linsley, AP Sametipour, 29, of Burke, Va., says he became involved in the Iranian opposition group in the late 1990s when he developed a crush on one of its members. In love and convinced that the group was working for the good...
  • Thousands Attend Iran Convention in US Capital (MEK/MKO ALERT)

    04/15/2005 7:25:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 346+ views
    Iran focus ^ | 15 Apr 2005
    Thousands attend Iran convention in US Capital Iran Focus Fri. 15 Apr 2005 Washington, D.C., Apr. 14 - Iranians from across the United States gathered in the Constitution Hall here today to take part in what they called Iranian-American National Convention for Democratic Change in Iran. Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA), joint-chair of the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus of the U.S. House of Representative; Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress and Co-chair of the Caucus; Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS); and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) were among the speakers who offered their support...
  • Europe’s failed policy towards Iran reaches dead end – legal expert

    03/26/2005 6:41:02 PM PST · by Wiz · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 2005 Mar 26 | Unknown
    London, Mar. 26 – The European Union must immediately abandon “its failed and counterproductive policy of appeasement" towards Iran and instead support the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people and their resistance, according to a London-based legal expert. Masoud Zabeti, Associate at Glovers Solicitors in Mayfair and President of the Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers, one of the organising parties of a major symposium of Parliamentarians and Jurists held on March 22, told Iran Focus, “The European Union’s blacklisting of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), was the greatest gift to the mullahs ruling Iran. This...