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Simaye Azadi telethon-November 2018

MEK reports: Supporting Independent News Outlets is More Important Now Than Ever

Simaye Azadi telethon-November 2018

Simay Azadi Telethon held from November 30th to December 2, 2018- A parade of support for MEK and the Iranian opposition at home

Given the extent of the Iranian regime’s campaign of disinformation, lending support to trustworthy Iranian news outlets is now more important than ever, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

In September, Twitter announced the closure of 770 regime-affiliated accounts, in one of the regime’s largest disinformation campaigns to date. The accounts spread deliberately inflammatory content, often demonizing the MEK and other members of the Iranian opposition.

Shortly afterward, a three-page article appeared in the British newspaper, the Guardian. The piece, written by Arron Merat, a known regime affiliate with ties to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), also spread lies and falsehoods about the MEK.

The most recent example of the regime’s disinformation campaign came from a Reuter’s report which identified 70 websites dedicated to spreading the regime’s lies and propaganda.

These misinformation campaigns are particularly damaging to the MEK and the Iranian resistance. The regime uses its propaganda outlets to legitimize terror attacks on resistance groups, much like the bomb attack planned at the MEK’s Grand Gathering event in Paris.

Domestic Propaganda

These misinformation campaigns targeted independent observers and citizens abroad. For example, many of the 770 regime-affiliated Twitter accounts were regime affiliate posing as foreign journalists and citizens.

But perhaps the most extensive misinformation campaign is being waged at home, within Iran. Hassan Rouhani has systematically dismantled the free press. He has shuttered independent news outlets, tightened restrictions on social media access and restricted the news people reach online.

Lending Support to Free and Independent Media

Although many large independent news outlets have been shuttered, there are still sources of reliable, independent information on offer to the Iranian public.

Supporting these independent outlets is more important now than ever before. Since the nationwide uprisings in December and January, the clamor for regime change among the Iranian people has intensified.

However, without an independent free press, these demands go unheard. Free and independent media outlets give voice to these demands and show citizens across Iran that they are not alone.

One example of Iran’s independent media was on display in the Simaye Azadi’s telethon (Iran National Television-INTV). Despite the intense constraints surrounding the media in Iran, Azadi has consistently given the Iranian people a voice in these dark times. This has earned him the support of the Iranian people.

The financial independence of Iran National Television allows it to operate in an environment where many other independent outlets are forced to cave to regime oppression.

INTV holds regular fundraising telethons through which finances are raised. Even in times of extreme economic hardship, like those facing Iranians today, the Iranian public digs deeps and gives what it can to INTV during these difficult times to ensure Iran’s free press lives on and gives hope to millions.

This does not come without risk. Unfortunately, the regime has put to death activists accused of supporting media outlets, yet many Iranians will not be deterred and are willing to risk it all to ensure Iranians are kept abreast of the latest human rights abuses, protests, and incarcerations of the Iranian resistance movement.

INTV also receives extensive support from the Iranian diaspora across the world. At the channel’s latest telethon, Saeed in the United States donated $250,000 to the outlet. He said, “as a physician, I have dedicated a large part of my career to be able to support the movement and consider this as part of my share to free Iran”.

https://twitter.com/4FreedominIran/status/1068969825823797250f the Iranian people”.

Several high-profile politicians also called on people across the world to support Iranian freedom of speech and the free press by donating to INTV. Struan Stevenson, a former Scottish member of the European Parliament (MEP) told supporters over Twitter, “I encourage everyone to support the 30 Nov-2 Dec telethon”.

“Our sole weapon… are our truthfulness and our honesty”

Senior MEK member, Ehsan Amin praised Azadi for his tireless devotion to upholding the principles of a free and independent media organization. Amin said, “Azadi has always been in the front line of the struggle against the regime’s smear campaign against the Resistance, and plays a vital role in revealing the true nature of such allegations”.

Amin added, “our sole weapon in the face of the regime’s demagogy is our truthfulness and our honesty”.

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Simaye Azadi Telethon on its second day-December 1

Simaye Azadi Holds Second Day of Telethon

Simaye Azadi Telethon on its second day-December 1

Moslem Eskandar Filaby, world wrestling champion, and the chairman of NCRI’s Sport Committee, participated in Simaye Azadi Telethon

December 1st was the second day of the most recent telethon hosted by Simaye Azadi, Iran’s National TV (INTV). The satellite television station, known as the Voice of Iran, regularly hosts these telethons to bring attention to the atrocities committed by the Iranian regime and to give a voice to the people of Iran who have been silenced by the mullahs.

The telethon also offers an opportunity for supporters of the MEK and the Iranian Opposition to make donations to Simay Azadi, this beacon of hope and inspiration to millions who receive the news of activities and positions of the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) via this progressive media via satellite.

On Saturday, supporters of the MEK from across the world called into the telethon with donations. The callers described their motivations for supporting the Iranian Opposition. Here are some of their words:

“Iranian people have a slogan: ‘Our shame, Our shame, is our television and radio (referring to the state media, and their misinforming programs) .’ Ashrafis say that is our pride and you are part of this pride.”

Omid Ehsani from Sweden said, “Simaye Azadi⁩ is like a school showing us how to fight against the Iranian regime.  This makes me happy and that is why my friends and I donate 32,000 Kronas.”

Jaromir Stetina, a Member of European Parliament, tweeted in support of the telethon, “I wanted to add my support for the great work which is being done by Simay-e-Azadi, which is an independent satellite TV channel that brings out news of the repression and human rights violations in Iran.”

A Swedish supporter said this: “We are a group of supporters of the Iranian people and resistance.  We are going to collect a group donation for you to help the downfall of the tyrants’ rule.”

Saeed from the U.S. donated $250,000. He had this to say about his donation: As a physician, I have dedicated a large part of my career to be able to support the movement and consider this as part of my share to a Free Iran and the MEK.

The telethon will conclude on Sunday, December 2nd.

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Iranian regime's terrorism and extremism infography

The West Must Organise a United and Organised Response to Iranian Terror

Iranian regime's terrorism and extremism infography

Credit to NCRI- “The IRGC is a Terror Group Spreading Violence and Extremism” infographic published on February 2017.
The infographic call on the U.S. to designate the IRGC as an FTO.

Alireza Jafarzedah, the Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and spokesperson for the Iranian opposition, published a thought-provoking piece on US news site, Townhall.

The piece, entitled “Europe and the US Must Confront Iran’s Terror On Their Soil”, highlights the escalating threat Iran poses to the West and the need for Washington and its European allies to address increasing Iranian terrorist activities.

A Year of Terror Plots

“Over the past year, Europe and the United States have seen an unprecedented increase in terrorist threats”, Jafarzedah begins.

The Iranian regime has orchestrated attacks against the Iranian resistance group, the People’s Muhajedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), in Paris, Albania, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the US. It attempted to carry out a truck bomb attack in Paris, an assassination in Denmark, and a bomb plot on the MEK’s compound near Tirana, Albania’s capital.

“For decades, Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has orchestrated terror plots abroad, using diplomatic facilities as cover”, Jafarzedah continues, and this year has been no different.

Following the regime’s foiled terror attack on the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris, a diplomat working out of the regime’s Austrian embassy was arrested over coordinating the attack and supplying the would-be attackers with the explosive material.

The MEK revealed in a press conference later that the diplomat, named Assadollah Assadi, had been acting on the orders of the regime leadership, indicating that the elaborate web of Iranian terrorism runs from the upper echelons of the Iranian regime, and relies on diplomats working out of regime-affiliated embassies to execute the violent attacks.

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Uprisings at Home

Alireza Jafarzedah believes that the surge in Iranian terror activities can be explained by the mullahs weakening grip on the political landscape at home.

Iran has been racked by a wave of protests which began with the MEK-organised nationwide uprising in December and January. Major strikes in Iran’s key industries spread across the countries, and since January the mullahs have had to deal with a series of anti-regime strikes and protests among Iran’s truck drivers, teachers, steelworkers, factory workers, and students.

“Unable to crush the unfolding uprising at home, the mullahs are striking overseas”, Jafarzedah writes. This certainly makes sense as the targets in the majority of Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism abroad have been MEK members living abroad.

“Western governments need to take several concrete steps”

Jafarzedah goes on to outline several concrete steps that Western governments must take to protect their own citizens and end the regime’s terror machine in Europe and the West.

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“Firstly, begin arresting or expelling Iranian agents acting illegally”, he writes. There is no shortage of agents operating on foreign soil. In the last 12 months, four diplomats have been accused of illegal conduct or engaging in plotting terror attacks against the MEK. Three were expelled by the Dutch and French governments, the last was detained and will face charges for the Paris terror plot in Belgium.

There is some appetite within the EU for a firmer stance against diplomats engaged in nefarious activities. 150 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently signed a letter calling for the expulsion of Iranian intelligence agents from EU soil.

“Secondly, Western governments should seriously consider shutting Iranian diplomatic facilities”, Jafarzedah suggests. Tehran has consistently demonstrated contempt for international and domestic law. The regime cannot be trusted to maintain facilities on Western soil without engaging in violence. Therefore, the West should consider limiting Tehran’s diplomatic activities.

“Thirdly, Western governments should work together to enact sanctions on firms that fund the terror”. The US has reintroduced sanctions against the Iranian regime and its affiliated companies. The EU must join the US the avoid Iranian companies bypassing these sanctions.

The only way to end terrorism is by cutting off its financing. This is why it is imperative the West stands firm and brings the full weight of sanctions against the Iranian companies involved in funding terrorism.

Jafarzedah concludes his article by suggesting that the regime is weaker than it portrays itself. With uprisings occurring on a daily basis, the regime in on the brink of collapse. He concludes, “the Iranian people’s desire for a new future is stronger than their fear of the regime. The West should recognize this and stand with them instead of their oppressors”. Only then will the West ensure that the Iran threat is neutralized once and for all and protect their citizens from terror attacks.

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INTV's 3 day telethon started on November 30, 2018

Simaye Azadi Hosts Latest Telethon

INTV's 3 day telethon started on November 30, 2018

Iran NTV (Simaye Azadi or Voice of Freedom) started it’s 3 day telethon on Friday Nov 30th.

From November 30th until December 2nd, Simaye Azadi, Iran’s National TV (INTV) the satellite TV that is known as the voice of Free Iran is running a telethon to give voice to Iran’s suppressed and silenced population. Much like previous telethons, Simaye Azadi will host the event.

IranNTV uses its telethons to broadcast the realities of the Iranian regime’s atrocities to the world. MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) supporters also take the opportunity to offer donations and messages of support for the main Iranian opposition, the MEK.

MEK’s former Secretary-General, special guest of the 1st day of the Telethon

The special guest of the 1st day of the telethon, was Mrs. Zohreh Akhyani, MEK’s former Secretary General, and one of MEK’s distinguished leaders. In her speech, with regards to Simaye Azadi and its role in distributing information, she said: It’s impossible not to be overwhelmed by its vital role. Today’s telethon is like a “popular
parade of financial support” for the one that is reflecting the voices of the Workers, Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers, and Ahwaz workers, the voice of all truckers and all the people of Iran.”

For example, an early message read, “I’m Bahareh from Mashhad. I declare my support and help out with a little donation”.

Another, from Mohammad, said “I hope with our aid, this voice will always stay on”.

Past telethons have been a major success

In the past, the amount of donations received has been a strong indication of the MEK’s popularity. In 2013, the group had 22 phone lines set up to receive donations and the generous MEK supporters from within Iran and around the world gave $4.1 million.

Many of these donations were small figures, whatever people could spare, but when added together, they make a huge difference and provide the opposition with the resources to challenge the Iranian regime wherever it can.

Some, like Firoozeh in Mashhad, gave $54. Others, like Shahryar from Karaj, gave more than $200. Many donors give as little as one dollar. But every single one of them goes towards the MEK’s fight for democracy in Iran.

Several of the MEK’s high-profile political supporters also participate in the group’s telethons. Political figures from across Europe and the US often make an appearance and urge supporters to keep making donations.

Telethons Keep Hope Alive for the Youth of Iran

It is young Iranians who overwhelmingly turn to telethons to voice their opinions. For Iran’s youth, living in a world where simply voicing anti-regime sentiment could be enough to get you arrested or worse, the telethons offer an outlet and a way to connect with like-minded individuals.

One, named Amineh Gharaei said, “Iran is like a prison for us- Simaye Azadi gives us hope”.

The telethons show the Iranian youth that they are not alone in their disappointment and dissatisfaction towards the regime. They let them know that the MEK is with them.

Gharaei captured the feeling in a panel show on a telethon in 2015. The young Iranian said, “Even though we are far, we are beside you. We feel your pain. Be strong”

 

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3 day visit by German delegation to Ashraf 3, MEK's compound in Albania

A German Delegation Visits the MEK Compound in Albania

3 day visit by German delegation to Ashraf 3, MEK's compound in Albania

The former President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth leads the German delegation in their visit to MEK Compound in Albania

3 day visit by German delegation to Ashraf 3, MEK's compound in Albania

A 3 day visit to Ashraf 3-MEK’s Compound in Albania – by a high profile German delegation , consist of the former President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth
Member of the German Parliament, Martin Patzelt, and Christian Zimmerman, a known human rights activist in Germany

From the 21st to the 23rd of October, the former President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth led a delegation to Ashraf 3. The group visited the exiled members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) living in the compound near the Albanian capital of Tirana.

Whilst there, Süssmuth, the head of the Board and Advisory Council of the German Solidarity Committee for a Free Iran (DSFI), addressed the MEK members. She told them, “I admire you deeply because you repeatedly rebuild from the rubble”.

Rebuilding from Rubble

That is precisely what the MEK did. In 2013, the MEK was living and working at two camps in Iraq, Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. The Iranian regime, in its attempt to eradicate the Iranian opposition and liquify their camps, carried out coordinated assaults, killing 168 MEK members and injuring more than 1,700.

As their homes burned and their friends lay slaughtered, more than 3,000 MEK members were airlifted to Albania, where they found respite and safety.

There, they purchased some land outside the capital and set about rebuilding. They constructed a compound complete with shops, offices, sports facilities, kitchens and dormitories. The MEK named the compound, Ashraf 3.

High-Profile Visits

The MEK has drawn a series of high-profile visitors. Mrs. Süssmuth and the visit from the DSFI came shortly before the former Scottish member of the European Parliament (MEP) Struan Stevenson paid the Iranian resistance group a visit.

Delegation from European Parliament Meets with Maryam Rajavi in Tirana

The MEK enjoys extensive support among international politicians and journalists. Among their supporters are members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, including the former speaker, Newt Gingrich, and former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani.

Süssmuth and her delegation spent five hours at the MEK’s new compound, during which time they were able to speak extensively with MEK members. At a meeting in the evening, the delegation and MEK members discussed the inaccurate representation of the MEK in the press and the unjust prejudices and rapprochements of some European governments towards the group.

The Mullahs Disinformation

Many of these prejudices stem from the extensive disinformation campaigns organized by the Iranian regime leadership.

Among the deliberate falsehoods fabricated by the regime are the claims that MEK members are held at the compound against their will and that they are kept away from their families.

Süssmuth and her delegation quickly saw that is not the case. MEK members can enter and exit the compound as they please, with hundreds leaving the compound each day. Family visits are also welcome and even encouraged.

Words of Encouragement

The DSFI delegation had plenty of words of encouragement for the MEK members living at the compound. Süssmuth told the MEK members, “you are more alive today than you were in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty”, adding, “continue your struggle!”

Another member of the delegation, MP Martin Patzelt asked, “how can people fight for decades for freedom and democracy without losing their courage?” The answer was in front of him, “today my question was answered- here in your new settlement”. He added, “I wish you and all of us victory on this way”.

Christian Zimmerman, director for Human Rights and the interests of minorities in Berlin and a member of the DSFI said, “if anyone wants to know the alternative [to the mullahs], come to this settlement”.

Good Hosts

The delegation also held meetings with the Albanian government. They discussed the government’s efforts to keep the MEK safe and thwart the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence’s plots and nefarious plans to attack the MEK and its members.

Rita Süssmuth praised the Albanian government’s efforts and said the MEK’s progress “would not have been possible without the constructive cooperation of the government and citizens of Albania”.

Several in the delegation also stressed the importance of a unified and firm European stance against the Iranian regime. Otto Bernhardt, a member of the board of directors of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and Chairman of the DSFI, echoed recent calls from the MEK and other protest movements to expel Iranian officials and secret service members from European countries.

“DSFI is convinced that it is important for Albania to prevent Iranian secret agents from entering the country”, adding that “a regime overwhelmed by the crisis and whose future is very much in question is trying to discredit and attack the resistance”.

“We must do all we can to ensure that this resistance is recognized in Europe”, Bernhardt concluded.

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Eueropean delegation participate at a conference in Tirana, Albania, discussing the Iranian regime's rise in terrorist activities in Europe.

Former Scottish MEP Describes His Visit to Ashraf 3 in Albania and the Regime’s Vicious Misinformation Campaign

Eueropean delegation participate at a conference in Tirana, Albania, discussing the Iranian regime's rise in terrorist activities in Europe.

Conference held in Ashraf3, the residence of MEK in Albania. A delegation from the European Parliament give their accounts on the Iranian regime’s terrorism in Europe and their campaign of disinformation, after visiting Ashraf3

The former Scottish member of the European Parliament (MEP), Struan Stevenson recently wrote a piece for UPI exposing the full extent of the Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign to vilify and demonize the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK).

Leaving Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty

Stevenson traces the MEK’s exodus from Iraq in 2013 when the first Iranian dissidents arrived in Albania. They were “plucked to safety from the hell they endured in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty”, he writes.

The Iranian regime had launched a campaign to liquify the camps and slaughter the MEK. In deadly attacks on Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, the regime killed 168, injuring more than 1,700.

Around 3,000 MEK members escaped the ordeal and were airlifted to Albania. Once there, the UN High Commission for Refugees granted them special accommodation in the Albanian capital, Tirana, where they found respite and safety.

“The Iranian mullahs were appalled”, Stevenson writes, “their attempts to liquidate the MEK… had been thwarted”. Now the mullahs became obsessed with preventing the Iranian opposition from establishing another Camp like Camp Ashraf on foreign soil.

A Campaign of Demonization

Almost immediately the mullahs embarked on a campaign designed to demonize the MEK. Their intention was to attack the MEK in the Western media, thereby legitimizing its frequent use of violence against the resistance group and hoping Western governments would believe their lies and deny MEK members sanctuary on their soil.

The regime has orchestrated extensive social media campaigns aimed at spreading misinformation. In its most recent campaign, Twitter was forced to close 770 regime-linked accounts. Many accounts pretended to be foreign journalists and citizens, publishing regime-affiliated, anti-MEK content.

Alongside this vicious demonization campaign were violent attacks against the MEK and its members. In June, a regime plot to attack the MEK’s Grand Gathering even in Paris was exposed. Similar attacks were also planned against MEK members in Albania and the US.

Taking Measures into their own Hands

Before long, the MEK members living in Albania realized that to protect themselves, they had to take matters into their own hands.

Stevenson writes, “the MEK refugees had purchased some farmland near Manez and began the hurried construction of living accommodation.” They accommodation became Ashraf 3, a fortified compound where MEK members could live in peace, protected by security, and come and go as they pleased.

Stevenson had the opportunity to spend three days at this new facility. He writes, “these hard-working and resilient freedom fighters have constructed a small city with shops, clinics, sports facilities, kitchens, bakeries, dormitory blocks, meeting halls, offices and studios”.

His description stands in stark contrast to the picture the mullahs paint of the compound. They suggest it is like a prison where members are forced to remain against their will and even basic human rights are violated.

“They claim that defectors are tortured and even murdered”, Stevenson writes, “it is an absurdity”.

The Story of Somayeh Mohammadi

One of the most deceitful stories promoted and disseminated by the Iranian regime is that of Somayeh Mohammadi. The regime leadership asserts that the 38-year-old is being detained in the camp against her will.

“I met Somayeh on my visit on my visit to Ashraf 3”, Stevenson describes. “She was alone and unaccompanied by the “minders” that her father claims always accompany her”.

Stevenson went on to describe how Somayeh told him that she had disavowed her father many years ago when it became apparent he had become an agent of the regime. She told Stevenson that she is free to leave the compound whenever she so desires, adding that she is a “proud and committed member of the MEK”.

Countering the Mullahs Disinformation

Stevenson called on Western media outlets to be more discerning in their publishing of reports attacking the MEK. He described how a recent national newspaper in the UK published a three-page article attacking the group and furthering the mullah’s vile objectives.

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The same article appeared on a pro-regime website weeks before it appeared in print, demonstrating that the source of the article was not the Guardian itself, but a pro-mullah group.

Stevenson writes, “it is for me a great sadness that there are journalists today who ignore… the truth, preferring instead to abuse and traduce men and women who have given up their professional careers and family life to devote themselves to the cause of ending oppression and tyranny in Iran”.

Stevenson concluded with messages of hope and optimism. “But no one will be fooled”, he proclaimed. “When this evil dictatorship is toppled, history will record the names of those journalists who played this dishonest game in a roll call of shame”.

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Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iran opposition, speaking at Free Iran Rally in Paris- June 2018

Maryam Rajavi’s Alternative to War and Appeasement

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iran opposition, speaking at Free Iran Rally in Paris- June 2018

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, speaking to a large crowd of over 100,000 supporters in Villepinte, Paris- June 2018

The West has long held that the only solutions to managing the Iranian regime are either to appease the mullahs or go to war. Since the 1979 Revolution, the prevailing strategy has been appeasement, and Western countries have gone to great lengths to feign ignorance of the regime’s acts of brutality at home and outside of its borders in order to prevent war, which has been deemed the less desirable option for a number of reasons.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has proposed a third option, which would end the reign of terror in Iran and restore democracy in Iran. This option has gained the support of the Iranian people and the Resistance Movement, led by the MEK.

Mrs. Rajavi has made it clear that the regime is “a medieval theocracy that lacks the capacity to reform” and that it is pointless to negotiate with the mullahs. The absolute clerical rule is enshrined in the constitution and precludes the possibility of democracy in any form. As long as the mullahs are in power, their rule will be absolute.

In regard to appeasement, Mrs. Rajavi said: “Let there be no doubt: European policies such as critical dialogue, constructive engagement, and human rights dialogue will not change anything as far as the regime is concerned. Appeasement is not the way to contain or change the regime. Nor is the path to avoid another war. Appeasement only emboldens the mullahs.”

However, a war would be disastrous for the Iranian people. It would endanger the lives of citizens and could create a power vacuum that would undermine the Iranian Resistance. In this situation, it would be easy for a corrupt group to seize control of the government.

Mrs. Rajavi proposed a third option, saying, “The equation of “either a military invasion or appeasement” is an exercise in political deception. A third option is within reach. The Iranian people and their organized resistance have the capacity and ability to bring about change.”

The people of Iran have shown their willingness to rise up against the mullahs over the past year. Since the uprisings began last December, people of all walks of life have taken to the streets to protest the regime, despite brutal acts of suppression.

Maryam Rajavi said: ”The presence of protests in society reflects the Iranian people yearning for regime change. The presence of an organized resistance with 120,000 martyrs and more than half-a-million prisoners is indicative of the depth and the intensity of society’s rejection of the regime.”

The MEK has organized most of these protests and has the power to overthrow the regime and restore democracy to Iran. The mullahs see the MEK as a threat to their very existence and have taken extreme measures to attack MEK members abroad and to suppress the uprisings at all costs.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Why in all their international interactions, the mullahs demand the exertion of pressure on the resistance movement? Are all of these not indicative of the mullahs’ paranoia over the third option?”

Mrs. Rajavi explained that the NCRI represents the majority of the Iranian people and is the only viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ rule. The NCRI offers the only real solution for the peaceful transfer of power after the fall of the regime. The NCRI is committed to setting up free elections for a constituent assembly within six months of regime change and handing over the affairs to the people’s elected representatives. Mrs. Rajavi has a ten-point plan for restoring democracy in Iran that has been endorsed by a broad coalition of international leaders.

Maryam Rajavi said: “We want to rebuild Iran, which the mullahs have ruined, through the people’s participation, the return of our experts and friendship with the rest of the world. We seek neither the West’s money nor weapons. We want them to remain neutral between the Iranian resistance on one hand and the ruling regime on the other.”

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Arab news article on MEK and debunking the demonization campaigns aimed at discrediting the MEK

The Regime’s Strategy to Suppress the Uprising and Destroy the MEK

Arab news article on MEK and debunking the demonization campaigns aimed at discrediting the MEK

Article by Dr. Rafizadeh, responding to allegations against MEK, the principal opposition to the religious dictatorship in Iran

The Iranian people have been protesting against the oppressive regime since December of last year, and the widespread protests and strikes have grown and spread since then. The economic crisis in Iran, which has been exacerbated by the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions, has fueled the protest movement, led by the MEK.

A new article by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh describes the Iranian regime’s attempt to suppress this widespread uprising. Dr. Rafizadeh is president of the International American Council and an expert on Iranian and American foreign policy. His article explains the regime’s propaganda campaign against the MEK, as well as its attempts at terrorist attacks on the organization.

The Iranian regime is faltering under the weight of the Resistance and is in danger of being overthrown. The mullahs are willing to take extreme measures to suppress the ongoing rebellion by the people. Further, the regime sees the MEK as an existential threat and is willing to go to any lengths to destroy the organization. According to Dr. Rafizadeh, the regime has adopted a three-pronged approach to preserving its rule.

The first prong, according to Rafizadeh, is suppression at home. Iran Human Rights Monitor reported an increase in executions this month, which including a staggering 22 executions in two weeks. This strategy has backfired, and protesters have only become more willing to stand up against the repressive regime.

Rafizadeh’s article says that the second prong of the regime’s strategy to put down the uprising is to target the MEK overseas. Just this year, the regime has been implicated in three foiled terrorist attacks against the MEK.

Regime terrorists attempted to attack a MEK camp in Albania early this year. Regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi masterminded a foiled terrorist attack on an Iranian Resistance gathering in Paris in June and is now awaiting trial in Belgium. Two Iranian intelligence agents were arrested in the United States in August for spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian government. And recently, a regime spy associated with the regime’s ambassador to Norway attempted to infiltrate the MEK in Denmark in order to carry out an assassination. Three Iranian diplomats have been expelled from France and Norway over the past weeks.

To date, none of these attacks have been successful, leaving the regime with one final strategy. The third prong, according to Rafizadeh, is an old strategy that has been employed by the regime for the forty years of its reign: discredit the MEK through an organized campaign of misinformation and paint the only viable alternative to the mullahs as a terrorist cult.

Rafizadeh writes that regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei refers to the MEK as the “ foot soldiers” of the uprising and is desperate to find Western journalists and media outlets willing to spread negative information about the group. The Iranian regime has also set up false social media accounts and employed Iranian nationals to pose as journalists to spread misinformation about the MEK.

In August, Facebook detected and shut down 652 accounts operated by agents of the Iranian government.  Twitter followed suit, shutting down 770 accounts. The accounts were all found to have been used to spread propaganda and misinformation. Some of these pages specifically targeted the MEK. Smear articles about the MEK also began showing up in the U.S. and Europe around the same time. According to Rafizadeh, the articles were mostly written by  pseudo-journalists or people associated with the regime. “Former MEK members” with documented connections to the MOIS were often cited as sources.

Rafizadeh writes that the citizens of Iran are being denied a future and that a majority of the people of Iran have made a choice to rise up for change, despite the risks to their safety. He notes that half of the population of Iran is under the age of 30. Finally, he points to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the only viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime.

Rafizadeh ends his article with a quote from Voltaire, which he uses as a warning to journalists who repeat the mullahs’ propaganda: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

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MEP's statement against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe

150 MEPs Sign Statement Calling for Expulsion of Regime Intelligence Agents from E.U.

MEP's statement against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe

150 Members of the European Parliament demand the EU states to take necessary measures to prevent more terrorist activities by the Iranian regime.

On Monday, 150 Members or European Parliament released a joint statement condemning the Iranian regime for its domestic human rights violations and its international terrorist plots. Gérard Deprez, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament, wrote the statement, and it was signed by MEPs from all six major political groups in European Parliament, representing 27 Member States. Signatories include 4 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament and 14 Committee and Delegation Chairs.

The statement called attention to the regime’s disturbing use of the death penalty. “The country has maintained the highest number of executions in the world per capita during the presidency of the so-called ‘moderate’ Hassan Rouhani,” the statement read. “According to Amnesty International’s Global Report on the Death Penalty, more than half of all recorded executions in 2017 took place in Iran. It is also the leading executioner of underage offenders.”

The statement also expressed concern for the treatment of women in Iran, saying, “Women are frequently harassed by morality police for the way they dress, and hundreds of women are arrested every day for improper veiling or ‘bad hijab.’”

The MEPS noted that major uprisings and anti-regime protests have taken place in Iran over the past year and continue to occur. The people are demanding fundamental change. According to the statement, “The regime’s officials have acknowledged the role of ‘resistance units’ of the opposition PMOI [MEK] in organizing protests and nationwide strikes.

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“Unable to defeat the protesters at home, the regime launched a new wave of terrorism against the democratic opposition activists in Europe and in the United States.”

The statement goes on to describe the various terrorist plots attempted by the Iranian regime over the past year. “In March 2018, a car-bomb plot targeting the Persian New Year gathering of Iranian dissidents in Tirana was foiled, and two men were arrested by the police,” the statement reads.

The statement follows with a summary of the regime’s terrorist plots against the MEK in France, the United States, and Denmark:

“On 1 July 2018, German police arrested an Iranian diplomat from the embassy in Vienna and charged him with terrorist offenses. He was later extradited to Belgium, and he is on trial accused of handing over a highly-explosive device to an Iranian-Belgian couple who were planning to bomb the opposition NCRI’s Free Iran gathering in Paris in June.

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In August 2018, two Iranian agents were arrested by the FBI and charged with spying on the PMOI [MEK]  in the US and preparing assassination plots.

“In October, the French government officially sanctioned Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and accused it of being behind the Paris bomb plot. French ministers stressed: ‘This extremely serious act, which was intended to take place on our soil, cannot go without a response.’

The French Government Confirms “Without any Doubt” the Iranian Regime was Behind the Foiled Terror Attack

Denmark foiled a new Iranian terror plot on its soil in October. The E.U.’s silence in the face of brutal human rights violations in Iran and lack of any response to the serious terror plots in Europe is unacceptable.”

The MEPs conclude the statement with a call to hold the regime accountable for its terrorist plots and to expel all regime intelligence agents from Europe. They also state that all relations with Iran should be conditioned upon “an improvement of human rights and women’s rights, and a halt to executions.”

Gérard Deprez, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran, emphasized this in regard to Iran: “Human rights in Iran cannot be compromised or marginalized on the excuse of political considerations, trade or the nuclear deal. Any expansion of political and economic relations with Iran must be conditional to a clear progress on human rights, women’s rights and a halt to executions.”

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Map of terrorist activites

Iranian Embassies: A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

Map of terrorist activites

The map of Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Europe-published by the U.S. State Department-July 2018

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) compiled a comprehensive report on the role of Iranian embassies in the regime’s network of terror, targetting particularly the MEK– Iran’s principal opposition organization. The study was one of the most detailed of its kind and exposed the nefarious workings of the Iranian regime’s terror machine.

A Two-Pronged Approach

After the clerical regime’s seizure of power in 1979, it quickly became apparent that the regime lacked the political weight and pragmatism to meet the evolving needs of the Iranian public.

Instead of divulging power to the public, implementing democratic reform, or even hearing the public’s grievances, the regime pursued repressive policies to force the population into submission.

It did this in two ways. Firstly, it launched a vicious internal crackdown on opposition groups within Iran. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) became a target as the largest opposition group in the country.

This bloody internal crackdown would peak in 1988 when 30,000 members of the MEK were executed and murdered on the orders of the Supreme Leader.

In conjunction with the bloody crackdown at home, the regime embarked on an ambitious campaign of terror abroad. The regime used terrorism as a method of statecraft, as one French official described, “the whole Iranian state apparatus is at the service of these operations”.

Rotten to the Top

Recent foiled terror attacks, both in Paris and Albania, have revealed that the orders for Iran’s terror plots come from senior members of the regime leadership.

All Eyes Are on Iran Following A Surge in Terror Activities

The MEK and the NCRI revealed following the attempted bomb attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris, that the regime’s terror plots are planned by the highest national security apparatus in the regime, the Supreme National Security Council.

The National Security Council includes the head of the IRGC, Qods Forces, Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), Foreign Ministry, and is headed by Hassan Rouhani and Khamenei himself.

Following approval from the Supreme National Security Council, MOIS agents working in Iranian embassies around the world are involved in the planning stage of the terror attacks.

In the case of the Paris attack, Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat working at the regime’s embassy in Vienna, was the mastermind behind planning the attack. He allegedly provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with the explosive material to be used in the attack along with instructions of how the attack would be executed.

The role of embassies in the Iranian regime’s terror machine was confirmed by Michael Eisenstadt, the director of the Military and Security Studies Program of the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. He said, “the Ministry of Intelligence and Security plays the lead role in organizing and conducting terrorist operations abroad, and it runs operations out of Iranian embassies, consulates, and Islamic cultural centers overseas.”

For decades, the regime has maintained terrorist sleeper cells in Europe ready to carry out attacks on the orders of the regime leadership.

After 2008, the regime extended this terror network into Asia and Africa. The regime is now estimated to have active cells in Turkey, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Kenya.

A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

Although the regime has been expanding its terror network across the globe, nowhere has this been more apparent than in Europe.

2018 has seen a surge in regime terror activity in Europe, the latest of which was the failed attempt to plant a bomb in Paris at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event.

The NCRI’s report detailed that the regime’s Austrian embassy is the regime’s hub of terror operations in Europe. Before his arrest by German authorities, Assadollah Assadi had been stationed at the Austrian embassy since 2014.

The Austrian press has long-suspected that the regime’s operations in Vienna went beyond normal diplomatic activity. In 2013, Die Presse, a prominent Austrian newspaper asserted that Austria was full of spies for the Islamic Republic.

Findings from the research library of the US Congress supported this assertion. It calculated that Tehran employed around 100 spies in Austria, some of which are Iranian citizens and others Austrian.

The Austrian embassy also has a history of involvement in terror activities. In 1989, three Kurds were killed in Vienna after they arrived at talks with regime officials. The Iranian embassy was found to have been involved in the planning and logistics of the assassination. The gunmen even arrived at the site where the assassination took place in a car registered to the Iranian embassy.

The Surge of Diplomatic Activity in Albania

More recently the Iranian regime has expanded its diplomatic activities in Albania. This is a thinly veiled attempt to scale up terror activities in the region.

Albania began accepting refugees from the MEK following the massacre of its members in Iraq at the hands of regime agents in 2013. This was of significant strategic importance for the regime and its leadership.

Prior to 2013, the Iranian embassy in Albania had never had more than a skeletal team of two or three diplomats. It has since grown into one of the largest Iranian embassies in Europe, as the regime uses the embassy as a logistical base to mount attacks on the MEK members living in exile in Albania.

The former Albanian Prime Minister, Pandeli Majko, described the Iranian regime’s terror strategy in the region as “unprecedented”.

In March 2018, the Iranian regime planned a terror attack on the MEK during the Persian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations. Two Iranian agents were later arrested on terrorism charges by Albanian authorities.

The French Connection

The regime’s embassy in Paris has also been an active part of the regime’s terror machine in Europe. It began coordinating attacks against the Iranian resistance and the MEK in the 1980s, under the guidance of Iranian intelligence officer, Gholam Hossein.

In 1991, the Shah’s Prime Minister and his assistant were assassinated by a three-man assassination squad in Paris. One of the assassins was Zeinalabdedin Sarhaddi, a diplomat based at the regime’s embassy in Switzerland.

Support from the Turkish Embassy

The NCRI reports that the regime’s Turkish embassy has played a central role in supporting the regime’s terror activities across Europe. Geographically, the nation bridges Iran with Europe, and the regime has used it to provide logistical support to its embassies on European soil.

Most recently, in April 2017, the director of GEM TV, Said Karimian, was shot and killed in Istanbul. The influential TV executive was shot 27 times by regime agents.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like State-Sponsored Terrorism?

These recent incidents indicate a clearly-defined surge in terror activities in recent years. The MEK-led protest movement is gaining traction within Iran, and international sanctions designed to constrict the Iranian economy will only fuel the fires of discontent.

During the December and January uprisings, anti-regime protests rapidly spread across Iran’s towns and cities, further demonstrating that the people are ready for regime change.

These circumstances have left the regime’s future in power unclear. For the mullahs, terrorism represents a channel through which they can shore up their power. By targeting the MEK abroad, they hope to limit its power at home.

This is why the regime has crafted an expansive network of terror across Europe. Using embassies as logistic hubs, the MOIS can orchestrate violent attacks on the MEK, many of which endanger the local European population as well as the MEK.

The regime cannot be permitted to use its embassies as safehouses for terrorism in this way. In its report, the NCRI called on the European governments to close any Iranian embassies on their soil.

Only by closing all diplomatic buildings can European heads of state guarantee their citizens are safe from Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism. The NCRI wrote, “the West should recognize that relations with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism are no more legitimate than relations with ISIL”.

It’s report clearly demonstrates that simply having an Iranian embassy on your nation’s soil endangers the lives of your citizens. It is time this terrorist machine was brought to a halt. This can only occur with the closure of each and every regime embassy.

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