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BBC-4 fake news against the MEK

‌BBC’s Fake News to Demonize the Iranian Resistance in an Effort to Mollify the Mullahs in Iran

BBC-4 fake news against the MEK

BBC-4 fake news against the MEK

The BBC Radio 4 and the World Service broadcasted a bias and unsubstantiated report about the Iranian resistance and the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI-MEK).

The report is based on the accounts and interviews of the so-called “former members of MEK”. It is well known that for many years the Iranian regime has been pursuing its demonizing campaign and terrorist activities against the MEK through so-called “former members”

“The mudslinging by the current functionaries of the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), disguising themselves as PMOI’s “former members,” have repeatedly been exposed by irrefutable documents and evidence, and condemned, as was the case in a German court’s ruling against Der Spiegel for regurgitating similar smears. The repetitive scheme by the MOIS to tarnish the image of the PMOI in Albania is intended to set the stage for more terrorist acts against the Iranian Resistance,” The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Security and Counter-terrorism Committee’s (NCRICT) statement reads. 

The main purpose of the demonization campaign of the Iranian regime against its main opposition is to pursue terrorist plots against them. “On October 23, 2019, the Albanian Police exposed the details of the clerical regime’s terrorist plots against the PMOI members in Albania through the services of “former members.” In her report, however, the BBC journalist makes no reference to this development, the most important news in Albania regarding the PMOI in recent weeks and months, because she attempts to balance her story with comments from the Iranian regime’s operatives. Last year, Albania expelled the Iranian regime’s ambassador and the MOIS station chief in Tirana for espionage and terrorist activities.” NCRICT statement reads. 

The report also portrays if the Iranian resistance and MEK members are kept in a remote area in an autocracy country and no outsider has any access to them, while they are in Europe and hundreds of international dignitaries visit their home, and the same reporter was there for over 5 hours and was offered to stay there as long as she wanted, privately talk to anyone and visit anywhere she so desired.

“Last summer, some 350 dignitaries from 47 countries spent five days at Ashraf-3, the home of PMOI members in Albania, and saw everything up close and personal. Thus, the absurdities rehashed by the BBC, such as brainwashing, lack of access to the Internet, the denial of freedom of choice to PMOI members, and the defection of 300 or 400 members from the organization in Albania are utterly false and designed to mollify the criminal mullahs ruling Iran,”

“In her report, the BBC’s Linda Pressly says that the PMOI refused to be interviewed for her program. She has deliberately chosen not to report that she and another BBC colleague were the guests of the PMOI at their home, Ashraf-3, for five-and-a-half hours. During the meeting, the PMOI representatives told her that she could stay at Ashraf-3 as long as she wanted, privately talk to anyone and visit anywhere she so desired. The PMOI representatives also told her not to expect the PMOI to be part of a program that was wittingly or unwittingly based on an MOIS script. They also told her that they should not be expected to be part of a program that also included individuals whose objective and mission is collecting intelligence and assisting the Iranian regime to conduct terrorist operations against the PMOI. No one would have criticized German, British, French, and American freedom fighters and patriots for refusing to appear alongside Nazi collaborators.” NCRICT statement reads. 

It is shameful that BBC by its fake news is helping the Iranian regime to turn a security threat into political dissidents, and demonize them in a well-known method of the Iranian regime. No wonder why Iranian people call BBC as Ayatollah BBC, but the question is why they are doing this now, and why the regime needs this propaganda and fake news at this moment.

“The continuing uprisings in Iraq and Lebanon have undermined the strategic depth and one of the strategic pillars of the ruling theocracy ruling Iran. Intensifying international sanctions, in particular against the regime’s supreme leader and his inner circle, coupled with the rise in the Iranian people’s protests and the Resistance Units’ activities not only highlight the reality that time is rapidly running out on the religious fascism ruling Iran, but also pose an unprecedented challenge to its survival.

Under such circumstances, the mullahs have stepped up their terrorist activities and stepped up their campaign of demonization against the Iranian Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in order to make it appears as though that there is no alternative to their regime and that the West is better served by continuing the policy of appeasement. The religious dictatorship’s desperation cloaked under the disgraced banner of “former PMOI members,” this time through Radio BBC 4 and the World Service, represents one such effort. “

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Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal for Fourth Time

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Iranian regime steps forward in violating its nuclear deal with world powers

Iranian regime steps forward in violating its nuclear deal with world powers

Iran has further endangered world peace this week by violating its nuclear deal with world powers for a fourth time by putting an additional 30 advanced centrifuges into use. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, made the announcement to state news media on Monday.

The next day, president of Mullahs, Hassan Rouhani, said the Iranian regime would begin injecting uranium gas into over a thousand centrifuges at Fordo – a fortified nuclear facility hidden in a mountain – on Wednesday.

 

However, he said that the step is reversible and that the regime is ready to “negotiate”. This backpedaling contradicts with remarks by supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who said on Sunday that negotiations will only weaken the already-fragile regime.

These contradictions are the result of a regime besieged by crises and struggling to maintain consistency. The only consistent thing about the regime is that it will threaten world peace and security in order to prolong its grasp on power.

The regime’s nuclear policy appears even more muddled when you consider that Iran’s sole purpose for the nuclear deal was to extract concessions from the international community.

Since the US pulled out of the deal last year, citing Iranian noncompliance, Europe has mostly tried to appease Iran, even setting up a program to evade US sanctions on Iran with the only conditions being that Iran complied with the nuclear deal and committed to financial transparency under the Financial Action Task Force. It wasn’t a big ask, considering that Iran was supposed to do this anyway, but Iran publically failed to do either.

Therefore, European officials have condemned the regime and warned them against continuing to renege on its obligations, with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas describing the latest step as “unacceptable” and British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said that Iran’s actions “contravene the deal and pose a risk to our national security”.

So why would Iran take this step? Well, the regime is facing mass protests in Iraq and Lebanon over its interference in those countries and people there are demanding the expulsion of Iran’s terrorist proxies. Meanwhile, the Iranian people’s uprising is continuing with various segments of society demanding freedom. None of this was mentioned by Rouhani, Khamenei, or Salehi.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran and Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) stressed that: “As the avalanche of protests continues to bear down, Khamenei and his regime find themselves increasingly cornered and without a way out.  What Khamenei said—and didn’t say—tell much about the strategic deadlock that is closing in on his regime and the deadly crises he and his regime are faced with.

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Iran: Amnesty International Calls for Condemnation of Iran’s Deterioration of Human Rights Record at the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International calls on publicly condemn the deterioration in Iran’s human rights record during the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 November”

On November 6, 2019, Amnesty International released a statement calling the international community to “publicly condemn the deterioration in Iran’s human rights record during the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 November”

The organization urges states taking part in Iran’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to denounce the widespread human rights violations and make concrete recommendations for the Iranian authorities to address them.

“From horrific execution rates to the relentless persecution of human rights defenders, rampant discrimination against women and minorities, and ongoing crimes against humanity, the catalog of appalling violations recorded in Iran reveals a sharp deterioration in its human rights record,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

It is worth noting that on September 20, 2019, Human rights experts from various countries took part in a conference held at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, calling to end the three-decade-long impunity Iranian regime officials have been enjoying in relation to continuing human rights violations across the country, and especially the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), were then executed in just a few months.

“Why should there now be a tribunal on the crime against humanity committed in 1988? First, because lawyers have examined evidence and know beyond doubt that a crime was committed. If Iran disputes that, we have a process for that,” Kristy Brimelow, QC, an international human rights lawyer, said in her remarks.

“In July 2019, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, mullahs’ former minister of justice, responded to allegations of 1988 executions and defended them as the execution of terrorists. But evidence shows the contrary. Many of the people had been arrested for distributing leaflets, many were children.”

“It is time that we write the history within the judicial setting as to what happened in 1988, and this crime against humanity must be recognized beyond political goals, but within its judicial context. Otherwise, what’s the point of the UN?” said Swiss MP Laurence Fellman Rielle

“We are witnessing progress in seeing the perpetrators of this crime being brought before a court. Since launching the campaign for justice for the 1988 massacre victims, many of the perpetrators have been exposed and the crime has been documented,”.

“Amnesty International has also rallied to expose this crime. It has underlined that if the perpetrators are not held to account before a tribunal, more crimes and massacres will take place. Amnesty called it a crime against humanity. Amnesty has also gathered testimonies from hundreds of witnesses,” she added.

Henrik Hermansson, a political scientist and human rights researcher, reminded the conference of a number of reports covering the 1988 massacre.

“We have the locations of 60 mass graves… The 1988 massacre shaped Iran’s political system. The massacre was carried out by many authorities. Many death commission members now hold important positions in the government,” he explained.

“Iran’s large financial institutions are controlled by the perpetrators. Iran’s current supreme leader, who was the regime’s president in 1988, was directly involved. The 1988 massacre became a career-making moment for many Iranian officials.

“When officials are trained on the mass murder of dissidents, mass murder is how they will respond to protests. The continued impunity of this crime contributes to this continued crime.

“We should understand impunity is a cause of human rights violation and a violation of itself. There’s still a role for the UN and international human rights community to end impunity, even if it has political ramifications.

“I call on member states to discuss the 1988 massacre with the Special Rapporteur to make sure it’s not dropped again. Failure to investigate is also a crime,” he concluded.

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Poster of Maryam Rajavi hung by MEK resistance unit

MEK Resistance Units’ Activities Expand in Iran

Poster of Maryam Rajavi hung by MEK resistance unit

While the Iranian regime stays engulfed in a series of fatal crises, MEK‘s resistance unites mount their activities across the country.

Detailing some activities of the MEK’s units, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a statement on November 7, 2019.

The statement reads: ” During the first week of November 2019, despite suppressive measures by the clerical regime, the Resistance Units hung and posted large banners carrying pictures of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and Mr. Massoud Rajavi, as well as banners containing their messages in expressways and public locations in Tehran (including in Saveh and Tehran Pars expressways) and in a number of cities, including Mashhad (Khorassan Razavi), Sa’di Township (West Azerbaijan), Ardakan (Yazd), Shorkhrood (Mazandaran), Rasht and Fumanat (Gilan), as well as Golestan, Qom and Hamedan provinces.”

Referring to the resistance units that joined together in a number of cities holding placards, the statement highlights the writings on the placards as: ““With Maryam Rajavi, we can and we must build a new Iran”, “With the expansion and combining Resistance Units we will form units of the Liberation Army,” “Resistance Units are the catalyst in perpetuating the uprisings and guaranteeing their victory,” “Expand Resistance Units in schools,” “Turn every school into a Resistance Unit,” “Rise to continue the uprisings and free Iran from the occupation of the mullahs,” “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iranian youths,” We can and we must turn every school into a Resistance Unit,” “Expand Resistance Units in Schools,” “Freedom and victory are in your hands,” “With Maryam Rajavi we will take back Iran,” and “Resistance Units, the catalyst to continue the uprisings.”

Below are some of the images of MEK resistance units’ activities.

Tehran – Saveh Expressway

“With Maryam Rajavi we will take back Iran”

Tehran – Tehran Pars Expressway

“We can and we must build a new Iran”

Tehran – Maryam Rajavi:

“Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths” 

Tehran – Maryam Rajavi

“Freedom and victory are in your hands”

Hamedan – Maryam Rajavi

“Make every school a center of Resistance”

 

Mazandaran Province, northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “Expand the Resistance units in schools”

Ardakan, Yazd Province, central Iran

Massoud Rajavi: “We will create a liberation army thru expanding and combining Resistance Units” 

Sa’di township – East Azerbaijan Province (northwest)

Massoud Rajavi: “We will create liberation army units thru expanding and combining Resistance Units” 

Mashhad – Khorassan Razavi Province, northeast

Massoud Rajavi: “Resistance Units help the uprisings to continue”

Fumanat –  Gilan Province, northern Iran

Mrs. Rajavi’s pictures 

Gilan Province, northern Iran 

Maryam Rajavi: “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Gilan Province, northern Iran 

Maryam Rajavi: “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Tehran

Maryam Rajavi: “Rise up to continue the uprisings and to free Iran from the mullahs’ occupation”

Qom, central Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “We can and we must turn every school into a center of Resistance”

Tehran

“Maryam Rajavi: “Turn every school into a center of Resistance”

Maryam Rajavi:

“Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Rasht – Gilan Province, northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”

Golestan Province – Northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “Rise up to continue the uprisings and to free Iran from the mullahs’ occupation”

Hail to Rajavi, down with despotism

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1000 Iraqis Attack Iran Consulate

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Iraqis protesters attacked consulate of the Iranian regime in karbala, October 2019

More than 1000 young Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala on Sunday evening, with demonstrators torching the wall outside of the consulate before placing an Iraqi flag on the wall around the consulate.

On the night alone, Iraqi security forces shot dead three protesters and wounded 19 others as the attempted to disperse the protesters, but over 250 people have been killed since the protests began early last month.
The Associated Press reported that security forces in Baghdad have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to keep protesters from breaching the barricades on two main bridges leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where the government is headquartered.
The protesters have made clear that one of their major problems is the Iranian regime’s control in Iraq and one of their main demands has been the expulsion of the Iranian regime and its proxy militias from Iraq. The protesters have explained to international media that the Iran-backed government of Iraq is corrupt and kowtows to the mullahs.
The AP said that protesters in southern Iraq attacked the offices of Iran-backed political parties and militias, “setting fire to some of them”, and that the attack on the Iranian consulate in Karbala, located south of Baghdad, is just “the latest sign of mounting anger against Tehran’s involvement in the country’s affairs”.
These protests are bigger in the southern provinces of Iraq because that is where Tehran has the most influence and because Karbala, which is one of the world’s main Shiite pilgrimage sites, holds enormous importance for Iran’s regime.

The Wall Street Journal reported: “Iraqi protesters last year torched the Iranian consulate in Basra in a similar attack, although the protests that triggered it was smaller. The rage against Iran has been fuelled by allegations by human-rights groups that paramilitary groups backed by Tehran have killed and abducted protesters as part of a crackdown by security forces that has killed more than 250 people since the protests started.”
The protesters in Karbala had previously gone out with banners that read: “Iran is the reason for the catastrophe.”
Meanwhile, Iraqi protesters in the holy city of Najaf have also shown their fury at Iranian interference in their country by changing the name of the main street therefrom “Khomeini”, which is the last name of the Iranian regime’s founder and former supreme leader, to “October revolution”.
The protesters’ problems will not end until the Iranian Regime is gone.

Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) time and again warned about the meddling of the Iranian regime in Iraq.

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Iranian Regime’s Agents in US Plead Guilty to Act Against MEK

The US Courthouse Building

The US Courthouse Building

On November 5, 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office released a statement concerning “Two Individuals Plead Guilty to Acting as Illegal Agents of the Government”.

“Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, entered pleas of guilty yesterday to charges stemming from their conduct conducting surveillance of and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the Iranian dissident group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).” the statement reads.”

“The Iranian government thought it could get away with conducting surveillance on individuals in the United States by sending one of its agents here to task a permanent resident with conducting and collecting that surveillance,” said Jessie K. Liu, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. “This case highlights our efforts to pursue those who threaten national security and disrupt foreign governments that target the U.S. persons.C

The details of Doostdar activities and his relation with Ghorvani is mentioned in the statement:

“As part of his plea, Doostdar admitted under oath that he traveled to the United States from Iran on three occasions in order to meet with Ghorbani and to convey directions for Ghorbani’s activities on behalf of the Government of Iran.  Prior to Doostdar’s first trip to the United States, his handler with the Government of Iran identified Ghorbani by name, showed Doostdar a photograph of Ghorbani, and told him where Ghorbani worked.”

“During Doostdar’s first trip to the United States in July 2017, Doostdar met Ghorbani at Ghorbani’s workplace.  Doostdar admitted that during a subsequent conversation, Ghorbani told Doostdar that he was willing to work for the Government of Iran in the United States.”

“On Sept. 20, 2017, Ghorbani attended an MEK rally in New York City.  The rally consisted of constitutionally protected activity, including U.S. citizens denouncing the Iranian regime.  At the rally, Ghorbani photographed rally attendees, including MEK leaders.”

“During Doostdar’s second trip to the United States as part of the conspiracy, in December 2017, Doostdar met with Ghorbani and collected the rally photographs from Ghorbani.  The photographs depicted MEK leaders, and included hand-written notes identifying the individuals and listing their positions in the group.  Ghorbani and Doostdar also discussed Ghorbani’s planned travel to Iran in March 2018, and Ghorbani offered to provide an in-person briefing on rally attendees during this trip.  Under oath, Ghorbani admitted to attending the September 2017 MEK rally and to photographing and gathering information on rally attendees to provide to Doostdar and ultimately to individuals in Iran.”

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MOIS misuses Tweeter against MEK

Iran Regime’s Fake French Tweets

MOIS misuses Tweeter against MEK

MOIS misuses Tweeter against MEK

The Iranian regime, boxed into a corner, the uprisings against the mullahs’ interference in Iraq and Lebanon, and unable to stop a rising tide of protests by the Iranian Resistance at home and abroad, have resorted to using fake social media profiles to share false news in order to boost its forces morale.

Websites affiliated with the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its operatives have posted several pieces citing a fake Twitter account attributed to the French president’s Secretary-General Alexis Kohler, which said that the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) will soon be expelled from France.

The Elysée Palace denied the report and said that this was not the position of Elysée, adding that Kohler does not have a Twitter account.

On November 4, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s Committee on Security and Counterterrorism issued a statement to underscore that these tweets bore the clear markings of the Iranian regime.

The account was created in February 2014, but no tweets were published until three months ago. There have been 46 tweets posted on the account since; 40 of which were copy-pasted public material and six, all posted on October 30th, are purely anti-PMOI/MEK nonsense that sounds similar to that coming out of the regime’s propaganda machine. Weirder still, all six tweets were posted simultaneously at 4:06 am Paris time and none of the information contained within appears on any other known French Government websites or media outlets.

How likely is it that Kohler set up a Twitter account five years ago, only started using it in August, and then posted six tweets in a minute bashing a pro-democracy group that has lived peacefully in France for nearly 40 years? Very unlikely.

How likely it is that this is the work of the Iranian regime’s cyber army rather than the French Presidency? Incredibly. This is one of their top tactics. Create the account and leave it dormant until they need to make the changes.

But because the Western media and other social media platforms recognized that this account was fake, the MOIS websites tried to resurrect it after six days.

This is not even the first time the regime has tried this in 2019. In July, they published a fake report claiming that Pierre Cochard, “a French diplomat resident in Israel”, had written a series of tweets about NCRI President Maryam Rajavi visiting Israel to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Mossad. The French Foreign Ministry said that Cochard was not behind the Twitter account.

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MEK: Iran Is Still Leading State Sponsor of Terror and Hostage Taking

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Mullah’s thugs are climbing up the walls of the US embassy in Tehran, 1979

As the United States commemorated the 40th anniversary of the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and subsequent hostage-taking of 52 American officials and diplomats by the Iranian regime, opponents of the regime said that terrorism and hostage is an integral part of the regime’s “DNA”, which would not change until the mullahs are removed from power.

For proof, they cited the recent call for Shiite militias in Iraq to seize the US Embassy in Baghdad, which was made by Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the Iranian paper Kayhan, who is close to the supreme leader.

It’s important to realize that many of those involved in the hostage-taking on November 4, 1979, went on to hold key positions in the regime and some of those are currently still in power. The regime even celebrates that day, which was the beginning of a 444-day crisis, every year as the “National Day of Campaign against Global Arrogance”.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a new report to expose the regime’s ongoing commitment to terrorism, citing the ongoing anti-Iran regime protests in Iraq and Lebanon, and to name the hostage-takers,  who are still top officials in the regime.

Ali Safavi, an NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee member, said: “Terrorism and hostage-taking are a part and parcel of the Iranian regime’s DNA. All regime factions view repression, the export of terrorism and Islamic extremism as pillars of their survival.”

He continued: “This regime has made hostage-taking and terrorism statecraft. This is abundantly clear in Iraq and Lebanon where the Iranian regime and its proxies view the only way out of the current uprisings in those countries – which have delivered a tremendous blow to what they have long boasted of being their strategic depth – is to create another crisis, namely the call by Tehran to seize the US embassy in Baghdad.”

The NCRI said the following key figures in the regime were involved in the embassy takeover:

  • Masoumeh Ebtekar, the deputy of President Hassan Rouhani
  • Hamid Aboutalebi, a political advisor to President Hassan Rouhani
  • Hossein Sheikholislam, an advisor to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
  • Hossein Dehqan, a military advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
  • Alireza Afshar, a commander of the regime’s notorious Basij militia
  • Mohammed Ali Jafari, who was commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) until earlier this year

In a statement on Monday, the US State Department said: “We look forward to the day when we can again safely send U.S. diplomats to Tehran. It’s unfortunate that this anniversary serves as a reminder of the long history of malign behavior by the Iranian regime and the danger it has posed to the United States and the world over the past 40 years.”

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Iran Regime’s Deadly Pattern of Hostage Taking and Terrorism

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the director of the graduate programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

Monday was the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis and marked four decades of hostage-taking and terrorism by the Iranian regime and its proxies. But over the course of that time, the West has failed to address the looming threat from the regime and its ideology.

Right now, there are at least 17 dual nationals being held captive in Iran of flimsy pretences, with most of them charged with “national security” crimes, despite a severe lack of evidence. At least four American citizens are serving 10-year sentences, but the regime has hinted that they could be released if the US pays a ransom. Why would any country release people who are real threats to their national security?

Dr Ivan Sascha Sheehan, an expert in global terrorism, counterterrorism, U.S. foreign policy, and international conflict management, wrote: “It is safe to assume that this pattern will repeat for as long as the US and its allies take a short-term approach to address Iranian hostage-taking. The only way this phenomenon’s recurrence can be prevented over the long term is if Tehran’s behaviour – or the regime itself – changes completely. Last year’s public protests underscore the fact that this outcome is within reach. But for the Iranian people to grasp it, they must recognize support from foreign governments that are interested in more substantial goals than the begrudging release of Iran’s hostages du jour.”

But the regime is not just a major threat to other countries’ citizens. In fact, the suffering of the rest of the world is very small compared with the horrors endured by the Iranian people. The number of Iranian political prisoner grew by thousands during the regime’s suppression of pro-democracy protests in early 2018, with many of them facing or serving lengthy prison sentences.

And prison is one of the better sentences for Iranian dissidents, with executions being the regime’s favourite method to punish those who question them. Some 120,000 political prisoners have been executed in the past 40 years, 30,000 of them in the summer of 1988 alone. Most of them were members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), but in spite of their persecution, the group has thrived and gained support from all over Iran. Even the regime has been forced to admit that the MEK has been influential in the ongoing anti-regime uprisings.

The West must support the Iranian people in their quest for freedom.

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Key Figure in the Massacre of MEK Members Listed by US

The US Treasury

Monday, November 4, 2019, the US Treasury sanctioned top officials of Iranian regime including the son of the Supreme leader and Ebrahim Raisi, head of Iran’s Judiciary and a key member of the Death Commission in 1988 sending 30,000 MEK members to gallows

On Monday the US Treasury imposed sanctions, on the Iranian regime’s Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals, including Ebrahim Raissi, a key figure in the Death Commission responsible for the execution of 30,000 MEK members in 1988. As the US Treasury statement says, these individuals “are appointees of, or have acted for or on behalf of, Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader whose office is responsible for advancing Iran’s radical agenda.”

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury took the action to “block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Ali Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world.”

“Specifically, the action targets Ali Khamenei’s appointees in the Office of the Supreme Leader, the Expediency Council, the Armed Forces General Staff, and the Judiciary,” according to the statement released by the OFAC.

This sanction coincides with the 40th anniversary of the seizing by Iranian thugs of the US embassy in Tehran, taking more than fifty Americans hostage for 444 days.

Steve Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary, said:

“These individuals are linked to a wide range of malign behaviors by the regime, including bombings of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994, as well as torture, extrajudicial killings, and repression of civilians. This action further constricts the Supreme Leader’s ability to execute his agenda of terror and oppression,”

The individuals who have been sanctioned include: Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s Judiciary and a key member of the Death Commission in 1988 sending 30,000 MEK members and supporters to gallows, Mojtaba Khamenei, the son of Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader,; Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, the Supreme Leader’s Chief of Staff; Vahid Haghanian, an executive deputy for Ali Khamanei; Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Supreme Leader; Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel, a member of the Expediency Council and also an advisor to Ali Khamenei; Mohammad Bagheri, chief of the Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS); IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, military aide to the Supreme Leader for the Defense Industries and Armed Forces Logistics; and Gholam Ali Rashid, an IRGC commander, who was appointed by the Supreme Leader as the commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Central Headquarters, the most important military headquarters in Iran.

The Treasury statement reads:

“Today, OFAC designated Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s Judiciary, who was appointed by the Supreme Leader in March 2019. OFAC designated the former head of Iran’s Judiciary Sadegh Amoli Larijani Larijani in January 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13553 for his administrative oversight over the executions of individuals who were juveniles at the time of their crime and the torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in Iran, including “According to a United Nations report, Iran’s Judiciary sanctioned the execution of seven child offenders last year, and two so far in 2019, despite human rights law prohibitions against the death penalty for anyone under age 18. There are at least 90 child offenders currently on death row in Iran.” amputations.”

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