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MEK supporters demonstrate for a Free Iran

Trump’s Sanctions are Just the Beginning

MEK supporters demonstrate for a Free Iran

Archive photo-Iranian diaspora, supporters of the MEK, hold a demonstration in support of the Iran Protests for freedom and democracy at home.

Under the current president, the US policy towards Iran has made a marked shift. The passive policy of appeasement that typified the Obama administration has given way to a firm and effective stance that the Iranian regime has come to fear and loathe in equal measure.

The American Thinker, in an opinion piece, writes, “the world has been challenged by Iran for at least four decades on various issues such as [the] illegal nuclear program; exporting terrorism; and, more important to the international community, “the deteriorating human rights situation.”

A Silenced Iranian Public

2018 saw the regime run roughshod on domestic human rights. As the Iranian opposition mobilized the population in a wave of protests spreading across all 31 of Iran’s provinces, the regime arrested political opponents, tortured detainees, and publicly executed citizens of falsified charges.

Three Iranians are Publicly Executed in Shiraz

“For a rare moment,” the American Thinker article writes, “disregarded Iranian voices were echoed in the UN Security Council by former US ambassador Nikki Haley as she repeated Iranians’ anti-regime chants during a meeting.”

The article on the American Thinker referring to a recent book, ‘Dear God Please Bring Freedom to Iran’, argues that the only way the Iranian people can truly protect their human rights and individual freedoms is by overthrowing the Iranian regime.

“The book tells the stories of the victims of human rights violations in Iran…These atrocities, rarely reported in the press, are just the tip of the iceberg of the regime’s brutality. Unknown political and religious prisoners in Iran have suffered much more than the rare cases that are reported in the bylines,” the article adds.

Cases like that of Saeed Masouri who is serving a life sentence in regime detention for his affiliations with the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). His case has largely gone unnoticed in the international media.

Another prisoner, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri, who was arrested and imprisoned over anti-regime posts he put on his social media pages, died after spending 60 days on hunger strike. However, his case has escaped media attention.

Sanctions are Just the Start

The authors of the book ‘Dear God Please Bring Freedom to Iran’ have welcomed the Trump administrations firmer stance towards the Iranian regime. They acknowledge that the latest round of economic sanctions is a step in the right direction. However, they are also acutely aware that sanctions are just the beginning.

“Despite imposed sanctions,” Bakhtiari said, “the ruling regime still oppresses people.” The mullahs are still able to create an imposing and repressive atmosphere across Iranian society.

Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, recently recommitted the US government’s commitment to supporting the Iranian people in their fight against the mullahs. On his recent tour of the Middle East, he said, “our effort is to make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital.”

However, in order to fully achieve this goal, the US must adopt some of the recommendations from the Iranian opposition.

Maryam Rajavi’s Recommendations

The American Thinker’s article concludes its article by referring to the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi,’s position on Mr. Pompeo’s stance saying. Maryam Rajavi has laid out detailed and specific recommendations for how international governments can lend their support to the Iranian people.

Her recommendations include designating the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as terrorist entities; referring Iranian human rights abuses to the UN Security Council; expelling the mullahs intelligence agents from the US and Europe, and excluding the Iranian regime from the UN.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter

Detained British-Iranian Goes on Hunger Strike in Protest at Appalling Prison Conditions and Repeated Pressure to Become a Regime Spy

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, one of the dual citizens that is imprisoned in Iran on bogus charges in order to put political pressure on West. She recently went on another hunger strike for being asked to spy on the UK.

The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Elham Zanjani had a piece published on International Policy Digest entitled, ‘The Two Faces of Iran’. The piece, published on Sunday, January 20th, charts the story of British-Iranian, Nazanin Zaghai-Ratcliffe, who is in regime custody in Iran.

Zaghari was detained in March 2016, at an airport as she attempted to fly back to London. Regime agents took her to Kernan and confiscated her two-year-old daughter’s British passport. After detaining her for months without trial, Zaghari was eventually sentenced to five years behind bars on falsified, jumped-up charges of acting against Iranian national security interests.

Hunger Strike

Zaghari re-entered the news cycle this week after beginning a hunger strike on Monday, January 14th. The British-Iranian allegedly began refusing food in response to poor prison conditions, lack of access to medical treatment, and persistent requests from regime agents to spy on the United Kingdom for the clerical regime.

The information emerged after her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, spoke about the conditions she is currently living in at Evin Prison. In a press conference, he said, “just after Christmas on December 29, Nazanin was visited in prison by two Revolutionary Guard interrogators. She was pressured to agree to things.” He added, “they tried to pressure her to become a spy for Iran against the UK. Specifically, to spy on [the] Department for International Development (DFID) and an organization called Small Media, which the Revolutionary Guard keep trying to link her to, but she has no connection to [it].”

Her husband asserts that Zaghari is being held as collateral to negotiate the payment of £650 million from the UK government to the Iranian regime. The regime alleges that the debt is owed from an unfulfilled arms deal negotiated between the two governments more than 40-years-ago.

A Violation of Human Rights

Elham Zanjani writes, “denying medical treatment to a prisoner is a violation of human rights, and ordering her to serve and spy for the Iranian Regime’s Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards under the cover of a journalist is an inhumane abuse of power.”

However, this type of behavior has become commonplace from the Iranian regime. The regime has systematically violated human rights, including the systematic execution of its political opponents (in one summer of 1988 the regime executed more than 30,000 members of the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran).

Since the 1980s, the regime has executed an estimated 120,000 political opponents and attempted to recruit thousands into becoming spies for its nefarious activities at home and abroad. Zanjani writes, “none bowed down but instead, paid the price for freedom.”

Zanjani concludes, “the lesson to be learned from history and Zaghari’s story is that such regimes only understand the decisive language of force. Europe has recently proudly taken some decisive steps by listing two of the Iranian regime’s officials on the blacklist, how about more?”

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Assadollah Assadi, the arrested diplomat terrorist for plotting a terrorist attack on the opposition's gathering

Iranian Diplomat-Terrorist and Accomplices to Face Lengthier Sentences

Assadollah Assadi, the arrested diplomat terrorist for plotting a terrorist attack on the opposition's gathering

Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat terrorist that was arrested for master minding the Paris foiled terrorist plot to bomb the MEK’s annual gathering- June 30th, 2018

The Belga news agency recently reported that a Belgian court issued a ruling in the case against the four Iranian agents who are currently standing trial for their involvement in the foiled terrorist plot against the annual gathering of the Iranian opposition in Paris last summer. The accused terrorists will now face additional prison time for their roles in the terrorist plot against the MEK The principal Iranian opposition.

The ruling was issued by the First Branch of the Criminal Court in Antwerp and emphasizes that Assadollah Assadi and the three other Iranian agents who are standing trial were all complicit in the attempted terrorist attack on the gathering of the MEK and Iranian Resistance.

Foiled Terrorist Attack on MEK and Iranian Resistance

Assadi is currently standing trial for masterminding the attempted attack outside of Paris last June. Assadi was one of the senior Iranian regime diplomats stationed at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, Austria. He was also a known agent of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and has used his position as a diplomat to conduct espionage and terrorist activities on behalf of the Iranian regime since 2014.

On June 30th, 2018, an Iranian couple was arrested in Brussels with 500 grams of TATP explosives in their possession. The couple, Amir Sadouni and Nasimeh Nomani, was en route to the Free Iran gathering in Villepinte, France, and claimed to be MEK supporter. Upon their arrest, the couple admitted that they were planning to deliver a bomb to the gathering and said that the explosives were personally handed to them by Assadollah Assadi. Video surveillance confirmed their story, and Assadi was arrested later that day, along with a fourth accomplice, who was waiting outside of the gathering in Villepinte.

In October, French authorities concluded that the Iranian regime was responsible for orchestrating the foiled attack and froze the assets of two Iranian regime security agents associated with the incident.

The Free Iran Gathering

 

The Iranian opposition’s annual gathering attracts tens of thousands of attendees and hundreds of politicians, dignitaries, and world leaders every year. Last year’s event, entitled “Free Iran: the Alternative” was attended by dignitaries from the U.S., Europe and Middle East, including President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi, advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Congressman Newt Gingrich, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, and dozens more. Several of the American and European politicians who spoke at the gathering later filed lawsuits against the Iranian regime for attempted murder.

A Terrorist Regime

The foiled attack in France last June was one of several attempted terrorist attacks against the MEK perpetrated by the regime last year. In 2018, the Iranian regime and its agents were implicated in terrorist activities and plots against the MEK in Albania, France, the United States, and Denmark.

MEP Describes Visit to MEK’s Residence -Ashraf 3

Earlier this month, the European Union imposed sanctions on the MOIS and two of its agents because of their involvement in terrorist activities.

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Haft Tappeh Still mill worker's strike

Iranian Union Condemns Continued Suppression of Released Ahvaz Protesters

Haft Tappeh Still mill worker's strike

Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Mill labor workers started their recent strikes to protest to their unpaid wages. The protests were suppressed by Iranian regime’s security forces and many of the workers were arrested- November 2018

The Free Union of Workers released a statement on Saturday condemning the conditions imposed upon the workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz after their recent release from prison on bail.

In its statement, the union denounced the continued repression of the workers, writing,

“The extraction of a 2.5-billion-rial bail from the families of Karim Siahi and Tariq Kholfi shows that wave of repression continues against the workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group, who were demanding for their most basic rights during their 38-day strikes and streets protests.”

Siahi and Kholfi are representative of the Ahvaz steelworkers who were arrested along with several dozen others during a series of nighttime raids on workers’ homes in December. The two labor representatives were finally released on Saturday afternoon.

The Ahvaz Steelworkers Strike

The Ahvaz steelworkers embarked on a weeks-long strike beginning in November to protest months of unpaid wages and poor working conditions. As the strikes continued they garnered widespread attention and support from human rights activists and labor groups across the world. The MEK and the Iranian Resistance vocally supported the striking workers.

Ahvaz Steel Workers Gain Support in Their Protests

The Iranian regime cracked down on the striking workers, accusing them of “sedition” and threatening them with arrest. After over a month of protests, regime security forces conducted a series of midnight raids on the houses of striking workers over a period of several days, arresting dozens. Some people were so frightened of arrest that they slept on the streets rather than risk possible arrest at the hands of violent security forces.

Regime Threats

In its statement, the union warned that the regime plans to create false criminal files for the workers so that it may continue to harass them and potentially prosecute them in the future. The statement says, “With made up and vague criminal files, security institutions plan to keep the threat of judicial prosecution over the heads of the brave workers of this big industrial complex and force them to give in to tyranny and the trampling of their rights and salaries.”

The statement also thanked supporters of the protesters and restated its solidarity with the Ahvaz steelworkers, writing, “We thank all workers, teachers, retired government employees, students and other noble people who have joined us in this campaign to protest against the arrest and incarceration of the workers of INSIG. We once again reiterate our deepest solidarity with the just struggles of the steelworkers of Ahvaz for their most basic and unalienable rights and will continue our strikes, protests, and marches.”

The Free Union of Workers has demanded that all criminal charges against the 43 workers who-who arrested in December be dropped.

The Haft Tappeh Strikes

The Ahvaz Steelworkers strikes took place alongside the Haft Tappeh factory workers’ strike, also in Ahvaz Province. The workers of Haft Tappeh were striking in protest of not receiving their wages for several months and poor working conditions due to the privatization of their factory. The two groups of striking workers came together in solidarity during their strikes and protests.

The regime reacted to the Haft Tappeh strikes in much the same way as they did to the steelworkers’ strikes. A number of factory workers were arrested for their participation in the strikes and protests after the regime cracked down on the protests. One worker who was recently released from prison publicly stated that he was tortured while he was in custody. He is now being prosecuted by the regime’s judiciary for revealing this fact.

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Chairman Mohaddessin: Domestic and International Pressures Have Left Iran’s Clerical Regime Vulnerable to Collapse

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Chairman Mohammad Mohaddessin, in charge of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s Foreign Affair’s Committee during an online conference -June 2015

On Friday, January 18th, Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), published a piece for US-based news site, Townhall. In the piece, Mohaddessin argues that US sanctions are having a tangible effect on the Iranian economy, drastically weakening the clerical regime, and putting the mullahs’ in a position where the status quo is no longer tenable.

“The Iranian economy is infested with corruption,” Mohaddessin writes, “and has been so terribly mismanaged that an array of crises— unemployment, inflation, currency devaluation, poverty— have become existential threats to the socio-political order.”

Given the rapidly deteriorating economic situation, the mullahs’ future in power looks uncertain. With the added pressures of international sanctions, the regime is even more vulnerable to collapse.

The regime’s shortcomings have been clearly visible in the increasingly frantic and extreme rhetoric from its leaders. The Iranian leadership has made vague threats of seizing Saudi oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and taking international personnel hostage.

These wild threats only serve to show a “weakening regime under siege on multiple fronts,” Mohaddessin argues.

A Turning Point

Mohaddessin suggests that a turning point for the regime came in December 2017. Over the space of two months, anti-regime protests swept across Iran, rapidly spreading to 142 towns and cities in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.

Since then, protest after protest has engulfed Iran. Every sector of the Iranian economy, from logistics, to steel, sugar, taxi drivers, investors, and car buyers have taken to the streets or gone on strike to demonstrate their fury at the clerical regime.

These protests are now “a defining figure of the domestic landscape,” Mohaddessin writes. They “chip away at the regime’s power,” and leave it in an increasingly vulnerable state.

For the first time, the mullahs have begun to acknowledge the increasing influence of the Iranian opposition and its principal member, the MEK. On August 3rd, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei conceded, “we have problems.”

And the regime’s problems are growing. “A ruling structure dependent on repression will prove incapable of squelching public outbursts,” Mohaddessin writes. The mullahs have certainly become dependent on repression.

In 2018, the regime responded to the protest movement by increasing repressive measures. They arrested protestors, restricted internet and communication access, and publicly executed prisoners.

Iranian Opposition Calls for Release of One Thousand Protesters Arrested during August Uprising

“At the right moment, such conditions can bring down any dictatorship,” Mohaddessin writes.

Running Out of Options

So what can the mullahs do? Mohaddessin points out that they cannot negotiate with the US. Khamenei has already stated that to do so would amount to “treason”. To go back on this could lead to the regime collapsing from the inside.

It has instead launched a demonization and terror campaign aimed at the Iranian resistance. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the largest and most influential opposition group, has been the target of several foiled regime terror attacks abroad, the largest of which saw the attempted detonation of a car bomb at a MEK event attended by more than 100,000 supporters.

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

This has only left the regime increasingly isolated on the international stage. Following the failed terror attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris, the French government froze assets belonging to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and expelled two diplomats. The EU also recently approved their own set of sanctions against top MOIS officials. Mohaddessin suggests this indicates, “a closing of the ranks, and an increasingly aggressive posture toward” the mullahs.

“In such circumstances,” Mohaddessin concludes, “the best end game is an end to the malicious dictatorship that has consistently meddled in the region and suppressed its own citizenry.” Given the increasing pressure the regime faces at home and abroad, this may not be too far over the horizon.

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MOIS and Revolutionary Guards Launch RESTART Social Media Campaign Against MEK

Fake News by Iran's MOIS

The Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry emanates fake news in order to discredit the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq / PMOI) the principal opposition to the religious dictatorship ruling Iran

On Thursday, January 17th, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a message from the U.S. State Department’s Farsi Twitter account asking the Iranian people to respond with their questions and hopes for the future of their country. The Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Revolutionary Guards responded to this message by using their forces both inside and outside of Iran to quickly organize a campaign of misinformation against the MEK and the Iranian Resistance.

RESTART Hashtags

By midnight, thousands of anti-MEK and Iranian Resistance tweets had been posted on Twitter using a number of hashtags, primarily variations of #RESTART. The tweets were produced by the regime’s troll factories in Mashhad, Tabriz, Yazd, and Tehran.

While Twitter is forbidden and filtered in Iran, “Restart” – a name given to the self-made “opposition” Tweets tens of thousands tweets from Inside Iran

The hashtags used in the campaign are frequently used by the regime in their demonization campaigns against the MEK and appeared along with the #Restart_ Opposition hashtag. They included #Iranians_hate_PMOI” and “#no_to_ Mojahedin _e_khalq, distributing hit pieces produced by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

 

The perpetrators of the campaign used IP addresses located in the United States, Spain, and Germany in order to mask the origin of some of the tweets.

Origin of the RESTART Campaign

 

The RESTART campaign was originally launched several years ago by Mohammad Hosseini and has been used by the regime and its agents a number of times since in its demonization campaigns against the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. Hosseini first gained media attention on state-run television in Iran and then joined the Khamenei-approved Green Movement. He went on to make appearances in the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, and the United States.

MOIS Agents’ Involvement in the Campaign

In an August 2013 interview with a Los Angeles television station, Hosseini explicitly stated that MOIS agents approached him while he was in the UAE and arranged a meeting, during which they asked him to start a television show. The MOIS agents told him:

“We will provide you with some news that would serve your interest. You will also be able to swear at us. If you have a character problem, we will fix it for you. We will give you news that you also find in other TVs of this kind here. Then gave me some names but I did not see any documents. For instance, they gave a name who is on their payroll and named a TV who is funded by them. They told me, ‘Hosseini, you either take this money from us… or we use a tenth of this money to obstruct your success. Make your decision. You will set up the TV that will be publicized. Its system is available and we will give you the news which is all critical [of the regime].’”

The Iranian Regime Uses Social Media as a Propaganda Tool

This is only the latest example of the regime’s cyber-terrorist actions against the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. Last August, Google, Twitter, and Facebook removed hundreds of fake accounts created by Iranian regime agents. Many of those accounts were used to disseminate propaganda against the MEK.

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The National Publishes Report about MEK’s Cyber Warriors and Their Fight to Counter Regime Censorship

MEK members in Ashraf3

Photo credit to The National-Three #MEK members who live in Ashraf3 city in Albania posing for a photo for “The National”-January 2019

The Scottish Website The National recently published a report about the MEK’s cyber-warriors working inside Ashraf 3 in Tirana, Albania. The report explains the role of the MEK research team in spreading information about the people’s uprising currently taking place in Iran.

MEP Describes Visit to MEK’s Residence -Ashraf 3

Ashraf 3 is a compound in Tirana for MEK members who were relocated from their previous camp in Iraq. According to The National, Ashraf 3 had only a few hundred residents when it was founded in 2013, but it now houses over 2,500 MEK members.

The uprising in Iran has been taking place in cities and towns across Iran for over a year, but the protests and strikes are largely unreported inside Iran by state media. According to The National, the MEK’s cyber warriors use encrypted social media channels to broadcast video clips of the protests recorded on mobile devices to their supporters in Iran.

One Year Later: A Summary of Protests in Iran in 2018

The camp members are exiled from their home country, but according to resident Forough Moezzi, who works in the information unit, ““It’s not a refugee camp – we are a resistance movement so our lives and our work is part of the struggle against the Iranian regime. We live here together and plan the future. We want to go back to Iran – a free Iran – and I think it will be very soon because we see international sanctions and pressure on the regime. I believe freedom is very near.”

Moezzi and her sister joined the MEK when the camp was still located at Ashraf in Iraq. She has been at Ashraf 3 for two years. After she joined the MEK, her father returned to Iran. She said: “When he returned to Iran the regime attacked our home just because my sister and I were here, and he was tortured for more than 10 years. Although he had cancer they wanted to kill him just because his daughters supported PMOI. The regime executed my uncle when he was 23 for the same reason.”

Parvin Poureghbalie is another MEK member who is committed to helping Iranians still inside the country. Poureghbalie studied in Iran in 1980, a year after the 1979 Revolution, and said that violence against dissenters started around that time.

She said: “I was in one of the smaller cities in Iran – Kerman – we were about 180 young girls and we were arrested. From that 180 the majority were either killed or disappeared, some went to other countries and only a small number are still in Iran.

“I feel I have a heavy responsibility for them. The people are starving and searching the garbage for food in a very rich country.

“Workers have been asking why they haven’t had their salaries for months. Just to get their salaries they have to demonstrate.

“We have taken a long and hard path but now we are sure that our return is coming closer. The time we go back to a free Iran will be very soon.”

Mohammad Shafaei was orphaned at the age of eight when the regime killed most of his family. His father, a physician, was shot for treating wounded resistance members, and his brother was tortured to death in Evin Prison, according to The National.

Now Shafaei works on the MEK’s research team, which helps Iranian citizens circumvent regime censorship in order to access the Internet and messaging apps.

Shafaei also works to curb “malign Iranian activity” by identifying fake apps and spyware. The research team has a television channel that is broadcast on Telegram, a messaging app that is used by almost half of the Iranian population.

“Our focus is on Telegram and Instagram because other social media like Facebook and Twitter are banned,” says Shafaei. “What we do is provide proxies to let the people circumvent internet censorship so they can see the demonstrations and unrest in their own country. Iran uses fake applications or spyware, spreads them among users in the country to trace their connections – so we try to disclose all these activities in cyberspace.

“They have their own version of the Telegram client and they use it to collect user information and we investigate all these things and provide reports of what these apps do.”

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Tulip Square - Ashraf 3

Journalists from the National Visit Camp Ashraf

Tulip Square - Ashraf 3

The main entrance of Ashraf 3, the place of the residence of the MEK-Albania

The Iranian regime and its allies in the international media attempt to portray the largest pro-democracy Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) as a brainwashing cult. It has often levied accusations against the group that it holds members at its compound outside the Albanian capital of Tirana against their will.

Daniel M. Zucker Refutes Merat’s Guardian Hit Piece

The MEK has responded by giving international journalists unfettered access to its Albanian compound, Camp Ashraf 3, which houses some 2,500 MEK members. Most recently, the opposition group invited journalists from the National newspaper from Scotland.

A Reeling Economy

Whilst there, the journalists spoke with Senior MEK member, Mehdi Baraie, an active MEK member who spent six years incarcerated in Iran under the Shah.

 

Mr. Mehdi Baraie, one of the Senior member of the MEK

Baraie described the effects of Donald Trump’s renewed sanctions against the Iranian regime was having on the country’s economy. The sanctions have left the Iranian economy reeling as the rial’s value is in freefall against the dollar, inflation is rising, and unemployment is creeping up.

 

“What’s happening now is interesting,” he said. “2018 was a very important year because the uprising continued despite the regime trying everything it could to stop it.”

But Baraie predicted that 2019 would be vital for securing a democratic future for Iran. He explained, “as Ali Khamenei has said, 2019 is vital. Nobody believed the uprising could continue the way it has… Now every day they [the MEK and the Iranian opposition] have demonstrations everywhere.” He concluded, “it’s obvious that the Iranian regime will not be able to continue and will be overthrown.”

A Regime Fighting for Its Survival

As the domestic landscape in Iran becomes more hostile to the regime, and daily protests become more explicit in their calls for regime change, the regime has embarked on a propaganda campaign against the MEK and the Iranian opposition.

It believes that by turning international opinion against the MEK, it will legitimize its violent crackdown against the group, which has seen more than 5,000 members imprisoned and many executed.

The Regime’s Fear is a Sign of Changing Times

A pillar of this disinformation campaign is to portray the MEK as oppressors and hostage-takers. The Iranian regime used a Canadian-Iranian couple, Mostafa and Mahboubeh Mohammadi as mouthpieces and forced them to claim the MEK had taken their daughter, Somayeh, against her will.

Somayeh Mohammadi, MEK member now living in Albania

The pair told the international media that the organization was holding their daughter at Camp Ashraf 3 and that she was unable to leave the compound.

This narrative has been exposed as a lie. Somayeh told the National that her father was working on behalf of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). She said, “when I wanted to leave Canada and join the MEK movement my parents would not give their consent.”

Somayeh’s father was among the Iranian agents that traveled to the MEK’s former camp in Iraq and installed loudspeakers around the compound making threats against the members inside. Somayeh recounts how her father was involved in blaring messages of abuse and death threats towards herself and other MEK members.

“He was claiming that he loves me as my father but was against what I wanted to do,” she said, adding, “what kind of father would do this to their child?”

Somayeh has appeared in public disputing her father’s claims that she is being held against her will. She even wrote a book debunking the regime’s lies about her and her family.

Her father had all his claims rejected by the Iraqi judiciary. After an Iraqi judge interviewed Somayeh, the judge concluded that Somayeh was staying with the MEK at its compound of her own free will.

The prosecution determined that he had been in regular contact with the Iranian regime, which was also apparent in his travel arrangements. “He was staying at the most expensive hotel in Tirana, the Plaza. How could he afford to stay in a hotel like this for four months when back home in Canada he was a builder, an ordinary construction worker?” Somayeh exclaimed.

“I go out with my friends every other day. I can go to Tirana and buy whatever I need, I go to shops or the hospital, where I translate for PMOI [MEK] residents who need treatment,” she said.

A Terrorist Regime

The Iranian regime spreads these falsehoods and lies as part of a wider strategy to eradicate the MEK. In March, the Albanian authorities uncovered a plot to bomb the MEK’s compound during the Persian New Year celebrations. Fortunately, the agents involved were arrested before it was allowed to develop.

Then, in June, the Iranian leadership planned a car bomb attack on the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering in Paris. The plan was also foiled, and the Belgian authorities saved the lives of countless numbers of the 100,000 supporters who gathered at the event.

Following the foiled Paris attack, the French government concluded that senior members of the Iranian regime had been involved in the planning and execution of the terrorist plot. It froze the assets of several MOIS officials and expelled two Iranian diplomats from the country.

Baraie told the National, “the international community should put the Iran intelligence [MOIS] and [the] IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] on the terror list.”

Baraie echoed the belief of many of the MEK and the international community that the increased volume of attacks and propaganda aimed at the MEK demonstrates one thing; that the group represents a very real threat to the regime.

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers Issue a Statement on the Guardian’s MEK Hit Piece

The mullahs know their days are numbered. They are resorting to violence and dishonesty in an attempt to stay in power. But everyone at Camp Ashraf 3 knows their plans. They know they have the support of the Iranian people. They know they will secure a peaceful, democratic future for Iran.

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Maryam Rajavi's speech at New Year Ceremony-January 2019

Maryam Rajavi Asks World to “Listen to the Cries of Protesters” In New Year Speech

Maryam Rajavi's speech at New Year Ceremony-January 2019

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition addresses a crowd of French supporters of the MEK- Auvers Sur Oise-January 13, 2019

On Sunday, January 13th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), spoke at a ceremony in France celebrating the New Year, which was attended by a number of distinguished supporters of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance.

Attendees at the event, which was entitled “Solidarity with the Iranian People’s Resistance and Uprising,” included former First Lady of Algeria Anissa Boumediene, former MP Dominique Lefebvre, Bishop Jacques Gaillot, the mayors of Val d’Oise, several Paris district mayors; and a variety of other notable French MEK supporters.

In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi discussed the events of 2018 and then spoke about the current state of the Iranian Resistance and the Iranian regime as a new year begins.

Developments in 2018

In summing up 2018, she said, “The most significant development in Iran was the outbreak of popular protests and uprisings against the mullahs’ regime.

“Everyone saw how terrified the mullahs were. They were particularly scared of the role of the Mojahedin [MEK] in the uprisings.”

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Mrs. Rajavi noted, “A significant development in 2018 was the unprecedented isolation of the mullahs’ on the international level. For years, western governments especially the US had adopted the policy of appeasement of the mullahs. Although some in Europe continue to seek to placate the mullahs, the time is over for the policy of appeasement. This is a great setback to the Iranian regime.”

Mrs. Rajavi spoke of the relocation of MEK members from Iraq to Albania: “When Ashraf residents were in Iraq, they were exposed to the danger of massacres and missile attacks by operatives of the Iranian regime,” she said. “Today, however, they have built a small township in Albania, called Ashraf 3.”

Rajavi also discussed the MEK Resistance Units that have worked together to organize the Resistance in Iran. “Today, the Resistance Units supporting the PMOI are the flames of hope in the darkness of the mullahs’ religious fascism,” she said.

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“For this reason,” said Mrs. Rajavi, “One can conclude that the regime has clearly regressed in status and the Resistance has obviously progressed.”

The Regime’s Response

“The mullahs have no solution to offer for the country’s economic bankruptcy,” Rajavi emphasized. “They have no solution for the environmental disasters and for the protesters.”

Mrs. Rajavi went on: “They are particularly bewildered in the face of the upcoming uprisings. Just recently, the mullahs’ supreme leader warned that the enemies are planning for the next year.
This is why the mullahs who are unable to confront the uprisings, have found their only way out in terrorism against the Iranian Resistance.”

Mrs. Rajavi described the regime’s foiled terrorist plots against the MEK in Paris, Albania, the United States, and Denmark last year. She also discussed the mullahs’ latest demonization campaign against the Iranian Resistance.

Mrs. Rajavi then detailed the consequences that the Iranian regime has faced for some of these actions over the past year: “In 2018, France expelled an Iranian regime diplomat and froze the assets and properties of the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence.”

She followed with more examples: “Albania also expelled the regime’s ambassador and the Intelligence Ministry’s station chief. And the Netherlands also expelled another two diplomats of the clerical regime.”

Finally, she added, “On Tuesday, the European Union announced sanctions against the Iranian regime’s terrorism and its intelligence services.”

Call for a Firm Policy toward the Regime

Mrs. Rajavi restated the Iranian opposition’s stance on dealing with the mullahs. “We have always urged western governments to be firm against the mullahs’ terrorist dictatorship,” she said. “So, today, we urge them to expel the mercenaries of the mullahs’ Intelligence services and the terrorist Qods Force from the U.S. and Europe.”

She continued: “We also urge democratic countries to support human rights in Iran. The only force which could end the Iranian regime’s terrorism and belligerence is the uprising of the people of Iran with their organized resistance.”

A Free Iran

Mrs. Rajavi then called for the Iranian people’s right to freedom to be recognized, saying, “The time has come for France and the world community to recognize the right of the Iranian people’s Resistance to overthrow the theocratic regime and attain freedom.

“In the early days of the New Year, the world must listen to the cries of protesters in Iran. They want freedom and democracy. They want a republic based on the separation of religion and state.”

Mrs. Rajavi concluded, “I am confident that with the support of freedom-loving women and men like you, and with the endurance of the people of Iran, the Iranian Resistance will establish freedom and democracy in Iran.”

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Statement by the U.S. state department on upcoming Warsaw Conference

Regime MP Says Iran Should Take Action Against Anti-Iranian Warsaw Conference

Statement by the U.S. state department on upcoming Warsaw Conference

Joint Statement on the “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East”

On February 13-14, the United States will host an international conference in Warsaw, Poland to discuss Middle Eastern security and peace and the Iranian regime’s destructive role in the region. The conference has sparked outrage amongst high-ranking officials of the regime, who have made a number of warnings about the implications of such a meeting. As usual, many of these comments have focused on the MEK.

The latest regime official to publicly weigh in on the Warsaw conference is Alaeddin Borujerdi, a senior member of the regime parliament and former Chairman of Foreign Policy and National Security for parliament.

“[PMOI/MEK] is part of the American puzzle against the Islamic Republic in the Warsaw security conference. Recently, we’ve seen European countries take measures against the Islamic Republic under pressure from the U.S.,” said Borujerdi.

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Borujerdi cited a number of complaints in his comments, including the relocation of an MEK camp from Iraq to Albania and recent actions taken by European nations against regime agents in their countries.

Consequences for the Regime in Europe

The European Union imposed new sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) last week, along with two of its agents for their role in the terrorist plots against the MEK and Iranian dissidents in Europe. Over the past year, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands have all publicly expressed their concern about the Iranian regime’s terrorist and espionage activities within their countries.

An End of Appeasement and Realising a Democratic Iran

This has been a radical shift for regime officials, who have become accustomed to the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs that have allowed them to act without consequences for the last four decades. The regime has found this loss of support particularly difficult given the current situation with the United States government, which has also abandoned its policy of appeasement.

Borujerdi said that the regime should take action against Poland for hosting the “anti-Iranian” conference by reducing diplomatic relations so the Polish “understand that we will not remain indifferent to the plotting of the Americans.”

Countering Iranian Regime Meddling

 

On January 11th, American and Polish officials announced that they would hold an international conference in Warsaw to promote peace and security in the Middle East by countering the Iranian regime’s meddling in foreign countries.

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the conference would “focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”

The regime responded to news of the conference with anger and threats. Regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the conference as an “anti-Iran circus” and made vague threats to take action against Poland.

Other regime officials have made similar comments since then. The frenzy in Tehran has become its own circus, with high-ranking officials frantically rushing to discredit a conference which clearly poses a threat to their power.

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