You might understand why a Saudi prince, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, or uber-hawk and former Bush administration official John Bolton — who all attended the Paris rally of Maryam Rajavi & MeK earlier this year might be willing to get behind such a weird collection of past terrorists, fanatics and ideologues as Maryam Rajavi and Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), which means People's Holy Warriors. But what would make a liberal Democrat from Vermont such as Howard Dean — who has suggested Maryam Rajavi be recognized as the president of Iran in exile. Or Georgia congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis, who spoke out in favor of the MEK in 2010? Could it be because of the old, if amoral, adage that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? Born Maryam Qajar-Azodanlu, DOB 12/04/1953, Maryam Rajavi appears to have apartments, safe houses, in Tirana Albania and Paris France. I am sure she hopes to get into the USA, most likely in Washington D.C. and New York City. Maryam Rajavi must have a contingent of bodyguards 24/7 to ward off assassination attempts by agents of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Quds Force who are involved in everything from arming the Taliban against the pro-US Karzai government in Afghanistan to an alleged assassination attempt against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US.
Supporters are scattered elsewhere in the West as part of the Iranian diaspora with many wealthy first and second generation Iranians in the Tampa Bay Fl area. Subterfuge part of the game: Maryam Rajavi and Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), which means People's Holy Warriors. MeK's thinly disguised presence in the U.S. has a raft of support groups with innocuous names, such as the National Convention for a Democratic, the Iran Policy Committee and the Secular Republic in Iran, the host of the Washington event. After a disastrous lunge into Iran in 1988, the MEK embarked on a more successful military venture. It helped Saddam Hussein crush an uprising by Kurds after Iraq's defeat by U.S. forces during the 1991 Gulf War, according to U.S. diplomats and the State Department's 2005 Country Reports on Terrorism. Increasingly seen in the West as an Iraqi stooge, Mr. Rajavi sent Ms. Rajavi back to France to drum up support.
Maryam Rajavi & MeK army Albania. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) website carries a glamorous advertising campaign for a Grand Gathering. Surrounded by glitzy pictures of flag-waving youth, the central focus of this gathering is ‘Our pledge: regime change’. The first port of call is to understand that the NCRI is just another name for the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) which was also known as the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA). Back in 1994, MEK leader Massoud Rajavi tasked his wife Maryam to leave Iraq for America in order to regain political recognition of the Mojahedin Khalq as ‘the’ Iranian opposition which had been lost when he refused to abandon Saddam Hussein during the First Gulf war. Refused entry to the USA as the leader of a terrorist entity Maryam instead took up residence in France as a refugee. But instead of meeting politicians to talk about how the MEK could overthrow the Iranian regime, she discovered she could simply create the illusion of support by paying both audience and speakers. She discovered a talent for dressing up, holding fancy dinner parties and talking about her cult ideology.
Iran opposition PMOI/MEK network escalating activities in June/July 2019. Members of Resistance Unit 878 placing a large poster of Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on a bridge. Members of other resistance units in the capital put up signs reading, “Democracy, Freedom, With Maryam Rajavi. Iran, July 24, 2019 Members and supporters of the Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are expressing their support for the recent “Free Iran” rally in Ashraf 3. Members of resistance units and MEK supporters watched the event through TV stations or mobile phones. They showed their enthusiasm by insisting that victory will be achieved by the Iranian people. July 11, 2019 - On the eve of five-day events held by the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK in Ashraf 3 in Albania, Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) summoned and arrested scores of families and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. In Tehran, Sediqeh Moradi, Mehdi Khavas, Hassan Atar, Valiyollah Gholam-Nejad and Dr. Hani Yazarloo and his son Houd were arrested. Alireza Nabavi was arrested in the Southeastern city of Semnon. A number of those arrested were former political prisoners and served time in the 80s and 90s.
The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, or the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK), is an Iranian political-militant organization based on Islamic and socialist ideology, a mixture of Marxism and Islamism, see website https://english.mojahedin.org/ People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) Headquarters in Manëz, Durrës, Albania (2018–), Paris, France (1981–1986; 2003–), Tirana, Albania (2016–). MeK has supporters all over the USA including the Tampa Bay Fl area. Maryam Rajavi is MEK's principal leader; her husband, Massoud Rajavi, head up the group's military forces. Maryam Rajavi is President-elect of the parliament-in-exile National Council of Resistance of Iran (1993-present) Maryam Rajavi, born in 1953 to an upper-middle class Iranian family, joined MEK as a student in Tehran in the early 1970s. After relocating with the group to Paris in 1981, she was elected its joint leader and later became deputy commander-in-chief of its armed wing. People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) advocates overthrowing the Islamic Republic of Iran leadership and installing its own government. MeK was listed as terrorist group in US until 2012 – but its opposition to Tehran has attracted backing of John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani and others bent on regime change in Iran. The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), the extreme Iranian opposition group who was the target of a foiled bombing attack in France, was once a sworn enemy of the United States. NBC reported that Israel’s spy agency, the Mossad, relied on MEK operatives to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists during Iran and Israel’s secret dirty war between 2010 and 2012.
For most of its life in exile, the MEK was funded by Saddam. After his downfall, the group says it raised money from Iranian diaspora organizations and wealthy individual donors in the United States. The MEK has always denied it is financed by Saudi Arabia – but the former Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, made waves when he attended the group’s 2016 rally in Paris and called for the fall of the Iranian regime. “The money definitely comes from Saudis,” says Ervand Abrahamian, a professor at the City University of New York and author of the definitive academic work on the group’s history, The Iranian Mojahedin. “There is no one else who could be subsidizing them with this level of finance.” According to one recent MEK defector, Hassan Heyrani, the group’s main work in Albania involves fighting online in an escalating information war between Iran and its rivals. Heyrani, who left the MEK last summer, says that he worked in a “troll farm” of 1,000 people inside the Albanian camp, posting pro-Rajavi and anti-Iran propaganda in English, Farsi and Arabic on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and newspaper comment sections. “We worked from morning to night with fake accounts,” he says. “We had orders daily that the commanders would read for us. ‘It is your duty to promote this senator, this politician, or journalist writing against Iran’ and we would say ‘Thank you, the Iranian people support you and Maryam Rajavi is the rightful leader’, but if there was a negative story on the MEK, we would post ‘You are the mercenaries of the Iranian regime, you are not the voice of the Iranian people, you don’t want freedom for Iran’.”
June 2019..Iran executes ‘defense ministry contractor’ over spying for CIA. State news agency says Jalal HajiZavar confessed to spying for US for money; ex-wife serving 15-year sentence for ‘involvement in espionage’. Iran’s state TV says authorities have executed a former staff member of the Defense Ministry who was convicted of spying for the CIA. The Saturday report says Jalal Hajizavar was hanged last week in a prison near Tehran. “The execution sentence was carried out for Jalal Haji Zavar, a contractor for the defense ministry’s aerospace organisation who spied for the CIA and the American government,” ISNA reported, quoting the Iranian military. He was identified as a spy by the defense ministry’s intelligence unit, ISNA said. During the investigation the suspect “explicitly confessed to spying for the CIA” in return for money, ISNA said, adding that “documents and espionage devices were found at his house.”
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) is the largest and most militant group opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Also known as the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, MEK is led by husband and wife Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. The group's armed unit operated from camps in Iraq near the Iran border since 1986. During the Iraq war, US troops disarmed MEK and posted guards at its bases. In addition to its Paris-based members, MEK has a network of sympathizers in Europe, the United States, and Canada. The group's political arm, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, maintains offices in several capitals, including Washington, DC. Some officials from the Trump administration have received money from the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) to deliver speeches in support of the group. Trump’s transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, received $50,000 in 2015 for a five-minute speech to the political wing of the MKO. In March 2016, Chao received another $17,500 for a speech that she gave to the Iranian-American Cultural Association of Missouri, which reportedly has ties with the MKO terrorist group. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, who is also likely to get a post in the Trump administration, has also acknowledged that he has been paid by the MKO for his appearances at the group’s events. During the 2003 Iraq war, U.S. forces cracked down on MEK's bases in Iraq, and in June 2003 French authorities raided an MEK compound outside Paris and arrested 160 people, including Maryam Rajavi.
Washington D.C, March 8, 2019 - On Friday, Iranians from more than 40 states across the U.S. gathered in Freedom Plaza, Washington D.C., to join the Iran Freedom March, a rally in support of popular protests in Iran. The demonstrators also voiced support for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main Iranian opposition coalition which has been calling for the toppling of the tyrannical regime of mullahs ruling Iran and the establishment of a secular and democratic state. In a televised message to the rally, NCRI President Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said I call on all women in the United States and around the world to support the fight of their sisters in Iran to overthrow the ruling regime. Ongoing protests in Iran and the continued activities of Iranian Resistance Units, networks of supporters of PMOI/MEK, have largely undermined the rule and power of the ruling regime, Mrs. Rajavi underlined. “The regime now faces one of the most difficult periods of its rule. The continued uprisings have destabilized the ruling structure. And there is no going back. Change in Iran is within reach more than any other time,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Walid Phares, Ph.D., a foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Fox News, Oct. 18, 2017 - Now that President Trump has decertified the Iranian nuclear deal and asked Congress to decide if the U.S. should snap back economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, he is faced with a critical decision on what future U.S. policy toward Iran should be. Walid Phares is a Lebanese-born American scholar and right-wing political pundit. He worked for the Republican presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016. He has also served as a commentator on terrorism and the Middle East for Fox News since 2007, and for NBC from 2003 to 2006. In the 1980s, the MEK served as a private militia fighting for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War.
May 2019..Whereas, on July 10, 2018, a senior Department of State official said, “Iran uses embassies as cover to plot terrorist attacks” Thirty-nine bipartisan United States Members of Congress have jointly submitted a new resolution condemning the Iranian regime’s terrorist acts against U.S. citizens and supporters of the main democratic Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK). Condemning Iranian state-sponsored terrorism and expressing support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran. Whereas, on July 2, 2018, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office announced it had foiled a terrorist plot against the “Free Iran 2018 – the Alternative” gathering held on June 30, 2018, in support of the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom; Whereas Assadollah Assadi, a senior Iranian diplomat based in the Iranian embassy in Vienna, Austria, was arrested in Germany in connection with the planned terror plot in Paris; Whereas the Iranian diplomat has been charged in Belgium in connection with the Paris terror plot and in Germany with “activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder”
The cult-like Iranian group MeK was responsible for the killing of six Americans in Iran in the 1970s; in 1979 it enthusiastically cheered the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran, when angry students held 52 American diplomats hostage for a period of 444 days. Its opposition to Tehran’s current rulers, however, has earned the group powerful allies in the west, particularly among Americans bent on regime change. Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, addressed an MeK rally in Paris calling for regime change in Tehran. Belgian authorities said four people, including a diplomat at the Iranian embassy in the Austrian capital Vienna, have been arrested after being accused of preparing a bomb attack in France targeted at a MeK rally.
Iran, which considers the group MeK as a terrorist organization, also has a history of mistreating MeK supporters. In the summer of 1988, thousands of leftists and MeK supporters were executed in a massacre of political prisoners. Believed to have between 5,000 to 13,000 members, the MeK was established in the 1960s to express a mixture of Marxism and Islamism. It launched bombing campaigns against the Shah, continuing after the 1979 Islamic revolution, against the Islamic Republic. In 1981, in a series of attacks, it killed 74 senior officials, including 27 MPs. Later that year, its bombings killed Iran’s president and prime minister. During the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the MeK, by then sheltered in camps in Iraq, fought against Iran alongside the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a turning point for the group, which sought to reinvent itself as a democratic force.
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