++ Saudi media outlet Iran International reported on a speech by Mohammad Eslami, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, to academics and scientists. Eslami advised that Iran’s nuclear programme is important for developing talented young people in this and other fields. He also stressed that Iran plans to build two more reactors with Russian help in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Iran International added that the original nuclear programme started in 1950 with US help, but in 2002 the MEK ‘exposed’ secret facilities, including Natanz, which led to the 2015 JCPOA agreement to curb all Iran’s nuclear activities. The piece framed this as an economic setback for Iran without mentioning that the US has imposed extreme punishing sanctions on the country. Interestingly, the Saudi outlet “Iran International” referred to the MEK as ‘the opposition’, in a way that suggests they want to use the MEK but not be seen to support them. On the other hand, Iran International also ran a piece on Mohammad Marandi, who is acting as an unofficial PR interpreter for the JCPOA talks in Vienna. The piece is an attempt to cast doubt on Marandi’s past and present motives and legitimacy as a member of the establishment. Farsi commentators have said this looks more like hysteria over the possible success of the JCPOA talks.
++ The anniversary of the assassination of generals Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes in Iraq by the Trump administration has prompted speeches and commemoration ceremonies not only in Iran but in other countries. It was and remains an event which uniquely united the people of Iran against foreign interference and the malicious anti-Iran coalition which includes the MEK. Both Iranians and Iraqis have continued their claims for justice. In 2019 Maryam Rajavi said this: “From December 2017 to November 2019, and throughout the past year, it became crystal clear that the strategy of ‘uprising and overthrow’ devised by the commander of the Liberation Army is going to be victorious. And it will successfully lead all anti-regime fighting forces towards their great destination.” After Soleiman’s assassination Massoud Khodabandeh wrote that his death guaranteed that there will be no regime change in Tehran. Maryam Rajavi will need to re-visit her predictions in 2022.
++ Albanian journalist Gjergji Thanasi wrote in Gazeta Impakt that the US and its allies must control MEK crimes in Albania. The piece follows the arrest of two leading members of MEK on charges of human and drug trafficking. It appears that the US embassy intervened and arranged a media blackout of the arrests and the alleged crimes committed by MEK members. Thanasi gives an example of a MEK member now living illegally in Vienna. Thanasi asks as an Albanian journalist and patriot that the Americans keep the criminal activity of MEK under control and the members on a tight leash.
++ Iran Interlink commented on recent events which exposed Maryam Rajavi’s increasingly tenuous situation. Rajavi’s appearance in a church in Paris was promoted by MEK sites as a great example of her embrace by the west. In fact it reminded everyone that Maryam Rajavi has been expelled from the EU and her appearance was engineered, probably by Israel of its allies, to poke Iran in the eye. Thus revealing not only how desperate Rajavi is for publicity, but how empty the anti-Iran tool box is for the west. A second example of push back against the Rajavi regime came with the reappearance of the media article about the arrest of two leading MEK members. Iran Interlink concluded “it appears that this message has got through to the right people in the country. The EXIT article has been restored. Some honest, patriotic elements in the Albanian establishment have gained control and the MEK and its mafia collaborators are being pushed further and further back.”
Dec 31, 2021