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Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 73

++ Mohammad Sahimi, a prominent professor and analyst in the US, has published the second in a collection of articles about Daesh. This is titled ‘Daesh and Daesh-like groups’. In it he examines similarities in the creation, funding and support of various terrorist groups including the MEK.

++ According to Iran Interlink’s sources in Iraq, 120 residents of Camp Liberty were due to be transferred to Tirana, Albania last week. This was cancelled because the MEK leader changed his mind again. The residence in Tirana has been ready for months. At first Rajavi wouldn’t allow access to anyone in Liberty. Then he granted access only if he chose the 120 transferees himself. The UNHCR accepted this on the understanding that 120 transfers are better than none. The interviews went ahead only for Rajavi to halt the process again because he wants more concessions. From the time this plan was achieved by UNAMI, Rajavi has demanded various things: heavy machinery, more land, unrestricted access to the border (with Jordan), etc. Through the Zionist backed Western media and MEK outlets, Rajavi has hidden these demands behind allegations that “Iraqi officials” are denying medical help, restricting fuel and have confiscated lift trucks. This is not a new ploy and both UNAMI and the Iraqi authorities have consistently and publicly rejected these allegations.

++ This week in Baghdad, Human Rights Minister Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati met with the Deputy Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mission in Iraq Georgi Posten. Al-Bayati expressed support for all initiatives and steps that would strengthen national unity on the one hand and achieve justice for the victims of terrorism on the other hand, stressing that the issue of a general amnesty should include those who have not stained their hands with the blood of innocent people. In respect of the MEK, al-Bayati stressed that the presence of the terrorist MEK in Iraq is illegal and pledged support to expedite UNAMI’s efforts to fully expel the MEK.

++ Sahar Family Foundation published an article about the ongoing issue of excessive numbers of deaths among MEK members in Europe and Camp Liberty. The article says that although it has been known about for some time, no agency or body is trying to investigate or stop it. The deaths are ongoing. The common factor is that the dead people are all known to be disaffected members who have been unable to escape the group. All had been kept in the MEK by force. Sahar believes that some deaths have been deliberately expedited by withholding medical care, others may simply have been murdered.

++ Massoud Taghipourian’s article in Nejat Association is titled, ‘Rajavi has no supporters even in cyberspace’. He identifies various MEK activities to demonstrate how divorced from reality the MEK is. Most of the MEK’s work, he says, is directed towards keeping the members busy, giving them something to do. All their so-called cyber victories are only for internal consumption. But even inside the MEK only a few hundred people get to see this. One of the internal jobs is to ‘Like’ MEK sites on Facebook and other social media. Even with this activity, it is clear their supporters are in the tens rather than the hundreds.

++ The MEK’s main task this week has been to work against the nuclear negotiations. The group posted bill boards in Washington against peace, and held a couple of demonstrations with fewer than ten people each in the US and Vienna. On November 20th another so-called revelation meeting was chaired by John Bolton and attended by paid lobbyists. Again, after all these efforts to attack Iran’s nuclear programme nobody listened except a couple of well-known Zionist backed media. This has been a waste of Zionist money. In fact there was more coverage of the meeting inside Iran than rest of world put together. News agencies like Fars News made full reports on the MEK’s demonstration of eight people with as many, if not more, flags in their hands in Vienna. Since 1997 Maryam Rajavi has been banned from travelling to North America and the UK. France, where she is a refugee, has said they would expel her if only they could. Rajavi’s attempts to make herself and her cult indispensable to the Zionist agenda is backfiring since she is simply trying too hard to be more than the nobody she is.

++ The other area on which the MEK concentrated this week was its ongoing attack of the government of Iraq and the militia forces which have joined the army in fighting Daesh. The MEK clearly shows dissatisfaction that Iraq is winning in its efforts to repel and destroy Daesh. Earlier this year Massoud Rajavi was hoping Daesh would take over and ‘liberate’ Camp Liberty. He exposed his group to severe criticism for this direct support. Since the Daesh incursion was unsuccessful he has avoided direct support for Daesh and is, instead, attacking those forces which are fighting against it.

++ This week, Massoud Rajavi’s captive audience of MEK members was treated to a snooze fest of almost two hours as an audio tape was broadcast. However, after spewing out seemingly endless soporific nonsense, Rajavi finally got to the point. Massoud Rajavi threatened the lives of his critics in the West. Accompanying the audio with pictures, he identified such persons as former president Abol Hassan Bani Sadr and broadcaster and journalist Ali Reza Nourizadeh, along with many others, as targets. In particular he listed those people who testified against the MEK to the Judiciary in France. Rajavi told his audience, “These people are directly responsible for those who died in Iraq, including attacks on Ashraf and Liberty. Therefore it is the responsibility of the MEK to bring them to justice and kill them.” As for the ex-members (many of whom already have experience of the MEK’s thuggery and violent attacks in European cities), most have chosen to ignore it, but some have written articles and comments in Farsi ridiculing both Rajavi and his threats, especially because he has been in hiding for the past decade. But Iran Interlink reminds the authorities in Europe that this audio message was broadcast via the MEK satellite of a Saudi owned company operating in London. Britain removed the MEK from its terrorism list because it believes the MEK when it claims to have renounced violence. In this message, the head of the MEK is clearly saying that is not the case. He is ordering the deaths of his critics. Obviously the UK, US and France where the MEK operate freely will be held to account should any injury or death occur due to their lack of vigilance and failure to protect those individuals threatened.

In English:

++ Press TV reported the “influential” Lord Carlisle’s failure to get the ban on Maryam Rajavi entering the UK repealed. The report says: “Home Secretary Theresa May says Rajavi’s entry to the UK would not be conducive to the public good for reasons of foreign policy and in light of the need to take a firm stance against terrorism. Lawyers linked to the terrorist organization say Home Secretary’s reasons are irrelevant. But that argument has unanimously been rejected by Supreme Court judges. Critics have slammed attempts to downplay the actions of the MKO and put them forward as a democratic opposition.”

++ Mazda Parsi writing for Nejat Bloggers asks, ‘Are good terrorists always beneficial?’ Identifying “blatant double standards” in the fight against terrorism, Parsi draws on sources to make his argument. He says “Western states, Saudi Arabia, and some other Gulf States have been contributing funds and arms to the rebels against Assad Government. Thus, terrorists are not considered terrorists as long as they serve the interests of these certain countries. The same not-written rule is applied about the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) which is not actually an opposition group but it is a terrorist extremist cult against Iran. If cable news viewers and consumers of US print media knew who these “Iranian dissidents” actually were, they would begin to ask some serious questions about US foreign policy, writes Caleb Maupin of Russia Today.”

November 21, 2014

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