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Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 213

++ The MEK media in Farsi and English is in full swing shouting against the meeting arranged by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin between Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Sochi to discuss the future of Syria. The MEK promoted a counter-meeting in Riyadh. MEK reporting was polarised – Saudi good vs Russia bad. Farsi commentators reacted by stating that the MEK’s desperate defence of the KSA only shows that Russia and Syria have won the day. Others say that the MEK’s masters appear to be still insisting that the secular Syrian government should go, and the best replacement would be something like the Middle Ages style of the Saudi monarchy. But, if that’s where you get your money, that’s what you have to say.

++ Interesting developments are taking place in Albania. A document which the MEK is forcing people to sign before they are taken to Ashraf Three (the new isolated camp north of Tirana) has been published by Iran Interlink. The document has all kinds of commitments in it. MEK members must say they are voluntarily going to Ashraf Three. They are committed to violent regime change (sarneguni). They accept that MEK membership is for life and they cannot leave. They reject the bourgeoisie lifestyle of the West and will not be tempted by it. They are committed to Maryam’s Revolution (which means celibacy and childlessness). There has been a very negative backlash against this document inside the MEK. This is why it has been made public. Someone who left because of this brought it out and sent it to us. They will be named in due course. The families of MEK have made urgent appeals to Albanian officials and the UN asking them to intervene to prevent the CIA and MEK from using these people as gladiators. It doesn’t match with any human rights that you use people against their will as slaves, they say.

++ To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, several articles in Farsi remind us about the MEK’s ongoing violence against women.

++ Milad Ariyai in Germany published an interesting article this week. He referred to an article he wrote one year and three months ago when the MEK were being moved en masse to Albania. At that time, he says, “I wrote that this poisoned chalice which they were forced to drink – coming out of Iraq – will soon have its effect. It’s safe to say we are seeing it now. The MEK are now trying their best hide and isolate themselves in Ashraf Three to die where nobody will see them, like animals do.”

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++ Albania’s City News published a revealing article by the famous investigative journalist Gjergj Thanasi titled ‘Will Prime Minister Edi Rama host ISIS terrorists in Albania?’ While investigating commercial corruption, he uncovered information confirming what Anne Khodabandeh had written in an earlier article. The MEK are evacuating their base in the old university building in Tirana to take up residence in an isolated and closed camp. The evacuation in part is to allow the Albanian government to accommodate – at the request of the Americans – widows and children of Daesh fighters killed in action.

++ Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported a visit to Tehran by a delegation from the European Parliament, led by Chairman of the European Parliament’s Group for Relations with Iran Janusz Lewandowski, for a series of meetings with parliamentary and diplomatic officials. One of the topics discussed was the MEK in Europe.

++ Exit – an online media site – ‘Next in Line, Former Deputy Minister of Interior Questioned on Links with Habilaj Gang’ reveals that Albanian parliamentarian Elona Gjebrea has links with a Mafia family. Gjebrea has been linked also to MEK de facto leader Maryam Rajavi.

++ TemA TV in Albania gave national coverage of the Free Media Institute meeting on the fight against terrorism. (An interview with Anne Khodabandeh on a previous visit was deleted. The journalist revealed that the MEK had visited the editorial office and coerced the editor into withdrawing the piece using lies and deception.)

++ Mazda Parsi of Nejat Society writes about slavery in the MEK and the members’ defencelessness against violations of their human rights.

++ Gazeta Impakt Youtube channel broadcast the presentation made by Anne Khodabandeh at the ‘Conflicts in the Middle East: Ideologies and Radical Groups’ workshop organised by the Free Media Institute on 28 November 2017 in Tirana, Albania.Anne Khodabandeh explains how she was radicalised and turned into a terrorist by the Iranian Mojahedin and how the process of radicalisation takes place. From this knowledge, she explains, it is possible to put into place a de-radicalisation programme to reverse this artificial state.

December 01, 2017

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