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Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 215

++ There were several reminders about the MEK’s Farsi language letter last week to President Abbas’s foreign relations advisor. Commentators point out that whether they gave permission or not, the Israeli lobby in London and Washington has lost the plot by continuing to support these mercenaries. The MEK think nobody will see what they are up to if they write only in Farsi. But clearly, they were forced to take this anti-Israeli, anti-American stance for internal purposes – with or without permission.

++ In Albania, news has emerged that the MEK is forcing members to undertake building work in Ashraf Three camp which they have got from the Americans. There has been resistance. The members complain that Maryam Rajavi pays huge amounts for lobbyists and for beauty treatments and yet demands that people in their fifties and sixties must do hard labour for free. This news also reveals that some members have been beaten and that the MEK has closed the camp doors as they did under CIA protection in Iraq. The government of Albania and its law enforcement services are treating Ashraf Three as a CIA camp over which they have no jurisdiction. The police cannot enter. As with other CIA bases in Albania there is no registration for tax or labour laws. They are considered as outside the law of the land.

++ Some of those who refused to go to Ashraf Three are considered as ‘ex-members’ but are having their basic needs met by the MEK and are also receiving payments on condition that they do not talk. They are instructed what to do by MEK commanders. Their job is to go on social media and click likes etc. But this week they have been given a list of names and told that every one of them must write against everyone who does not work for the MEK and who, indeed, speak out against the MEK. They must write, sign and put their fingerprint on the document. The ex-members have refused saying ‘we are being paid for not talking, but if we do this you will not pay us because we are talking about the MEK’.

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++ A Huffington Post article by Kourosh Ziabari asks ‘Why has France become a safe haven for extremism in Europe?’ Ziabari says that groups like ISIS have grown in part because of “the faults, shortcomings, and negligent decision-making of many actors”. He identifies French secularism as a reason why religious extremism is overlooked and groups like the “militant cult in exile’, MEK have been enabled to operate with impunity in France. “The French system doesn’t seem to have frameworks that enable harsh and unconditional crackdown on extremists… When France wields its state secularism in such a way that faith minorities feel regularly excluded and snubbed, it’s no surprise that extremist cults like the Islamic State feel empowered.”

++ Mazda Parsi of Nejat Bloggers examines the events which led to an MEK former and a former British MP being beaten with sticks and fists just outside the doors of the European Parliament by the thugs of Maryam Rajavi. “This indicates how shamelessly the agents of the MKO traffic in the EU parliament spreading violence despite all democratic gestures they take in their lobbies. Eldar Mamedov explains the technics the MKO operatives use to manipulate members of the EU Parliament. Mamedov is a political adviser for the social-democrats in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP) and is in charge of the delegation for inter-parliamentary relations between the EP and Iran.

‘On the operational level, the MEK is extremely persistent and aggressive,’ he writes. ‘MEK lobbyists maintain a constant presence in the coffee bars of EP buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg, or in front of the plenary room in Strasbourg. These are strategic locations from which to bombard MEPs and their staffers with requests to support the MEK.’

‘Sometimes, however, they overdo it – one MEP recounted to me about how she had to scream at an MEK activist until they exited the elevator she was using to get to her office,’ Mamedov states. ‘Even MEPs’ offices are targets: the MEK lobbyists have no qualms about entering them uninvited and distributing flyers against alleged “Islamo-fascist tyranny” in Tehran.’

The authorities of the European parliament should be wise to be wary about associating with any person or group that attempts to minimize the violent acts of a group so murderous and fanatical that even might endanger the health of the MEPs.”

++ Consortium News website ran a piece titled ‘Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor’. The Memorandum to the President from Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity examines both Iran and Saudi Arabia in terms of support for terrorism, citing American support for the MEK in spite of its history of killing Americans. While “Thirteen of the 14 Muslim Groups identified by the U.S. intelligence community as actively hostile to the US are Sunni, not Shia, and are not supported by Iran…” The Memorandum to the President concludes “You have presented yourself as someone willing to speak hard truths in the face of establishment pressure and not to accept the status quo. You spoke out during the campaign against the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a historic mistake of epic proportions. You also correctly captured the mood of many Americans fatigued from constant war in far- away lands. Yet the torrent of warnings from Washington about the dangers supposedly posed by Iran and the need to confront them are being widely perceived as steps toward reversing your pledge not to get embroiled in new wars.

We encourage you to reflect on the warning we raised with President George W. Bush almost 15 years ago, at a similar historic juncture:

‘after watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the discussion … beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.’”

++ Nejat Bloggers, Mazda Parsi wrote a short, punchy piece exposing the ‘Filthy Rule to Keep Members in The Cult of Rajavi – Keep all communication channels closed. “You usually can’t just rescue someone from a cult. The point is that once someone is in a cult, it is very difficult for him/her to leave. This is why it is considered a cult. Therefore, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization perfectly falls in to the category of being a cult.

Also by definition, the cult member doesn’t believe that he or she is in a cult. Instead, members have been brainwashed by believing that they have achieved a high status just by having the opportunity to be in the cult which ultimately brings them salvation, for instance members of the Cult of Rajavi are called “unique gems” (Goharan Bibadil). This status is the result of a manipulative system that prevents victims from thinking freely.

What most people don’t know is that mind control can be even more powerful than a gun to the head because the victim believes that the person doing the manipulation is actually a friend, or a lover, or a master, who seems to be caring and honest…”

December 29, 2017

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