Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 237

++ In response to the ranting between US and Iran, social media has been inundated in every language, including Farsi, referring to US support for terrorism in the shape of MEK. The overall conclusion of social media commentators is that ‘As long as this is the situation, Iranian people have no choice but to stick with the ruling government we have’. Even hard critics of the Iranian regime are now Tweeting that rescuing the country is more important than any ‘freedom’ and if the alternative is these people, we’ll stick with Iran as it is.

++ Another Tweet widely distributed is Nikki Haley’s re-Tweet of an MEK post. Commentators say, ‘this is America under the logo of MEK, this is where they stand’.

++ Also widely distributed on social media has been the video of Ali Saffavi confronted by two leading members of CODEPINK. The conversation was translated into Farsi and sub-titled and distributed along with the message again – ‘This is America. A man wanted in Iraq for war crimes and crimes against humanity, trained by Saddam Hussein’s Mokhaberat, is now running a lobbying office just yards from the White House’.

In English:

++ Mossad admits cooperating with MKO over anti-Iran plot – Press TV, “The Mossad claim puts Israel next to Saudi Arabia, which Tehran says has been colluding with the MKO and providing it with financial support since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in the 1980s. Mossad’s alleged operation to protect the MKO occurred days ahead of a visit to Europe by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for meetings with his Swiss and Austrian counterparts concerning the 2015 nuclear accord …”

++ Open Letter to the Albanian Minister of State for Diaspora, Pandeli Majko – Ali Akbar Rastgou, Aawa Association, Germany, “Your participation in this event as the President of Albania, nor benefits the people of Iran, neither the refugees of the MEK stuck in Iraq, neither the MEK members living in Albania. The only one who would benefit from your participation, are Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and her MEK leadership! As with many politicians before, the MEK only want to exploit your reputation …”

++ Iran Hawks Should Be Careful What They Wish For. Pushing for regime change could put Qassem Suleimani in power – Mahsa Rouhi, Foreign Policy, “Even if the current turmoil did lead to regime collapse—as unlikely as that is—the forces that Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, and some others hope to see in power, such as the exile group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), are the least likely to take the helm. The MEK has no support base inside Iran; in fact, its members are viewed as traitors because of their collaboration with Saddam Hussein …”

++ Exclusive / Mojahed’s parents say: We are not agents, our daughter was kidnapped by Mojahedin Khalq – TPZ, Tirana, Albania, ”We’re Mostafa Mohammadi and Mahboubeh Hamze. We are the parents of Somayeh Mohammadi. We have lived in Canada since 1994. Our daughter was kidnapped by the Iranian Mojahedin terrorist organization in 1997. She was abducted together with our son Mohammad Mohammedi. Somayeh was at that time a child and went to the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada …”

++ Iranian Mojahedin’s Accusations, Parents’ letter to Xhafaj: The girl is held hostage by Mojahedin Khalq – Shqiptarja, “One day after the media in Tirana distributed an email from the Mojahed resident Somayeh Mohammadi, addressed to Minister Xhafaj, accusing her father, Mostafa Mohammadi, of coming to Albania to carry out acts against the Iranian group, her father has reacted. A copy of a letter that the father of the girl, Mostafa Mohammadi, has sent to Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj was delivered to shqiptarja …”

++ We Were Slaves! Hassan Shahbazi declare his defection from the Cult of Rajavi, MEK, Mojahedin Khalq In Albania – Nejat Society, “Hassan Shahbazi was a university student when he left Iran to visit his friend Hassan Heirani in Camp Ashraf, the headquarters of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) in Iraq. In Ashraf, he was welcome by the authorities of the MKO. ‘They intrigued our nationalistic sentiments…so I decided to stay there but what I endured during the past years is not easy to recount now’, he writes in his letter of declaration of separation from the MKO. …”

++ Khoshroo: US accountable for MKO terrorist acts – IRNA, New York, “The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns in the strongest terms the illegal measures of the United States Government against Iranian people including through supporting and financing of MKO as terrorist group, and considers this unlawful action in violation of international law, the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations as well as the well-established international rules …”

++ The Ugly Destination Of Trump’s Iran Policy – Paul R. Pillar, Lobe Log, “The bankruptcy of the administration’s thinking on this subject is underscored by the role that the cult-cum-terrorist-group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (or MEK)—which was invited to Pompeo’s speech—plays in that thinking. The MEK has American blood on its hands, and it lost almost all support it once had in Iran when it became an auxiliary to Saddam Hussein’s security apparatus …”

++ Secretive MKO Cult Member Refuses to Talk to Peace Activists in DC – Tasnim News, “A secretive member of the US-backed MKO terrorist group refuses to talk about the nature of their organization to the members of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement in the US. Medea Benjamin and National Director Ariel Gold two members of social justice movement faced an uncommunicative member of the US-backed Mojahedin-e Khalgh …”

++ The love story of US and MEK terrorists – Mehr News, “Her [Nikki Haley] history of support for anti-Iranian sanctions and criticism against other countries who backed Iran came once again under the spotlight and some journalists and internet users compared her with Maryam Rajavi, the ringleader of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) …!

++ Trump Administration’s Support For Iran Protests May Backfire, Experts Warn – Michele Kelemen and Alex Leff, NPR, “[John Limbert] worries about the influence of an Iranian exile group that advocates the overthrow of the Iranian government and was included on the U.S. terrorist list until 2012. The group is called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, which means People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, also known by its initials MEK. ‘Their message is that the place is on the verge of overthrowing the Islamic Republic, which has been a claim for the last 40 years and that they, in particular, are the logical democratic, pluralistic replacement. Now, if you believe that, I have some Florida real estate I could sell you’, he said …”

++ Rajavi Should Be Tried For Running A “Sex Cult” As Adnan Oktar Is – Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, “The news seems to be a special warning for those who are aware of the sexual abuses that have been committed in the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO, MEK, the PMOI, the Cult of Rajavi). Actually, these people are terribly concerned about the victims of the Cult of Rajavi because the cult’s destructive practices and sexual assaults of its leader Massoud Rajavi are not widely known to the world; the group has covered its true face under the mask of a democratic feminist political group …”

++ Open letter to Filippo Gerandi, United Nations, asking for investigation into the murder of Makek Sharaii in Albania – Sharaii Family, Faryad Azadi, “On Tuesday July 19, 2018 my brother was killed by MEK operatives while trying to escape their camp in Albania. After two weeks his body was found in a nearby water channel. Unfortunately, the Albanian Police are on the side of MEK and have stopped the investigation into the murder of my brother. The office of the UNHCR in Tirana has kept absolute silence …”

++ MEK doesn’t look like a legitimate group – Iran Didban (From CODPINK), “Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin and national director Ariel Gold dropped in on MEK members in their Washington office, trying to meet with their officials. Ali Safavi, a senior member of MEK, surprised by the unexpected visit, did not let them in the office, saying, ‘go to our website’. He went onto say that they were ‘not allowed to film this’ or ‘I will call the police’ …”

++ Pompeo’s Ridiculous Crocodile Tears for Iranian People – Muhammad Sahimi, Anti War, “Pompeo has worked closely with some of the most virulent Islamophobes in the United States. He and national security adviser John Bolton made Islamophobia mainstream, yet Pompeo sheds crocodile tears for 83 million Iranians, 98 percent of whom are Muslim. Pompeo and Bolton have called for bombing Iran, and yet Pompeo’s is under the illusion that the Iranian people believe that he is their friend. Pompeo and the Trump administration claim to be friends of Iranian people, yet Iranian citizens have been banned from coming to the United States. In his speech Pompeo uttered not a single word about the ban …”

++ America’s Way of Grooming Mojahedin For Iran Takeover – Albawaba, via SyndiGate Info, “Someone is paying a lot of money to make the controversial Mojahedin Khalq group, (better known by their initials MEK), look like a democratic opposition to Iran’s Islamic Republic. And whoever they are, they have not set themselves an easy exercise. Rebranding a once U.S. proscribed terrorist group, with a reputation for acting like a cult will be quite the uphill struggle …”

++ Iran: US regime change project is immoral and illegal – David William Pear, Pravda, “Trump has openly bragged that the US is sponsoring MEK terrorists in Albania to infiltrate Iran. John McCain, who has never seen a US regime change project he did not like, has praised the MEK. John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, and Mitch McConnell among many others regularly show up as highly paid speakers at MEK events. The MEK is a weird and dangerous cult …”

July 27, 2018

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