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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:05 am on 22 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: Welcoming the Great Nowruz of Freedom 

    Maryam Rajavi: Welcoming the Great Nowruz of Freedom

    Maryam Rajavi attended a ceremony marking the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, on March 20th at a gathering of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Albania.

    At the outset, Maryam Rajavi laid wreath to a memorial in honor of the martyrs of the December-January uprising.

    She congratulated the Iranian people on the arrival of the New Year, noting that the Iranian year 1396 ended with the season of uprising and that 1397 must be turned into a year full of uprisings. This is an uprising and revolution until victory, she said.

    Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and a number of Albanian political figures also took part in the celebrations.

    The following is the text of Maryam Rajavi’s remarks:

    This is the spring of uprising. Be it that in this victorious journey, the uprisings culminate in the spring of freedom

    Fellow compatriots, dear friends, sisters, and brothers,

    Happy New Year and Happy Nowruz!


    With the arrival of the New Year, we can hear the steps of Iranian protesters in 142 cities across the country. We hear protesters and the PMOI combatants of freedom marching, who will ultimately end the reign of this evil regime.

    This year’s spring has passed through the uprisings. Indeed, this is a spring of uprising. Let us hope that in its victorious journey it would lead to the spring of freedom.

    We are delighted to be joined today in this Nowruz celebration by the long-time friend and supporter of Iranian Resistance in the most difficult days of Camp Ashraf, Mayor Giuliani.

    Since the very beginning, he opposed the terrorist designation of the Iranian people’s just resistance for freedom that sought to rid Iran of the fundamentalist mullahs, the real godfathers of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL).

    He also opposed the PMOI’s relocation from Ashraf to the killing field named, “Liberty”, sugarcoated by the United Nations and the UNHCR, considering it to be sheer duplicity.
    He represented the conscientious Americans who also stood with the people of Iran during the 2009 uprisings, opposed the policy of appeasement, and pointed to the right policy.

    I also welcome the dear friend of the PMOI, Minister Pandeli Majko. The names of Pandeli Majko and his wife, Enkelejda, will be remembered in the history of relations between the people of Iran and Albania.
    And we also welcome Mrs. Elona Gjebrea, and Mr. Fatmir Mediu. We thank you for all your efforts that broke through all the obstacles. You are all very welcomed.

    We can, and we must turn the New Year into a year of uprisings

    Fellow compatriots, sisters, and brothers,

    Iran’s society was characterized by protests and uprisings throughout the past year.
    In spring, the Call for Justice movement for the victims of the 1988 massacre, defeated Khamenei’s plans in the sham presidential elections.

    In summer, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran elected their new Secretary General and gained momentum to prepare for the resistance and uprisings.

    In autumn, in the wake of the earthquake in Kermanshah Province, the people of Iran expressed their rage against, and hatred of, the mullahs.

    And in winter, the uprisings erupted nationwide aimed at overthrowing the clerical regime. Since then, the rising waves of protests have been striking at the wall of repression.

    Last year ended with the season of uprising, and the coming year can and must be turned into a year of uprisings. And this is going to be an uprising, a revolution, until victory.

    1,000 Ashrafs as centers of rebellion

    Fellow compatriots,
    In nature, spring follows winter. But the spring of freedom can come at any moment, though not by itself. It will come only if we show our determination and would be willing to sacrifice our lives. It will come only if we are organized and united around a single strategy.

    For this reason, the uprisings in December and January brought the fresh scent of spring in the middle of winter.

    This uprising emerged from under repression. This is an uprising that organizes and unites.

    1,000 Ashrafs or 1,000 centers of rebellion manifested themselves in this uprising.

    Indeed, in the face of such brutal repression, so much demagoguery and deception, and so much misinformation to demonize the resistance, where did these countless young protesters all across the country come from? If this is not a miracle, what is your answer? Yes, this is a miracle; a miracle borne out of perseverance. This miracle came about because of a heavy price paid to keep aloft the banner of the regime’s overthrow. This is a miracle borne out of long years of suffering which sowed the seeds of protests and resistance in society every day.

    We hail the martyrs of Ashraf and Liberty, and the 14-year epic and glorious perseverance in Ashraf and Liberty. The Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi was correct in saying that Ashraf has multiplied in prisons and across our nation.

    The Iranian people have never accepted this regime, which explains why protests and uprisings have erupted repeatedly against the regime throughout these years.

    But how is this year’s uprising different from the past?

    The difference is that the resistance movement has found the answer for the regime’s overthrow, and the regime does not have any solution for it.

    This time around, 1,000 centers of rebellion played a part in the uprising. And this is why the chants of “death to Khamenei” is heard everywhere.

    Army of spring is on the way and winter of reactionaries must go

    I said the spring of freedom could come at any time. This means that the situation will never go back to the time before the uprisings started.

    The Iranian people are determined to bring about a new era with the help of the combatants of freedom by toppling the religious dictatorship.

    This uprising showed us how to attain our freedom through our own efforts. For this reason, it is new and is directed against backwardness and fundamentalism. It is sketching the future of Iran and is presenting an alternative to the regime.

    Khamenei was forced to acknowledge the reality that the PMOI had been prepared months ago and called for the uprising. He said so to prepare the regime for confronting the PMOI.

    But the time to preserve this decadent regime has passed. Spring of freedom is on its way and winter of repression must go.

    When the people of Iran have the option of a free and democratic government based on the separation of religion and state, and based on justice and equality, why should they have to be content with a reactionary, decadent and inhumane regime?

    The clerical regime preserves its rule by keeping the children of Iran hungry and slaughtering the children of Syria.

    The incompetence and the anti-popular nature of this regime has been exposed at every turn, whether it was the earthquake in Kermanshah Province or the crash of the Tehran-Yasouj airliner, or the explosion of Azadshahr mine in Golestan Province.

    All the factions of this regime, including the so-called moderates and reformists, insist on suppression of protesters, and its so-called moderate president takes pride in siding with the regime’s murderous militias.

    Recently, Rouhani’s Minister of Interior wholeheartedly thanked all factions and media of the regime for their full participation in the crackdown on the uprising in December and January. They have repeatedly declared that they are aboard a ship, which if punctured by the uprising, will result in all of them drowning.

    Today, across Iran, the people are chanting death to the Supreme Leader, on whom the regime relies.

    Having plundered the country’s wealth and resources, the mullahs have run out of cash. The banks, pension funds, and the government are totally crippled and bankrupt.

    Our nation has paid the price for the mullahs’ theft, corruption, and incompetence.

    People have nothing to eat and the economy is in recession. Villages have been destroyed and the cities have become underprivileged. The industries have been shut down and workers have been fired and impoverished. The farmers have been deprived of water, and their life and freedom. And the people’s properties and assets have been plundered.

    Millions of girls and boys are forced into hard labor instead of going to school. And a large segment of the population is hungry and unemployed.

    An uprising and a revolution are needed to alleviate these sufferings.

    The New Day (Nowruz) for which we are striving will bring happiness and hope to this impoverished and oppressed society.

    Khamenei has apologized to the people of Iran for the injustices his regime has brought about. But the Iranian people are saying that is too little, too late.

    If Khamenei is sincere in his apology, he must say that the absolute rule of the mullahs has denied the people their sovereignty, that it is the source of all corruption, and it must be overthrown just like the Shah’s regime.

    The secret to national salvation is death to the principle of the velayat-e faqih and long live the army of freedom

    Fellow compatriots,

    Europe’s long-overdue focus on the threats posed by the Iranian regime’s regional warmongering and its ballistic missile program is of course a positive step.

    Further steps are needed, however, including the expulsion of the regime from the region, shutting down its missile and uranium enrichment programs, and blocking its access to the international banking system.

    All these steps are necessary. However, a comprehensive, decisive, and strategic response to the regime entails standing with the Iranian people and Resistance.

    Iran uprising has brought up the freshness of spring. Europe must also abandon the decades-long antiquated policy of rapprochement and recognize the struggle of the Iranian people to overthrow this regime. It should also recognize the democratic alternative, i.e., the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

    The people of Iran demand immediate action, change, overthrow, and freedom. They demand bread, jobs, and housing. They demand the immediate abolition of all government coercions, including the compulsory hijab.

    Dear compatriots,

    For the Iranian Resistance and all its members and supporters, including the centers of rebellion inside Iran and the sympathizers of the Resistance around the globe, 1397 is going to be a year of unwavering commitment to continue and lead the protests to their ultimate goal.

    It is with such determination and such a commitment, that I congratulate the defiant people inside Iran and millions of Iranians abroad.

    Congratulations to members of the NCRI and supporters of the Iranian Resistance around the world.

    Congratulations to the PMOI freedom fighters. You have the responsibility to continue the protests and expand the centers of rebellion.
    My warmest congratulations to the young protesters. Spring sends its greetings to you all.

    And congratulations to Massoud Rajavi, who formulated the strategy to foment the uprisings and bring about the overthrow of the ruling regime by relying on 1,000 centers of rebellion, led by the combatants of freedom.

    In the beginning of the New Year, let us remember those who gave their lives in this uprising. We will never forget them. They remained unknown, but they were the source of pride and recognition for the Iranian nation. We particularly honor the innocent youths who lost their lives under torture. They are always with us in spirit. They are the sacrifice of a nation as it strives to gain its freedom.

    We also hail the prisoners of the uprising and all political prisoners in Iran. We tell them that your endurance has brought Iran’s freedom much closer.

    And finally, I would like to tell my fellow compatriots in Iran that freedom is within reach, but it can be realized only through our efforts and our determination.

    As Massoud Rajavi once said, “The secret to national salvation, is death to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih, long live the Army of Freedom.”

    So, help your children in their protests. Help the centers of rebellion. By expanding the protests and resistance you must rise against the religious tyranny and welcome the great Nowruz of freedom for the people of Iran.

    The mullahs should rest assured that this uprising, and revolution will continue until victory no matter how long it would take.

    Congratulations on the beginning of the New Year 1397.

    Nowruz of uprisings, Nowruz for Mojahedin, Nowruz for centers of rebellion

    I would like to conclude my remarks by addressing you, my sisters, and brothers here in Albania:
    Congratulations on the New Year, and for being so determined.

    Since the onset of the Resistance, we have mixed the tradition of Nowruz with our call for freedom, meaning that we will maintain high hopes for the realization of freedom and will continue our relentless struggle and make whatever sacrifice to achieve it.

    Let us pay homage to the martyrs of the 1980s and our massacred brothers and sisters in 1988. Let us honor the martyrs of Ashraf and Liberty and all those who gave their lives for freedom.

    Today, we are celebrating the Nowruz of uprisings, the Nowruz of the PMOI and other combatant forces, and the Nowruz of the centers of rebellion.

    Your strategy has proven to be correct. Your perseverance and suffering have borne fruit.

    Precisely for this reason, we must renew our commitments and responsibilities as Nowruz comes. You will be playing a decisive role, as well as your organization. We are in a decisive year.

    This year is one of taking on greater commitments, it is time to refresh, it is time to strengthen our resolve to hope and to realize those hopes.

    I hope, and I am confident that this year, you can shoulder hundred times more responsibilities in order to advance at remarkable speed our historical commitment, namely freedom for Iran.

    In renewing this commitment, I again congratulate you on the New Year.

    • RachelTania 11:52 am on 22 Mar 2018 Permalink

      Reblogged this on Bikinis In Iran and commented:
      Another great piece by David. Maybe now, more than before there is some real hope for many truly new years to come for Iran.

      Liked by 1 person

    • RachelTania 12:04 pm on 22 Mar 2018 Permalink

      Sorry, it was acting up! Massoud, not David, and it wouldn’t share so sorry for the duplicates!

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    The 52nd Founding Anniversary of The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran 


    The 52nd Founding Anniversary of The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran


  • Masoud Dalvand 8:43 pm on 10 Aug 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A Look at Khomeini’s Fatwa for PMOI/MEK Massacre video & photos 

    Justice for Victims of Irans 1988 Massacre Demanded At Free Iran Rally

    Justice for Victims of Irans 1988 Massacre Demanded At Free Iran Rally

    By Jubin Katiraie

    IRAN FOCUS, 08 August 2017— 29 years ago these days, in Iran under the mullahs’ regime, the massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members, and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) had engulfed all of Iran.


    Khomeini’‘Death Decree’ for mass executions of Iranian political prisoners in 1988.
    The intensity and speed of this massacre were so severe that not only PMOI/MEK families, but all other families of prisoners sought information about their loved ones. No authorities would provide answers, however.
    The international community had turned its back on this horrible genocide, all under the pretext of Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini signing United Nations Security Council Resolution 598 ending the Iran-Iraq War. This signing was the result of Khomeini becoming terrified of his regime being toppled by the PMOI/MEK.
    Both Iran and Iraq had accepted Resolution 598 on 20 July 1988
        Both Iran and Iraq had accepted Resolution 598 on 20 July 1988
    Initially, groups opposing the PMOI/MEK, followed by the mullahs’ regime, portrayed these executions as the mullahs’ response to a massive combat operation staged by the National Liberation Army of Iran and the PMOI/MEK in the final days of July of that year.
    However, these claims were discredited shortly and other sources indicated that the massacre was carried out based on Khomeini’s inhumane and anti-Islamic fatwa against the PMOI/MEK issued far before. Khomeini and his regime have to this day considered the PMOI/MEK as the sole serious threat that remains steadfast on its non-negotiable position of “overthrowing” this regime.
     The 1988 massacre that continues to haunt Tehran
    The 1988 massacre that continues to haunt Tehran
    In a recent interview with state-TV Aparat, former Iranian intelligence minister Ali Fallahian said the order to massacre PMOI/MEK inmates in 1988 was issued previously by Khomeini.
    “In relations to the PMOI/MEK, and all groups considered ‘mohareb’ (enemy of God), their rulings are execution. He emphasized in saying don’t hesitate in this regard… they have always been sentenced to execution, before or after 1988,” he said. Based on this fatwa, over 30,000 political prisoners were hanged in less than three months.
    Last year in the PMOI/MEK convention in Paris the Iranian Resistance President-elect Maryam Rajavi launched a justice movement seeking accountability for those involved in the 1988 massacre of PMOI/MEK inmates and other political prisoners. This movement expanded throughout Iran at a rapid pace, caused major troubles for the Iranian regime and been welcomed across the globe. This movement is demanding that senior Iranian regime officials be brought to justice for their PMOI/MEK genocide.

     Justice for Victims of Iran
    Justice for Victims of Iran’s 1988 Massacre Demanded At ‘Free Iran’ Rally
    The PMOI/MEK genocide by the regime ruling Iran is the most important dossier challenging this regime after Tehran’s nuclear program controversy. This dossier has such deep roots in Iran’s society and enjoys the enormous global support that it prevented Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei from engineering the May presidential elections. He intended to have conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi replace the incumbent Hassan Rouhani as president.
    Raisi was a member of the notorious “Death Commission” involved in the PMOI/MEK genocide back in 1988. The PMOI/MEK justice movement and revelations by the PMOI/MEK regarding Raisi’s candidacy – blessed by Khamenei – shocked the very pillars of the mullahs’ regime.
    Iranian youths across the country, previously unaware of such crimes by the mullahs’ regime, are now in defense of the PMOI/MEK demanding the mullahs admit to their crimes against humanity. This has led the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to refer to the 1988 massacre of PMOI/MEK members and supports in this year’s annual report.
    From the very days when reports of this massacre leaked outside of Iran’s prisons, the PMOI/MEK placed a massive global effort to unveil these crimes. They published the names of a number of massacred PMOI/MEK members, along with their graves and information about members of the Death Commission in various provinces. Human rights organizations and other such bodies were provided with this data.
    Marking the anniversary of this justice movement, new measures are necessary to realize the goals set for this initiative:
    1) Inside Iran, gathering new information about massacred PMOI/MEK members, their burial sites, identifying the perpetrators and officials behind these crimes and…
    2) Abroad, further condemning the massacre of PMOI/MEK members by parliaments, political parties, human rights advocates, religious leaders and political figures to hinge political and economic relations with Iran on ending all executions and torture, launching an independent commission to investigate into the massacre of PMOI/MEK members and supporters in 1988 to have senior regime officials brought to justice for crimes against humanity and …
    Now is the time for the international community to open its eyes to the flagrant human rights violations, and specifically the massacre of PMOI/MEK members and supporters in 1988, and not permit this dossier to remain closed as it has for years.
    There is no doubt that that the solution for Middle East crises, now affecting all other countries, is through regime change in Iran. Realizing such an objective needs all of this regime’s senior figures to be tried for human rights violations and massacring PMOI members and supporters in 1988.
    This should be followed by the official recognition of the democratic alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The PMOI/MEK is the pivotal force of this coalition.
    This reminds us of how US President Donald Trump said the Iranian people are the main victims of the regime ruling Iran.


    *Some important issues about MEK:

    A Long Conflict between the Clerical Regime and the MEK

    The origins of the MEK date back to before the 1979 Iranian Revolution., the MEK helped to overthrow the dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlavi, but it quickly became a bitter enemy of the emerging the religious fascism under the pretext of Islamic Republic. To this day, the MEK and NCRI describe Ruhollah Khomenei and his associates as having co-opted a popular revolution in order to empower themselves while imposing a fundamentalist view of Islam onto the people of Iran.
    Under the Islamic Republic, the MEK was quickly marginalized and affiliation with it was criminalized. Much of the organization’s leadership went to neighboring Iraq and built an exile community called Camp Ashraf, from which the MEK organized activities aimed at ousting the clerical regime and bringing the Iranian Revolution back in line with its pro-democratic origins. But the persistence of these efforts also prompted the struggling regime to crack down on extreme violence on the MEK and other opponents of theocratic rule.
    The crackdowns culminated in the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988, as the Iran-Iraq War was coming to a close. Thousands of political prisoners were held in Iranian jails at that time, many of them having already served out their assigned prison sentences. And with the MEK already serving as the main voice of opposition to the regime at that time, its members and supporters naturally made up the vast majority of the population of such prisoners.
    As the result of a fatwa handed down by Khomeini, the regime convened what came to be known as the Death Commission, assigning three judges the task of briefly interviewing prisoners to determine whether they retained any sympathy for the MEK or harbored any resentment toward the existing government. Those who were deemed to have shown any sign of continued opposition were sentenced to be hanged. After a period of about three months, an estimated 30,000 people had been put to death. Many other killings of MEK members preceded and followed that incident so that today the Free Iran rally includes an annual memorial for approximately 120,000 martyrs from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
     A site of a mass grave for some of the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran
     A site of a mass grave for some of the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran
    The obvious motive behind the 1988 massacre and other such killings was the destruction of the MEK. And yet it has not only survived but thrived, gaining allies to form the NCRI and acquiring the widespread support that is put on display at each year’s Free Iran rally. In the previous events, the keynote speech was delivered by Maryam Rajavi, who has been known to receive several minutes of applause from the massive crowd as she takes the stage. Her speeches provide concrete examples of the vulnerability of the clerical regime and emphasize the ever-improving prospects for the MEK to lead the way in bringing about regime change.
    The recipients of that message are diverse and they include more than just the assembled crowd of MEK members and supporters. The expectation is that the international dignitaries at each year’s event will carry the message of the MEK back to their own governments and help to encourage more policymakers to recognize the role of the Iranian Resistance in the potential creation of a free and democratic Iranian nation. It is also expected that the event will inspire millions of Iranians to plan for the eventual removal of the clerical regime. And indeed, the MEK broadcasts the event via its own satellite television network, to millions of Iranian households with illegal hookups.
      A Secret documents smuggled out of Iran, over 30,000 political prisoners as young as 13 were hanged from cranes or shot to death in groups of five or six at a time.
    A Secret document smuggled out of Iran, over 30,000 political prisoners as young as 13 were hanged from cranes or shot to death in groups of five or six at a time.

    MEK’s Domestic Activism and Intelligence Network

     What’s more, the MEK retains a solid base of activists inside its Iranian homeland. In the run-up to this year’s Free Iran rally, the role of those activists was particularly evident, since the event comes just a month and a half after the latest Iranian presidential elections, in which heavily stage-managed elections resulted in the supposedly moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani securing reelection. His initial election in 2013 was embraced by some Western policymakers as a possible sign of progress inside the Islamic Republic, but aside from the 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, none of his progressive-sounding campaign promises have seen the light of day.
    Rouhani’s poor record has provided additional fertile ground for the message of the MEK and Maryam Rajavi. The Iranian Resistance has long argued that change from within the regime is impossible, and this was strongly reiterated against the backdrop of the presidential elections when MEK activists used graffiti, banners, and other communications to describe the sitting president as an “imposter.” Many of those same communications decried Rouhani’s leading challenger, Ebrahim Raisi, as a “murderer,” owing to his leading role in the massacre of MEK supporters in 1988.
    Members of the death commission
     Members of the death commission
    That fact helped to underscore the domestic support for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, insofar as many people who participated in the election said they recognized Raisi as the worst the regime had to offer, and that they were eager to prevent him from taking office. But this is not to say that voters saw Rouhani in a positive light, especially where the MEK is concerned. Under the Rouhani administration, the Justice Minister is headed by Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who also served on the Death Commission and declared as recently as last year that he was proud of himself for having carried out what he described as God’s command of death for MEK supporters.
    With this and other aspects of the Islamic Republic’s record, the MEK’s pre-election activism was mainly focused on encouraging Iranians to boycott the polls. The publicly displayed banners and posters urged a “vote for regime change,” and many of them included the likeness of Maryam Rajavi, suggesting that her return to Iran from France would signify a meaningful alternative to the hardline servants of the clerical regime who are currently the only option in any Iranian national election.
    Naturally, this direct impact on Iranian politics is the ultimate goal of MEK activism. But it performs other recognizable roles from its position in exile, not just limited to the motivational and organization role of the Free Iran rally and other, smaller gatherings. In fact, the MEK rose to particular international prominence in 2005 when it released information that had been kept secret by the Iranian regime about its nuclear program. These revelations included the locations of two secret nuclear sites: a uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and a heavy water plant at Arak, capable of producing enriched plutonium.
    As well as having a substantial impact on the status of international policy regarding the Iranian nuclear program, the revelations also highlighted the MEK’s popular support and strong network inside Iran. Although Maryam Rajavi and the rest of the leadership of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran reside outside of the country, MEK affiliates are scattered throughout Iranian society with some even holding positions within hardline government and military institutions, including the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
    Drawing upon the resources of that intelligence network, the MEK has continued to share crucial information with Western governments in recent years, some of it related to the nuclear program and some of it related to other matters including terrorist training, military development, and the misappropriation of financial resources. The MEK has variously pointed out that the Revolutionary Guard controls well over half of Iran’s gross domestic product, both directly and through a series of front companies and close affiliates in all manner of Iranian industries.
    In February of this year, the Washington, D.C. office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran held press conferences to detail MEK intelligence regarding the expansion of terrorist training programs being carried out across Iran by the Revolutionary Guards. The growth of these programs reportedly followed upon direct orders from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and coincided with increased recruitment of foreign nationals to fight on Tehran’s behalf in regional conflicts including the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars.
    In the weeks following that press conference, the MEK’s parent organization also prepared documents and held other talks explaining the source of some of the Revolutionary Guards’ power and wealth. Notably, this series of revelations reflected upon trends in American policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran. And other revelations continue to do so, even now.
    MEK Intelligence Bolstering US Policy Shifts
    Soon after taking office, and around the time the MEK identified a series of Revolutionary Guard training camps, US President Donald Trump directed the State Department to review the possibility of designating Iran’s hardline paramilitary as a foreign terrorist organization. Doing so would open the Revolutionary Guards up to dramatically increased sanctions – a strategy that the MEK prominently supports as a means of weakening the barriers to regime change within Iran.
     The tape-recording of Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Ruhollah Khomeini
    The tape-recording of Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Ruhollah Khomeini’s would-be successor, describing his objections to the systematic massacre of 30,000 political prisoners
    The recent revelations of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran have gone a long way toward illustrating both the reasons for giving this designation to the Revolutionary Guards and the potential impact of doing so. Since then, the MEK has also used its intelligence gathering to highlight the ways in which further sanctioning the Guards could result in improved regional security, regardless of the specific impact on terrorist financing.
    For example, in June the NCRI’s Washington, D.C. office held yet another press conference wherein it explained that MEK operatives had become aware of another order for escalation that had been given by Supreme Leader Khamenei, this one related to the Iranian ballistic missile program. This had also been a longstanding point of contention for the Trump administration and the rest of the US government, in light of several ballistic missile launches that have been carried out since the conclusion of nuclear negotiations, including an actual strike on eastern Syria.
    That strike was widely viewed as a threatening gesture toward the US. And the MEK has helped to clarify the extent of the threat by identifying 42 separate missile sites scattered throughout Iran, including one that was working closely with the Iranian institution that had previously been tasked with weaponizing aspects of the Iranian nuclear program.
    The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) led by Maryam Rajavi is thus going to great lengths to encourage the current trend in US policy, which is pointing to more assertiveness and possibly even to the ultimate goal of regime change. The MEK is also striving to move Europe in a similar direction, and the July 1 gathering is likely to show further progress toward that goal. This is because hundreds of American and European politicians and scholars have already declared support for the NCRI and MEK and the platform of Maryam Rajavi. The number grows every year, while the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran continues to collect intelligence that promises to clarify the need for regime change and the practicality of their strategy for achieving it.

    Source: A Look at Khomeini’s Fatwa for PMOI/MEK Massacre video & photos

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:53 am on 8 Aug 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A campaign to prosecute those involved in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran 

    The activities of the supporters of the People's Mojahedin in Iran

    The activities of the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin in Iran

    IRAN: 06 August 2017– Activities of the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) have shaken the murderous regime of Iranian mullahs after Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI sent a message on the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, known as the Justice Seeking Movement. MEK activists in different cities in Iran distributed posters and written slogans in the Greater Tehran and other cities including; Hamedan, Mashhad, Yazd, Shahsavar, Shahr-e Ray, Ilam, Shiraz, Maragheh and Arak.

    The above video has been shot in the suburbs of Hamedan. The activists have covered their faces to protect their identity fearing arrest and torture by the Iranian regime.

    The video also contains activities of other supporters of the MEK in other Iranian cities.

    Tehran - The movement of the prosecution in the Sheikh Fazlallah Expressway

        Tehran – The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Sheikh Fazlallah Highway

    The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the

       Tehran – The Justice Seeking Movement activities on Simorgh Avenue

    The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Jihad Park

    Tehran – The Justice Seeking Movement activities in  Jihad Park

    Tehran-The movement of the prosecution- The Nahjul Balaghe Park

    TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities in Nahjul Balaghe Park

    The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Hakim Highway

    TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Hakim Highway

    Tehran-The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Shahrara

    TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Shahrara

    Tehran-The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Alley Ferdusi

    TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Ferdusi Rd.

    Tehran-The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Khavaran

    TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Khavaran

    Tehran-The Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Shaykh Fazl  Allah

      TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities in the Shaykh Fazl Allah

     Tehran-The Justice Seeking Movement activities

    TehranThe Justice Seeking Movement activities

    Shiraz -The Justice Seeking Movement activities
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    Hamedan –Onward for the overthrow of the mullahs regime in Iran

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        TehranMaryam Rajavi holds the book of the names of 20,000 martyrs in Iran 
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        Tehran– Down with the murderous regime of the mullahs in Iran   


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    MEK’s popularity among Iranian youth, regime’s nightmare 

    Free Iran Rally in Paris 1 July 2017

    By: Jubin Katiraie

    For many associated with the Iranian lobby and appeasers of the clerical regime in Tehran, the best way to prop up the regime is to discredit any alternative options presented to the international community. In addition, the lobby and appeasers continue to stress that regime change will lead to war. As an example, they point to the struggles of the Iraq government since the removal of Saddam by the U.S. and its allies.

    However, history teaches us that any regime’s existence is limited when it begins with a violent upheaval. The current Iranian regime was born out of a revolution to end the rule of the Shah, but that revolution’s goal was to create a secular, pluralistic, and democratic Iran. However, the mullahs hijacked the revolution, creating a theocracy and suppressing any alternative political voices, including the MEK/PMOI.

    Instead, to consolidate their power, the Iranian regime has relied on the typical tools of oppression, including the creation of a paramilitary and judiciary system that touches every section of Iranian society. The regime, using its lobby and appeasers, have been quick in attacking any publication or personalities that dare to speak up about the quest of the Iranian people to achieve their original dream of a democratic Iran.

    Anyone who dares to talk about “regime change” is targeted for repressive measures. The MEK/PMOI have been high on the regime’s list, since the MEK/PMOI are the most dedicated and organized opposition with extensive routes and support at home, with the ability to materialize regime change.

    The people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been the subject of propaganda campaigns by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) at home and by regime lobbies and appeasers throughout the international community. This campaign is focused on discrediting the MEK/PMOI, by saying there is no democratic alternative to the Iranian regime and that regime change will result in war and increased instability within the region.

    But why is the MEK/PMOI being targeted so directly? The MEK/PMOI is the oldest, largest, and most popular resistance movement within Iran. They form the core of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is a coalition of opposition groups from all sectors of Iran. The PMOI/MEK was founded in September 1965 by three Iranian engineers who wanted to replace the Shah’s dictatorship with a democracy.

    It is this continued support of democracy that has kept the MEK/PMOI so popular among Iranians. The MEK/PMOI believes that Islam is inherently tolerant and democratic, and fully compatible with the values of modern-day civilization. This vision is the cure to the current spread of extremism, which can be traced back to Iran and its mullahs. Yet, during the time of upheaval after the revolution, the MEK/PMOI leaders witnessed Ayatollah Khomeini’s hijacking of the revolution to create his theocracy.

    Khomeini’s response to the efforts of the MEK/PMOI to stop the rise of this theocracy was brutal repression throughout the 1980s, including the massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners who were primarily members or supporters of the MEK/PMOI. Despite the escalation of attacks by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) throughout the years, the MEK/PMOI has never stopped promoting a pro-democracy vision of Iran. These actions demonstrated that the regime would only hold power by using brutality and repression to keep the Iranian people under their control.

    Despite this, the MEK/PMOI has continued to receive support and demonstrations held throughout Iran show that the Iranian people are not cowed by the regime, but still believe in a free Iran.

    In the recent 2017 election, hundreds of video clips and photos of banners and placards hanging from pathways and auto routes on billboards, were published on Telegram and YouTube channels, showcasing the vast magnitude of the activities of those who support the MEK/PMOI. The slogan, “My vote is regime change”, echoed throughout the country.

    The regime’s election was therefore quickly ended in the first round to avoid further opportunities for protest. Yet, internally, the regime is suffering from deep divisions about how to ensure its survival, as the domestic unrest continues to grow.

    Dr. Rafizadeh, a leading Iranian-American political scientist, president of the International American Council on the Middle East, and best-selling author in an opinion piece in Huffington post publishing 8 video clips of MEK activities inside Iran, wrote: “The activists of the network of the Iranian opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its group the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), inside Iran have been engaged in an extensive campaign nationwide, calling on Iranians to boycott the elections. Finally, from my perspective, it is critical to point out that Iranian leaders fear the soft power of oppositional groups more than the military and hard power of foreign governments. That is why Iranian leaders and media outlets normally react forcefully and anxiously to activities by the opposition such as the recent critical move, where Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently met with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Tirana, Albania. Iran’s oppositional groups can be a very powerful tool to counterbalance the Islamic Republic.”

    This support has not gone unnoticed by the regime, whose leadership has continued to try to clamp down on the MEK/PMOI by blocking access to the internet and monitoring social media posts and clips. They have also tried to block the MEK/PMOI Telegram website and associated channels, only to be rejected each time.

    In addition to using blunt force on people, the regime invests heavily in the massive propaganda effort it mobilizes through state-controlled media and via its lobbies and paid agents abroad, in order to discourage more support for the MEK, which is the main drive for regime change in Iran. The extent of the anti MEK propaganda has increased particularly after the July 1, 2017 gathering in Paris, which had a clear message, “Regime change in Iran is within reach.” Some 100,000 Iranian diaspora and supporters of MEK gave energy to it.

    This is why it serves the regime’s purposes to continually dangle the threat of war over the heads of its people. It also helps the Iran lobby’s PR efforts to cast Iran like some poor, defenseless nation under threat by the big bad U.S. and its allies, such as Saudi Arabia or the Iranian resistance movement, the MEK/PMOI.

    Trita Parsi, the head of the National Iranian American Council and staunch advocate for the Iranian regime, appeared on Bloomberg to beat the war drum again, as well as attacking the Trump administration for not living up to the Iran nuclear deal, even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the renewal of the compliance certification for another 90 days.

    But the Trump administration also is asserting that Iranian regime’s development of ballistic missiles; support of terrorism and militancy; complicity in atrocities by the government of Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad; cyberattacks on the U.S.; and other actions “severely undermine the intent” of the nuclear accord and support additional sanctions as a response to these actions.

    The real threat to the Iranian regime though lies not within sanctions, but in the simple acts of defiance that the Iranian people undertake themselves such as the hanging of banners on Tehran’s overpasses bearing the image of MEK/PMOI leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi; an act punishable by death if the perpetrators were caught.

    The regime is also threatened by every protest over low wages or unsafe working conditions. In many ways large and small, the process of regime change can happen slowly, methodically, and inexorably.

    Mrs. Rajavi, in a recent speech at the annual gathering of the Iranian resistance movement and supporters of MEK/PMOI, opined that the movement did not require outside assistance from governments, such as the U.S., to succeed. It only needed the recognition by such governments to be empowered to bring about peaceful regime change and give birth to a democratic Iran.

    More about the People’s Mojahdin Organization of Iran (PMOI/ MEK)

    The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Also known as MEK, or Mujahedin-e-Khalq / Mujahedeen-e-Khalq), was founded on September 6, 1965, by Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen, and Ali-Asghar Badizadgan. All engineers, they had earlier been members of the Freedom Movement (also known as the Liberation Movement), created by Medhi Bazargan in May 1961.1

    The MEK’s quest culminated in a true interpretation of Islam, which is inherently tolerant and democratic, and fully compatible with the values of modern-day civilization. It took six years for the MEK to formulate its view of Islam and develop a strategy to replace Iran’s dictatorial monarchy with a democratic government.

    MEK’s interpretation of Islam

    The theocratic mullah regime in Iran believe interpreting Islam is their exclusive domain. The MEK reject this view and the cleric’s reactionary vision of Islam. The MEK’s comprehensive interpretation of Islam proved to be more persuasive and appealing to the Iranian youth.

    MEK’s founders and new members studied the various schools of thought, the Iranian history and those of other countries, enabling them to analyze other philosophies and ideologies with considerable knowledge and to present their own ideology, based on Islam, as the answer to Iran’s problems.

    MEK’s leadership’s arrest during the 70s.

    The Shah’s notorious secret police, SAVAK, arrested all MEK leaders and most of its member’s in1971. On May 1972, the founders of the MEK, Mohammad Hanifnejad , Saeed Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan, along with two members of the MEK leadership, Mahmoud Askarizadeh and Rasoul Meshkinfam, were put before death squads and were executed after long months of imprisonment and torture. They were the true vanguards, who stood against the dictatorial regime of Shah. However, they are also recognized for their opposition to what is today known as Islamic fundamentalism.

    The death sentence of Massoud Rajavi, a member of MEK’s central committee, was commuted to life imprisonment as a result of an international campaign by his Geneva based brother, Dr. Kazem Rajavi (assassinated in April 1990 in Geneva by mullahs’ agents) and the personal intervention of the French President Georges Pompidou and Francois Mitterrand. He was the only survivor of the MEK original leadership.

    Massoud Rajavi’s critical role in characterizing religious extremism

    From 1975 to 1979, while incarcerated in different prisons, Massoud Rajavi led the MEK’s struggle while constantly under torture for his leading position.

    Massoud Rajavi stressed the need to continue the struggle against the shah’s dictatorship. At the same time, he characterized religious fanaticism as the primary internal threat to the popular opposition, and warned against the emergence and growth of religious fanaticism and autocracy. He also played a crucial role when some splinter used the vacuum in the MEK leadership who were all executed or imprisoned at the time, to claim a change of ideology and policy. Massoud Rajavi as the MEK leader condemn these individual’s misuse of MEK’s name while continuing to stress the struggle against dictatorship. His efforts while still in prison forced these individuals to no longer operating under the name of MEK and adopting a different name for their group. These positions remained the MEK’s manifesto until the overthrow of the shah’s regime.

    Release of Political Prisoners on the last days of the Shah

    A month before the 1979 revolution in Iran, the Shah was forced to flee Iran, never to return. All democratic opposition leaders had by then either been executed by the Shah’s SAVAK or imprisoned, and could exert little influence on the trend of events. Khomeini and his network of mullahs across the country, who had by and large been spared the wrath of SAVAK, were the only force that remained unharmed and could take advantage of the political vacuum. In France, Khomeini received maximum exposure to the world media. With the aid of his clerical followers, he hijacked a revolution that began with calls for democracy and freedom and diverted it towards his fundamentalist goals. Through an exceptional combination of historical events, Shiite clerics assumed power in Iran.

    Khomeini’s gradual crackdown on MEK in fear of their popular support

    In internal discourses, Rajavi the remaining leader of the MEK, argued that Khomeini represented the reactionary sector of society and preached religious fascism. Later, in the early days after the 1979 revolution, the mullahs, specifically Rafsanjani, pointed to these statements in inciting the hezbollahi club-wielders to attack the MEK.

    Following the revolution, the MEK became Iran’s largest organized political party. It had hundreds of thousands of members who operated from MEK offices all over the country. MEK publication, ‘Mojahed’ was circulated in 500,000 copies.

    Khomeini set up an Assembly of Experts comprised of sixty of his closest mullahs and loyalists to ratify the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute supremacy of clerical rule) as a pillar of the Constitution. The MEK launched a nationwide campaign in opposition to this move, which enjoyed enormous popular support. Subsequently, the MEK refused to approve the new constitution based on the concept of velayat-e faqih, while stressing its observance of the law of the country to deny the mullahs any excuse for further suppression of MEK supporters who were regularly targeted by the regime’s official and unofficial thugs.

    Khomeini sanctioned the occupation of the United States embassy in 1979 in order to create an anti-American frenzy, which facilitated the holding of a referendum to approve his Constitution, which the MEK rejected.

    MEK’s endeavors to participate in the political process avoiding an unwanted conflict with government repressive forces

    The MEK actively participated in the political process, fielding candidates for the parliamentary and presidential elections. The MEK also entered avidly into the national debate on the structure of the new Islamic regime, though was unsuccessful in seeking an elected constituent assembly to draft a constitution.

    The MEK similarly made an attempt at political participation when [then] Massoud Rajavi ran for the presidency in January 1980. MEK’s leader was forced to withdraw when Khomeini ruled that only candidates who had supported the constitution in the December referendum — which the MEK had boycotted- were eligible. Rajavi’s withdrawal statement emphasized the MEK’s efforts to conform to election regulations and reiterated the MEK’s intention to advance its political aims within the new legal system”. (Unclassified report on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/ MEK) by the Department of State to the United States House of Representatives, December 1984.)

    However, the MEK soon found itself in a direct struggle against the forces of the regime’s Supreme leader. The MEK’s differences with Khomeini dated back to the 1970s, and stem from its opposition to what is known today as Islamic extremism. Angry at the position taken by the MEK against his regime and worried about the MEK’s growing popularity, Khomeini ordered a brutal crackdown against the MEK and its supporters. Between 1979 and 1981, some 70 MEK members and sympathizers were killed and several thousand more were imprisoned by the Iranian regime.

    June 20, 1981- Khomeini’s order to open fire on peaceful demonstration of half-a-million supporters of MEK

    The turning point came on 20th June 1981, when the MEK called a demonstration to protest at the regime’s crackdown, and to call for political freedom which half-a-million supporters participated at. Khomeini ordered the Revolutionary Guards to open fire on the swelling crowd, fearing that without absolute repression the democratic opposition (MEK) would force him to engage in serious reforms — an anathema as far as he was concerned; he ordered the mass and summary executions of those arrested.

    Since then, MEK activists have been the prime victims of human rights violations in Iran. Over 120,000 of its members and supporters have been executed by the Iranian regime, 30,000 of which, were executed in a few months in the summer of 1988, on a direct fatwa by Khomeini, which stated any prisoners who remain loyal to the MEK must be executed.

    Having been denied its fundamental rights and having come under extensive attack at the time that millions of its members, supporters and sympathizers had no protection against the brutal onslaught of the Iranian regime, the MEK had no choice but to resist against the mullahs’ reign of terror.

    “Towards the end of 1981, many of the members of the MEK and supporters went into exile. Their principal refuge was in France. But in 1986, after negotiations between the French and the Iranian authorities, the French government effectively treated them as undesirable aliens, and the leadership of the MEK with several thousand followers relocated to Iraq.” (Judgment of the Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission, November 30, 2007.)

    MEK Today

    The MEK today is the oldest and largest anti-fundamentalist Muslim group in the Middle East. It has been active for more than a half century, battling two dictatorships and a wide range of issues. The MEK supports:

    • Universal suffrage as the sole criterion for legitimacy

    • Pluralistic system of governance

    • Respect for individual freedoms

    • Ban on the death penalty

    • Separation of religion and state

    • Full gender equality

    • Equal participation of women in political leadership. MEK is actually led by its central committee consist of 1000 women.

    • Modern judicial system that emphasizes the principle of innocence, a right to a defense, and due process

    • Free markets

    • Relations with all countries in the world

    • Commitment to a non-nuclear Iran

    The MEK remains a strong and cohesive organization, with a broad reach both worldwide and deep within Iran. MEK is the leading voice for democracy in Iran, supported by its interpretation of Islam that discredits the fundamentalist mullahs’ regime.

    Source: http://irannewsupdate.com/blog/4038-mek-pmoi-s-popularity-among-iranian-youth-regime-s-nightmare-contrary-to-iran-lobby-claims-regime-change-does-not-end-in-war.html

    Originally published at iranarabspring.wordpress.com on July 30, 2017.

    • nathalierobisco 8:28 am on 31 Jul 2017 Permalink

      Thanks for your post. Very interesting: in Western countries, people are not fully aware of the Revolution of 1979 and is consequences.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:05 am on 31 Jul 2017 Permalink

      Thank you dear Nathalie for your comment, yes indeed, your support is valuable for me, you are a great friend and supporter for me, thanks again and good luck my friend.

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    Iranian Resistance Supporters Activities Inside Iran in July 2017 For a Free Iran 


    Iranian Resistance Supporters Activities Inside Cities Across of Iran in  July 2017 For a Free Iran.

    Iran will be free with Maryam Rajavi and MEK movement, soon. 


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    Interim Session of the National Council of Resistance of Iran 

    Interim Session of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

    Maryam Rajavi

    NCRI session

    The interim session of the National Council of Resistance of Iran was held on July 6 and 7, 2017, in the presence of Maryam Rajavi.

    In the beginning, Maryam Rajavi welcomed members of the NCRI as well as the participants who attended the first day of the meetings as observers. On the eve of the anniversary of the July 21, 1952 uprising, she paid homage to the martyrs of that great revolt and to Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq, the late leader of Iran’s National Movement. Also, on the anniversary of the foundation of the National Council of Resistance on July 21, 1981, she paid tribute to the martyrs of the Iranian Resistance who gave their lives in the relentless battle against the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and guaranteed the democratic alternative’s credibility and progress.
    In her opening remarks, Maryam Rajavi briefly reviewed the most important developments of the past year and asserted, “Of course, the organized Resistance and democratic alternative is clearly the only party capable of transforming the volatile social status in this era of change into an existential threat to the regime.”
    She cited the NCRI President as saying, “The experience of the past three decades has proven a major truth that if we adhere to our nationalist, patriotic and democratic principles, if we keep our ranks clean and steadfast, and if we endure and persist, the world will also move step by step to stand by our side.”
    Maryam Rajavi declared, “We reiterate and emphasize that regime change and establishment of freedom and people’s sovereignty, is solely the task and within the powers of the Iranian people and Resistance and no one else. Having relied on the suffering, struggle and endurance of this movement and this alternative, today we are most confident in the victory and liberation of our homeland.
    “I thank you all for your attention and I hope that the discussions in this session would help us undertake further responsibilities on a broader scale in today’s crucial circumstances.”
    In the preliminary discussions, NCRI members described the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering this year — the first to be held after the relocation of PMOI freedom fighters from Camp Liberty and joined by them via satellite connection — as a great victory beyond all the previous gatherings.
    They congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the organizers and their fellow compatriots who participated in the gathering. They pointed out that this year’s successful, orderly and splendid gathering held despite the Resistance’s numerous problems, concurrent projects and instantaneous campaigns, was a heavy setback to the clerical regime on the political and international level.
    The NCRI’s two-day interim session examined and deliberated on the developments of the past year including the organized and collective relocation of PMOI freedom-fighters from Iraq, Khamenei’s failure to tamper with the sham election’s outcome, the growth and expansion of the movement calling for justice for the victims of the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, the impact of the Resistance’s motto of “No to executioner, no to charlatan” on Khamenei’s engineering of the elections, the escalation of social protests and the turn of international and regional tides against the regime.
    The NCRI session assessed: The fact that social protests by workers and other strata have escalated despite the wave of executions and massive repression by the clerical regime and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), indicates the intolerable pressure borne by the greater majority of the populace who are enraged by looting and environmental disasters caused by the regime while lacking the most basic needs of life including clean air.
    The NCRI called for solidarity among all social strata to support and fuel such protests against the divided and crisis-riddled regime.
    In its two-day session, the National Council of Resistance of Iran also discussed the turn of regional and international tide against the Iranian regime, cessation of major concessions to the theocratic regime by the previous US administration, and events such as the Riyadh conference held in the presence of more than 50 heads of state, as well as new developments in the conflict and crisis in Syria such as the United States’ missile attack on Assad regime after its chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun and the US attacks on militia forces and the Iranian regime’s drones in Syria.
    A number of Iranians, representatives of Iranian associations and NCRI allies participated as observers in the preliminary discussions on the first day of the NCRI’s interim session.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    July 10, 2017

    Originally published at http://www.maryam-rajavi.com.

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    Who is Maryam Rajavi? 

    To see the subtitles have been translated into English please click on button “CC” at the bottom of the video clip.

    Who is Maryam Rajavi?

    Maryam Rajavi is currently the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
    She was born in Tehran in 1953. She graduated from Sharif University of Technology studying metallurgy engineering. Her life as a political activist began in 1973.
    Until 1978 Maryam Rajavi was active against the Shah’s regime as an official involved in the students’ movement association to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). From 1979 to 1981 she was a senior official of the PMOI Social Department.
    In 1980 she was registered as a candidate for Tehran in the parliamentary elections. Her older sister, Narges, was executed in 1980 by the Shah’s intelligence service.
    Her other sister, Masoumeh, studying industrial engineering, was arrested by the mullahs’ regime and executed while pregnant and after enduring excruciating tortures.
    From 1985 to 1989 she served at the same rank of the PMOI Secretary General. She married Massoud Rajavi in 1985. From 1989 to 1993 she served as the PMOI Secretary General.
    National Council of Resistance of Iran – Parliament-in-exile
    In 1993 Maryam Rajavi was elected as the NCRI President-elect for the transition period.
    Maryam Rajavi taking the position of NCRI President-elect presented a major political, social, cultural and ideological challenge against the ruling misogynist mullahs.
    During her years in the NCRI Maryam Rajavi has pioneered the most difficult international campaigns against the mullahs’ velayat-e faqih dictatorship.
    This includes delisting the PMOI, closing the legal case raised against the PMOI in France, and providing protection for and realizing the transfer of PMOI members out of Iraq.

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    The Story Of Iran’s Presidential Elections 


    From left to right: Rouhani, Ahmadinejad, Raisi

    By Heshmat Alavi

    With former firebrand president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad entering Iran’s presidential election and spiraling the entire race into unprecedented crises, taking a more in-depth look into the history of elections in Iran is quite necessary.

    Holding elections have been a tradition practiced by humanity for a few thousand years to manage society. Elections, based on the correct and conventional meaning of the word, became a traditional law in Iran following the Constitutional Revolution in the early 20th century. Although, the ruling monarchy had a tendency to either cancel elections altogether or holding farce polls.

    Iranians only experienced true democracy during the prime ministry of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeq, widely regarded as a leading champion of secular democracy and resistance to foreign domination in modern Iranian history. His short premiership, however, became the target of a 1953 coup d’etat backed by the American and British governments.

    Following the 1979 revolution being hijacked by ultraconservative clerics led by Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran was transformed into a theocracy with zero tolerance for democratic norms. Khomeini began taking advantage of elections as a medium to deceive the people and an asset for foreign propaganda.

    The first ever so-called “election” held in Iran came in the 1979 referendum asking the people to vote yes or no to the “Islamic Republic” without any prior knowledge of its structure, objectives or methods. The atmosphere created by Khomeini defined a no vote as literally backstabbing the 1979 revolution altogether.

    Khomeini’s second sham election was even more dismal. He set aside all pledged plans for general elections and called for the establishment of an “Assembly of Experts.” This body was tasked to outline and shape the velayat-e faqih principle, Khomeini’s vision of the absolute rule over the people.

    Iran under Khomeini held its first presidential election in 1980, in which Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), participated alongside nine other finalists. Knowing Rajavi enjoyed immense popular support, Khomeini resorted to the pretext that Rajavi had voted no to the Islamic republic constitution, and thus had him disqualified.

    Khomeini followed the same principle of no tolerance in his regime’s first general elections, eliminating all candidates deemed anyhow disloyal to his reactionary and extremist mentality of imposing the utmost control over people’s lives.

    Source: The Story Of Iran’s Presidential Elections

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    #IranOutOfSyria : Maryam Rajavi: Imagine if the recent reaction to the chemical attack had taken place 4 years ago. 

    Commemorating the martyrs of the epic battle in Ashraf on April 8, 2011


    Fellow Iranians,

    Sisters and brothers,

    We have gathered today to honor the sixth anniversary of the epic battle of the PMOI in Ashraf on April 8, 2011, a stunning resistance and a glorious battle.

    An unequal confrontation between residents of Ashraf who were empty-handed but proud on one hand, and the armed forces of the clerical regime’s puppet government in Iraq who were armed to the teeth, on the other. On that day, the Iraqi forces’ Humvees and APCs ran over the bodies of the PMOI, their bullets piercing their chests and heads. Thirty-six PMOI members gave their lives for Iran’s freedom.

    Hail to my dear fallen sisters, Asiyeh Rakhshani, Fatemeh Massih, Marzieh Pourtaghi, Nastaran Azimi, Fa’ezeh Rajabi, Mahdieh Madadzadeh, Shahnaz Pahlavani, and Saba Haftbaradaran. These heroines set the foundations of the PMOI’s new Central Council on that day by their courageous fight and endless sacrifice at the forefront of one thousand valiant women.

    And hail to my dear fallen brothers, Hassan Avani, Jafar Bareji, Mohammadreza Yazdandoust, Golamreza Talghori, Ahmad Aghaii, Morteza Behesthi, Ali-Akbar Madadzadeh, Ghassem Etemadi, Nasser Sepahpour, Mohammadreza Pirzadi, Amir Massoud Fazlollahi, Hossein Ahmadi, Zohair Zakeri, Hanif Kafaii, Mohammad Ghayyoumi, Khalil Ka’abi, Saeed Chavoshi, Massoud Hajilouii, Saeedreza Pour Hashemi, Vargha Solaimani, Behrouz Sabet, Fereydoon Ayni, Zia’ollah Pour Nader, Mehdi Barzegar, Majid Ebadian, Alireza Taherlou, Bahman Atighi, and Mansour Hajian.

    These heroes set up the new organization of the PMOI and once again hoisted the flag of full-fledged and selfless battle for freedom in Ashraf.


    I would like to repeat Massoud (Rajavi’s) words to these martyrs when he said, “Hail to you who delivered on your promises in the most amazing and startling manner to fight with all your power… Hail to you who taught new lessons to humanity of our time, lessons that are unprecedented in the history of all nationalist, patriotic and revolutionary struggles… This is our enormous sacrifice for Iran’s freedom.”

    And on behalf of myself, the PMOI and every freedom-loving Iranian, I would like to tell you that we will keep the flames of your memories and names, each and every one of you, alight and alive forever. The flame of your sacrifice will remain alight in our souls until our people will embrace their long-yearned-for freedom.

    From Khamenei’s standpoint, the April 8, 2011 attack on Ashraf was a reaction to the popular uprisings in Iran, as was the case in 2009. Whenever Khamenei got stuck in the impasse of popular unrest at home, the nuclear sanctions and the war in Syria, he opted to attack the PMOI in Iraq which had been gradually occupied by the clerical regime.

    In fact, the PMOI and the Iranian people’s uprising have always been identical phenomena for Khamenei.

    The ruling mullahs in Iran hear the rallying cries of the PMOI, the army of freedom and the Iranian Resistance in every popular uprising which will ultimately put an end to their religious tyranny. Yes, the overthrow and termination of the mullahs’ regime is indisputable and inevitable.

    Fellow compatriots,

    Khamenei and Maliki’s savage attack on the PMOI in Ashraf on April 8, 2011, was one of the disastrous consequences of the policy of western countries, particularly the United States, over the past 16 years which was totally in the interest of Iran mullahs. The same is true with the other six massacres carried out in Ashraf and Camp Liberty and the transfer of the protection of Ashraf to the armed forces of the mullahs’ puppet government in Iraq.

    It might be interesting for you to know that on the night of the attack, the U.S. forces based in Ashraf left the camp without prior notice. Like it or not, Maliki’s forces took advantage of this measure as a green light to carry out their mission.

    At exactly 11.02 p.m., Mr. (Tahir) Boumedra sent a message to Ashraf. At the time, Mr. Boumedra headed the UNAMI’s human rights office. He had sent the message on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. State Department’s desk in charge of the case of Ashraf. The message indicated that General Ali Ghaydan (commander of Maliki’s Ground Forces) had ordered security forces to seize Ashraf’s vacant lands without harming the residents. The message explicitly emphasized that based on Maliki’s order, the security forces must not resort to violence.

    Paying homage to the martyrs of the April 8, 2011 epic battle in Ashraf-8

    This is one of the documents submitted to the International Court in Spain (which is investigating the attack). The email maintained that the Prime Minister (i.e. Maliki) had stressed that the aim of the government of Iraq is to find a peaceful solution and he hopes that a humane solution would be found for the situation…

    In less than six hours, however, the attack began with armored personnel carriers and automatic weapons opening fire on the residents. It thus became clear that Maliki’s message was a sheer lie attempted to drive the U.S. unit out of Ashraf and remove all obstacles for the massacre.

    The policy of silence and inaction vis-à-vis the attack on Ashraf consequently paved the clerical regime’s way for more aggressions in the region, waging war on other countries and violating their national sovereignty.

    If Khomeini had not established his theocratic rule in Iran under the banner of Shiism, the world would have never experienced the phenomena of Daesh and Sunni Caliphate which were the immediate byproducts of the religious fascism innovated and initiated by Khomeini.

    The reality is that most of the disasters engulfing and devastating the Middle East today were originally caused by Western governments and especially the United States’ concessions to the clerical regime in Iran.


    Imagine if the recent reaction and response –to the chemical attack by Assad’s regime and the slaughter of defenseless people and innocent children– had taken place four years ago. Wouldn’t the situation in the region –with 11 million Syrian refugees and millions of homeless people– be completely different today?

    Indeed, if there were not a four-year delay in responding to the chemical attacks, would the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) be able to fuel and expand its war and destruction in Syria? How could the number of deaths in Syria exceed half a million?

    This is why the Syrian people and dissidents have welcomed the missile attack on Assad’s chemical centers and airbases. In contrast, the clerical regime has strongly condemned it. They tried to deny that there was any chemical attack by Bashar Assad. But if the religious dictatorship in Tehran was not involved in this inhuman crime, or had it not encouraged the Syrian dictator to carry out the attack, why would it need to conceal it?

    This is the reason we declare: After years of appeasement of the Iranian and Syrian regimes, which had no outcome but more war crimes and more crimes against humanity, the disabling of the chemical centers, bases, and the machinery of war and repression in Syria must be completed by expelling the Iranian regime, the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its mercenary forces from Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

    This is the reason we declare: Eviction of the godfather and main state-sponsor of terrorism in today’s world is the requisite to global and regional peace and tranquility and the uprooting of fundamentalism and terrorism.

    Fellow Iranians,

    My dear sisters and brothers,

    In the (Persian) New Year celebration here, when I spoke on the boycott of the mullahs’ sham election, I reiterated that the vote of the overwhelming majority of the people of Iran is regime change and the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih regime which has usurped the Iranian people’s right to sovereignty.

    In the early days of the New Year, Khamenei said that he would confront anyone who opposes, and actually rises up against, the regime’s election.

    Now, mullah Ibrahim Ra’issi, one of the principal members of the Death Commission which issued the death decrees in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, has been nominated to run for president. No other incident could so clearly demonstrate how politically desperate the regime is in every respect.

    In the wake of the milestone uprising on December 27, 2009, Ra’issi shamelessly declared, “Anyone who helps the PMOI in any form and under any circumstances is considered a Mohareb (someone who wages war on God) because the PMOI is an organized force.” In fact, he has achieved the highest levels of the regime’s hierarchy because of his utmost callousness in spilling the blood of PMOI supporters and members.

    Last July, in the great gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris, I also said, “both factions (of the regime) failed to find a way to preserve the regime. What is more, why should the Iranian people jump from the frying pan into the fire? No! The Iranian people reject both a black and a white turban. The Velayat-e faqih regime must be overthrown in its entirety.”

    And as Massoud (Rajavi) said, “The people of Iran will not be contented with anything less than the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih religious dictatorship and the establishment of freedom and popular sovereignty. This has always been and will continue to be the core of our nationalist and patriotic campaign against the regime.”

    We will keep the flame of your sacrifice alight until the day when the people of embrace freedom

    On the day when mullah Hassan Rouhani became the regime’s president, I declared on behalf of the Iranian Resistance, that “Nothing will change in the absence of freedom of speech and human rights. As long as political prisoners are not released and the activities of (political) parties are not sanctioned, and as long as the regime continues with its aggressive policy in Syria and Iraq… nothing will change because the Vali-e faqih (Khamenei) knows that any serious change in these policies would lead to the overthrow of the entire regime. Nevertheless, we say, go ahead and test your chances.”

    Now, let us look back at what happened during the four years of Rouhani in office: Three thousand executions; the horrific mass execution of PMOI members in Ashraf on September 1, 2013; escalation of the regime’s war against the people of Syria and Rouhani’s explicit support for Bashar Assad; and exorbitant expenditures from the country’s revenues on the wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
    The truth is that repression and plunder at home along with terrorism and war abroad comprise the main pillars of the regime’s existence and its fundamental policies, whether the mullahs in charge wear white turbans or black turbans, whether they are charlatans or executioners.

    The overthrow of the mullahs’ religious tyranny & establishment of freedom & democracy in are within reach

    The Velayat-e faqih regime and the religious dictatorship in Iran has no way out of its crises. The people of Iran boycott the sham election and vote for overthrow of the clerical regime.

    The time has come for the Iranian people and Resistance to forge ahead and advance.

    The time has come for fruition of our martyrs’ sacrifices. The time has come for long years of suffering by the PMOI and the people of Iran to bear result.

    The overthrow of the mullahs’ religious tyranny and the establishment of freedom and democracy are within reach, and will be realized with the efforts of the Iranian people and youths and by setting up 1000 bastions of rebellion, i.e. 1000 Ashraf’s.

    Hail to freedom,
    Hail to those who gave their lives for freedom, especially the martyrs of April 8, 2011.

    via #IranOutOfSyria : Maryam Rajavi: Imagine if the recent reaction to the chemical attack had taken place 4 years ago. — iranarabspring

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