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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:02 pm on 12 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Terror; The Mullahs Regime is Source of Regional and Global Terrorism and Warmongering. 

    The Iranian regime is the source of terrorism and warmongering in the Middle East and across the globe.

    – Designation Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in their entireties as terrorist entities by the U.S. and the European Union;

    – Expulsion of the mullahs’ MOIS agents and IRGC Quds Force operatives from the U.S. and Europe.

    Now, the world is witnessing how IRGC is a real threat in the Middle East. Looking at the IRGC’s record, we can clearly see the IRGC’s involvement in major terror attacks:

    Facing this global threat, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), once again stressed on the Iranian Resistance’s demands on behalf of the Iranian opposition:

    1983 – U.S. Marines base bombing in Beirut, Lebanon

    1996 – Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia

    2006 – Al-Askari mosque bombing in Samarra, Iraq

    Additionally, the IRGC is the main supporter of terrorism and fundamentalism and the element behind instability and massacre.

    A number of IRGC global terrorism victims:

    1989 – Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou – Austria

    1990 – Kazem Rajavi – Switzerland

    1991 – Shahpour Bakhtiar – France

    1992 – Mykonos Assassination – Germany

    1993 – Mohammad Hossein Naghdi – Italy

    1994 – AMIA bombing, killing 85 people – Argentina

    1996 – Zahra Rajabi – Turkey

    In parallel with the IRGC, Iran’s MOIS supports plans and executes assassinations against the opposition.

    Iran’s terror apparatus remains active in Europe as seen in recent MOIS bombing plots targeting the PMOI/MEK and a massive Iranian opposition rally in Paris.

    Iranian regime elements arrested in Belgium. MOIS agent arrested for planning terror plot.

    We reiterate Maryam Rajavi’s demands:

    – Blacklisting the IRGC and MOIS in their entirety by the U.S. & European Union

    – Expulsion of MOIS & IRGC Quds Force operatives from the U.S. & Europe;

    The solution lies in standing firm against the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored terrorism.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:04 am on 20 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The Media Express: Iranian Regime Increases Propaganda Campaign Against Resistance (MEK/PMOI) 

    The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) both mobilized their cyber armies, both inside and outside Iran, to ramp up a campaign of misinformation against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI), one of the largest resistance groups.

    Source: Iranian Regime Increases Propaganda Campaign Against Resistance (MEK/PMOI)

    January 19, 2019 by Siavosh Hosseini 

    The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a show of support for the Iranian people, asked them to share their questions and hopes for the future of their country on social media. Not surprisingly, the Iranian regime kicked its cyber army into gear, issuing thousands of tweets against the MEK/PMOI and the Iranian resistance.

    The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) both mobilized their cyber armies, both inside and outside Iran, to ramp up a campaign of misinformation against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI), one of the largest resistance groups.

    The spike was documented on Thursday afternoon, January 17, through midnight. The tweets and retweets were produced by the regime’s troll factory, which is located in Mashhad, Tabriz, Yazd, and Tehran.

    Quotes from Tweets Sound Familiar

    There is a reoccurring theme in these tweets, including hashtags that include #Iranians_hate_PMOIand #no_to_Mojahedin_e_khalq. There is also evidence that the campaign used IPs in the U.S. and Europe, to hide to the origin of the tweets. The tweets came under various names, one of the main ones being RESTART.

    The campaign comes as the regime is struggling to deal with the repercussions of the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Iranian economy is plagued by corruption, leading to an economic crisis marked by high unemploymentcurrency devaluation, and inflation. It is estimated that 80% of Iranians are living below the poverty line.

    In spite of this, the regime is determined to project strength, despite the fact that the regime is under siege both domestically and internationally. Ongoing protests against the regime show no signs of slowing. They are not focused on minor problems, but ongoing crises that are both economic and environmental.

    RESTART Background Begins in State-Run TV

    The founder of RESTART is Mohammad Hosseini and he started with Iranian state-run tv. Later, he joined the Green Movement with ties to Khamenei. In an interview in August 2013, Hosseini acknowledges that he was approached by members of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry and was told to launch a tv program with the content to be provided by the regime.

    Hosseini indicated that he had been threatened, including the obstruction of his career if he did not fall in line. “Hosseini, you either take this money from us…or we use a tenth of this money to obstruct your success. Make your decision. You will set up the TV that will be publicized. Its system is available, and we will give you the news which is all critical [of the regime],” said Hosseini.

    This campaign is just another example of the regime’s attempt to distract from the larger issues that are putting their fundamentalist government on shaky ground. null

    About Siavosh Hosseini (285 Articles)

    My background is in the visual arts, particularly in photojournalism. I have had the opportunity to cover scores of international artistic and news events in the US and across Europe since the mid-1980s. I was active in television newsrooms and production as a graphic designer and producer for more than 12 years in different television and news outfits in Europe.



     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:53 pm on 8 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blacklist MOIS, , Journalism, , ,   

    Iran Regime, a Threat to Journalistic Independence. 

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    Masoud Dalvand (Freedom Star): In the previous article on this blog, I informed the readers about some of the malicious plans of the Iranian mullahs against it’s democratic opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), citing the statement of the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ).

    In this article, I intend to publish a highly informative story from a professor and researcher at the University of Baltimore in the United States, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan who is director of the graduate programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore.ivan shscha sheehan

    Ivan Sascha Sheehan specializes in the intersection of global terrorism, counter terrorism, and international conflict management.
    He published his article on the Town Hall website. It is a good idea to study it carefully, because it clearly shows the threats of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran to independent journalism.

    Tehran’s Influence Operations a Threat to Journalistic Independence

    For decades, Tehran’s theocratic rulers have gone to great lengths to make inroads in Western media outlets once notable for upholding commitments to journalistic independence.

    These efforts have been so successful that many such organizations are now threatened from within by assets – often disguised as journalists – portraying Iran as the victim of US-led interference and even a looming war. These instruments of propaganda are used to demonize the regime’s opponents at key moments and stave off basic freedoms that would cause the regime to collapse like a house of cards.

    Many of these so-called journalists of Iranian origin previously worked for Iran’s state-controlled media, and some parrot the regime’s talking points as if they are still on the payroll.

    Most have found comfortable homes in left-leaning media outlets in the West, including MSNBCAl-Jazeera EnglishBritain’s Channel 4 NewsThe Guardian, and The Independent, where they freely leverage their bylines to do Tehran’s bidding with little pushback.

    Here’s how they do it.

    In recent years, the regime has handpicked certain news organizations to advance a “controlled” media presence in Iran. Local assistants and translators for foreign journalists require permits from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. These apprentices normally come from the Intelligence Ministry and have prior backgrounds in local state media. Over time, they help prepare reports and interview top regime officials who would normally avoid talking to the international press. As relationships develop, those who demonstrate a particular proclivity to toe the line go on to become permanent news staff and are sent abroad.

    Though some of these journalists do, from time to time, reference human rights abuses in Iran, seldom – if ever – do they contradict the regime’s fundamental positions in critical areas such as the potential for regime change via domestic protests, the effect of sanctions in fueling anti-regime demonstrations, or the role of the organized opposition in advancing grassroots change.

    In fact, they insist, without a shred of evidence, that sanctions will harm ordinary Iranians, not the regime; US support for protesters will rally the population behind the mullahs; and the alternative to the regime is a cult that tortures its own members and wants to install an even more ruthless dictatorship. That there is not an ounce of evidence to support these claims seems not to matter.

    In recent weeks, a series of reports have been published in international media outlets demonizing Iran’s principal democratic opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK). The latest report was a 6,600-word piece by Arron Reza Merat in The Guardian that accused the MEK of brainwashing members, torturing ex-members, harassing female staff, suppressing Iraqi Kurds on behalf of Saddam Hussein, and killing Iranian nuclear scientists with the help of Israel. Neither official testimony by current and former US State Department and military officials that refutes the claims nor credible assessments advanced by scholars seem sufficient to overcome the outrageous accusations.

    Note that Merat, who wrote the libelous report slandering the MEK, previously served as a Tehran-based correspondent and has been known to lavishly praise the regime’s illiberal President Hassan Rouhani.

    Al-Jazeera English also recently aired a program attacking MEK members living in Albania. Its producer and host, Will Yong, is half Iranian and previously served as an anchorman for Iran’s English-language state-television channel Press TV – an outlet headquartered in Tehran with close ties to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

    Similar pieces targeting the MEK have appeared in other media outlets as Tehran’s agents leveraging their Western press associations and bylines attempt to persuade their cosmopolitan audiences that the regime’s opponents are worse than the regime. In reality, the MEK is Iran’s largest and best organized opposition group, and its “Resistance Units” in Iran have played a key role in organizing anti-government demonstrations. The group is part of the coalition of dissident organizations that fall under the banner of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). That the NCRI is led by a charismatic woman, Maryam Rajavi, and is the only opposition movement with a clearly articulated 10-point plan for a free Iran particularly rankles the regime’s old guard.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week tweeted a rebuttal to an article in Newsweekclaiming that newly re-imposed US sanctions would prevent ordinary Iranians from accessing basic humanitarian needs. “Shame on #FakeNewsweek” for helping Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spread lies” his unusually sharp rebuke said. “The truth is: the U.S. does not, and never did, sanction food and medicine.”

    These pro-Iran writers and their syndicates are not ordinary journalists; they are PR agents for a regime that jails reporters, censors free media expression, and enslaves a restless nation.

    Speaking up for an independent press should include exposing Tehran’s influence operations in Western media outlets and the foreign agents who traffic in disinformation.

    The failure to do so threatens journalistic independence and compromises values essential to a free press.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:16 am on 16 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: Terrorism is the regime’s strategy to thwart its own overthrow, and all its leaders are involved. 

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    Entering Maryam Rajavi to the international conference of Iranian Communities

    Iranian Communities Hold Joint Video Conference in 42 Cities in Europe, North America and Australia

    Maryam Rajavi: Terrorism is the regime’s strategy to thwart its own overthrow, and all its leaders are involved 

    The Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Ministry of Intelligence, and the state propaganda machine must be placed on the US FTO list and the EU terror list, the regime’s financial lifelines blocked, the dossier of the regime’s crimes against humanity be referred to the UN Security Council and its leaders brought to justice

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    A number of international figures attending the conference with Maryam Rajavi

    In a video conference of the gatherings of Iranian communities simultaneously held in 42 cities and capitals of Europe, North America and Australia on Saturday, December 15, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi addressed the Iranian communities taking part.

    Referring to the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in 2018, the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said, “The regime’s recourse to terrorism is not a transient or tactical reaction, but a strategic outlet for it to confront the uprisings and its overthrow. Today, the regime makes use of terrorism to confront the Iranian people’s uprisings. The arrests and expulsions of the regime’s diplomat-terrorists and terrorists with ties to their embassies show that the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the terrorist Quds Force, the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), the Foreign Ministry, and the regime’s embassies are all parts of the clerical regime’s terrorist network.”

    Expressing regret that the regime’s appeasers are still trying to find a way to deal with the clerical regime and aid the murderers of the Iranian people, Mrs. Rajavi added, “If you don’t want to stand by the people of Iran, at least do not victimize your own citizens’ security. Why do you aid a regime that poses threats to European capitals? This is our word: Respect the Iranian people’s desire to overthrow the regime and establish freedom and democracy. Let the hands of this criminal regime be cut off from Iran’s oil revenues which is our national asset. Every barrel of oil the regime sells, is a lash on the back of the people of Iran and a bullet piercing the heart of the people of the region. The regime’s successive missile tests aim at nothing but blackmailing and threatening regional and global peace.”

    Speaking to the gathering of PMOI members in Ashraf 3 in Albania, Maryam Rajavi called for the adoption of a firm policy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime. In this speech which was being broadcast in the gatherings of Iranians in cities across the world, she stressed, “The IRGC, the MOIS, and the regime’s state propaganda machine must be placed on the U.S. List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations and the terror list of the European Union.

    The regime’s financial lifelines which fund Khamenei’s apparatus, the IRGC, and the terrorist Ouds Force must be blocked. And the dossier of the regime’s continuing crimes against humanity must be referred to the UN Security Council, and Khamenei, Rouhani and other regime leaders must face justice.”

    Mrs. Rajavi noted the regime’s failure in quelling the uprisings and protests, restricting the activities of resistance units, plotting terrorist attacks against the Iranian Resistance, reining in its economic bankruptcy, and seeking collaboration of European governments as a way to get around the sanctions. She stressed, “The regime has no way out, and any solution it finds ends up firing back on them. The product of such a political impasse has been a dramatic fall in the regime’s political, economic, social and international status.”

    Addressing the resistance units and youths in Iran, she said, “Today, the regime’s existence is more than ever in danger. Iran’s society is also more prepared than any other time and simmering. The establishment of a free Iran is on the shoulders of the Iranian people and Resistance. It is your willpower that is going to determine how the present volatile conditions will evolve into the overthrow of the mullahs’ dictatorship. The secret to victory is the united struggle of the people of Iran and the evolution of uprisings pioneered by resistance units and councils.”

    The gatherings of Iranians were held simultaneously in 42 cities in Europe, North America and Australia including in Ashraf 3 (Albania); Brussels (Belgium); Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg (Canada); Copenhagen, Arhus (Denmark); London, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheffield and Birmingham (U.K.); Helsinki, Turku (Finland); Paris (France); Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt (Germany); Rome (Italy); Luxembourg (Luxembourg); The Hague, Zwolle, Eindhoven (The Netherlands); Oslo, Kristiansand (Norway); Bucharest (Romania); Zurich (Switzerland); Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Boras, Solleftea (Sweden); Washington, D.C., Berkeley, Orange County, Atlanta, Dallas (U.S.); Vienna (Austria); and Sydney (Australia).

    Patrick Kennedy, former member of the House of Representatives (U.S.); Pandeli Majko, Minister of State for Diaspora and former Prime Minister (Albania), Fatmir Mediu, leader of the Republican Party and former Defense Minister (Albania); Syed Ahmad Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Ingrid Betancourt, former presidential candidate (Columbia); Lord Navnit Dholakia, deputy leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (U.K.); Yves Bonnet, governor and former director of DST (France); Senator Gerry Horkan, deputy chair of the Financial Committee in the Senate of South Ireland; Antonio Tasso, member of Parliament (Italy); Peter Eide, member of the parliamentary judiciary committee (Norway); a number of other lawmakers, European elected representatives, as well as political, legal and religious personalities were among the participants and speakers in this conference.

    Mr. Patrick Kennedy said, “Contrary to the Iranian regime’s propaganda, both Democrats and Republicans in the US are united in supporting a firm policy on Iran and to stand with the Iranian people in their desire for change and to have a republic based on free election, separation of religion and state and gender equality. It is within this context that we support Maryam Rajavi and her ten-point declaration for a free Iran. The regime’s propaganda against the MEK, echoed sometimes in the Western media, is the best sign of regime’s fear of the MEK’s popularity in Iran and its role in the anti-regime protests. It is time for Europe to also stand up to regime’s growing terrorism in Europe and its malign activities in the region.”

    Senator Ingrid Betancourt said in her speech, “Over the past year the Iranian regime has increased its terrorist activities in Europe and simultaneously, intensified its propaganda against the MEK. This clearly shows the fear of the regime from the MEK and its decisive role in the continued anti-regime protests in Iran and their desire for regime change. It is time the European governments adopt a firm policy against the regime and side with no ambiguity with the Iranian people. Finally, free Western media has to be alert in order to avoid spreading the dictators propaganda against democratic opposition.”

    Dozens of representatives of more than 300 Iranian associations and communities in various countries spoke in this video conference which started at 3 p.m. local time in central Europe. They reiterated their support for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, and the Ten-Point Plan of the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi. They said the only solution to the current crisis in Iran which has driven the entire region to the edge, is the overthrow of the clerical regime and the establishment of popular sovereignty and democracy.

    Declaring their readiness for lending all-out support for the PMOI and the resistance units inside Iran in the final phase of the clerical regime’s rule, they said, “The Iranian Resistance led by Mr. Massoud Rajavi, enjoys a broad social base of support in Iran, has a strong organization, offers a clear platform and has adopted progressive and democratic plans for future Iran. It is able to bring about regime change and is capable of transferring the sovereignty to people. They have unique capacities and potentials for rebuilding the future Iran, offer social justice, and returning hope and trust to a nation which has suffered numerous treasons over the past 100 years and has been viciously suppressed and discriminated against under the dictatorships of the shahs and the mullahs.

    The Iranian communities’ representatives reiterated, “It is because of these capacities that the clerical regime considers this Resistance as its only existential threat, and in addition to brutal suppression inside Iran it is resorting to terrorism and carrying out extensive demonization and misinformation campaigns against the Iranian Resistance to justify and prepare the grounds for domestic suppression and terrorism abroad.”

    They added that in line with the uprisings in Iran and the overthrow of the regime, they see it as part of their duty to reveal the schemes and conspiracies of the Ministry of Intelligence, the terrorist Quds Force, and other agencies of the clerical regime against the only democratic alternative to the clerical regime in Iran.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    December 15, 2018

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:01 pm on 14 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    More than 100 Members of US Congress condemn terror plot targeting Iranian opposition. 

    Members of U.S. Congress condemn Iranian regime_s terror plot targeting the June rally in Paris

    More than 100 Members of َََUS Congress condemn terror plot targeting Iranian opposition

    On the verge of the 2018 nationwide uprising against the mullahs’ regime in Iran, senior members of the United States Congress participated in a conference on December 11 held in solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising for freedom.

    Moderated by Ambassador Adam Ereli, former U.S. envoy in Bahrain and former U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson, the Members of Congress who participated expressed their support for the Iranian people’s uprising and ongoing protests across the country while condemning the regime’s domestic crackdown and foreign support for terrorism. These speakers called for increasing decisiveness in the face of the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

    More than 100 Members of the U.S. Congress took part in this session, also voicing their support for the bipartisan Resolution 1034 condemning the Iranian regime’s terror plot targeting the massive June 30th rally held in support of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) seeking to establish a democratic republic in Iran.

    The Members of the Congress participating included Eliot Engel (D), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Judge Ted Poe (R), Chair of the Terrorism Subcommittee; Sheila Jackson-Lee (D); Brad Sherman (D); Judie Chu (D); and Steve Cohen (R).

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    U.S.Congress Members Support Iranian Protests

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 5:39 pm on 13 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Simultaneous conference of the Iranian communities- “Need to adopt a firm policy” 

    Simultaneous Conference of Iranian communities 1

    On Saturday, December 15, 2018, an international conference will be held simultaneously in tens of places in the world.

    The conference is dedicated to the issue of exportation of terrorism by the mullahs ruling Iran to other countries and the human rights violations of the Iranian people inside the country by the mullahs.

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    The program will be broadcasted by Iran Freedom website and its social media. I invite all international journalists and news websites and supporters of Iran’s freedom to see the conference and support it with the press reflection and also by social media. Supporting and conveying the voice of this conference is helping to bring the voice of the Iranian people, which has been for near a year, has raised to protests against religious dictatorship across Iran.

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    Simultaneous conference of the Iranian communities Halt mullahs’ regime export of terrorism & growing Human Rights violations “Need to adopt a firm policy”

    Saturday 15,Dec. 2018 at 1700 CET

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    Live Broadcast:
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