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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:23 am on August 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Selection of six speeches by Maryam Rajavi, from 2015 to 2017 

    No to Compulsory Veil: No to Compulsory Religion, No to Compulsory Government

    Amazon website: https://www.amazon.com/No-Compulsory-Veil-Religion-Government/dp/2955429554

    This is a selection of six speeches by Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran from 2015 to 2017 in various conferences on the topic of Islam, compulsory veil, compulsory religion and compulsory government and why anything that is forced under any pretexts is contrary to the teachings of Islam.

    71v5z+tzdoLMaryam Rajavi argues that mysogeny is the core of Islamic fundamentalism. In the case of iran, she argues that misogyny under the cloak of religion has become systematic and persistent because it is a lever to maintain the monopolistic domination of the velayat-e faqih. Misogyny is the purpose  for dozens of the regime’s suppressive agencies. It justifies the permanent surveillance operations in the streets, the actions of street patrols and the conduct of such agencies as the “Office to Combat Vice,” or the “Morality Police Force” and 20 other police entities.

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    Maryam Rajavi in the grand gathering of Free Iran- paris, July 1,2017

    Also read A glimpse at the life of Maryam Rajavi:  http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/maryam-rajavi

     

    via Selection of six speeches by Maryam Rajavi, from 2015 to 2017 #FreeIran — iranarabspring

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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:07 am on July 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Senior Former U.S. Officials Reject War With Iran, Urge Reaching Out To The Iranian People, Organized Opposition 

    By  Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

    On the heels of the major gathering of the Iranian opposition in Paris on July 1, some thirty prominent American luminaries and former officials issued a joint statement expressing bipartisan support for the Iranian resistance and underscoring the need for a more firm approach towards Iran’s ruling clerics.

     

    Among the signatories were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

     

    The letter scolds the ruling clerics of Iran for causing regional instability, engaging in egregious human rights violations and exporting terrorism and extremism abroad. The high-profile personalities and former officials rejected the view that Iran’s political establishment can be reformed. “The hope of some Western governments was that time would lead to moderation by the Mullahs or to the emergence of a reformist faction that could challenge the dominance of the clerical regime. The reality has been far different,” they stated.

     

    Concerning Tehran’s regional role, the signatories said, “The Iran-fueled sectarian division of Iraq laid the foundation for the creation of ISIS…. Iran today commands and funds upwards of 150,000 IRGC, Shia militia and mercenary armed fighters in Iraq and Syria.” “We agree with the apparent new US policy of ending the previous United States overture toward the Iranian regime,” the statement added.

    Among other signatories are former Senator Joseph Lieberman, former National Security Advisor James Jones, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former DNC Chairman Edward Rendell, former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant James Conway, , and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

     

    They added that the “Tehran regime is uniquely vulnerable,” citing chronic economic mismanagement and fierce power struggle within the regime. “Mounting popular discontent has increasingly become visible in public,” they added, citing growing socialcalls for accountability for the “mass executions of political opponents, including the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners with a majority of them from the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).”

     

    The luminaries said a “viable organization” exists to change the clerical regime. “Underthe leadership of Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman standing for gender equality, which is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism and extremism, it is working every day to bring about a tolerant, non-nuclear Iranian republic based on separation of religion and state, that will uphold the rights of all.”

     

    They added, “The National Council of Resistance of Iran … has the vision, leadership and courage to lead the way to the creation of a new Iran.”

    They called on world governments to provide moral support to the Iranian people’s quest for freedom.

    “The international community,” they said, “must meet its responsibility by condemning the Mullahs’ oppression and embracing the Iranian people’s aspirations for a free and prosperous Iran accepted and respected around the world.”

    On July 1, more than 100,000 Iranian expatriates and their supporters from five continents gathered near Paris to voice support for regime change and the NCRI’s plan for a free Iran. Prior to the rally, hundreds of pictures and videos surfaced in Iran where young people wrote slogans and hanged posters in Tehran and other major Iranian cities in support of the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

     

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    You can learn more about Dr. Rafizadeh on HERE. The post was originally published on the Arab News.

     

    Source: Senior Former U.S. Officials Reject War With Iran, Urge Reaching Out To The Iranian People, Organized Opposition

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:42 pm on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Onwards with the Iranian Resistance 

    Grand Gathering of Iranians-for a FreeIran

    Maryam Rajavi

    (Sponsored by U.S. Foundation for Liberty and Human Rights)

     

    Iranian dissidents rally in France for the overthrow of Iran’s theocracy

    Thousands of supporters of an Iranian dissident group rallied here Saturday for the overthrow of Tehran’s theocratic regime at an event that featured speeches by several Trump administration allies — including Newt Gingrich and Rudolph W. Giuliani — as well as the former head of Saudi intelligence.

    ‘A freer Iran is on the horizon’

    BY RUDY GIULIANI

    I am so overjoyed by the focus of this conference, the theme of this conference, the hashtag of this conference. #Free Iran.

    U.S. should prepare to ‘help freedom win’ in Iran

    BY NEWT GINGRICH

    I come today to bring you a very simple message. Iran must be free.

    ‘Your efforts to confront this regime are legitimate’

    BY ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE TURKI BIN FAISAL AL SAUD

    Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.

    History shows that freedom takes courage, sacrifice

    BY ED RENDELL

    And now the next step is to free Iran. And regime change is up to the people of Iran, and that means you, that means the people who are in Albania, and it means Iranian dissidents in Iran, in Tehran, and all of the different cities….

    Iran’s youth hold the key to freedom

    BY REP. TED POE

    The fact that many of you are here today is proof that one day soon we will see freedom and democracy in Iran, your original home. We will see it.

    Americans support freedom-loving Iranians

    BY REP. ROBERT PITTENGER

    The American people love and support the freedom-loving people of Iran.

    The time is over for ‘business as usual’

    BY REP. THOMAS A. GARRETT AND JR.

    It is an amazing honor to stand in front of so many people who, like every other person in the world, love freedom.

    ‘You can never enslave a people forever’

    BY JOSEPH LIEBERMAN

    I want to say to each one of you that the size and commitment of this gathering sends a powerful message to both our enemies in Tehran and the people of Iran who are yearning for change.

    The world’s quarrel is with Iran’s mullahs, not its people

    BY MICHAEL MUKASEY

    Free Iran is right In the last year since we gathered here, I think it’s fair to say that we are grateful for what’s happened. In a sense, we’re in an entirely new and better place. And just so that everybody understands who I mean when I say we are in a better place, I mean everybody who wants to see regime change in Iran in general, and the MEK in particular.

    10-point plan offers hope for justice

    BY SIR DAVID AMESS MP

    For evil to prevail, all it needs is for good women and good men to do nothing. Now the British delegation joins with you today at this inspirational rally to make sure that something happens: On the platform, we have members of the House of Commons, members of the House of Lords. And our Parliament is the mother of all Parliaments, and we feel very strongly on democracy.

    Only one group is ready to lead ‘Persian Spring’

    BY TOM RIDGE

    A couple moments ago, I was walking outside and had a brief conversation with a woman who has lost six family members in the struggle for a free Iran. It’s an extraordinary and a very personal reminder as to why we are all here together. It’s an honor and a privilege for all of us to join you in this cause. We join you in solidarity to raise our voices in support of a free Iran, regime change, and certainly the strong and inspirational leadership of Madame Rajavi.

    ‘Your perseverance gives us hope’

    BY LINDA CHAVEZ

    There is a growing conviction throughout the world that the only way to counter the extremism and the fundamentalism in the theocratic regime in Iran is to replace that regime.

    ‘Rajavi’ is now synonymous with freedom, hope

    BY ROBERT TORRICELLI

    Before me is the largest gathering of Iranians in the world who woke up this morning breathing free, speaking free, worshipping free, living free.

    ‘Dad, these people are really heroes’

    BY LOUIS FREEH

    Thank you to our brothers and sisters in Tirana who are watching us tonight. I am here particularly this year to congratulate you, and thank you and thank Madame Rajavi for the freedom and the life-saving gift that 3,000 of your brothers and sisters have received and are enjoying tonight for the first time.

    Why Iran’s quest for ‘arc of control’ must fail

    BY AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON

    For the first time in at least eight years that I’ve been coming to this event, I can say that we have a president of the United States who is completely and totally opposed to the regime in Tehran

    Onwards to a Free Iran

    BY MARYAM RAJAVI

    Speech by Maryam Rajavi at the Grand Gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Villepinte, Paris

    ‘Change must come to Iran’

    BY GEN. GEORGE CASEY

    I can’t tell you how moving it was for me personally to see the people of Ashraf free, safe and prosperous.

    Iran cannot be permitted to threaten world peace

    BY GEN. JACK KEANE

    I’m absolutely honored to be here with you today. I have never been with a group who has had such a singular and overwhelming focus as you do. I’m proud to be among you.

    Ayatollahs’ overthrow is your objective

    BY GEN. JAMES CONWAY

    Good evening to the freedom-loving people of Iran, both here and in Albania. Much has been spoken at this conference about the idea of regime change. What does regime change look like? And how do you know that you will be successful? What must you do to be successful?

    Thousands of Albanians cheer for the Paris rally

    BY PANDELI MAJKO

    We are so honored coming here in Paris in such a special space where East meets the West. Where East meets the West under the umbrella of the Iranian spirit, and we all together dream about the future.

    Strive for a vote for the future of free Iran

    BY CHAIRMAN FATMIR MEDIU

    It is a great pleasure and honor to be with you today here once more. Now is time to stand all together and do the best for free Iran and help that we all together work for the people of Iran.

    A ‘great day’ is coming for Iran’s freedom

    BY ROBERT JOHN BLACKMAN MP

    We’re all gathered here to bring forward that great day when Iran will be free. What do we want? Freedom. When do we want it? Now.

    Iran’s current leaders are not ‘moderates’

    BY JOHN BAIRD

    Madame Rajavi and friends, it is a distinct honor and privilege for me to join you in the fight for freedom and in the fight against religious fascism.

    Regime change portends the end of religious extremism

    BY DR. BERNARD KOUCHNER

    We are all in agreement that you deserve to be free, independent and democratic. We are that for sure. Well, unfortunately, the people of Iran have been suppressed for 38 years. Thirty-eight years. Suppressed by your theocratic regime, Islamic extremism and fundamentalism.

    Iran must recover its freedoms, human rights

    BY BARONESS SANDIP VERMA

    The people of Iran must get the freedoms, the democracy, the human rights back.

    ‘We must do everything we can’ for freedom

    BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS


    Originally published at http://www.washingtontimes.com.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:03 pm on July 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A 25-Minutes Video of the Speeches And Art Programs of the “Free Iran” Rally in Paris 1 July 2017 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:16 pm on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Massive ‘Free Iran’ Rally Calls for Regime Change 

    Maryam Rajavi

    BY SHAHRIAR KIA

    As the number one state sponsor of terrorism and the source of a fundamentalist ideology, the Iranian regime is the principal contributor to the crises that are riddling the Middle East. And the past eight years have proven that appeasing the mullahs ruling Iran will only render a bad situation worse.

    It is now more evident than ever that only a free and democratic Iran can help restore peace and stability in the region, not one that is ruled by the current religious fascist regime.

    However, contrary to what the proponents of the appeasement policy toward Iran have tried to portray, regime change in Iran does not require another bloody conflict in the region. It is now more possible than ever, and the people of Iran, along with their organized resistance movement (NCRI/MEK), have all they need to bring democracy and freedom to their country.

    This was the message delivered by the July 1 Free Iran gathering in Paris, an event attended by tens of thousands of Iranians expats and hundreds of politicians, activists, parliamentarians and religious figures from across the globe.

    The international community should take that message seriously if it wants to avoid another war.

    “Would giving concessions ever change the behavior of this regime? The answer is no,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), during her keynote at the event. “This is something that has been already tested repeatedly for the past three decades by the US and Europe. And is it possible to contain this regime? No. the policy has been called containment, but in effect, it does nothing but obstructing the adoption of a firm policy against the regime.”

    Without fear of being held to account, the Iranian regime has spent billions of dollars to expand its influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. And as the fight against ISIS reaches its conclusion, Tehran is trying to establish a supply corridor through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon for the many terror networks it runs across the region.

    Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, who spoke at the Free Iran rally, called it “an arc of control which if it’s allowed to form will simply be the foundation for the next grave conflict in the Middle East.”

    “The regime in Tehran is not merely a nuclear weapons threat, it’s not merely a terrorist threat, it’s a conventional threat to everybody in the region who simply seeks to live in peace and security,” Bolton said. He underlined the need for regime change by adding that “the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran.”

    The regime has tried to exude power through its meddling in the countries of its region but has effectively pushed itself toward a dead-end where any retreat will lead to its collapse. “Regime change is within reach because the mullahs have gotten themselves stuck in three wars of attrition in the Middle East,” Rajavi said. “Their withdrawal from these conflicts in whatever form or shape will undermine their own existence.”

    Also, Tehran’s campaign to hide its crimes behind a moderate façade has resulted in utter failure. “The international community is finally getting closer to the reality that appeasing the ruling theocracy is misguided,” she added.

    “We can now see the world beginning to turn its eye on Iran and seeing it realistically,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in his speech. “We can see being able to convince the world that there are no moderate members of the present Iranian regime.”

    Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian regime’s president who is touted as a moderate by some Western politicians, marked his first term with over 3,000 executions, a 145% increase in the country’s military budget, and the failure to deliver on his promises to improve the people’s livelihoods and human rights conditions.

    “When I hear the word ‘moderate’ and I hear the name Rouhani, I think of the fact that he has actually killed more people in Iran than [former president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad,” Giuliani said. “He presents a moderate image to the world and to the Iranian people he is a violent, vicious murderer.”

    But while the regime had taken advantage of the previous U.S. administration penchant for engagement and rapprochement, it is now faced with a tougher situation.

    “I think it’s fair to say that the Trump administration has much fewer illusions about the nature of the Iranian dictatorship,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a characteristic he also attributed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, both of whom have had first-hand experience with Iran’s mischief-making in their years of military service in the Middle East.

    The Trump administration has officially put Iran on notice and is reviewing its policy toward the regime in Tehran. Also, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will enact new sanctions on the Iranian regime for its nuclear-related activities, terrorist ventures and human rights violations, domains that were considered off-limits during Obama’s tenure.

    “The outcome of the president’s policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday,” Bolton said.

    The greatest force of change in Iran is the people themselves, Rajavi reminded.

    “Despite the regime’s deafening propaganda, the greatest threat to the regime is not a foreign enemy, but the very revolts in society, waiting to erupt,” she said.

    There are now 10 million unemployed Iranians in the country and 20 million who live in slums. The grave-living crisis that made the headlines last year is another manifestation of the spiraling living conditions of the Iranian people.

    “The reality is that the overthrow of the religious dictatorship is possible and within reach because of the regime’s incompetence,” Rajavi said.
    The disarray in the regime has led to more social unrest. According to state officials, nearly 11,000 protests and demonstrations took place in Iran last year, a sign of growing discontent in the Iranian society.

    The Iranian people and their organized resistance (NCRI/MEK) are now more than ready to take the necessary steps to dethrone the mullahs and establish a democratic state.

    “This alternative’s power emanates from its ability to elevate the regime’s crisis-riddled state to one of overthrowing it,” asserted Rajavi. “In its battle with the beast of religious tyranny, the Iranian nation is proud to have created a democratic alternative through resistance and great suffering and sacrifice.”

    The Iranian regime has executed more than 100,000 of the members of the movement led by Rajavi, including 30,000 political prisoners massacredduring the summer of 1988, an episode that resurfaced and became the focus of political discourse in the run-up to the recent presidential elections in Iran.The NCRI has also been a source of intelligence about the Iranian regime’s illicit activities. It was the first party to expose Iran’s clandestine nuclear program in 2002.

    How can the international community help? By recognizing the resistance of the Iranian people and their right to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship, Rajavi stressed.

    “Expel the regime from the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and hand over Iran’s seat to the Iranian people’s resistance,” she said. Rajavi also specified the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and its eviction from the Middle East region as a necessary step to counter the Iranian regime’s influence and help transition Iran and the region to peace and stability.

    Her thoughts were echoed by other speakers at the event. “It is long past time to declare the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization,” Giuliani said. “They have on their hands the blood of so many of your people. But they have on their hands the blood of my people, too, who they helped to kill in Iraq, and who they’ve helped to kill for years, and who they’ve held hostage.”

    “The next time there’s popular dissent [in Iran], it will be across the whole country, it will be organized,” Gingrich said. “And that at that point, unlike what happened last time, when the American government shamefully did nothing, at that point, the Trump administration needs to be prepared and leaning forward and ready to do everything it can to help freedom win and dictatorship lose in the great struggle that is underway in Iran.”


    Originally published at clarionproject.org on July 11, 2017.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:43 pm on July 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why the Iranian regime is incapable of reforming from within 

    Maryam Rajavi holds flowers as she pays tribute during a gathering in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, September 29, 2012. (Reuters)

    The unprecedented strength of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Paris and Albania has severely alarmed the Iranian regime. It has also raised a pertinent question, can the Iranian regime be reformed within?
    The signs so far are not encouraging. Tehran sent its foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to Paris to prevent the annual gathering of opposition figures. As French officials found the regime’s position very weak, they ended up signing a contract for the benefit of the French oil giant Total.
    Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief Kayhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wrote an article titled “Humiliated and Rewarded”, which mentioned the Total contract being signed at the same time as the PMOI gathering in Paris.
    “The remarks of former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner at a PMOI meeting one day after Zarif’s return from France is another sign of the French government’s insistence on humiliating our nation,” he wrote.

    Zarif in France

    At the gathering in Paris, Kouchner said: “Zarif was welcomed in France yesterday. I do not want to blame French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. We are an old republic, and on this basis we can welcome everyone and accept him in our country, but perhaps we should do the right thing at the right time”.
    He said that in his opinion, welcoming Zarif the day before this gathering was not a good idea. “But we are very happy and proud that in fact the government did not publish a general statement about Mr. Zarif’s visit,” Shariatmadari wrote.
    In 2003, the Chirac government provided huge concessions to the Iranian regime and attacked the opposition headquarters in Avers-sur-Oise with a pseudo-coup. Dozens of PMOI members and activists, including their leader Maryam Rajavi, were arrested and imprisoned. This attack was a disgrace to democracy and human rights, and yet was severely defeated and defamed.

    PMOI’s strength

    The annual PMOI gathering was held on July 1 at the Villepinte convention hall, northeast of Paris. Tens of thousands of supporters from all over the world gathered to attend this gathering. As the hall did not have the capacity to accommodate all participants, thousands remained outside the hall.
    A gathering in Tirana, the capital of Albania, was held to join the Paris summit via satellite. Nearly 3,000 PMOI members who relocated from Iraq to Albania attended this gathering.
    This huge rally represents the PMOI’s strength despite being in exile. It shows their capability of organizing such a large gathering and hosting hundreds of political and parliamentary figures from all over the world.
    Maryam Rajavi, the main speaker of this gathering, is an influential leader of this Muslim-democratic movement who believes in gender equality and pluralism. In her speech she emphasized on three essential facts.

    Freedom and liberty

    It seems the light of change is shining on Iran. The ruling regime is in disarray and the Iranian society is simmering with discontent. These circumstances, she said, highlight three fundamental truths related to freedom and liberty in Iran, as well as peace and tranquility in the region.
    First, according to her, is that the overthrow of the regime is an imperative. Second, this overthrow is within reach. And third, a democratic alternative and an organized resistance exists, which is capable of toppling the theocracy in Iran.
    The message and purpose of this gathering, according to the participants, consisting mainly of the youth and some recently arriving from Iran, was literally a declaration of war against the regime. The people of Iran and the region can only be freed of their misery when the regime is overthrown.
    There is also a political and social appeal to all countries, especially those in the region, who are suffering at the hands of the Iranian regime.
    Its track record suggests that the regime has so far shown regressive nature and cannot be reformed from within. In a recent speech, Khamenei himself warned that any change in the system’s behavior means changing the whole system.
     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:53 pm on July 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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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.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:17 pm on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A report on the grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris 

     
    Hundreds of top politicians, legislative delegations and prominent personalities from more than 50 countries and five continents participated in the Free Iran gathering.

    The grand gathering of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance was held in Paris on Saturday, July 1, with hundreds of top international politicians and statesmen as well as legislative delegations and prominent figures participating from more than 50 countries and five continents.
    In her remarks in this meeting, Maryam Rajavi emphasized that the only way to save the Iranian people from religious tyranny and the only way to establish peace and tranquility in the region is to overthrow the Velayat-e faqih regime. She underscored that the overthrow of this regime is imperative, feasible and within reach, and a democratic alternative and an organized resistance exists which is capable of toppling it.
    Thousands of PMOI members residing in Albania joined the grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance via satellite.
    Dozens of political dignitaries addressed the gathering, including:
    Senator Alain Neri, President of the French Committee for a Democratic Iran; Michèle de Vaucouleurs, member of the French National Assembly from En Marche Republic movement; Martine Valleton, the Mayor of Villepinte; and Dominique Lefebvre, President of the Urban Complex of Cergy, Pontoise; representing the delegation of mayors and members of parliament from France;
    Struan Stevenson, President of European Iraqi Freedom Association;
    Ranjana Kumari, women’s rights activist from India;
    Maria Elena Elverdin, President of International Federation of Women in Legal Careers;
    Maria Candida Almeida, Deputy Attorney General of Portugal;
    Els Van Hoof, Vice President of the Social Rights Committee of the Belgian Parliament, on behalf of the parliamentary delegation from Belgium;
    Ambassador John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations;
    Dr. Nejat al-Astal, MP, on behalf of the parliamentary delegation from Palestine;
    Nasr Hariri, Chairman of the Syrian negotiating team representing the Syrian opposition delegation;
    Marcin Swiecicki, former Minister of Economic Relations from Poland;
    Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, President of the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ);
    Salih al-Qalab, former Minister of Publicity from Jordan;
    Senator Robert Torricelli;
    Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City;
    Delegation from the US House of Representatives including Judge Ted Poe, chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism, non-proliferation and trade; Congressman Thomas Garrett, Congressman Robert Pittenger;
    Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives;
    Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud from Saudi Arabia;
    Senator Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate;
    Sir David Amess and the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villier, members of the House of Commons; Baroness Verma, member of the House of Lords; on behalf of the UK parliamentary and legal delegation;
    Bernard Kouchner, former Foreign Minister of France;
    Rita Sussmuth, former Speaker of the German Bundestag; Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, former German Minister of Justice; representing the delegation from Germany;
    Ed Rendell, former Chairman of the Democratic National Party and Governor of Pennsylvania;
    Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Governor of Pennsylvania;
    General Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army;
    Judge Michael Mukasey, former US Secretary of Justice;
    Judge Louis Freeh, former Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
    Elona Gjebrea and Pandeli Majko, on behalf of the representative delegation of Albania;
    Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy;
    John Baird, former Foreign Minister of Canada;
    Ingrid Betancourt, former presidential candidate from Colombia;
    Rama Yade, former French Minister of Human Rights;
    General George W. Casey, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army;
    General James Conway, 34th Commandant of the US Marine Corps;
    Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria.

    In the start of the ceremony, Gilbert Mitterrand, President of the France Libertés Foundation, welcomed the participants, saying: “Your overwhelming presence here is like a referendum against the clerical regime and it shows the ability of this Resistance for democratic change in Iran. I must also convey to the organizers of this event, a message of gratitude from the French President Francois Hollande (2012–2017). He said that he will continue to pay attention to the human rights situation in Iran for the invitation you extended to him to participate in this gathering.”
    The audience warmly applauded the images and video footages broadcast of the widespread campaign of Iranian youths and supporters of the PMOI and the Iranian Resistance in different parts of Tehran and at least 50 other cities across the country in support of the grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris. The slogans they had used included, “Freedom and equality with Maryam Rajavi”, “Death to Khamenei, Hail to Rajavi”, “Death to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih, long live National Liberation Army”, “No to the death penalty”, “Hail to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran”, “Equality for all ethnic groups and followers of (minority) religions with Maryam Rajavi.” The Iranian Resistance has received at least 500 video clips and hundreds of photographs of such activities which included the hanging of huge banners bearing Maryam Rajavi’s portrait and distribution of flyers containing her 10-point plan for the future of Iran.
    Political prisoners sent a number of messages from prisons across the country despite heavy risk to express their solidarity with the grand gathering of Iranians and supporters of the nationwide and organized Resistance for regime change in Iran and establishment of democracy and freedom.
    Maryam Rajavi also laid a wreath at the memorial of 120,000 martyrs of freedom as mothers of a number of the Iranian Resistance’s martyrs looked on.
    The event also featured interesting musical and theatrical performances.
    A large number of US senators and representatives, including Robert Menendez, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; leader of the House democrats, Nancy Pelosi; Lord Carlyle and Lord Clarke from UK; and Senator Gianluca Castaldi from Italy, a large number of members of the European Parliament, including the EP Vice-President Ryszard Czarnecki; as well as personalities from other countries expressed their solidarity by sending video messages to the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance.
    On the eve of the gathering, 29 prominent personalities in the US announced their solidarity with the goals of the gathering in a statement, indicating that, “Under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman standing for gender equality, which is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism and extremism, it [MEK] is working every day to bring about a tolerant, non-nuclear Iranian republic based on separation of religion and state, that will uphold the rights of all. The National Council of Resistance of Iran, pursuing its long journey that began more than a half-century ago, has the vision, leadership and courage to lead the way to the creation of a new Iran. The obligation to stand up to this corrupt and illegitimate regime and say “no more” rests with the Iranian people alone, but the international community must meet its responsibility by condemning the mullahs’ oppression and embracing the Iranian people’s aspirations for a free and prosperous Iran accepted and respected around the world. Today, we join with the Iranian people and colleagues from many other countries in pledging our support to this great cause.”
    In addition, members of parliaments from different countries issued statements on the eve of the gathering. Among them were

    • The statement by 265 members of the European Parliament condemning human rights abuses in Iran and calling for the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity;
    • The statement by more than 300 lawmakers from the UK Houses of Commons and Lords and 100 British bishops against the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and in favor of comprehensive sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC);
    • The statement by 320 Italian MPs condemning human rights violations in Iran, massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and the need to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice;
    • The statement by more than 100 Polish MPs against human rights violations and the wave of executions in Iran and the need to prosecute the masterminds and perpetrators;
    • The statement of the Senate of Ireland against the massacre of political prisoners in Iran in 1988;
    • The statement by the majority of the Parliament of Malta and a large number of representatives from the Romanian Parliament;
    • The statement by a number of Nobel laureates in support of the goals of the Free Iran gathering.

     

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

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:33 am on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Paris: Dignitaries from Across the Globe Call for Regime Change in Iran at Opposition Rally 

    Paris-Dignitaries from Across the Globe Call for Regime Change in Iran at Opposition Rally

    NCRI – This weekend, outside of Paris, a huge gathering was held, where tens of thousands of expat Iranians joined hundreds of dignitaries from the Arab World, the United States and Europe and stood alongside the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President Maryam Rajavi to voice their demand for a better future through regime change in Tehran, and to condemn Iran’s meddling throughout the Middle East.

    Mrs. Rajavi was the keynote speaker on Saturday. She urged the international community to recognize the NCRI as representatives of the Iranian people, and to stand with the Iranian people’s call for regime change.

    An important voice from the Arab World made a significant statement. “The Iranian people are the first victims of Khomeini’s dictatorship,” said Turki Faisal, former Saudi ambassador in the United States and United Kingdom. “Your effort in challenging this regime is legitimate and your resistance for the liberation of the Iranian people of all ethnicities, including Arabs, Kurds, Baluchis, Turks and Fars of the mullahs’ evil, as Mrs. Rajavi said, is a legitimate struggle.”

    That the Middle East is united in its position against Iran’s aggression, was proven by the participation of numerous Arab delegations that included many former and current officials from more than a dozen regional countries. These delegations represent of hundreds of millions of people, and their speeches reflected that they’ve had enough of the Iranian regime’s support for terrorism. After four decades of Tehran’s meddling across the region, these nations are supporting the NCRI platform, and are advocating for regime change.

    Maryam Rajavi said, at Saturday’s convention, “Our people want a constitution based on freedom, democracy and equality. The time has come for the international community to heed the demands of the people of Iran.”

    She also highlighted the fact that the roots of Tehran’s foreign wars are found in its domestic crises. “Out of the past 38 years, the mullahs were engaged in war with Iraq for eight years, have been at war with the people of Syria for six years, and have pursued confrontation with the international community for more than ten years to build an atomic bomb. The Iranian Resistance is proud that it has stood up to the mullahs’ religious fascism in all these three spheres: It has been the flag-bearer of peace and freedom; it has been a vanguard in defending the people of Syria, and it has led the way for a non-nuclear Iran.”

    Mrs. Rajavi continued, “We have welcomed the statements made at the Arab, Islamic, American Summit in Riyadh against the Iranian regime’s terrorist and destabilizing activities. Nevertheless, we emphasize that the ultimate solution to the crisis in the region and confronting groups like ISIS, is the overthrow of the Iranian regime by the Iranian people and Resistance.”

    She also stated that the most important changes needed are the people’s demands for freedom and democracy, and put forward these three points:
    1. The NCRI must be recognized by the international community as the sole legitimate voice representing Iranian people.
    2. There must be an end to the policy of engagement and appeasement regarding Tehran.
    3. A strong position of standing shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian people’s desire for regime change must be established

    The messages from politicians and high-profile figures from the United States and Europe gave more weight to the Iranian people’s demand for regime change.

    American dignitaries including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Mayor Rudi Giuliani, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Governor Ed Rendell and of dozens of other political and military officials gave their support, which represented a rare bipartisan initiative.

    Former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani said, “You, I, my government and your leadership, we see Iran in exactly the same way. The regime is evil and it must go. #FreeIran.”

    “I think it’s fair to say that the Trump administration has much fewer illusions about the nature of the Iranian dictatorship. I think it’s fair to say that Secretary of Defense Mattis in his years in the Central Command understands exactly who the Iranian dictatorship is…I think it’s fair to say that the National Security Advisor, General McMaster, in his years of service in the Middle East, knows exactly who the Iranian dictatorship is,” said former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

    Iran has experienced a series of setbacks following last month’s Riyadh Summit. That, along with the US continuing its evaluation of its comprehensive Iran policy, bode ill for the future of the regime in Tehran.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:33 pm on July 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Opposition Leader’s Call for Regime Change Gains Moment 

    By Shahriar Kia

    Here is Kia’s latest article posted on Practical Politicking

    On Saturday the Iranian opposition held a very organized and massive meeting in a huge auditorium north of Paris. Members of the Iranian community outside the country gathered from five continents to support the Iranian opposition’s effort to establish democracy and freedom in Iran under the banner of #FreeIran.

    Hundreds of political, religious, legal and military dignitaries were joined by human rights and women’s rights advocates delivered speeches in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman believing in a tolerant and democratic Islam.

    Considered quite significant in this year’s Iranian opposition rally is the launching of a new geopolitical era in the Middle East. This message was vividly expressed in Mrs. Rajavi’s call for regime change in Iran as the sole solution to resolve existing crises emanating from Tehran to the region and the world across.

    “The only solution to free the people of Iran and establish peace and tranquility in the region is the overthrow of the Iranian regime,” Mrs. Rajavi said in her speech.

    Rajavi’s call and the solution she delivered in Paris was supported and highly cited by the vast gathering and the high-profile dignitaries from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

    “The regime’s overthrow is possible and within reach, and a democratic alternative and organized resistance exists that can topple it,” she continued.

    “Despite the regime’s propaganda, the greatest threat to the regime is not a foreign enemy, but the very revolts in society waiting to erupt and the rising number of protests that reached 11,000 last year as acknowledged by the regime’s officials.”

    What needs understanding is the fact that while Tehran may stage many wars abroad, it’s the main conflict is with the Iranian nation.

    “From the outset, the regime was at war with the people of Iran. All the other wars waged against foreign countries were designed to cover up this main conflict. These wars are not a sign of the regime’s strength. The problem is that no government in the region has ever attempted to prevent the regime’s belligerence,” Mrs. Rajavi explained.

    The existence of a force for change and a democratic alternative guarantees the regime’s overthrow and Iran’s freedom, she added.

    Icons of American politics also voiced strong support for this main Iranian opposition movement.

    “I come today to bring you a very simple message Iran must be free the dictatorship must be destroyed containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender the only practical goal is to support a movement to free around any other vote will leave a dictatorship finding ways to get around any agreement and to lie about everything,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the crowd.

    “I think it’s fair to say that the Trump administration has much fewer illusions about the nature of the Iranian dictatorship and I believe that commitment to take steps to help you help all free people everywhere will be clear in this administration,” he added.

    “There must be regime change in Iran… The people of Iran will at some point rebel,” said Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    “In this case, there is something different. We have an alternative. Not only do we have regime change, but we have an alternative and that alternative is you. It’s a democratic alternative. It’s a force for change. It’s well organized. It has a vast network of supporters… A freer Iran is on the horizon…. I can say, and I can probably say this with a good deal of authority that the government of the United States supports, we are behind you, we agree with your values,” he added.

    “And now the next step is to free Iran,” emphasized Governor Ed Rendell, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “And you all know, down deep that regime change is up to the people of Iran. And that means you that means the people that are in Albania, that means Iranian dissidents all around the globe, and that means Iranian dissidents in Iran, in Tehran and all of the different cities. But the United States needs to stand firm and stand behind this movement and I believe we will.”

    The Middle East, where Iran has wreaked such havoc, also had a strong voice representing its general views.

    “The Iranian people are the first victims of Khomeini’s dictatorship,” said Turki Faisal, the former Saudi ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom. “Your effort in challenging this regime is legitimate and your resistance for the liberation of the Iranian people of all ethnicities, including Arabs, Kurds, Baluchis, Turks and Fars of the mullahs’ evil, as Mrs. Rajavi said, is a legitimate struggle.”

    While Maryam Rajavi called for the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and Iran’s eviction from the entire region, the convention urged the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and countries in the region to recognize the Iranian people’s resistance to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.

     via Iran Opposition Leader’s Call for Regime Change Gains Moment — Iran Liberty

     
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