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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.



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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:53 pm on 8 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    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 9:24 pm on 7 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Spiegelgate the Western Press’ Worst Scandal? 

     

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    Freedom Star: During the past weeks, a news release has been published in the International media that the German magazine Spiegel has suspended two editors after fake news scandal:

    Spiegel suspended two editors after fake news scandal 

    German News Weekly Der Spiegel Suspends Two Editors After Fake News Scandal

    Der Spiegel suspends two editors after fake news scandal

    This event is known as the SPIEGEL GATE.

    Mr Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a former vice-president of the European Parliament from Spain (1999-2014), and the President, International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) in this regard, issued a statement stating some important facts regarding the role of the media in cooperating with the Iranian regime and the release of fake news and articles to the mullahs’ order against their democratic opposition, discloses.

    This is a demonization campaign against the most prominent and most organized opposition group in Iran, the PMOI/MEK.

    Given the importance of this issue and the role of the media in our time, which should be enlightening and delivering real news to the people, I would draw the attention of all readers of this blog and press partners to reading this important statement.

    ISJ Press Release – Is Spiegelgate the Western press’ worst scandal?

    What about Iran’s misinformation campaign?

    Revelations of the deceit of journalist Claas Relotius, an editor of Germany’s prestigious Der Spiegel magazine, shocked advocates of the free press. It has now become apparent that most of the Relotius’s 60 reports for which he had won several journalism awards were based on lies. The German Journalists’ Union DJU called the case “the biggest fraud scandal in journalism since the Hitler diaries” in 1983 and CNN retracted its awards to him.

    US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said “the US had been the victim of institutional bias at the magazine… several of these fake stories focused on US policies and certain segments of the American people.”

    The Washington Post wrote that Der Spiegel’s anti-Trump articles had been broadly circulated in liberal circles, while the Washington Examiner wrote that Der Spiegel’s “editorial staff wanted to believe the dark and unflattering portraits he painted of America.”

    The question is, was this really the only and worst such smear campaign? Surely not. The scandal broke at a time when the influence of one of the world’s dirtiest dictatorships, the totalitarian theocracy ruling Iran, has had undue and untrue influence in the Western press for years, yet there remains a deliberate and deadly wall of silence. When occasionally it is partially broken, those with vested interests endeavor to whitewash the impropriety in order to continue their business with the mullahs.

    For some time, the Iranian regime has managed to influence some of the Western press, co-opt certain reporters, and orchestrate the recruitment of a number of its intelligence agents as journalists. The bias in 2018 of certain media outlets — notably The Guardian, The Independent, Britain’s Channel 4 TV and Al Jazeera –hostile to the Iranian opposition, in particular to the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), is quite blatant. In various formats, each has published manipulated and fabricated news on Iran against a backdrop of libelous allegations against the MEK and the NCRI. Sources and/or evidence are non-existent or so tenuous that minimal investigation would identify them as linked to the security services of the Iranian regime. Repeated correspondence by the MEK is ignored, and their denials go unpublished.

    The very ugly deception of Der Spiegel readers presumable fed the ego and pocketbook of Claas Relotius. The Guardian reporter Arron Reza Merat fattened up the brutal medieval regime in Iran with his 6,800-word article on November 9, 2018, blasting the MEK with contemptable allegations which pave the way for assassinations and murders.

    Contrary to Relotius’s reports, which only fell apart under extensive research and scrutiny by Der Spiegel, the falsehoods of Reza Merat’s articles could have been easily exposed via the Internet, or by giving minimal attention to the documents provided by the MEK press spokesperson. Many parliamentarians and English personalities decried the deceit in letters to the editor. Apparently, the hit-piece was but one of a systematic smear campaign; The Guardian had previously written similar, if more limited, articles (June 30, July 2, July 23, July 26, and October 26).

    The Guardian’s declared source for most of these falsifications were a group of mercenaries of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in Albania, who introduce themselves as former MEK members. Documents proving their links to the Iranian embassy and MOIS have been published many times and sent to The Guardian.  When the effectiveness of each of these mercenaries is deemed expired, he or she is transferred back to Iran.

    Interestingly, one month after Reza Merat’s article was published by The Guardian, the regime’s ambassador and its intelligence station chief in Albania were expelled from this country for conspiring against the MEK. On December 14th, the US President thanked the Albanian Prime Minister for his “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe.”

    Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has acknowledged the MEK’s critical role in sustaining the popular uprisings which have inundated Iran for over a year. He said on December 12th that those outside the country want to “help the various enemies of Iran, the MEK and similar groups, to create disagreement and civil war and problems …. they may have created a commotion in 2018, but are planning for 2019.”

    Under such circumstances, “friendly journalists” who target the MEK with poisonous attacks are of great value to the Iranian regime. A smokescreen shielding the realities of Iran is raised. Some are ex-patriots who have history with Iran’s security services and media, which are totally controlled by the government. Others have vested interests in the regime’s survival.

    Documents on their links are readily available. The expulsion of the Iranian regime’s ambassador and intelligence station chief in Albania definitely raised red flags, intentionally ignored. If the editors of The Guardian and others who have published fake news targeting the MEK and the NCRI had been interested in journalistic impartiality and goodwill, they should have expelled those responsible and apologized.

    It is time to break the silence vis-à-vis the Iranian regime’s malign influence in the Western press.  Despite the embarrassment and scandal, Der Spiegel stepped up to defend the free press and all it stands for. The media outlets responsible for disseminating the Iran articles based on distorted facts and dishonest sources seem unwilling to do so. Shame on them.

    alejo vidal-quadras  Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    President, International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ)

    Former Vice-President of the European Parliament (1999-2014)

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:35 pm on 2 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian officials betray their fear of “regime change” and the role of PMOI/MEK 

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    Iran-Every week, Iranian clerics with strong ties to the state give sermons at Friday prayers, laying out the views of regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

    Recently, Friday prayer leaders are increasingly warning about the possibility of the “overthrow” of their regime.

    Their fear from the regime change in Iran has forced them to warn the regime’s loyal forces about their main threat and in other words, their alternative.

    Who is this dangerous enemy who has the potential to topple the Iranian regime? How PMOI/MEK is considered as the main threat to the mullahs’ state? Listen to what the mullahs say.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:24 pm on 28 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Action Needed on Amnesty International’s Iran Report 

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    By: RezaShafiee

    After 30 years, Amnesty International published a 200-page comprehensive report on the massacre of political prisoners in Iran. Its main focus is the dark days of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Had the 1988 massacre been given enough international attention it deserved back then, the Iranian people would not have faced unbridled human rights abuses the following years. Impunity for crimes in those days emboldened the regime over the years to the extent that it is leveling the graves of the same victims all over Iran.

    The report concludes that only when “The UN establishes an independent, impartial and effective international mechanism to help bring those responsible for these abhorrent crimes to justice,” the “Blood soaked” history of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran will be put to rest. The human rights watchdog also says that such crimes amount to crimes against humanity and the perpetrators should be hauled before the international criminal court.

    Massacre of political prisoners in 1988

    There are different accounts of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran because of the shroud of secrecy the Iranian regime’s officials wrapped around it. Many former and current top Regime officials flatly deny gruesome events of that summer.

    What really happened?

    In the summer of 1988, Khomeini’s ambiguous war with its neighbor Iraq came to a screeching halt when his top brass Revolutionary Guards commanders foresaw a crushing and imminent defeat if he did not stop the war soon. War with Iraq served as a cover for internal suppression. At home, Khomeini had a powerful opposition and he needed to get rid of the existential threat to his absolute rule, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He saw thousands of political prisoners as a potential asset for the opposition.

    Khomeini hastily put together a committee to exterminate the prisoners. It, of course, needed some kind of religious green light. His infamous handwritten fatwa did the trick. The “Death Commission,” as it is known among Iranian political prisoners, was born to set in motion one of the most heinous crimes against humanity the world had seen in the 20th century. The commission oversaw the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, mostly members and supporters of MEK.

    On the eve of 28th anniversary of the 1988 massacre in the summer of 2016, Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the (NCRI) tasked the members of the opposition to embark on a worldwide campaign called “Movement for Justice.” The campaign sought justice for fallen victims of the theocratic regime in 1988. The final goal is to get the UN Security Council to hold the Iranian officials, past and present, accountable for 1988 crimes and stand trial before an international court for crimes against humanity.

    An early whistleblower

    Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri was the first whistleblower of the 1988 massacre in Iran. Montazeri, the handpicked successor of Khomeini, was sacked for his public objections to mass executions in 1988. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest and died in 2009. His son leaked an audiotape of his conversation with the members of Death Commission in 2016.

    In the moving tape, Montazeri can be heard telling a meeting of the “Death Commission” in 1988 and that they are responsible for a crime against humanity. He said: “The greatest crime committed during the reign of the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us, has been committed by you. Your names will in the future be etched in the annals of history as criminals.”

    Rewarding the culprits

    In the backward system of twisted logic, culprits of crimes are rewarded. Some members of the Death Commission still hold high offices in Iran. Ebrahim Raisi is one of them. He was a low-level cleric at the time and in return for his services was elevated in the rank and files of the mullahs’ hierarchy. Raisi is a close confidant of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Currently, Raisi is the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the wealthiest charity foundation in charge of Iran’s holiest shrine in Mashhad, northwestern Iran, with very close ties to Khamenei’s powerhouse.

    Raisi and Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Iran’s Justice Minister in Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet, were two of the four members of the Death Commission who were tasked by the then Supreme Leader Khomeini to summarily execute political prisoners. In the summer of 1988, the Commission handed down 30,000 death sentences. The kangaroo courts hardly lasted more than three minutes on average. Some of the political prisoners who miraculously survived the slaughter have written or spoken of their ordeals. The judges asked a simple question: Do you still believe in Mojahedin? Depending on the answer, one could go to gallows. The gruesome accounts of survivors, especially female prisoners, often leave the listeners in shock.

    Pour-Mohammadi has since admitted his role in the “Death Commission” and boasted that he was proud to “carry out God’s will and he has not lost sleep over what he did.”

    Alireza Avaie, another member of the commission, replaced Pour-Mohammadi as Rouhani’s Justice Minister in his second cabinet. His personal record in participating in human rights violations goes a long way back when he was partner in crime with the likes of Ebrahim Raisi.

    “The abject failure of the UN and international community to pursue truth and justice for the atrocities committed by Iranian authorities has had catastrophic consequences not only on survivors and victims’ families but also on the rule of law and respect for human rights in the country. Iran’s authorities must no longer be allowed to shield themselves from accountability for their crimes against humanity,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

    Source: ACTION NEEDED ON AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S IRAN REPORT

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:57 pm on 24 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    A New Graphic Novel – a Little Prince in the Land of the Mullahs. 

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    The true story of a young freedom-loving Iranian man

    The story of “A Little Prince in the Land of the Mullahs” is a graphic novel about the Iranian youth’s fight for freedom. Published by “Société des écrivains” publishers and prefaced by Ingrid Betancourt, this new graphic book is the story of Ahmad, an intrepid young Iranian, driven by the ideals of freedom, shared happiness and equality.

    Carried by the hope of one day making them known to his country and people, he faced the violence of the totalitarian regime of the mullahs, risking his life in a long and difficult struggle that took him to prison.

    Ahmad Raouf-Basharidoust, born in 1964 to a middle-class family and raised in northern Iran, tells of his childhood in Shah’s Iran, the 1979 revolution and Khomeini’s rise to power. He goes on to depict the circumstances in which this intelligent and curious teenager became an active sympathizer of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, the democratic opposition to the mullahs. After more than five years in prison, he was murdered in the summer of 1988 on the orders of Khomeini who had issued a decree commanding the massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

    Through reading this story, not only do we discover Ahmad’s own particular journey, but also the history of a whole generation who lived this revolution and was crushed by the cruelty of the mullahs; a generation that said “no” to Khomeini’s Islamism and his hangmen, despite the terrible conditions of prison and internment; a generation with a dream of freedom and democracy for Iran.

    This story also takes us through the contemporary history of a very ancient nation, covering the period 1964-1988.

    A Little Prince

    in the Land of the Mullahs

    The true story of a teenager who stood up to the Mullahs’ regime in Iran.

    Ahmad Raouf Basharidoust
    1964 -1988

    Preface: Ingrid Betancourt

    Biography: Massoumeh Raouf Basharidoust

    Scenario: Summer Harman

    Research: Summer Harman, Massoumeh Raouf Basharidoust

    Art work: Bunga, David Fernando Monroy Mallorca

    Preface:

    Ahmad’s story, told in comic book form, is certainly not a children’s story.

    Yet, that is how her sister Massoumeh wanted to share it with us. Perhaps that is because this story, which she has carried in her heart for 30 years, is made up of images that are too strong – those of her own life – images that are painfully engraved and that she did not want to betray.

    Massoumeh did not want to write just another story to talk about her brother. She did not want to present cold statistics and a politically correct analysis. Massoumeh wants us to grasp with our emotions that which is inaccessible through reason.

    She needs to bring her brother back to life, so we can get to know him, so he can enter our space, our time, and also – who knows – maybe finally our hearts.

    Telling the story of your little brother is a need, of course, but it is above all a right. It must honor Ahmad’s heroism, the majesty of his spirit, his beauty, his charisma. That is why she draws him for us and makes him speak, because she knows that he alone can be his best spokesperson.

    At the turn of each page we discover him in action, surrounded by his family, in his house, in his street, in his school, with the beautiful landscapes of his native country as a backdrop. We meet his friends and with them, his dreams and fears. Ahmad is there, in front of us, playful, intelligent, courageous, and poetic. We see him growing up in the tumultuous Iran of the 1980s. He became an adult, almost in spite of himself, probably too early, shaken by the violence of Khomeini’s dictatorial regime in Iran.

    From Ahmad’s hand we are entering the heart of the Iranian Resistance – that of the People’s Mojahedin. Early on in his twenties, he and his companions dream of a better future, without oppression, without fanaticism, without exclusion.

    And in this suffocating and misogynistic world of the mullahs, his heroes are his mother and sister: a sister who manages to escape from prison, a mother who dies under the persecution of the regime’s executioners.

    The story of the little prince in the land of the mullahs reveals to us, without any pretenses, the human tragedy facing millions of Iranians. With Ahmad, we can go through this tragedy, live it and try to understand why, so that the truth can no longer be hidden, so that justice can be done, and so that the liberation so long awaited by the Iranian people can happen.

    Ingrid Betancourt

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:42 pm on 18 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Leader Shows How Scared He Is of Overthrow in 2019. 

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    By Shahriar Kia

    Much of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s comments before senior regime figures in a December 12 meeting were focused on the very real possibility that in 2019 the people and their organised resistance, namely the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), would overthrow the mullahs.

    Khamenei is so scared of this that he has placed the Regime and its state security forces on high alert, something designed to unify the warring factions of the Regime against a common enemy: The Iranian people.

    These warnings spread across Iran during Friday prayers, with imams in various cities across Iran warning about the “enemy” and plots to overthrow the Regime next year.

    The Friday prayer imam of Asalem, northern Iran, said: “We must be very aware in 2019 because these threats in 2018 may be paving the paths for a much more powerful sedition next year… Experience shows that following the death of [regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini], the system has experienced a sedition once every ten years. Now we must be prepared for 2019.”

    That is true, the Iranian Regime has seen mass uprisings every ten years since Khomeini’s death in 1988, from the 1999 student uprising to the 2009 Green Revolution, and given the mass uprising that began at the start of 2018, it seems obvious that the mullahs do have something to fear.

    Gholam-Hossein Sedighi, the Friday prayer leader for Tehran said that the enemy wanted to “overthrow the state from day one [of the mullahs’ rule]”, while Ali Moalemi in Qaemshahr, northern Iran, claimed that the enemy is trying to “spread corruption” in Iran. To be clear, the Resistance has always wanted to remove the mullahs from power, but the corrupt individuals in Iran are the ones in the Regime.

    The Friday prayer leader for Ilam, western Iran, warned that the enemy had plans to disrupt Iran in December and January and the Friday prayer imam in Mashhad said that the enemy had “a plan for 2019”.

    While the Friday prayer leader for Kermanshah said: “The leader insisted to be aware of 2019 and the years afterwards. The enemies are hell-bent on carrying out conspiracies against the Islamic Republic in 2019. For years, operatives of the global arrogance have carried out plots against the Islamic Republic of Iran for years, seeking to bring an end to this Islamic state.”

    And yes, it’s very likely that the Resistance have plans to bring the Regime down in 2019. They haven’t exactly been hiding that they want the mullahs gone.

    Of course, it’s interesting that the mullahs continually refer to the Iranian people’s resistance as the enemy. This makes it clear that the uprising so far has shaken the mullahs, which is why Khamenei used the word “enemy” over 20 times in his remarks. They are trying to convince the Iranian people that this uprising in the work of outsiders, but the Iranian people know better.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:31 pm on 3 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    NCRI Reveals Details of Tehran’s Terror Machine in the West 

    NCRI Reveals Details of Tehran_s Terror Machine in the West

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, the Deputy Director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran-U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US)

    Washington, DC – On Friday, November 2, 2018, Alireza Jafarzadeh, the Deputy Director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran-U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US), held a press conference to unveil the terror network of the Iranian regime and its role in a chain of terrorist plots in Europe and the United States, revealing the specific regime officials involved in the planning and execution of terrorist operations.

    Jafarzadeh drew attention to the fact that the recent wave of terror plots were not the result of some rogue elements within the regime, but rather were decided and planned in the highest levels and carried out “under the supervision of [the Special Affairs Office of the Supreme Leader] after Khamenei personally approved them.”

    Stating that there has been a significant surge in terrorist operations in the US and Europe since 2017 and that the regime has revived its terror structure, Jafarzadeh said the regime carried out 2 terror operations in Europe in 2017, but has carried out 8 terrorist plots in the United States and Europe so far in 2018. He said that 4 Iranian diplomats have been implicated this year for involvement of such terror operations and that four major operations were carried out since March. “Tehran has plotted one major terror operation in Europe and the United States every six weeks from March to September 2018,” said Jafarzadeh.

    NCRI-US deputy director also explained the significant role Tehran’s Foreign Ministry has been playing as enablers and facilitators of terrorist operations and its culprits. He said that Tehran’s embassy in Vienna has acted as the main hub for a host of intelligence operations in Europe for the past several years. As other embassies played the same role in a host of terror operations over the past three decades.

    The primary target of the regime remains the officials of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its pivotal member, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Just in the past six months, there have been three plots specifically targeting NCRI and MEK, everywhere from the MEK’s members in Albania in March to the annual Iran freedom rally in Paris in June and even within the United States in August.

    While the regime intended these operations as a show of strength and intimidation or even eradication of the alternative to this regime, they reveal a deeper fear about the insecurity of the mullahs’ hold on power, particularly in light of the widespread anti-government protests that have shaken Iran for the past year.

    Mr. Jafarzadeh commented on the cause for the renewed wave of terror when he said, “For its survival, the regime looks to terrorism against its organized opposition as it plays the key role in the uprising in Iran.”

    Mr. Jafarzadeh concluded the conference by detailing a list of steps that Western governments could take to curb the Iranian regime’s aggression, including prosecuting all Iranian agents in the U.S. and Europe, expelling Iranian terrorist diplomats from Europe and shutting down Tehran’s embassies in European capitals and finally sanctioning all entities involved in planning, training, facilitating and funding the Iranian regime’s terrorism.
    NCRI-US

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:42 pm on 5 Oct 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Acknowledging Iran’s regime has no future 

     

    Iran is facing multiple crisis internally

    Iran is facing multiple crisis internally

    Remarks heard from Iranian regime officials in regards to the dilemmas facing the mullahs’ apparatus has reached a critical point. If these comments were expressed just a year ago, they would be considered a crime, and literally opposing the state and Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself.

    These remarks, however, have become very common these days.

    Various figures are questioning the very essence of the mullahs’ regime and their so-called constitution. Tajzadeh, the interior minister’s political deputy during the tenure of former president Mohammad Khatami, is placing his cross hairs on the position of the Supreme Leader itself.

    “The first and biggest mistake of all… was including the supreme leadership position in the constitution… the revolution steered away from being a republic to more of a despotism. In the constitution, we have provided vast authority to the supreme leader, without holding the individual accountable… This is enough to make the entire political system completely ineffective,” he said.

    These remarks actually signal the regime’s deep concerns regarding the boiling domestic unrest and the intensifying international isolation. The fact that such individuals, who were screened vigorously before being appointed as senior regime officials, are resorting to such remarks is quite telling about the weak status quo of senior officials and the entire regime apparatus.

    “Resolving the crisis of our entity lacking a future and resolving fears about the future cannot be realized through promises, speeches and/or reports. Today, relieving remarks made by political figures and directors are no longer effective,” Iranian regime figure Jabbar Rahmani said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency on October 1st.

    Faeze Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (now dead), also made interesting comments to EuroNews.

    “We cannot run the country with policies dating back to the first years after the 1979 revolution… the status quo has become so critical that Mr. Mesbah Yazdi (a senior mullah close to Khamenei) says we have less than five friends across the globe,” she said.

    Ali Younesi, a former intelligence minister, has recently questioned the epicenter of all the policies stated in the regime’s constitution.

    “I suggest to those in the Intelligence Ministry to not stand against the people. Inside the country, be very careful to avoid taking measures against the people,” he warned.

    All these figures agree on the one subject of a major restructuring necessary in the regime’s ruling apparatus.

    “Methods and policies must change, and reforms are needed in the state’s structure,” according to former Iranian regime president Mohammad Khatami.

    Faeze Rafsanjani also acknowledged, “We must accept the fact that we made mistakes. If the policies were correct in the past, they’re not so now. We have no other choice.”

    “The harsh truth is that the society can start crumbling. This can be realized very quickly,” said Rahmani.

    During the past year, and specifically after the Dec/Jan uprising to this day, a variety of figures inside the Iranian regime have been voicing such concerns. Ever since the people began rebuking the mullahs’ regime in its entirety, and especially targeting Khamenei himself, these figures have started to realize that their days are numbered.

    The mullahs’ regime in Iran is fundamentally against the people and cannot be reformed. In their street protests during the Dec/Jan uprising, the Iranian people were heard specifically chanting:

    “Reformists, principalists, GAME OVER!” or  “Reformists, Hardliner, Game is Over Now”

    This medieval and repressive regime will be overthrown by the protesting Iranian people and Resistance Units linked to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:34 pm on 4 Oct 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Figures acknowledging the regime’s utter failure 

    Iran_s protests continue to boil

    Acknowledging the complete failure of the mullahs’ ideology in Iran is nothing new. The fact that the Iranian regime’s state media are discussing this subject and the current crises due to the regime’s corrupt apparatus is what is quite new indeed.

    New remarks are heard questioning even Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself, and directly or indirectly consider him the main individual responsible for the current crises and status quo, signals a growing sign of unrest and dissent inside the country.

    Abolfazl Ghadiani and Alireza Rajaie, two figures known for their close relations with the Iranian regime apparatus, issued a statement published in a variety of media outlets discussing this subject.

    “The Islamic republic is now engulfed in a flood of crises and it is the target of numerous daily attacks from different sources. Pretending to be calm and having self-confidence will not resolve any of the countless dilemmas, including apprehensions, detentions, and executions,” the statement reads.

    “The newly found power oligarchy seen after the 1979 revolution established entity after entity to maybe be able to overcome the increasing crises. The [regime] has filed time and again. It was inside this oligarch that various circles of power and wealth came to life due to their access to government money. These entities consider the government and the country as their own economic playground, and are specifically in contrast with democratic demands, religious and ethnic minorities, and freedom of the press.”

    Questioning the complete apparatus of the religious fascism ruling Iran currently is not a subject limited to these two individuals.

    In response to this expanding wave of challenging the mullahs’ religious dictatorship, figures close to Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are heard raising their voices.

    “Necessary measures must be taken in the face of seditions. Why must [Khamenei’s] words be heard and no action be taken?” said Mullahs Sedighi, the temporary Friday prayer imam in Tehran.

    It is quite interesting that the figures now challenging Khamenei’s methods were once among the utmost loyalists to the mullahs’ rule.

    The truth is that protests are spreading in Iran and the organized resistance movement is gaining force, making a growing number of figures inside the Iranian regime extremely concerned about their own future.

    Furthermore, Khamenei lacks the power, influence, and capability to take actions against such voices. This weakness is realized by all of Iran’s society and a growing number of people no longer fear the crackdown imposed by the regime’s security apparatus.

    This is allowing the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) to increase the number of resistance units across the country.

    Such entities are escalating their measures against the regime and reigniting hope and courage in the hearts of a restive Iranian population that will no longer tolerate the religious dictatorship’s crackdown.

     
    • wizzymedpower 6:10 pm on 5 Oct 2018 Permalink

      Thanks for the update from Iran… I speak peace in the Nations of Iran in Jesus name amen!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Masoud Dalvand 8:19 pm on 5 Oct 2018 Permalink

      Thanks my friend. Amen. God bless you.

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    • wizzymedpower 8:50 pm on 5 Oct 2018 Permalink

      You’re welcome Dalvand..

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    • Gladys 2:40 pm on 17 Oct 2018 Permalink

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