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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:06 pm on 30 May 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Why is the Mullahs regime afraid of the PMOI/MEK in Albania more than the MEK in Iraq?! 

    PMOI members and Maryam Rajavi in a meeting in Albania

    Maryam Rajavi and MEK members in Albania

    By Masoud Dalvand

    The mullah’s regime has a single and widespread strategy against the MEK! The unit, inasmuch as its purpose is to eliminate the issue of overthrow, which, from the regime’s point of view, is only the strong and determined MEK, intends to realize it. And widespread, because the regime wants to use a completely different spectrum of tactics to apply it.

    When the MEK were in Iraq, the field for testing and erroneousness and the execution of all imaginary tactics, on the MEK was open to Iran regime! Sometimes attacked to the PMOI and shot them off.

    Sometimes attacked them by missiles. Attacks that caused dozens of martyrs and hundreds injured!

    Sometimes the MEK faces a psychological warfare. (Installing more than 400 Loudspeakers around the MEK’s headquarters and causing 24-hour sound pollution for two and a half years was an example of this psychological warfare. Resort to the subject of the family and sending some members The Intelligence ministry in front of the Ashraf to make bustle and create a crisis was another part of the same war.

    And sometimes, in addition of using all the above factors, the MEK was pressured by food and medical and logistical constraints, and on the other hand, showing the opening stomata of all these difficulties, it was expected that the MEK members would be lost their abilities. Say goodbye to their struggle, organization and their aspirations, and lead the way to the ordinary life!

    As Kobler, the representative of the United Nations in Iraq, who after some time revealed links and close friendships with the Iranian regime’s embassy in Iraq, said that after transferring the MEK from the Ashraf to Camp Liberty (a place near the Baghdad airport), it is expected that at least half the MEK members left the difficult conditions they are in and go to Iran (read to surrender to the Iranian regime’s embassy in Iraq)!

    The anticipation that shortly after the establishment of the MEK in Camp Liberty was made clear that the MEK are not a force that with wind of the siege, missile, attack, and psychological warfare, be rooted out and leave their ideals!

    But the transfer of the MEK from Camp Liberty to Albania through the international activities of Maryam Rajavi in Europe was a blow to the wishes of the mullahs regime!

    The Velayat-e faqih regime, with its striking missile attack couldn’t destroy the MEK and could not surrender them with psychological warfare and the siege!

    Maybe they had plans to prepare more striking rocket attacks, but it was too late …  the bird was out of the cage!

    With the transfer of the MEK to Albania, there was no longer possible missile attack or ground attack on them. After the deployment of the MEK in Albania, even the soft war that was executed in Iraq was no longer feasible!

    MEK in Albania

    In a free and regulated European country, naturally, nobody can install Loudspeakers around the people’s home! Also, he will not be able to send someone called a friend and family, or any name to be disturbed at others’ homes!

    Now the mullah’s regime remains, and the MEK who released from the siege, without the concern of the rocket and ground attack and …

    This is the form of the painful situation that the mullah’s regime has faced after the deployment of the MEK in Albania, and, of course, they have a thin strategy (and not a widespread) and solutions that are not effective now with the transfer of the MEK to Albania, now they’re no longer working!!

    If we could read the minds of regime strategists in confronting this issue, we would have only one solution:

    Pray for the fact that: now, the MEK in Europe, after years of blood and danger, abandoned the cause of freedom, and get an ordinary life!!

    Of course, the officials of the Velayat-e faqih should not sit idle! But it must be facilitated and promoted through the media, Internet, websites and in any way possible!

    Expect that, of course, it would be better to say that the last regime solution was against the Mojahedin! However, it was too late that the end of the tunnel was blackened and the regime has been left without a solution in front of the PMOI!!

    Four years after the presence of the Mojahedin in Albania, it became clear that the MEK did not stop asking for freedom for their people, wherever they are.

    Now after that dreams, this is Khamenei who is forlorn and desperate! From the great gatherings of the Iranian Resistance with the presence of the highest and most influential political figures in the United States, he moans and screams. Khamenei speaks about the role of the Mojahedin in the uprising of December 2017 and January 2018 in the regime’s TV and moans their presence on the Internet!

    The moans of this regime always existed, but this time had a fundamental difference with all previous years, the difference was:

    The bird was out of the cage, not only out of the cage, but also on the fly. Singing loudly and …. There is no shot to shoot him in the bow of the mullahs’ regime!

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:28 am on 28 May 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    MSNBC Richard Engel’s yellow journalism about Iran’s PMOI/MEK debunked 

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    May 27, 2018 – MSNBC’s Richard Engel broadcast a report on May 25th covering a variety of Middle East issues also referred to the main Iranian opposition entity, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), using previously debunked allegations directed by the Iranian regime, and parroted by its lobbyists and apologists across the board on both sides of the Atlantic for many years.
    This is not the first case that NBC has resorted to broadcasting a bogus report. NBC’s February 2012 claims of the PMOI/MEK assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists was never backed by evidence, and rejected specifically by the U.S. State Department in September of that same year as the PMOI was delisted from the Foreign Terrorist Organization’s slate.

    Furthermore, citing Masoud Khodabandeh, a known Iranian regime intelligence agent, makes the very objective of this piece crystal clear. As reported by the Library of Congress, Federal Research Division, Dec. 2012 p. 31: Masoud Khodabandeh & his wife Anne Singleton Khodabandeh “agreed to work for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS) and spy on MEK.”

    Engel repeats another false Iranian regime claim of the PMOI/MEK killing American military personnel. This is an allegation rejected by the University of Baltimore, the Council on Foreign Relations, a study by Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield and the U.S. Government.

    In reference to the PMOI/MEK taking part in the Iranian regime’s U.S. Embassy takeover back in 1979, hostage takers’ spokeswoman Masoumeh Ebtekar (now a key member of Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet), and others previously rejected any PMOI/MEK participation in this event.

    And Engel’s handpicking of former Counterterrorism Coordinator of Daniel Benjamin to emphasize the PMOI/MEK’s terrorist designation is a repeat of what this Obama official says in many interviews.

    All the while, the Los Angeles Times in 1997 and a bipartisan House of Representatives majority letter in 1998 made it crystal clear how this blacklisting was politically motivated.

    Understanding the end is near, Iran’s ruling clerics are escalating efforts to plot and execute terrorist attacks targeting the PMOI/MEK outside Iran, including in Albania, the United States and Germany, as revealed in an NCRI statement issued on April 20, 2018.

    A full rebutting piece published by the NCRI U.S. Office can be viewed here.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:18 am on 21 May 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    FIGHT OVER THE TRUTH OF ISLAM 

    New- Maryam Rajavi

    The following article by Maryam Rajavi appeared on October 5, 2016, in the Saudi newspaper, Alwatan Asaudiya.

    Terrorism, insane craving for power and overlooking national borders are common features of the (Iranian) mullahs and Daesh

    The crises of terrorism and tyranny under the name of Islam continue to confront both the Muslim and global communities as never before. In addition to the crimes continuously taking place in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the brutal killings in Nice and Normandy, France, in July, the explosion that took place next to the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina on the 4th of July, the killing on June 12 in Orlando, U.S., and the March 22 killing in Brussels, capital of Belgium, confirmed the persistence of the threat that befell these and other cities around the world.

    A study of these attacks in their real context, which also includes the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, will afford us more profound results: These incidents are the outcomes of a frightening and aggressive world outlook that tramples upon divine values on the pretext of defending religion. It attempts to put a veil of religious legitimacy on actions that by all accounts constitute murder and massacre. And, it portrays these actions as carrying the highest values by revering methods employed during the darkest periods of humanity.

    Those who subscribe to this outlook consider themselves to be Muslims, acting as if they are the elite followers of a legitimate faith while all others, including the rest of Muslims, are complete heretics, worthy of either total domination or annihilation.

    Steeped in this outlook, they allude to Quranic verses and the traditions of the Prophet of Islam, in a vain attempt to justify their actions. They masquerade as Islam an ideology that is summed up in tyranny, violence, sacrilege, inequality and misogyny. Is this really Islam or a complete perversion of it?

    Coercion or Freedom?


    Since the outset when Prophet Mohammad invited all to accept a single God, he told people that this would bring them salvation. God said in the Holy Quran that the Prophet had come to open the chains from people’s hands and feet.

    Prior to this, Jesus had said: Love one another just as the Lord loves you.
    Before him, Moses invited people to a religion that considers human beings as part of one family, describing the various peoples, ethnicities, and tribes as branches that lead back to a single source.

    So, all of us, as the children of Abraham, are brothers and sisters. What is essential in relations among human beings is not retribution, tyranny and exploitation, but freedom, compassion and unity.

    For a long period of time, of course, oppressive rulers and forces interpreted Quranic verses in accordance with the most reactionary schools of thought. They attached many fabricated veneers to Islam. But the true message of Islam has survived.

    In the course of this conflict, two diametrically opposed versions of Islam have emerged to confront one another:

    One interpretation is based on tyranny while the other Islam rests on freedom.

    The first promotes compulsion and deception, while the other relies on free and conscious choice. The first looks to the past and defends laws and social relationships of the past millennia, and the other defends universal human rights and underscores freedom. The first is based on a mechanical and fundamentalist reading, while the second is based on a dynamic reading tied to the explicit sayings of the Quran and the liberating spirit of Islam.

    In order to justify religious compulsion and coercion, fundamentalists claim that when choosing Islam as a faith, the scope of freedoms are limited, and after accepting Islam each Muslim must submit to the coercive measures that the fundamentalists advocate. This is while every specific action and ritual in Islam is only valid when it springs from the individual’s choice and volition. Islam teaches every follower to strive to engage in Ijtihad (adapting general laws to the contemporaneous social setting).

    Islamic fundamentalists consider the initial measures of Islam, which were in the direction of abolition of oppression, violence and inequality, as permanent and fixed commandments. After 1,400 years, they insist that humanity must remain stuck in that same historical spot.

    This is while Islam opened a path on which humanity could take other steps in order to realize divine compassion and true human freedom.

    At a time when women were not only deprived of owning property but had absolutely no economic rights, Islam, as a first step, recognized the rights of women to own property and declared that they deserve an inheritance at least half that of men. This decree heralded an age for the abolition of inequality. The intention of it was not that women will have only half the rights of men for all eternity.

    In an age of barbarity, where one tribe carried out a wholesale slaughter of another over a single murder, the monotheistic religions instituted “qisas” (retribution) as a punishment commensurate with the scope of the crime committed. This opened a path for limiting punishments and respecting the lives of families and tribes to which the accused belonged. It was not an order to unleash ruthlessness.

    In the age of slavery, Islam said that many sins can be forgiven through the freeing of slaves. This was a clear course-setting measure for the gradual abolition of slavery, and nothing less.

    Besides, why do the fundamentalists who ignore the true direction or course-setting actions of the Quran and still rely on its verses, continue to ignore the Quran’s explicit sayings?

    In The Family of Imran, verse 7, the Quran clearly says that some verses in the holy book are Muhkamat (foundational and not subject to change) while others are Muteshabihat (allegorical). However, it says, “Then those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part of it which is allegorical, seeking to mislead, and seeking to give it (their own) interpretation.”

    Muhkamat are verses relating to foundational and non-changing principles such as the oneness of God, the Day of Judgment, equality among human beings, and personal responsibility.

    Muteshabihat, on the other hand, are primarily related to social and economic regulations and edicts, as well as the methods and strategies to realize humanitarian and social values. These methods are predicated on historical and geographical circumstances, always changing and evolving in proportion to the advancements and progress made in particular epochs. What is important is that 1,400 years ago, these edicts and methods were far more advanced than the methods, traditions and standards prevalent in even the most advanced societies of that age, especially in the Arabian Peninsula that saw the advent of Islam. These laws heralded a vast economic and social transformation in that historical context.

    The Quran has gone even further when it comes to recognizing the changing nature of socioeconomic laws and methods. The Quran was revealed to the Prophet of Islam over the course of a 23-year period. Many of the orders revealed in the early years of Islam that were proportional to the level of progress and advancement in the Muslim community ultimately changed during the final years of revelations and the Prophet’s life. In The Cow, we read: “Whatever message We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or one like it. Knowest thou not that Allah is Possessor of power over all things?”

    The Bees talks about orders that replace others. The first leader of Shiites, Imam Ali, states that the Quran says, “Some affairs were mandatory in their own times, but were annulled at a later point.”

    Despite all this, fundamentalists have expropriated the Quran, committing many crimes by falsely quoting Quranic verses based on a rudimentary understanding of the holy text to advance particular political agendas while referring to views that have been fabricated through the ages.

    In addition to the rulings mentioned in the Quran, other rulings, the bulk of which are the mullahs’ sharia, did not exist either during the life of the Prophet of Islam or in later years. They have rather been formulated by clerics in subsequent centuries.
    Now that we know the Quran itself recognizes the termination of certain things and highlights the need to replace the old with the new, why should the rulings of clerics who lived a thousand years ago remain unchangeable? Why should Muslims not be able to critique these rulings and formulate laws and regulations that are proportional to the progress of society? Why should they follow rulings, many of which defend oppression and inequality, and are thereby un-Islamic? Truly, without a dynamic understanding of the Quran, any interpretation will inevitably be a perversion and must be firmly rejected.

    The Common Beliefs of Fundamentalists

    All fundamentalists, from the mullahs ruling in Tehran, who are the ideological godfathers of Daesh (ISIS), to the militias affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Qods Force in Iraq, or the Lebanese Hezbollah, Boko Haram, and Daesh, speak of Islam, but in reality they stand against the truth of Islam.

    All of them – with their different names and faces – have a common belief summed up in their commitment to the reactionary Sharia and extremist implementation of it. This Sharia emerges in various forms, including religious coercion, tyrannical rule, misogyny, heresy, and rejection of moral and Islamic principles.

    1. Coercive Religion – When Khomeini and his clerical clique instituted their regime by suppressing those who had brought about the 1979 revolution, they imposed their reactionary ideology by chanting the slogan “Only One Party, the Party of God.” They suppressed women by chanting “either the veil or a hit on the head.” They then proceeded to force people to comply with the rules of a coercive religion through executions, torture and intimidation.

    Three decades later, when Daesh began to appear on the scene, its main slogan was “Islamic Sharia will never be implemented without a weapon.” This is while anything that is accompanied by force and compulsion is diametrically opposed to the spirit of religion, and as the Quran has itself said: “There is no compulsion in religion.”

    And the rituals that are mandatory for the followers of Islam, including daily prayers and fasting, are not considered valid unless they are purposeful (to get closer to God) or voluntary.

    2.The Establishment of Despotic Rule – Fundamentalists seek to establish a barbaric tyranny under the banner of Islam, referring to it with various names like the velayat-e faqih in Iran (absolute clerical rule), or the Islamic State or Caliphate. They claim that since they have risen up to implement Islamic laws, they are justified in using force and eliminating freedoms. But, tyranny is a contradiction of Islam. In the Quran, God tells his Prophet: “So remind. Thou art only one to remind.
    Thou art not a warder over them —.”

    Two very important documents assist us to an extent in revealing Islam’s true view regarding the behavior of rulers towards their people.

    First is the letter written by Umar bin-Al-Khattab, the second Islamic Caliph (586-644), to the people of Jerusalem in 636 after Muslims won a portion of the Byzantine Empire. In the letter, Umar wrote: “This is a promise of security that Umar, the leader of Muslims, is giving to the people of Jerusalem. I hereby guarantee the security of all residents, healthy or sick, including people’s lives, property, churches, and crosses. I will not occupy or destroy their churches. Churches themselves or anything in their vicinity, crosses and properties will not be touched. No one will be able to force them to leave their land or abandon their faith. No one will be hurt. … Anyone who leaves Jerusalem will be guaranteed safety for their lives and property until they reach a secure destination. And anyone who remains in the city will be safe.”

    The second is a letter from Ali bin Abitaleb, the Prophet’s son-in-law, the fourth Caliph and the first leader of Shiites (518-661), who wrote to Malik Ashtar, after appointing him as the ruler of Egypt: “Harbor compassion, good behavior, and goodness towards people. You shall never act like a rabid animal towards them thinking that devouring them is fine. There are two kinds of people: those who are your brothers in faith, and those who are humans like you in creation. … The best minister in your view should be a minister who tells you the bitter truth instead of admiring you for the words and deeds which the Lord does not accept for his friends. Improvement in the lives of the citizens must weigh more heavily in your thinking than taxing them, because taxes will not become available unless with development. So, if those who pay taxes complain about it being too heavy, give them discounts to the extent that they see improvement in their lives. Prevent your military forces from confronting the ordinary people so that their spokesperson can speak up without stuttering and without fear and concern. I have heard many times from the Prophet that no nation ever becomes clean and refined, unless the meek and the deprived can obtain their rights from those in power without stuttering, fear and concern.”

    3. Terrorism and the insane craving for power under the banner of “Jihad” – What today’s fundamentalists introduce as “Jihad” or “Jihadism” is in reality nothing other than sheer terrorism and brutality. The meaning of jihad in the Quran is to rise up against injustice, something that has even been enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Quran gives permission for jihad only to those who face injustices, are being murdered or forcibly exiled from their country. This means that the Quran recognizes their right to stand up against injustice. In this context, what does such a struggle have to do with the seeking of domination by the mullahs over Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, or Yemen, or with the attempts by Daesh to dominate more territory and gain access to more oil fields?
    In their minds, Muslims who oppose the rule of clerics or caliphs, as well as non-Muslims who refuse to surrender to them, are the primary targets of this so-called jihad.

    Why do those who claim they declare jihad against the enemies of God live in peace and solidarity with Bashar Assad and Khamenei, while at the same time spraying unarmed people in concert halls or train stations with bullets?

    Is it considered jihad when the mullahs ruling Iran unleash their armies in Syria to massacre hundreds of thousands of Syrian women, men and children while displacing over half the country’s population?

    4. Rejection of Borders – Another common element among fundamentalists is the rejection of national borders and efforts to occupy other countries’ territories. Today, Daesh has occupied portions of Iraq and Syria under the banner of an Islamic State while calling for the occupation of other countries. But the phrase “Islamic State” was something that was mentioned over three decades ago by Khomeini in his will. He demanded the creation of “an Islamic State with free and independent republics.” In the current constitution of the Iranian regime, the government is responsible to constantly strive for “the realization of the political, economic, and cultural unity of the Islamic World.”

    In order to preserve their power in Iran, the mullahs have always tried to gain influence in other Muslim countries of the region. The Iran-Iraq war, which on the insistence of Khomeini continued for eight years and resulted in the deaths of over a million Iranians, as well as the mullahs’ current domination over parts of Iraq and Lebanon serve as examples of this policy. Such reactionary expansionism, which has occurred at the expense of the unjust shedding of the blood of innocent people accompanied by a horrendous scale of destruction, are contradictory to the teachings of Islam.

    5. Misogyny and degrading women’s status – Among the other clear and predominant common features of fundamentalists is their misogyny. This is the implementation of inequality and violence against women, depriving them of their basic freedoms and rights, barring them from management and leadership roles in sociopolitical institutions, and considering them as second-class citizens, all of which occur by using Islam as the excuse. But when Islam was introduced, it played a pioneering role in opening the path of liberty and equality for women. For example, from the earliest days, hundreds of women gained prominence by swearing allegiance to the Prophet and assuming responsibilities to assist the Prophet in political, social and military matters.

    The Quran highlights equality among all human beings, including women and men. The dynamism of Islam and the Quran annuls all rulings that in one way or another reject gender equality.

    6. Takfir (Excommunication) – Khomeini, Daesh, and other similar entities use Takfir to suppress and eliminate opponents and especially to confront those who oppose the mullahs’ Sharia.

    Khomeini’s religious decree to massacre political prisoners in Iran in 1988 is one of the most important examples of Takfir in modern history. In a handwritten order, Khomeini claimed that sympathizers of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are not “in any way” committed to Islam and are sentenced to death in various prisons across Iran. On the basis of this order, in the span of a few months, over 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were supporters of the PMOI, were executed. But, according to the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet, the spirit of Islam is intertwined with tolerance and acceptance of disagreements and differences among human beings, groups, and followers of various faiths and religions. In verse 87 of The Cow, God vociferously reprimands those who ban others, saying that they are pompous and reject one group while killing another.

    7. Dogmatism with respect to secondary issues combined with neglect of humanitarian principles – One of the disgraceful beliefs of all fundamentalists, from which they do not shy away, lies in the attempt to discredit moral, humanitarian and Islamic principles to reach their own petty goals, especially in their quest to preserve power.

    They are extremely fastidious, inflexible and dogmatic when it comes to secondary and inconsequential issues. At the same time, when it comes to the fundamental principles and ideals of Islam, they commit heresy and are negligent in accordance with their own interests.

    Before obtaining power, Khomeini in his book entitled “The Islamic State” deemed as permissible mass killings in order to ensure the survival of the state or, as he put it, in order to “uproot many of the corrupt races that are harmful to society.” After he came to power, he also said: “The vali-e faqih (clerical ruler) can prevent prayers, fasting and Haj if he finds such prevention expedient … and to destroy the house of a believer and secure the divorce of the man’s wife.”

    And as everyone witnessed, in order to preserve his rule, he continued the devastating Iran-Iraq war for eight years and left a million victims among the Iranian people.

    Today, Daesh, which massacres people without a moment’s pause, is following the same example and lends no value or credence to humanitarian or moral principles.

    By the way, is it not true that monotheistic religions were revealed in order to ensure the compliance of human beings with moral codes and humanitarian principles?

    Were the Ten Commandments of Moses or everything that Jesus and Mohammad said not intended to contain the aggressive, greedy and oppressive tendencies of human beings in order to inaugurate a path toward freedom and the realization of individual and social ideals?

    So how can fundamentalists give permission to themselves to commit all sorts of brutality and dub it Islam?

    It is astonishing that fundamentalists, in all their Shiite and Sunni variants, portray themselves as defenders of Islamic and moral standards. In order to implement unjustified violence, which they falsely describe as “Islamic punishments,” they have amputated many limbs, gouged out eyes and stoned women to death with indescribable barbarity and callousness. While in this age, no one has trampled upon divine and Islamic laws more than this bunch. As the Quran says, “And of men is he whose speech about the life of this world pleases thee, and he calls Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart, yet he is the most violent of adversaries. And when he holds authority, he makes effort in the land to cause mischief in it and destroy tilth and offspring; and Allah loves not mischief.”

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    Our Beliefs

    All this is not a mere theoretical treatise for our movement. It is the subject of a difficult struggle, which has continued for the last five decades at a heavy price that includes many lives sacrificed by the PMOI. The history of the PMOI is a history of persistent theoretical and practical rebellion against the foundations of reactionary religious ideology.

    The PMOI is the oldest and largest Muslim organization in the Middle East that opposes extremist interpretations of Islam. The PMOI was founded in 1965. Ever since, it embarked on a theoretical effort to understand the truth of Islam and wipe away the dogmatic and static readings of it. The PMOI succeeded in formulating and promoting in Iranian society the credible views of Islam on freedom, human rights, social justice, gender equality, the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and other matters.

    The thinking proffered by PMOI founder Mohammad Hanifnejad marked a revolution in Islamic thought. He said that the true demarcation is not between believers and non-believers of God. The real demarcation line lies between those who suppress and oppress others, and those who are being suppressed and exploited.

    This outlook marked a definitive and unyielding gulf between the traditional and static understanding of Islam on the one hand and the true Islam on the other. It marked an indisputable boundary between the PMOI or a democratic Islam and a reactionary Islam.

    On this basis, today, we reject sectarianism and religious conflicts. We declare that the struggle is not between Shiites and Sunnis, or Muslims and Christians, or the people and culture of the Middle East against the people and culture of the West.

    Yes, there is no war of civilizations. Rather, the main struggle is between tyranny and fundamentalism on the one hand, and democracy, freedom and people who seek freedom and progress on the other.

    We believe that the verses of the Quran have been emphatic enough in indicating that the followers of all religions are equal in their social, political and even ideological rights. The following are a few examples:

    Chapter Maida (The Table Spread), verse 69: Surely, those who have believed, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians — whoso believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve.

    Chapter Baqara (The Cow), verse 285: The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one [of them] believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction [they say] between one and another of His messengers.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: [We seek] Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.”

    Chapter Maida (The Table Spread), verse 46: And we caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, fulfilling that which was revealed before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel which contained guidance and light, fulfilling that which was revealed before it in the Torah, and a guidance and an admonition for the God-fearing.
    Correct understanding is achieved through correct action

    Other steps taken by the PMOI in the context of the theoretical and ideological struggle against religious reactionary thinking are just as important.

    In circumstances where traditional culture ruled over a majority in Iranian society, the PMOI, with incredible bravery, stood up to the reactionary mullahs, referenced the Quran and said that a correct understanding of Islam is dependent on one’s participation in the struggle to produce social change. And this is something that the reactionary mullahs who justify crimes committed by ruling regimes cannot do.

    In contrast to the mullahs who view scientific achievements and theories like the evolution of life and society as contradictory to their reactionary understanding of Islam and the Quran, the PMOI sees these theories as conforming and complementary to the ideological and anthropological viewpoints outlined in the Quran and Islam. The PMOI considers the emergence of prophets and prominent religions like Islam as the biggest change inducers for social evolution in history.

    These are among the subjects that the Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi taught in the early years after the anti-monarchical revolution. At the time, the French Daily Le Monde wrote, “One of the most important events not to be missed in Tehran is the course on comparative philosophy, taught every Friday afternoon by Mr. Massoud Rajavi. Some 10,000 people present their admission cards to listen for three house to the lectures by the leader of the People’s Mojahedin on Sharif University’s lawn.”

    Moreover, the PMOI embraced the theory of “Quranic dynamism,” which supplies the framework and context for a correct understanding of the Quran. Inspired by Islamic principles, this context affirms the legitimacy of secular legislation while annulling and rejecting fundamentalist Sharia laws whose special role is to enchain social freedoms.

    The PMOI, inspired by the principle of free will and choice embedded in Islamic and Quranic teachings, rose up to defend the people’s freedom and sovereignty, declaring anything based on tyranny and refusal of the people’s free vote as alien to Islam. The Iranian Resistance’s initiative to call for the abolition of the death penalty, a rare example in Islamic countries, was the practical upshot of such an outlook.

    In this context, the PMOI rose up against the velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) in Iran. Paying a heavy price, they rejected the mullahs’ constitution, which has the velayat-e faqih as its pillar. They also disavowed and renounced the demagoguery of the mullahs, who claimed that they were representatives of God on earth.

    The PMOI also launched a drawn out and profound struggle for gender equality. By making reference to the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet and other Islamic pioneers, they showed that denying women their rights and freedoms is contradictory to the true message of Islam. This belief has had a tangible and real impact on the structure of the resistance movement. Women have attained a decisive role in the leadership of this movement as well as in other levels of decision making.

    And, ultimately, the PMOI‘s crucial trailblazing act has been the promotion of the separation of religion and state, which leaves no room for theocracy and religious discrimination. Support for this principle could not have attained the seriousness and impact that it has had if it were not a Muslim movement’s initiative. In the program of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the transitional government, Massoud Rajavi reiterated in 1981: “Scientific, philosophical and ideological facts are never decided by democratic voting, however, in the realm of political administration of the country, it is impossible to have a consensus of all the different opinions and various views in a united framework, unless everyone accepts that political legitimacy is primarily decided democratically after passing a democratic test of polling and general elections.”

    مسعود

    Massoud Rajavi Leader of the Resistance of Iran

    Massoud Rajavi added, “We, Muslims, believe that the abolition of political and social discriminations among all citizens of a nation, does not in any way mean that we overlook the righteousness of the genuine Mohammadan Islam. On the contrary, our Islam is exactly the opposite of Khomeini’s, and does not need to prove its legitimacy and justification through coercion and compulsion. In other words, we profoundly believe that Islam’s true blossoming becomes possible when no social or political discrimination, privilege, or coercion is used.”

    In defense of this principle, we have risen up against coercive religion and religious coercion. Can this principle be considered as creating limitations or introducing revisions in Islam’s fundamental ideas? No, to the contrary, it insists on the true spirit of Islam.

    Do we mean that in a society liberated from dictatorship no individual or group can be active by relying on Islam? No, what we mean is that, just as a resolution adopted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran says, the ballot box reigns supreme and no privilege should be granted or taken away due to belief or lack of belief in a particular religion. This principle also guarantees freedom of religion in the sense that Muslims or followers of other faiths can freely practice their religion without facing any form of inequality whatsoever.

    In a document he prepared in 633 in the city of Medina, the Prophet of Islam said: “Jews and Muslims are like one nation or people. (The only difference is that) the Jews follow their religion and the Muslims are committed to their own.”

    What we are advocating is to annul and reject tyranny under the veil of religion. This is the conclusion reached from a great historical experience, which foresaw the defeat of religious dictatorship in Iran. Our goal is to overthrow the foundation of sectarianism under the guise of Shiism or Sunnism. Exploiting religion for the pursuit of power must not continue any longer.

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    Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of Iranian opposition groups and personalities striving for a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:41 pm on 29 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Challenges and Crises of the Iran Regime in the Iranian New Year’s Perspective. 

    Poisonous cup of missile and regional wars for Iran regime

    In the first year’s speech in Mashhad, Khamenei tried to give a good picture of the condition of the regime in the most critical areas such as justice, corruption, inflation and poverty, unemployment, and economic uncertainty and the issue of liberties, while the image of the Khamenei and his media at the end of the Iranian year (1396), they presented a condition of the regime, indicating crises and super-challenges.

    The question is, what is the reality at the end? Khamenei tried to give a good and so-called “natural” picture of the condition of the regime in the speech for beginning of year, but the result was a reversal. For everyone who has a little awareness of the issues of society, it was very clear that his words were deep crisis of the Mullahs regime.

    For example, in the case of corruption, this time, the issue of corruption has grown.

    As he himself, one month ago, in February 2018, he described the regime’s tragedy as a seven-heads dragon!

    Or in another example, while on February 18, 2018 he said:  “We having been helped to the rich classes of society  instead of paying attention to the poor people,” this time, it was the Mullahs and other officials who blamed the people for their troubles, accusing them of “wanting a lot, a lot eating and spending a lot!!. ”

    The most famous was the naming of the year, which was called “the protection of Iranian goods!”. While this expression and naming, shows a critical situation and a lack of “solution.” because it is very clear that this naming is not based on the material basis.

    Some of the two gangs of the regime in the news media, show along with examples and figures, confess and express concern to the critical situation of the country in various fields. But, apart from all the statements and unspoken ones, the reality of the scene should be assessed from the observation of the crises the regime is struggling with.

    We must first list the most pressing challenges and crises the regime faces , then how can the regime confrontation and resolution of each of these crises are possible?

    Currently, the regime faces several challenges and major crises:

    • The explosion of society and the uprising across the country and turbulent economy of the country
    • The internal challenges of the regime
    • endangering global
    • Regional isolation

    In relation to the explosive atmosphere of the society, we have seen that after the rebellion on January, many Mullahs, Khamenei and other leaders of the regime came to the scene and generally said that the roots of the uprising are both economic and political.

    In economic terms, they are characterized by severe budget deficits, millions of unemployed, poverty, high costs, and so on, but they don’t offer even a solution. For example, the day (Sunday, March 25th) Rouhani came to the scene and said, “We have to think for 3 million unemployed!” But he did not provide any solution.

    But Khamenei said the people’s problem is “a lot of spending, eating and consuming a lot”! Does he not know that this inspire anger and hatred for people who touch the poverty in entire of their lives? He knows, but it does not have a solution!

    In the other hand, regarding the fact that the president of the United States have to decide to put an end to Iran Deal until May 12, the regime must decide for the 2nd and 3rd deal… and either drinking the next poison cups or return  all the sanctions, the seventh chapter of the UN Charter (military action, etc.)

    Now, with the changes at the top of the American political pyramid, the horrors of the regime have become much higher. “I do not think that this agreement can be reformed through negotiations with the Europeans,” Tramp’s new National Security Adviser said yesterday in his first interview. So, we see that there is no solution to the crisis.

    In the context of the economic crisis, a few days ago, the “World of Economics” newspaper wrote: “The Iranian economy remains like a drowning person that only tries to keep itself on the water.”

     

    Although the above has been described, but in the final look, has the regime a solution?

    If it was to be a solution, it would have to appear within two years of its(Iran Deal) implementation, while now, according to the United States announcement, the regime is on a two-way path; its way is to accept the hand Take off missile activities and end its regional interference in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Which means the spread of missile poison and a region that, according to Qassim Suleimani, “takes Islam and Shiea and Iran (the regime).”

    Or insisting on missiles and interference in the region that continues along this path leading to death, all bank and oil sanctions, and the threats of the seventh section of the UN Charter are on top of the regime.

    Finally, there is a very important point to point out; it is true that the regime is under the siege of crises from several sides and it has no solution, but the existence of an organized resistance and nationwide protests by leading this organized resistance is the biggest crisis and danger for the collapse and overthrow of the mullahs regime.

    That is why these days, high and low, the regime is fearing of the PMOI/MEK. Especially after a world-class change.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:51 am on 26 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran reacting to John Bolton’s appointment as US National Security Advisor 

    Bolton’s selection is tantamount to increasing pressure on Iran

    Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman of the Iranian parliament’s Security & Foreign Policy Commission said:

    “The selection of John Bolton as the U.S. National Security Advisor is aimed at increasing pressures & aggressive policies against Iran in the coming days.

    “Bolton is one of the planners of toppling the Islamic Republic Of Iran.

    “Down this path Bolton is supporting the [Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)].

    “We are also witnessing the coming of a new U.S. Secretary of State and a new sanctions bill against Iran in the U.S. Congress.

    “This trend signals the fact that the Americans… intend to continue their aggressive and enmity policy against Iran.”

    JamNews website:

    “Firebrand PMOI/MEK supporter becomes the new U.S. National Security Advisor.”

    “Bolton has time and again… sought regime change in Iran and is known for his strong positions against the Islamic republic.

    “The National Security Advisor is an important post in the White House and plays a significant role in policy-making & administration decisions in regards to U.S. foreign policy and military strategy.

    “Donald Trump and H.R. McMaster were talking about his resignation for some time. They pushed this development forward to have the new team in place sooner.

    “[Bolton], now in the main decision-making entity defining U.S. strategy, publicly supports regime change in Iran.

    “Supporters of aggressive action against Iran’s regime admire Bolton for his frankness.

    “Bolton also has good relations with the [PMOI/MEK], meeting with Maryam Rajavi and delivering a number of speeches in their events.”

    Guardian Council spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodaie says:

    “The news is short yet very meaningful. John Bolton, an [Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)] supporter, obtains the highest political post in Trump’s administration.”

    Rouydad 24 website:

    “Supporter of war against [Iranian regime] becomes US National Security Advisor!”

    “Bolton is among the most explicit opponents of the nuclear agreement (JCPOA).”

    “Bolton is among the main [PMOI/MEK] supporters and has supported regime change in Iran in his speeches at their rallies.”

    Tabnak website (affiliated to former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezaie):

    “With new changes in the White House, one must say the neocons have gained the main role in Trump’s foreign policies against Iran.”

    “The nuclear deal and political regime change in Iran is the epicenter of this defiance.”

    “Considering the new circumstances, we must say political regime change is once again in the Trump administration’s agenda.”

    “[The new White House apparatus] considers Iran the main issue in the Middle East and Tehran the main threat against US interests.”

    “They are attempting to portray [the Iranian regime] as tantamount to ISIS.”

    Youth Journalists Club:

    “As the new White House National Security Advisor, John Bolton will be playing an important role in Trump’s security decisions.”

    “Bolton has repeatedly adopted aggressive positions against [the Iranian regime].”

    “He is a staunch supporter of exiting the JCPOA.”

    Bazar Ariya website:

    “Leaving the Iran nuclear deal was the pivotal point of John Bolton’s first TV interview.”

    “Trump’s new National Security Advisor reiterated he is participating in this program to talk about US’ possible JCPOA exit.”

    “John Bolton is known for his strong stance against the [Iranian regime].”

    “(US Secretary of State-nominee Mike) Pompeo also holds strong opinions against the nuclear pact.”

     

    via Iran reacting to John Bolton’s appointment as US National Security Advisor — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:22 pm on 16 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Will Soon Fall 

    The Iranian Regime is on thin ice and they know it, as demonstrated by the protests that were seen all over Iran on Tuesday night, during the national Fire Festival, and the Regime’s brutal response to it.

    These large anti-regime rallies suggest that the Iranian people will not be giving in, no matter what the Regime does, until they’ve realised their ultimate objective of regime change. These protests have brought together the Iranian people – no matter their gender, class, job, or religion – to rise up against the mullahs and they will remain united in this effort.

    From women demanding equal rights, to farmers opposing the wilful destruction of their crops, to religious minorities demanding their right to practice their faith, all of these valid and worthy protests are snowballing together, which is why the Regime has been sending in the troops.

    A spokesperson for the Iranian police reported that they were using “5,000 officers, 10 million accomplices, 1,100 traffic police vehicles, 27,000 special police patrols, installing 1,330 police trailers, 3,770 patrol vehicles, 2010 motorcycle patrols, 2,900 on-foot patrols, 1,700 temporary inspection centers, 104 permanent inspection centers and 30 helicopters” to suppress the protests.

    Scared of the people

    That would be a massive overreaction if the Regime wasn’t scared to death of being overthrown by its people, and yes, the so-called moderates in the Regime almost certainly approve of these measures.

    In February, Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi foretold that the protest movement would continue until they get regime change and noted that the Regime knows that it is incapable of containing it.

    She said: “The wall of fear has been cracked, and nothing including arrests, killings and torture can prevent the advancement of the protests to overthrow the regime.”

    The Iranian Resistance, including the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are supporting and encouraging the protesters and it is working. Tuesday’s protests were largely the result of a call from the MEK to attend in spite of the Regime’s threats.

    The West’s role

    The West has recently begun to acknowledge the threat posed by Iran’s ballistic missiles, but how long will it take them to realize that the Iranian people want regime change?

    Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote on Al Arabiya: “It is high time for the West to realize appeasement vis-à-vis Tehran is not welcome as protesters express their abhorrence of this clerical rule.”

    He advises that the European Union recognize the Iranian people’s demand for regime change and start to adopt measures against the Regime, in particular for human rights abuses of the protesters.

    He also states the EU should end trade deals with Iran, as the money largely goes to prop up the Regime and its violent militarized police force, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

    He advises that another good starting point would be to have the United Nations investigate the mysterious fates of protesters in custody.

    Alavi wrote: “Europe should jump on board with its Middle East allies and the United States in adopting a firm Iran policy. Silence in regards to Tehran’s unrestrained quelling of protesters simply seeking their God-given right of freedom is unacceptable.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:25 pm on 13 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The National Fire Festival, Another Uprising Against Iran regime 

    The-national-fire-festival

    Fire Festival celebrations begin in Sanandaj, in Kurdistan province, west of Iran. Youth begin exploding firecrackers.
    March 13, 2018.

    Courageous youth in Rebellious Hub burn the Lavasanat Basij base near Tehran-March 13

    ‌March 13 : Throwing a hand grenade and burning a large picture of Khamenei-Khomeini-Saveh road, Robat Karim, Taleghani avenue.

    March 13 Zibashahr : and Chanting: Death to Dictator

    March 13 : Death to Khamenei, Death to Dictator

    March 13 : Throwing hand grenade to oppressor forces of regime by youth

    Ceremonies are rolling in the heart of the capital, . Fire crackers can be heard all over the city. March 13, 2018

    Urmia West Azerbaijan: Death to Dictator March 13

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:34 pm on 11 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Fear of Nationwide Protests on the Verge of National Fire Festival 

    Iran Uprising – No. 107

    The clerical regime, fearful of the explosion of anger of the people in the National Fire Festival (Last Wednesday of each year in Persian calendar) and following the call of the social headquarter of the People’s Mojahedin inside Iran, under the title of “The National Fire Festival celebration; another uprising against the dictatorship of the mullahs,” tries in vain to reduce the scope and dimensions of popular uprisings on this day with all kinds of threats and arrests.

    IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi, commander of Greater Tehran’s Police, warned on March 9 that those who would cause insecurity on Chahrshanbeh Souri (fire festival) would be arrested. He came back to the scene on March 7 and said: “Behaviors that are disruptive to the order … is the red line of the police and we deal with them severely. The forces will be on alert from 2:00 pm of Tuesday, and those who throw firecrackers from the vehicles and cause disturbance will be arrested themselves and their cars will be seized. We have discovered 100 million pieces of firecracker materials.”

    IRGC Brigadier General BakhshAlii Kamrani, Hamedan Provincial Police Chief, on March 8, threatened that “the police are decisive in dealing with the perpetrators and disrupters of the security and tranquility of the people,” saying that this year, the seizure of firecracker materials in the province rose 135 percent compared to last year.

    On March 2, Colonel Taghi Afrand, a security police deputy of Tehran declared the sale and possession of explosive materials illegal and said that the warehouses that are engaged in the production and handling of the firecracker materials would be “sealed and their licenses will be permanently revoked.” Revolutionary Guard Mohsen Hamedani, Security Deputy of Tehran’s Governorate on February 27, said: “The law enforcement force is tasked to deal forcefully with fire festival, which is why a certain mechanism has been foreseen and these forces are being deployed all over the city.”

    Officials of the mullahs regime on March 9 expressed their fear from fire festival in Friday prayers in various cities. “It’s not a joy to upset God, we must be aware that one can not be happy with dancing and sins,” said Tabatabai Nejad at the Friday show in Isfahan. Ghiaseddin Taha Mohammadi, called on the youth in Friday prayer of Hamedan to “refrain from throwing firecrackers and create explosion sound due to that” and Abdul Rahman Khodaei, the representative of Khamenei in Sanandaj, said: “The use of firecracker materials and the creation of noise is not in the Iranian people’s culture, especially in Kurdistan, and creating such an unpleasant move is far from the dignity of Iranian families.”

    Despite these repressive measures and the ridiculous statements of the officials of the regime, there is no doubt that the brave young people and the free women will give an unforgettable lesson to this corrupt regime this year. The unwavering will of the people of Iran will permanently annihilate the regime of Velayat-e faqih from Iran’s history, which has no harmony with the people, the civilization and culture of Iran.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    March 9, 2018

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:03 am on 31 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The MEK and Its Popularity in Iran 

    The MEK and Its Popularity in Iran

    Iran Focus

    One persistent myth about the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is that it is unpopular amongst the Iranian people, but nothing could be further from the truth.

    The MEK is the oldest, biggest, and most popular resistance movement in Iran, but it should also go without saying that it far outstrips the Regime’s popularity among the Iranian people.

    It is impossible to get precise numbers on support for the MEK within Iran, as Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini declared them to be enemies of the Regime in 1980 and criminalised the pro-democracy movement soon after, but their signs can be seen during every election and at every protest.

    One of the best ways to measure support for the MEK may actually be through their television channel Face of Freedom (Simaye Azadi in Persian), which bypasses strict Regime censorship to bring unbiased news to Iran as well as programs on Iranian history, literature, culture, art, music, and comedy.

    The channel has about 10 million viewers receives tens of thousands of hits to its website every day. In 2017, it held a telethon to keep the channel running and generated $5.5 million.

    If the MEK is so unpopular, why does the Regime focus on them so much?

    If the MEK were truly an unpopular, fringe group, then why would the Regime spend so much time and effort trying to eliminate the MEK?

    So far, the Iranian Regime has murdered at least 120,000 people, majority of them MEK members and supporters. In 1988, the Khomeini release a fatwa calling for the extermination of the MEK, which resulted in the deaths of 30,000 political prisoners again majority of them MEK members and supporters in just one summer, known as the 1988 Massacre.

    This is not a small number. For comparison, the Scottish National party has about 120,000 members and they’re the third biggest party in the UK. Also the executions figure doesn’t take into account the number of people who have been imprisoned, tortured, or otherwise punished for being a member of the MEK or those who have not been found by the Regime.

    If a political group is deeply unpopular, the ruling party does not need to demonise them (both at home and abroad), let alone slaughter them. It certainly doesn’t need to fight for them to be designated as a terrorist organisation.

    The Regime’s actions undermine their claims with regard to the MEK.

    Simply, the Regime knows that the MEK is far more popular than them and poses a serious threat to their rule, which is why they discredit them at every turn.

    Why does the MEK enjoy such widespread support in Iran?

    Maryam Rajavi's poster hanged in Tehran

    Maryam Rajavi’s poster hanged in Tehran

    There are many reasons why individuals in Iran would support the MEK from its longstanding commitment to democracy to its tolerant interpretation of Islam to its embracement of modern society. The MEK supports a democratic, non-nuclear Iran with a commitment to human rights and gender equality; something that the overwhelming majority of Iranians want.

    The Iranian people are much more democratic, tolerant, and loving than the Regime that rules them and want nothing more than to see a Free Iran. Many Iranians support the MEK and despise the Regime.

    Source: The MEK and Its Popularity in Iran

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:15 pm on 14 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Video; Iranians are risking their lives to bring freedom to Iran 

    Iranians call on the international community to support the uprising in Iran

    Saturday, January 13, 2018 – A number of Iranian activists were interviewed live by Fox News television on Saturday, January 13, 2018 through the social media app.
    They expressed their appreciation of the US support of the uprisings in Iran and called on the US government to do more to help their struggle to overthrow the medieval regime of mullahs and establish a pluralistic and democratic Iran.

    The following is the interview by the Fox News’ Eric Shawn

     
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