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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:23 am on 30 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Necessity to Form the Resistance Units of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    Why the Resistance Units were formed; and what are they pursued?
    What are their activities and what are they doing?
    What is the response of the Mullah’s regime to Resistance Units?
    What is the effect of the Resistance Units on the uprising of the Iranian people (Iran Protests) and how it affects the regime’s relations with other countries?

    The fact is that the Iranian society is under a repressive and religious dictatorship system that has spread poverty and misery throughout Iran by its disgraceful rule.

    The regime that has pushed the country’s economy with warfare and export of crises and terrorism to the Middle East and the rest of the world. The regime that with the unprecedented plundering of the Iranian people’s wealth and resources, and the widespread corruption of all the regime’s officials and agents, to the worst situation in the last 40 years has achieved.
    Ignoring the freedom and basic rights of the people of Iran and responding to any protest speech with execution and torture. Half of the society, women, are under the most severe repressions and they are deprived of their lowest human rights.

    The regime that destroyed Iran’s nature and environment and many Iranian lakes and rivers and forests have also been destroyed by the regime’s predatory policies or have been subjected to complete destruction … This list continues.
    On the other hand, in Iran, the criminal gangs of this regime call their so-called “reformist!” and “Hardliner!” for the continuation of this dictatorship, which is, of course, more deceptive, and last year, people chanted on the street: “Reformist, Hardliner, the game is over!”,

    So now what should be done?

    Resistance Units have been created to change and remove this dark page from Iranian history, have three main duties in the Iranian society:

    • The first objective of the Resistance Units is to break the so called the “power” of the regime, which apparently wants to say that its power is still not broken. The rule of corruption, poverty and tyranny, with its repressive organs, like Basij’s militia, and centers of the Mullahs, which are centers of crime and corruption, yes, all of this will be crushed by the Resistance Units.
    PMOI-MEK “Resistance Units” setting fire to bases of the regime’s crackdown apparatus
    • The second goal of the Resistance Units is that return the morale of the people, which is due to the suppression and misery is damaged, so when the activities of the Resistance Units are carried out, people get the strength and strength of the heart. When such a thing emits in society, when people see such activities, they are samples for and people learn from them. It’s a way that show to the people who can join to the Resistance Units too. The role of the Resistance Units has now created a movement and activity in people, especially women and youth. Now, after more than a year of activity of the Resistance Units, the people themselves become active, and there are many activities on the Iranian scene that have been inspired by Resistance Units and have not been recorded or filmed.
    • Another goal to create and operate the Resistance Units, is Internationally purpose. All those who are still eyeing to inside this regime and wanting to continue an appeasement policy with this regime, and in reality they want to keep our people under this dictatorship corrupt, these Resistance Units and their activities reveal that the era of appeasement with this regime has come to an end and that they can no longer continue this trend. Therefore, the activities of Resistance Units are important in this regard.

    A look at the activities of the resistance units, especially after the Iranian uprising in December 2017 and January 2018 and its persistence over the past year in various kinds of protests and strikes by different classes of people in cities throughout Iran, indicates the success of the MEK’s strategy of resistance units. A strategy soon expanding the protests and leading these resistance units to overthrow the evil dictatorship of the Velayat-e Faqih and establish freedom and democracy and human rights and justice.

    Masoud Dalvand

    Masoud Dalvand @Masoud_Dalvand2

    I am a blogger and political activist. I’m trying to establish democracy, freedom and human rights in Iran.

    https://about.me/m.dalvand freedomstarblog.wordpress.com

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:48 am on 21 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi’s Persian New Year speech on Nowruz 1398; The Year of Revolution and Freedom- (March 20, 2019) 

    Maryam Rajavi

    Happy New Year to the people of Iran who refused to lose hope even under the oppressive and dark rule of the mullahs.

    Congratulations to my compatriots in all cities and villages across Iran and to Iranians across the world on the advent of the Persian New Year 1398,

    Congratulations on Nowruz to the families of martyrs, to the resistance units, to supporters of the Iranian Resistance, to political prisoners, to members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, toPMOI freedom fighters and to Massoud Rajavi.

    Congratulations on the year of uprisings, the year of hope and exhilaration, and the year of progress and leaping ahead toward freedom and liberty. 

    Happy New Year to the people of Iran who refused to lose hope even under the oppressive and dark rule of the mullahs.

    Let us all salute our dignified Albanian guests who have joined us today in this Nowruz celebration. 

    The New Year, 1398, will be the harbinger of storms and change. Khamenei has already described it as the year when the enemies will make the final push to overthrow the regime.

    In the past year, our homeland was a garden witnessing the blossoming of its political and social spring. The flowers of uprisings, protests, and strikes bloomed. The uprisings in Kazerun, Borazjan, Ahvaz, and Khorramshahr; the uprising in the Bazaar of Tehran; the uprisings in 27 cities in early August; five rounds of nationwide strikes by truckers and truck owners; and consecutive strikes and protests by workers, teachers, educators and the retirees; and, finally, thousands of strikes, protests and demonstrations in at least 700 cities and towns.

    Hail to the arisen protesters and those who shape the uprisings! Hail to this freedom fighting generation!

    Yes, freedom must be earned. The spring of freedom will be achieved through your determination and your efforts. The spring of freedom for the people of Iran is on the horizon.

    The long-held U.S. policy of appeasement designed to protect the regime against regime change and overthrow was brought to a halt, and the beginning of sanctions on the regime’s oil sales has pushed Tehran into a phase of instability and insecurity. That is why the revolutionary realities of the Iranian society have become more evident and visible.

    In the meantime, the mullahs have extracted tens of billions of dollars out of the country. The economic austerity policy of Khamenei paved the way for further plunder of our people’s wealth. The value of the country’s official currency plunged by a third in less than a year. Inflation swelled four folds. Oil exports fell to a half to one-third and the budget deficit increased by at least 50 per cent.

    To preserve their decadent regime, the mullahs sold out portions of the resources and water of the Caspian Sea to northern neighbors, granted largescale fishing rights in the south to the Chinese, and conceded the administration of the Port of Chabahar to India.

    Still, this regime, which is close to its downfall, will not be able to save itself with the aid of such treacherous acts.

    In short, the mullahs have no way out in the face of nationwide uprisings and protests that are encircling them. This results from an understanding of the essence of the uprisings and offers a summary of the past year’s events. The regime’s death knell and internal tensions have left no more openings for it to display hollow shows of moderation.

    The myth of moderation was put to rest by the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s Chief Justice. He is a reviled mass murderer who ran against Rouhani, the charlatan, during the last presidential elections. His appointment represented a coup de grace shot to the illusive myth of moderation in the regime. This is while Rouhani’s government is half-paralyzed and the most important face of the cabinet facade keeps sitting at home every other day or resigns. 

    In fact, the entire ruling regime is undergoing an accelerated rate of decay. Since they have no real chance of survival, the vali-e faqih (Khamenei) has arrayed his regime’s resources squarely on suppression, spilling blood and criminal activity. He appointed the regime’s previous ruthless Chief Justice as the head of the Expediency Council and one of the most brutal perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 PMOI political prisoners in 1988 as his Chief Justice. Yes, this is the caliphate of massacre. The message is one of closing ranks and resorting to more suppression. The mullahs’ supreme leader seeks to compensate for his defeat in the 2017 presidential elections. He assumes that if Raisi had succeeded to become president, he could have prevented the uprising of December 2017-January 2018.

    Now, he has employed this bloodthirsty goon for the same purpose by appointing him to the Judiciary and the Assembly of Experts.

    The mullah who perpetrated the 1988 massacre and the executioner involved in the greatest crime committed in the history of the clerical regime must now close all the cracks within the regime. Otherwise, schisms and defections will not leave Khamenei alone for a minute.

    Nonetheless, the regime has no way to protect itself. On a daily basis, it keeps jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Endless bickering and internal feuds over FATF (Financial Action Task Force), the unbridled plunge of the value of the official currency Rial, the alarming status of the budget and financial resources, the black hole of sanctions, defeats in Syria where IRGC mercenaries face repeated blows, the growing threats posed by at least ten million unemployed, and most important of all the unstable circumstances have forced the regime to be on high alert every waking minute of the day.

    At its core, the issue is not this or that crisis faced by the regime; the real issue is that their entire rule is in crisis. Yes, this crisis is the crisis of overthrow. And the prospect of overthrow will never abandon this regime, even as Khamenei orders 80 million Iranians to write his absurd speeches three times.

    The mullahs have no chance of survival. Throughout the past year, however, they were dreaming of finding a way out by annihilating the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance. So, they concentrated the core of their efforts on terrorism and demonization targeting the Mojahedin. But they failed.

    They planned a major terrorist plot against the Iranian Resistance in Tirana, Albania; they plotted a major bombing of the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris. They also conducted terrorist and espionage schemes against members of the Iranian Resistance in the U.S. Add to this a vast volume of smear campaigns against this movement in the press, websites and social media, particularly inside Iran. Over the past year alone, the regime’s hirelings made a plethora of film series and movies against the PMOI aired by state-run TV networks or screened in movie theatres.

    Their terrorism and demonization efforts, however, were not successful. But in all honesty, they were truly successful in accomplishing one major task and that was to clearly show, hundreds of times, that their main threat, and the alternative to their regime are the Mojahedin (the PMOI/MEK), the National Liberation Army and the National Council of Resistance of Iran. 

    Do you remember how much the mullahs and their collaborators dreamed of dismantling this resistance? They expected that after the relocation of the Mojahedin from Iraq, this organization and the movement as a whole would eventually disintegrate. But again, it was proven that they will have to take those goals to their graves.

    Last year, the Liberation Army was revitalized in 1,000 Ashrafs and resistance units and started flowing like a river in the streets of Iran’s cities. Now, the strategy and explicit positions of the Iranian Resistance are echoed in the words and demands of workers, truckers, teachers, students, farmers and all protesters throughout Iran. The overthrow of the clerical regime is the desire and demand of all of the people in Iran. The Iranian nation in its entirety is demanding the overthrow of the regime.

    Indeed, resistance units made significant strides through actions against the centres of suppression and the regime’s symbols. In some months of the past year, they carried out more than 100 acts to pierce through the atmosphere of repression. So, 1397 was the year of proliferation of the strategy of the Iranian Resistance, a year in which the prospect of the regime’s overthrow loomed large and the path and roadmap became even clearer. Yes, now, the Army of Spring is on its way, the army of spring with 100,000 flourishing roses.

    Parallel with this year’s uprisings, which exhibit the Iranian society’s devotion to welcome rejuvenation and spring, there was a continuous effort within the ranks of the Iranian Resistance to improve and advance humanitarian values and ideals. This effort was ongoing throughout the movement, from the Mojahedin organization, to other members and supporters of the Resistance in various countries, and to members of the resistance units in different cities inside Iran.

    The remarkable features of these efforts were reinforced resolve, renewed choices, increased motivation and advances by leaps and bounds in realizing the values of the ideals of humanity and struggle.

    Yes, this is indeed a new day with a new revolution in the making, bringing about change. Everyone is passionately endeavoring to create new values to reach the glorious destination of freedom. Everyone is trying their best and making their greatest sacrifice to fulfil their commitment to their enchained nation. They are showing that the strength within their collective enterprise and their coherent and robust organization as well as the power of their people is that enormous and undying force that will uproot the mullahs’ theocratic regime.

    This is why the Iranian Resistance’s Leader, Massoud Rajavi, declared that we have entered a new phase. Regardless of how long it takes and despite all the ups and downs, we must be ready and prepared because the policy of appeasement has failed, a policy which had protected the inhumane mullahs for three decades.

    Now the overthrow of the inhumane enemy is inevitable. Before all else, the army of freedom must be determined and get prepared by diving into a sea of rebellion and revolution. The instruments of revolution must be prepared. 

    My salutations to your unwavering resolve, your vigor, and our people’s resistance.

    Again, I would like to remind you of Massoud Rajavi’s words in his historic (1980) speech in Rasht, when he said, “Life is tied to the future. Life belongs to those who have a future. Now, it belongs to you… If you choose, if you rise up, if you are vigilant, then you would be the ones who will shape the future. It has always been like this, and it will always continue to be like this. Today, walls will only be torn down in this way.”

    In the beginning of the New Year, I would like to ask mothers and fathers, my sisters and brothers, my young daughters and sons, that in the face of the cruel and criminal mullahs, you must move ahead hand in hand, with hope and vigor, and welcome the New Year 1398 because it is a year of uprisings, upheavals and revolution.

    You must revive the sense of solidarity and sympathy in our wounded society. Your solidarity is that great power the mullahs endeavor to limit or destroy day and night.

    The people of Iran want freedom and justice. They want equality and independence.

    They need trust, solidarity and coexistence. They want economic and social progress. They want a country where everyone is entitled to have a job and to enjoy equal economic opportunities, and where no one feels a sense of shame because they cannot afford to feed their children.

    We want an Iran replete with freedoms, where children and youths are happy, where talents and potentials are realized, and where women play their role in the leadership of society; a country that lives in peace, friendship and coexistence with its neighbors.

    The people of Iran deserve such a country and they will write and create such a destiny with their own hands.

    The gates of Iran are open to embrace a future without oppression, inequality and injustice; a republic based on the separation of religion and state; a country ruled by its people’s suffrage and sovereignty, where the people’s votes have the first and final words.

    So, rise up, winter is on its way out,
    Open the garden’s gates,
    Here comes the scent of Nowruz 
    and the beautiful song of nightingales
    Happy Nowruz to everyone

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:52 pm on 15 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Resistance Units in Iran Conduct 100 Anti-Regime Activities in Past Three Weeks 

    Resistance units in Iran have conducted over 100 anti-regime activities in various cities across the country in the past three weeks (since February 20, 2019) despite severe repressive measures by the Iranian regime.

    The units carried out protest actions in Tehran, Salmas, Uroumieh, Babolsar, Esfahan, Karaj, Chahbahar, Andimeshk, Makou, Khorramabad, Semnan, Abadan, Hendijan, Khoi, Zanjan, Amol, Golpayegan, Sabzevar, Neyshabour, Delijan, Azarshahr, Qazvin, Kazeroun, Dorood, Miyandoab and other locations.

    Resistance units torched or tore down regime banners depicting Khomeini and Khamenei and other regime symbols at major regime centers or public thoroughfares. The units also wrote graffiti and hung banners calling for Death to Khamenei, Rouhani, and supporting Iranian resistance leader Rajavi. They also hung banners depicting the Iranian Resistance’s president-elect for future Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, from bridges, buildings, and other locations.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    March 15, 2019

     
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    Another look at crimes against humanity by the mullahs regime in Iran; The 1988 Massacre. 


    Over 30,000 political prisoners were sent to the gallows by the mullahs’ regime in Iran during the summer 1988 massacre

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    After 30 years of the terrible massacres of Iranian political prisoners in 1988, the extent of this catastrophe and the great crime against humanity has not yet been fully revealed. In this terrible massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners, most of them were members and supporters of the PMOI/MEK, they were executed in a short time for being guilty of loyalty to their beliefs, ruthlessly by the mullahs regime and based on an anti-human fatwa of Khomeini.

    It is imperative that all human rights defenders in the world and all opponents of executions join the movement seeking justice for victims of the #1988Massacre, to bring the perpetrators of this great crime to justice. The executions of that massacre still in Iran are at the head of the highest government and judicial authorities and have not yet been accounted for by their crimes.

    In the highly informative article published on the website of the PMOI, it once again focuses on other dimensions of this major anti-human crime.

    I invite you to read this article.

    Iran: Senior regime insider acknowledges 1988 massacre

    Iran, March 4, 2019 – Mostafa Pourmohammadi, former judiciary minister in the cabinet of Hassan Rouhani, President of the mullahs’ regime in Iran, has acknowledged his crimes during the horrendous summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners. The majority of the victims sent to the gallows during in this crime against humanity were members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Pourmohammadi was a member of the notorious “Death Commission” that sent the political prisoners to their deaths.

    “This is an active case. This dossier is now very much alive and the enemy has invested on this issue. And now, discussing this matter would be playing into the enemy’s hands. That is why I haven’t talked about this subject. I don’t know when it would be proper to talk about this matter… and unfortunately, the publication of that tape was literally an act of treason,” Pourmohammadi said in a state TV interview on Friday night. He was referring to the publication of a tape of remarks made back in 1988 by Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the then successor of regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, who criticized the regime’s genocide in prisons throughout the country.

    “… it was a betrayal to the revolution and [Khomeini], and even to Mr. Montazeri. Mr. Montazeri made remarks, good or bad, wrong or whatever. He made a decision. That meeting and the publication of those remarks led to Mr. Montazeri’s sacking. When people make stupid decisions, seeking to take revenge, they become blind, and can no longer determine what is right or wrong,” he added.

    “Well, I defended [Khomeini’s] move. We had a mission in regards to the [PMOI/MEK], back when I was the Revolutionary Court prosecutor. I issued many indictments against the [PMOI/MEK] and sent it to the court. Many of them were condemned, many were executed and many other verdicts,” Pourmohammadi continued.

    “Some of the men and others, and reporters, have sought to ask me questions. I have answered that I do not play into the enemy’s hands. Unfortunately, one of the unwise insiders was provoked for an unknown reason and published that tape. There’s no reason that we should be deceived by the enemy’s plans. We should play into their hands. We have much to say and we will say so when the time comes.”

    Read more about the 1988 massacre:

    More than 30 years ago have gone since the horrific and brutal massacre of political prisoners that was carried out in just one short summer by the criminal mullahs ruling Iran. 
    In the summer of 1988, the clerical regime summarily and extra-judicially executed about 30,000 political prisoners held in jails across the country. This heinous massacre was carried out upon a fatwa by the Islamic regime founder, Ruhollah Khomeini.
    There are strong indications that Khomeini’s fatwa was issued on July 26, 1988.
    The Iranian regime has never acknowledged these executions, or provided any information as to how so many prisoners were killed in a matter of just a few months.
    The majority of those executed were either serving prison sentences for their political activities or had already finished their sentences but their time in jail was extended.

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    Some of them had previously been imprisoned and released, but were re-arrested and executed as part of this heinous massacre.
    The wave of executions of political prisoners began in late July and continued unabated for several months.
    By the time it ended in the early autumn of 1988, some 30,000 political prisoners, the overwhelming majority activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), were slaughtered.

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    A site of a mass grave for some of the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran

    The events that led to this incomprehensible and unseen brutality

    From 1981 to 1987 – Thousands and thousands of Iranian activists, mainly youth, were arrested and tortured for opposing the regime’s brutal grip on power and for supporting the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI, MEK). Interrogators threw political prisoners on torture benches, tearing them apart to destroy their wills and hearts. Young girls and boys were indiscriminately tortured and executed with no mercy. Women and men were beaten to death. Virgin girls were raped the night before their execution to supposedly prevent them from going to the heavens. Mothers were tortured in front of their children or children in front of their mothers to break their will. Wives were raped in front of their husbands, sisters in front of their brothers. They had to choose between repenting or suffering the doomed destiny.

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    Paving the way for the unholy massacre

    In the final phases of the Iran-Iraq war, Khomeini who felt that defeat was imminent, decided to take his revenge on the political prisoners. Most of the prisoners from that period of time who lived through to tell their ordeal, know that the regime was preparing all along for an extensive massacre from the onset and the first step of this diabolical scheme begun in the fall and winter of 1987.
    The regime started to sort and separate prisoners all over the country. The only thing that distinguished the prisoners was their political affiliation, whether they had repented and denounced the MEK, or they showed commitment to the only Nationwide Resistance against the mullahs, the MEK. Khomeini issued fatwas (religious decrees) ordering the execution of anyone who had not “repented” and who was not willing to collaborate entirely with the regime.
    Many memories of those who survived that horrific ordeal and are alive now are as vivid as black and white. In one instance, according to one survival, it was in the afternoon of a March day in 1988 that Majid Sarlak, an interrogator and torturer in the notorious Evin Prison, barged in to the women’s ward looking anguished and carrying bunch of forms and applications. He told the prisoners that “the sentence for those who continue their pledge to ‘Mojafeghin’ (the regime’s derogatory term to describe the PMOI/MEK) is execution. “You have lived too long”, he shouted “and now the time has come to take care of you.”

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    The executions started from Evin Prison, because almost all those with death sentences were kept in Evin and most of the life sentences were in another horrifying prison, called Gohardasht. Among those who were transferred from Gohardasht to Evin, were many that had already finished their sentence and were kept in prison extra time. But this didn’t end in Evin, and soon included other prisons, i.e. Gohardasht, Qezelhesar and other prison in the entire country.

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    Evin Prison in Tehran

    Mass executions of prisoners in 1988 begins with Khomeini’s death decree

    The massacres began, and everyday hundreds of political prisoners were sent to the gallows and their corpses buried hastily in mass graves all around the country, particularly in the capital Tehran.
    Khomeini decreed: “Whoever at any stage continues to pledge legions to the [Mojahedin] must be executed. Annihilate the enemies of Islam immediately.” He went on to add: “… Those who are in prisons throughout the country and remain steadfast in their support for the MEK/PMOI are waging war on God and are condemned to execution… It is naive to show mercy to those who wage war on God.”

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    Khomeini’s “Death Decree” for mass executions of Iranian political prisoners in 1988

    But in other cities and towns around the country, the regime was faced with difficulties in mass executing prisoners. Unlike Tehran which is a large city and things happen normally without much notice, other cities are relatively smaller and if the regime had begun mass killings, people would soon notice and would spark unrest and even uprising. So the evil clerical regime started to move prisoners from smaller towns and cities to the capital and some to faraway destinations to avoid unrest. Therefore, prisoners were moved in hundreds to Gohardasht, Evin and other prisons. 
    Parviz Mojahednia, a young male prisoner who was arrested while still a teenager, called his mother before being transfered to Tehran telling her that “They are moving us out of here to be executed soon.”

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    One report revealed that a few days after July 18, 1988 seize-fire of the Iran-Iraq war, a number of young female political prisoners including, Farah Eslami, Hakimeh Rizvandi, Marzieh Rahmati, Nasrin Rajabi and Josumeh Heidari were removed from Ilam prison, in western Iran, to the city of Saleh-Abad under the pretext of the previous prison being unsafe for them. But they were executed the following day, of course after they were raped.

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    Farah Eslami, Marzieh Rahmati and Josumeh Heidari

    “Death Commission” of 1988 massacre of political prisoners

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    Main members of the death commission

    Khomeini assigned an “Amnesty Commission” for prisons. In reality it was a “Death Commission” comprised of the three individuals: A representative of the Ministry of Intelligence, a religious judge and a prosecutor. The final decision rested with the Intelligence Ministry official. They held a trial for a few minutes that resembled more of an interrogation session. The questions were focused on whether the inmate continued to have any allegiances to the PMOI (MEK). The PMOI prisoners made up of more than 90 percent of those taken before the “Death Commission.” If the prisoners were not willing to collaborate totally with the regime against the PMOI, it was viewed as a sign of sympathy to the organization and the sentence was immediate execution. The task of the Death Commission was to determine whether a prisoner was a so-called “Enemy of God” or not. In the case of Mojahedin prisoners, that determination was often made after only a single question about their party affiliation. Those who said “Mojahedin” rather than the derogatory “Monafeqin” were sent to be hanged.

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    Iranian officials who were involved in the massacre of Pol. Prisoners

    Khomeini’s successor protested the wildly rush of executions of prisoners in 1988 massacre

    The haste to execute was so abhorrent that some of Khomeini’s closest confidantes, most notably, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s successor, had doubts and protested it. In letters to Khomeini, Montazeri urged for some leniency and slowing down. But Khomeini ordered there should be no mercy to anyone, including teenagers. He said pregnant women should not be spared or have the chance to give birth to their child and should be executed immediately.
    In December 2000, Montazeri published his memoirs. The book revealed shocking documents on the atrocities committed by the clerical regime, none as horrendous as the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 on the strict orders of Khomeini.
    Montazeri’s book was not the first document informing the world of this massacre. News of the carnage had already begun to trickle through the iron curtain of censorship imposed by the mullahs to ensure a complete blackout on their crime.

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    Text of Montazeri’s letter to Khomeini on July 31, 1988, complaining that mass execution of Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) prisoners would only embolden them and enhance their legitimacy and popularity appeal.

    Khomeini required total conformity from the regime’s officials


    All officials of the regime at the time had to conform fully to this massacre or they would be sacked or deposed. Ayatollah Montazeri, who protested the massacre, fell from grace and was sacked by Khomeini in March 1989. Montzaeri’s memoirs in December 2000 and its shocking enclosures exposed the horrendous scale of the massacre. What gave weight to the revelations is that they were made by a man who was at the time of the executions the officially ordained successor to Khomeini and the second highest authority in Iran. Yet, when it came to massacring political prisoners, Khomeini showed no mercy to the slightest nonconformity even by his own successor, Ayatollah Montazeri.

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    Untold stories of the massacre revealed by witnesses

    “Prison officials called a woman in the city of Zanjan, northwestern Iran and told her that your son has been freed, come and take him. The woman was so happy and jubilant that called her neighbors and friends, barrowed a car and decorated it with flowers and pictures of his son. She wore her finest dresses and gathered everybody and prepared a homecoming party for her dear son to come home. She went to the prison where she was told to go to pick up her son. But in a bitter and horrific shock, saw a bag of clothing belonging to her son and an address where the boy was buried. When she went back home where the family and friends were impatiently waiting to see the freed man, the homecoming turned to mourning. It is said that the woman never laughed again and kept crying in silence.”

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    Another story reveals of a young man who was arrested under an assumed name. He never revealed his true identity. This young man’s name was Mortaza Tajic. He spent 7 years in prisons under the assumed name and his parents were never able to find him. His father did everything to get a lead as to his whereabouts. In 1986 he openly created a scene to be arrested and sent to the prison so he could find out about his son from inside the prison. But was never able to identify him. Finally in 1988 Mortaza was executed under that assumed name of Mojtaba Hashem-Khani, and his body was buried in a mass grave never identified by his parents.

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    Some prisoners i.e. Taibah Khosrow-abadi, Tahmineh Sotoodeh and Mohsen Mohammad-Bagher were congenitally paralyzed. Shahin Panahi, another young female prisoner had lost a limb. Leila Dashti had brain tumor and was scheduled to be operated on soon. Ashraf Ahmadi, Soosan Salehi and Gholam-reza Mashhadi-Ebrahi had heart disease. But they all were executed despite their disabilities. There were dozens of others like them in the prison which were sent to the gallows.

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    Many students who were taken from their high-school benches to prisons, were finally executed after 7 years of imprisonment. Lives were destroyed, families were torn apart and mothers died after they heard of their loved ones’ executions. 
    Now after 28 years, many families are still searching for peace of mind.

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    Families of executed pol. prisoners in Iran

    From July 27, 1988 to August 16, some 200 prisoners, mainly from Mojahedin, were executed daily. The executions were carried out entirely confidential and without any official announcements. Even the guards were not allowed to contact their families, in order to prevent any leak of the news to the public. But this criminal act did not stay silent and broke out of prison barriers and walls. 
    In a telegram to the then UN Secretary General, Mr. Masoud Rajavi, the leader of Resistance unveiled the horrific extent of the massacres and told the Secretary General of the 860 corpses that were buried in mass graves in Tehran’s cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, two weeks earlier. A wave of international protests and campaigns were kicked off to condemn these atrocities by the Iranian mullahs’ regime. The efforts by the supporters of the PMOI under the leadership of Mr. Masoud Rajavi, and continued protests and demonstrations throughout the world forced the criminal regime to halt the wave of executions in late September, but continued public hanging until the end of that year. Public executions were carried out under the pretext of robbery, smuggling and being bandits, to cover up the real intention of the regime which was to eliminate any dissent. In Tabriz in the winter of 1988 political prisoners were hanged in the city’s public squares and often kept on the noose for more than 24 hours to intimidate the public.

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     Public and international campaign protests around the world condemning the heinous massacre

    To date, there are only a little information about the extent of the massacre, especially in cities, including Isfahan, Shiraz, Rasht, Tabriz, Ardebil, Mashhad, Ahwaz, Abadan, Zahedan, Kerman and other major cities. And information in to the massacre in some other cities are about zero. In some prisons, every one of the prisoners were executed and no one survived to tell the tails of brutality against hundreds of innocent lives. 
    Undoubtedly, while the dagger of hate and fundamentalism is still in the hearts of a nation, unveiling the true stories and the depth of criminality is almost impossible. But that day will eventually come when writers and historians would talk about what went on in the dark dungeons of Khomeini and what a heavy price this nation paid to keep alive the hope of freedom and human dignity. 

    Role of Hassan Rouhani in 1988 massacre of political prisoners

    Hassan Rouhani was Deputy Commander-in-chief of the regime’s armed forces at the time. Furthermore, since 1982 he was a member of the regime’s Supreme Defense Council and a member of the Central Council of the War Logistics Headquarters.
    In those positions, he was fully cognizant of this hideous crime and obviously was in full conformity. 
    This shows that the notion that Rouhani is a “moderate” and “reform minded” is absolutely preposterous and baseless. Actually he, like all other senior officials of the regime, is a culprit of this hideous crime.

    International assessment

    There has been little international attention to this crime against humanity.In 2008, twenty years after the massacre Amnesty International “renewed its call for those responsible for the ‘prison massacre’ to be held accountable. There should be no impunity for such gross human rights violations, regardless of when they were committed.” Amnesty added: “Those responsible for the killings – one of the worst abuses to be committed in Iran – should be prosecuted and tried before a regularly and legally constituted court and with all necessary procedural guarantees, in accordance with international fair trial standards.”

    Justice not yet served

    The massacre of 1988 remains to be one of the darkest stains on the recent history of mankind, as one of the least exposed and discussed.
    Some human rights experts have described it as the greatest crime against humanity in the 20th Century following World War II that has gone unpunished.
    It is the darkest irony of this very dark episode, that of all its human rights violations the Iranian regime has been most successful at keeping the 1988 killings a secret from the international community and even from many Iranians. By now, virtually everyone knows of the reign of terror that immediately followed the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government’s assassination campaign abroad, and the “Chain Murders” that targeted opposition intellectuals and activists in the late 1990s. Tragically, however, there is very little public awareness of the 1988 executions.
    Not only has there been no prosecution of the criminals who orchestrated and carried out that summer’s gruesome murders, but the regime continues to deny that they even occurred.
    The Iranian regime continues to deny the 1988 elimination of opposition prisoners. None of the perpetrators or masterminds have been brought to justice and none of the regime’s senior officials including the current Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, have been held accountable.
    The pervasive silence of the past 28 years should be shattered. The UN should launch an independent investigation into one of the most hideous crimes against humanity after the Second World War.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:30 pm on 22 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The danger of overthrowing and the Iran’s mullahs response to it! 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    The severity of the crisis in the regime and the hopelessness of the regime’s superiors was highlighted by the Supreme Leader Khamenei in a speech on Monday, February 18, 2019, while he tried to show the regime is powerful and defeat the enemy. He repeatedly told the regime’s authorities that they would not be scared or frightened, but he himself expressed his horror by stating that the Americans closed the sword and the Europeans were abusing it.

    In Khamenei’s words, it was clear that the crises in the regime had more severity and depth. In this regard, are we facing a new quality?

    Is this the situation, as the regime’s leaders say, is due to a psychological propaganda war? Is Khamenei and Mullah Rouhani, President of the Iran regime, and other heads of this regime, that this difficult and critical phase is a transitory period and the regime can overcome its and remain live?

    And finally, when the conditions of the regime become more critical, we witness unprecedented levels of propaganda and the regime’s demonization against the PMOI/MEK as the main force of the resistance of Iran?

    The quality of the current crisis

    When it comes to the crisis in the regime, it comes to mind that this regime has always faced various crises; and so-called a system that lives in crisis.

    But the new conditions are special. Crises have reached to a point, to confessions of the regime’s leaders confirm that, so it is concluded that the situation is incomparable to before years and even months ago and accelerates towards a deterioration and more critical.

     In the economic field

    The words that are raised or sometimes leaked out through of the discussions about budget in the parliament, or the reports of the regime’s own sources on the status of factories and agricultural production, etc., are shocking.

    “It looks like next year, the system will engage in serious economic struggles to meet the country’s basic needs,” said Hermidas Bavand, an expert at Mullah Rouhani’s gang. 

    In the field of politics

    In the political context, if it is not worse than the economic situation, it’s definitely not better. Its index is the consensus that has emerged against the regime in the world, and Europe, which has supported the regime, is getting closer to the United States from the regime and closer to the United States because of its inability to respond to European conditions, including missile and regional policy. Warsaw Summit and Munich Security Conference.

     “Consolation to each other” at the height of panic

    The conditions are such that Khamenei must come to the scene and talk in public about the regime’s fears caused by the psychological warfare and the threat of the enemy and try to claim that we are strong and that the enemy is in decline… gives them a morale, but it’s interesting that even in his own words, the effects of horror are clearly obvious, for example, where he says that the United States has closed the sword and Europe has it, and be careful that you do not get caught. Is not all this a psychological war against the regime?

    The reversal of the reality of crises, and that this is a psychological warfare, is an approach that Khamenei and Mullah Rouhani repeatedly repeat. But beyond any discussion and analysis, is this economic situation that is in front of everyone’s eyes and that the leaders and agents of the regime’s media also admit it is a psychological warfare?

    Is this budget deficit, which now actually reaches half the total budget, is a psychological warfare?

    Is the scope of the closure of the factories and workshops now even reached the guilds in cities, for example, the closure of 180 restaurants in Tehran alone, due to the cost of meat and raw materials and lack of customers, etc., is psychological warfare?

    These facts are all the depths of this crisis. Of course, Mullah Rouhani and his government members, by providing false figures and figures, are trying to reverse the facts, but indisputable indices such as reaching the price of 1 Kg meat to over 100,000 Tomans(1,000,000 Rials) and the resumption of the dollar’s rising price after a periodic suspension and an increase in the rate of inflation that some The sources of the regime estimate it at 60%.

    The difference between psychological warfare and reality!

    Psychic warfare is usually something that is not really true, and if so, if it has an effect, it has a temporary effect. Like the same psychological warfare and demonization against the MEK that the regime has continued for 40 years, but it has no legs in reality, neither within the MEK nor in its social and political affiliation, and the international status of the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has no effect. It does continuously lead to more scandals of the regime itself, and it even inevitably come out from inside the regime and it also exposes at Its media. For example, the explosion of the shrine of Imam Reza by one of the organs of the regime, or the reality of serial killings of libertarian priests by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of the regime(MOIS).

    If the regime’s crises, are only psychological warfare, with all the so-called “hope therapy” propaganda by the regime’s leaders, so they should be eliminated, while we see that the conditions are getting worse and this “hope therapy” is not beneficial. As it was on the recent trip Mullah Rouhani, to Bandar Abbas, in the face of an imminent explosion of the society whose people do not have bread on the table, has been flaring the battles between the regime’s gangs and the Friday Imam of Bandar Abbas forced to mock him in public and ridiculed Rouhani’s claims about “repeat opening of economic projects!”

    The relation between the rise of the regime’s psychological war against the MEK and the rise of the regime’s crisis.

    The relevance of these two categories is a logical relation. For example, when Mullah Larijani, the head of the judiciary and the regime’s Expediency Council, claims that the US government has been playing under the view of the MEK, it is because of the Warsaw Summit and the fact of authenticity of the MEK and the Iranian resistance as the only alternative of the regime, the horror has come down to it. Or, when the regime’s media writes that US rulers get paid by the MEK, they are showing off this “relevance”.

    It has now become clear that all propaganda against the MEK is not merely a hysterical hatred of the regime against its enemy. Because the regime actually sees the MEK’s line and the MEK’s analysis as it progresses inside and outside the country, and cannot do anything to stop it.

    The regime knows well, why the blade of its suppression slowed down?

    He knows well, why his breath in the face of people has been tight?

    He knows well, from where is the source of the deadly slogan of “reformist, hardliner, game is over!”

    And he knows that they are the MEK who have revealed the weakness of the regime on the international scene!

    And he knows that they are the MEK who are accelerating the developments and leading it to overthrow of the regime!

    And he knows well, if the regime had a chance to do so, only was destroying of this resistance, but by resettlement the members of the MEK to Albania, It has failed in massacre of MEK’s members.

    Now the mullah’s regime is being crazy by the hysterical propaganda against the organized forces of the Iranian Resistance PMOI/MEK.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:48 pm on 6 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Regime Change: The Iranian Opposition’s Ultimate Solution 

    Feb. 5, 2019 – Regime Change: The Iranian Opposition’s Ultimate Solution.

    The Iranian people’s right to resistance and freedom needs to be recognized.

    The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo declared in Cairo that the United States will no longer protect Iran’s ruling mullahs. He said, “We joined the Iranian people in calling for freedom and accountability.” Therefore, “The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering.”

    The U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo reiterated that when America partners with enemies such as the mullahs, “they advance.”

    Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), welcomed the United States’ distancing itself from policies whose first victims have been the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance.

    As ministers from several states get ready to gather for the Poland Summit in Warsaw to discuss the threats posed by the Iranian regime, Maryam Rajavi once again underscored the fact that gaining access to weapons of mass destruction, violations of human rights, export of fundamentalism, and terrorism are the four pillars of the theocratic regime ruling Iran.

    The ultimate solution for getting rid of the mullahs’ religious fascism in Iran, is changing this illegitimate regime at the hands of the Iranian people and Resistance.

    Recognition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the sole democratic alternative to the terrorist religious dictatorship in Iran, is imperative to rectifying and ending the disastrous U.S. policy of appeasement over the past four decades. The clerical regime which holds the world’s record in executions will only understand the decisive language of force.

    On behalf of the Iranian Resistance which has called for arms and oil embargo of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship since 1981, Maryam Rajavi reiterated on the need to take the following steps:

    Recognition of the Iranian people’s right to resistance to overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism and achieve freedom;

    Designation of the IRGC (Revolutionary Guard Corps) and the MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence and Security) in their entireties as terrorist entities by the U.S. and the European Union;

    Expulsion of the mullahs’ intelligence agents and mercenaries of the terrorist Qods Force from the U.S. and Europe;

    Referring the dossier of human rights violations in Iran to the UN Security Council after 65 United Nations censures;

    Supporting the referral of the dossier of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran to the International Court;

    The ouster of the mullahs’ illegitimate regime from the UN and recognition of representation by the Iranian people’s just Resistance;

    Decisive expulsion of Iran’s ruling religious fascism and its forces from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan;

    Compelling the government of Iraq to pay compensation for the properties, equipment, arms, and base-camps the PMOI/MEK and the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) had fully paid for and whose documents are available.


     
  • 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 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

     

     
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