Friday, April 6, 2018

Get to khnow People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)& NCRI



Who Are Iran’s Resistance Units?
What are resistance units?
Resistance units are the smallest units of the Resistance’s force; the ‘resistance units’ are the fundamental blocks of the MEK network inside Iran.
A resistance unit is a group of more than two individuals formed in a neighborhood, university, factory, school, etc. which is in contact with the MEK and acts against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.
The ‘resistance units’ are the fundamental blocks of the MEK network inside Iran that are active in overthrowing the dictatorship of Velayat-e-faqih to liberate Iran and restore popular sovereignty.
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MEK Heralds The Storm Of Overthrow In Iran

Nowadays, the noose has become tighter around the fundamentalist regime ruling Iran, and all signs indicate that the storm of overthrow is looming on it.
From a political point of view, as the figures speak, the regime has internationally become more isolated and has plunged deeper into a dire situation; consequently, a growing radical public anger has surged in an explosive Iran.
The trend of regime’s overthrow and its isolation accelerates even more. The political scene, both regional and international, is rapidly and tangibly turning against it from day to day.
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With Eventual Fall of Mullahs, MEK Wants to Finally Install a Democracy
L. Todd Wood has been in Albania recently exploring the Iranian freedom fighters as he calls them, his interesting observations is informative, the following is the full text of his first article as he intends to write more about his findings.

Meet the MEK: Iranian freedom fighters working to effect regime change
On a recent business trip to Albania, I was invited to visit the new camp of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, or the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), still being built about 45 minutes outside of Tirana, on the way to the Albanian coast. I accepted the invitation, although I must admit, I had no idea what to expect upon reaching the sprawling facility which is the new home for approximately 3,200 of the Iranian resistance movement’s personnel, after being forced out of Iraq by violence from the Iranian-backed government.
I want to write more about the group and its agenda in the near future, but today I just want to explore what I found at ‘Ashraf 3’, which is the name the MEK has given the new camp, after the first Ashraf on the Iraqi border, where the group launched raids into Iran almost two decades ago.
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A primer on the history of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran
Anyone who remembers Iran in the 1950s and 1960s can attest that it was an era marked by severe repression against the dissidents and political activists. After conducting the 1953 coup against Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, Iran’s popular Prime Minister who nationalized the country’s oil industry, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s monarch, had forced all opposition groups and movements into silence and submission. Through his brutal secret police, the Savak, Pahlavi had established an iron-fisted rule.
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PMOI/MEK resistance units mark 53rd founding anniversary
Members of numerous resistance units associated to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) put up posters of the PMOI/MEK founding members and Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi, alongside banners and placards in various cities across the country, celebrating this organization’s 53rd founding anniversary on September 6th.
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Iran’s regime emphasizes on crackdown against PMOI/MEK resistance units
Sept. 4, 2018 - Gholam-Hossein Gheibparvar, commander of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards Bassij, said there will be drills conducted by his forces soon.
He also referred to the fact that the IRGC Bassij has launched patrols in people’s neighborhoods for seven or eight months now, setting up protection for checkpoints as the public appears to become sensitive about checkpoints.
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“Warning: PMOI/MEK have changed tactics”
Iran, Aug. 30, 2018 - Resistance units associated to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are expanding across the country and increasing their efforts, especially marking the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners.
Recently, Iranian communities in a variety of European countries and Canada held an international conference hailing the martyrs of the 1988 crime against humanity. Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivered a speech in this conference emphasizing the importance of brining the perpetrators of this horrendous crime before justice.
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The Foundation of The People's Mojahedin Organization Of Iran
The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, was founded on Sept. 6th, 1965 by Mohammad Hanifnejad and two other young intellectuals, Sa'id Mohsen and Ali-Asghar Badi'zadegan . The three wanted to establish a Muslim, progressive, nationalist and democratic organization. 
The ultimate goal of the founders, who were all university graduate, was to pave the way for a democratic government to replace the Shah's regime. In contrast to most of their contemporaries, they believed that a new, democratically inclined interpretation of Islam was the means to this end. They set about establishing a political organization that could survive the shah's repression and respond to the needs of ordinary citizens.
Until 1971, however, the PMOI was involved in formulating a new interpretation of Islam that rejected traditional and reactionary understanding of the religion. In six years the Mojahedin succeeded, for the first time, in the modern day Islamic world in presenting a new, systematic and comprehensive vision of Islam that was entirely independent of what was espoused and advocated by the fundamentalist mullahs who considered the interpretation of Islam their exclusive domain. 

Founders of the Mojahedin: Mohammad Hanifnejad
Founders of the Mojahedin: Mohammad Hanifnejad
Mohammad Hanifnejad was one of the three people who founded the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the longest standing and most prominent Iranian opposition group. Born in 1939 to a working-class family in Tabriz, northwestern Iran, Hanifnejad underwent a tough childhood. However, life calamities did not prevent him from following his studies in Tabriz.

Founders of the Mojahedin: Saeid Mohsen

Founders of the Mojahedin: Saeid Mohsen
Saeid Mohsen, one of the three founders of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), was born in 1939 in Zanjan, a city in the northwestern province of Azerbaijan. He obtained his diploma in Zanjan and headed to Tehran, the Iranian capital, to lead his advance studies in mechanical engineering in Tehran’s Technical University.
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Founders of the Mojahedin: Ali Asghar Badizadegan

Founders of the Mojahedin: Ali Asghar Badizadegan
Ali Asghar Badizadegan, one of the three founders of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), was born in 1940 in Isfahan. Badizadegan spent his childhood and youth in Isfahan, Karaj and Tehran. He studied chemical engineering at the Technical University of Tehran, where he became assistant professor in 1964.
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NCRI The Key That Will Unlock Iran
A look at global support for the one and only democratic alternative to the Iranian regime
When Iranian people took to the streets earlier this year to protest against the dictatorship ruling their country and set overthrow bells ringing for the mullahs’ regime, the first question that came to mind was that what’s going to happen to Iran, and which key is going to unlock the gates of this dark city?
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What’s the alternative to the mullahs’ rule?
In 1979, the people of Iran rose against their rulers, and their uprising resulted in the toppling of the Shah regime. While the national solidarity was strong and the sacrifices made by the Iranian people were many, what the 1979 revolution missed was a true alternative to the Shah regime. Absent an organized Iranian opposition movement that could lead the country toward the establishment of true democracy in the wake of the Shah’s overthrow, Khomeini and his gang of mullahs took advantage of their religious clout to seize power and found what has become one of the worst dictatorships in modern history.
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A Democratic Alternative for Iran’s Regime
With the widespread protests over the past months, in which Iranians have been calling for a change to their government, “Iran” is now under the spotlight of regional and global political discussions.
Recently, a gathering was held in France, by the regime’s main opposing force, i.e., the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI); in which, more than 10 thousand Iranians watched the speech of its leader Maryam Rajavi, who shared her outlook on Iran’s current situation. She also applauded Iranians for their strong rise and asked them to continue with their fight across the country. She emphasised that with the support of NCRI, their victory would be inevitable.
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IRAN REGIME’S ATTEMPTS TO DISCREDIT THE MEK IN IRAN
It is no secret that the Iranian mullahs have spent years trying to smear the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) within Iran. They would do anything to stop the Iranian people joining the MEK, even going so far as to ban the MEK in the 1980s.
When that didn’t work, the regime turned to state-sponsored propaganda, in the form of attack websites, fake documentaries, and even anti-MEK propaganda exhibitions.
Anti-MEK propaganda exhibitions
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How the Iranian regime points to its main opposition
Earlier this month, days before Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian regime’s president, was bound for Europe, authorities in Belgium, France and Germany declared having foiled a terrorist plot that had been orchestrated by one of the regime’s diplomats in Austria. The terrorist attack was aimed against the Iranian opposition gathering in Paris, where tens of thousands of people had gathered to support the PMOI/MEK and NCRI’s efforts for regime change in Iran.
The question is, why would the regime engage in a terrorist attack against its main opposition, which would undermine the very purpose of its own president’s European tour and his efforts to gain support for his failing foreign policy?
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Getting to know the Iranian regime’s main opposition
On June 20, 1981, the security forces of the Iranian regime opened fire on a peaceful, 500,000–strong demonstration in Tehran, putting a violent end in a tenuous era of peaceful political activism that had started in February 1979 after popular protests toppled the Shah regime and saw the rise of Ruhollah Khomeini and the mullahs to power. On the morrow of June 20, the regime’s forces would arrest, torture and execute anyone affiliated with opposition groups, especially the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
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MEK: Iranian Freedom Fighters
By Jubin Katiraie

The People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been subjected to a decades’ long disinformation campaign and overall persecution by the Iranian Mullahs, so we wanted to tell you the truth about these freedom fighters.
The MEK is the largest and most popular opposition organisation in Iran, with its liberal interpretation of Islam and democratic policies, making it beloved among the Iranian people.
These same values, and the MEK’s ability to lead and govern, are the reason why the mullahs are always seeking to destroy the MEK.
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Resistance to Iran’s Rulers Has a Leaders

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Is the Democratic Alternative.
The NCRI is a coalition representing all Iranian political and ethnic groups, including all ethnic and religious minorities



The 8 Characteristics of an #Alternative

Why The National Council of Resistance of #Iran (#NCRI) is the only organized, #democratic #opposition is D #Alternative?

WHAT IS THE NCRI?
by Mahmood Hakamian

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is a broad coalition of democratic groups, organisations and personalities that are opposed to the theocratic regime in Iran and want to see regime change.
The NCRI wish to see a democratic republic established in Iran, with separation of religion and state, and a special focus on human rights and gender equality.
Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, founded it in 1981 in Tehran after the mullahs hijacked the 1979 Iranian Revolution, rigged the 1980 election, and began to attack the popular resistance group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
There are five organizations that make up the NCRI, with the biggest and most popular being the MEK.
THE NCRI TODAY
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Why Is The Mullahs Regime More Afraid Of The PMOI/MEK In Albania Than The MEK In Iraq?!

The regime wants to use a completely different spectrum of tactics to apply this time around.
The Mullah’s regime in Iran has a single and widespread strategy against the MEK! The unit, inasmuch as its purpose is to eliminate the issue of a possible overthrow of it’s corrupt governance, which, from the regime’s point of view, is only the strong and determined MEK, that intends to realize it.
The regime wants to use a completely different spectrum of tactics to apply this time around.
When the MEK were in Iraq, the field for testing, erroneousness, and the execution of all imaginary tactics, on the MEK was open to the Iran regime! They even went so for to attack the PMOI and shoot at them on many different occasions. Sometimes, they attacked them by missiles. These attacks caused dozens of martyrs and hundreds were severely injured!
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ROLE OF THE MEK INTIMIDATES THE IRANIAN REGIME

by Mahmood Hakamian
The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) has been instrumental in raising awareness about the plight of the Iranian people. The MEK has extensive support in Iran and has a huge following outside the country. The Iranian regime has, for years, tried to discredit the MEK, saying that it has very little support among the Iranian people.
The MEK, however, was recognised by the Iranian regime as being the main organiser of the protests that swept across the country at the end of last year. It can no longer claim that the MEK is insignificant – the MEK represents a very real threat to the Iranian regime.
Furthermore, at the beginning of this year, it was reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked the French President Emmanuel Macron to take action against the MEK. President Macron of course had no reason to act against the MEK, so the Supreme Leader threatened to execute MEK protesters.
The MEK has a long history of being targeted by the Iranian regime. Many MEK supporters were executed during the so-called 1988 massacre. More than 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were affiliated to the MEK, were executed during the space of one single summer. To this day, no one has been held accountable for the crime against humanity and the MEK and families are still campaigning for justice.
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New Report Explores Iran’s Attempts to Destroy MEK

By Jubin Katiraie
It is no secret that Iranian mullahs have frequently tried to demonise their legitimate opposition movement, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in the eyes of both the Iranian people and the international community.
Indeed, Iran is so scared of the power of the MEK, that they consistently use malign disinformation campaigns (using fake news and lying agents) to discredit the MEK’s legitimacy, use their suppressive security forces to arrest, torture, and murder MEK members, and even pursue MEK dissidents abroad to assassinate them on the streets of Europe.
A new and extensive report from Struan Stevenson, coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change, explains how Iran has spent the past 40 years trying to destroy the MEK’s reputation and even eliminate the MEK as a whole.
The most egregious crimes of the mullahs against the MEK included getting the MEK wrongfully placed on terrorist watch lists in the West, banning the MEK as a political movement inside Iran, and massacring 30,000 MEK members and supporters during the summer of 1988.
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How One MEK Rally Scared the Mullahs So Much That They Banned All Political Rallies

How One MEK Rally Scared the Mullahs So Much That They Banned All Political Rallies

By Jubin Katiraie

The mullahs’ regime became increasingly like a dictatorship following the rigged elections of 1980, when the mullahs stole power from the Iranian people and their democratic resistance forces the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
In June, five months after the election, the mullahs closed down the universities under the auspices of a “cultural revolution”, but in reality, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wanted to suppress a group that was more likely to rebel against the mullahs.
Shortly after this, the MEK called a demonstration against the mullahs’ malign behaviour at Amjadiyeh Stadium in Tehran on June 12, which attracted more than 200,000 people.
At the rally, MEK leader Massoud Rajavi addressed the dangers of the mullahs’ rising dictatorship and called on the MEK supporters to defend the freedoms that had been fought for in the 1979 revolution including freedom of speech, associations, and gatherings.
He also declared that the mullahs would not intimidate the MEK. He said: “We’re not afraid of bullets. If freedom means death, then we will die.
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A Short History of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran or Mojahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) is a political group dedicated to the realization of a free and democratic Iran, but how did it start?
On September 6, 1965, the MEK was founded by three engineers Mohammad Hanifnejad, Said Mohsen, and Ali-Ashgar Badizadgan.
They had previously been involved with the Freedom/Liberation Movement, created by Medhi Bazargan in May 1961, which advocated for the democratic principles that were laid out in the Iranian constitution following the 1905 resolution. The group had been allowed to peacefully assemble and advocate for political freedom and the separation of powers for two years.
However, in 1963, Ruhollah Khomeini gave a public speech criticising the monarchy and was arrested. In response, large free speech and anti-monarchy protests broke out across Iran, which the Freedom Party supported.
These protests were violently put down by the Shah’s police, with thousands of people dying in what would become known as the June Uprising. Following the protests, the Shah outlawed pro-democracy groups, like the Freedom Party, and imprisoned their leaders. Bazargan was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The MEK founders knew that the fight for democracy in Iran was not over, but also knew that they had to find a different path as repeating the actions of the Freedom Movement was sure to fail.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE MEK AT CAMP ASHRAF IN IRAQ?
by Mahmood Hakamian 
In 1986, around 1,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) travelled to Iraq in order to build a new operations base for their resistance group with the hopes of bringing democracy to Iran.
They were given a barren patch of land in the desert, near the Iranian border, which had a few deserted and partially-constructed buildings, but no running water or electricity. This was Camp Ashraf. It expanded quickly as MEK supporters from the US and the EU travelled to the camp in order to help free the Iranian people from the grasp of the mullahs.

The responsibility for the unarmed MEK members in Iraq was transferred from the US to the Iraqi government, but the MEK (and various legal experts and NGOs) opposed this and believed that they would be in danger if the US left them under Iraqi control. Their reasoning was that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was working on behalf of the Iranian Regime, who were keeping him in power.
The US dismissed this because they had written assurances from the Iraqi government that the MEK would be treated in accordance with Iraq’s Constitution, laws, and international obligations. However, it turned out that the MEK was right.
Since the US left, 116 MEK members were killed by Iraqi forces and over 1,300 injured.
Despite the violations of human rights, international law, and the 2004 agreement between the US and the MEK, there has been no independent investigation of these crimes and no one was brought to justice.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MEK IN CAMP LIBERTY?

UNFIT LIVING CONDITIONS
The MEK had transformed their previous home of Camp Ashraf into a fully functioning city, so you can imagine how they felt about being moved to a place which an expert from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded was unfit to accommodate them.
Camp Liberty no electricity, no running or potable water, no sewage system, no public lighting, no room for recreation, damaged kitchen and dining facilities, and inadequate living quarters. Still Martin Kobler, Special Representative for Iraq and the Head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), agreed to the relocation without allowing the MEK to view it and produced a report that said it met the international humanitarian standards required.
Kobler’s report actually caused Tahar Boumedra, former Chief of the Human Rights Office of UNAMI to resign in protest at the lies given to the MEK, the international community, and the UN Security Council.
Boumedra said that Kobler’s agreement with the Iraqi government “[violated] each and every article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the corresponding provisions of the ICCRP [the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights]”.
Still, the majority of the MEK were forcibly relocated to Camp Liberty where, in addition to inadequate living conditions, they were still faced with harassment and violence by the Iraqi security forces on behalf of the Iranian Regime.
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THE ROLE OF THE MEK IN THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR
by Mahmood Hakamian 

In this piece, we will look at the role of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) during the Iran-Iraq war, but let’s begin with some background to the war.
How did the war begin?
Iraq invaded Iran on September 20, 1980, following repeated provocative border crossings by Iranian forces and warmongering military actions ordered by Khomeini, then supreme leader of regime. Nonetheless, majority of Iranians, including the MEK, went into battle to defend their homeland.
By January 1981, the tide on the war had turned against Iran, and by June 1982, Iran had reclaimed almost all of its lost territory. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein proposed a ceasefire and the withdrawal of his troops from Iranian land, but by then the Iranian mullahs could smell blood in the water and refused to agree to the peace talks.
How was the MEK involved?

What Happened to the MEK During the 1979 Revolution? 
 we left off last time, the mullahs had stolen the 1979 Revolution from the MEK and the people of Iran and were instead using it to serve their own interests. Ruhollah Khomeini had returned from exile only to appoint Supreme Leader (essentially, naming himself king) and appoint the clergy to the government against the wishes of the Iranian People.
The MEK had made clear that they were opposed to this, rejected the mullahs’ offer of ill-gotten power, and had launched a campaign to run against the mullahs in the proposed 1980 election. For that, the Supreme Leader ordered his terrorist gangs (Hezbollah) to attack the MEK.
The MEK took a position of non-violence and waited for the election, which would rightly see them elected as members of parliament. The mullahs, scared of the MEK’s popularity, didn’t want that to happen and instead chose to sabotage the elections.

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HOW THE MULLAHS STOLE THE 1980 ELECTION FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND MEK

This is the last piece in a series about the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Our previous piece ended with the mullah’s launching violent attacks on the MEK via Ruhollah Khomeini’s terrorist gangs (i.e. Hezbollah) in order to intimidate the MEK into dropping out of the 1980 election. The MEK refused to bow out or to join the mullahs in abusing their power, believing that the democratic system would be allowed to work fairly
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The Foundation of The People's Mojahedin Organization Of Iran

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June 20 1981-Beginning of the Iranian people's resistance for freedom

interviews with Women of Iranian Resistance


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