Stop Fundamentalism, 9 September 2011 - The Oscar winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has been making some headlines in an odd place far away from Hollywood. Tehran that is and he is planning to make a move about, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s not so popular president.
Iranian Mehr News Agency reported this week that Sean Stone, the son of director Oliver Stone is currently in Tehran to make preparations for the filming. He was supposed to have a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday but the conference was later canceled without any explanation.
The presence of a crowd of thousands of Iranian exiles in front of the State Department in Washington, calling on the Secretary of State Clinton to remove the main Iranian opposition movement, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from the U.S. terror list, has certainly drawn considerable media attention during the past few days. But one article, coming from a peculiar Iranian daily can be considered as a satire piece rather than a news article.
The Iranian daily, Keyhan reported on 29 August that only 25 showed up at the said demonstration siding with those in Washington who say MEK has no popular support!
I was among thousands of Iranian-Americans from 41 states across the country who took part in a huge rally and march outside the State Department last Friday, urging Secretary Clinton to act swiftly and delist the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK).
Several senior former US Government officials also spoke at the rally, including Governor Ed Rendell; Rep. Patrick Kennedy; FBI Director Louis Freeh; CIA Deputy Director for Covert Operations, John Sano; and Col. Wesley Martin, chief of counterterrorism for the Coalition forces in Iraq and commandant of Camp Ashraf in 2006.
Stop Fundamentalism, Washington- 26 August 2011 – Iranians and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the main Iranian opposition movement, gathered in front of the State Department, today calling for immediate removal of the name of the group from the United States terror list.
The demonstrators also called for the US government to ensure about the protection of the residents of Camp Ashraf were an assault by the Iraqi government earlier this year claimed the lives of 36 men and women in that camp.
Demonstration started at 10:30 in the morning and ended at 14:00. Organizers say that the participants had come from 40 states of the United States and Canada.
Dear Secretary Clinton, Already enough people – our loved ones— have died. The Traumatic consequences of keeping MEK on the list are unimaginable. It will especially cost the lives of many more innocent men and women and children residing in Camp Ashraf. Don’t allow another massacre to happen. Delist MEK.
The supporters of MEK and Iranian-American families of residents of Camp Ashraf have organized a demonstration on Friday August 26, 2011 in front of the State Department in Washington to once again present their case and plea for removal of the Iranian opposition from the U.S. terror list.
Who cares more about the safety and security of America and the United States’ national security: The American military personnel who have served their country on the frontlines in Iraq or the pro-Tehran lobby in Washington with well-established political and financial ties to Iran’s leadership and its UN Mission in New York?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon be making a momentous decision about the removal of the Iranian opposition, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). But has she taken note of what many American military officers, who have dealt with the group in person, sometimes for months, say about the MEK?
Washington - In recent months, with anticipation of a decision by Secretary Hillary Clinton about the lifting of the unfounded terrorist designation from Iran’s democratic opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a number of former senior officials of the State Department, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, have gone on the record to call for an objective review of the designation based on facts and devoid of customary ill-advised foreign policy considerations designed to send conciliatory signals to Tehran.
Stop Fundamentalism, 20 August 2011 – Its all about destruction of things with the Mullahs’ regime it seems; this time on the internet.
Following setbacks on Iran’s plan to prevent people from having access to free internet and its failure in filtering the medium, now it seems Iran is looking for some way of showing a little mussel on the internet.
According to state-run news agencies, regime’s ministry of Intelligence has now found and destroyed what it describes as an anti-religious network on the internet.
Dr. Sharam Taromsari
By now, it should no longer be necessary to rehearse the evidence as to the danger Iran represents to Western interests. Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, its violence in Iraq and elsewhere, and its sponsorship of terrorism (even conspiring with al-Qaeda) are all well-documented, not least by the US government.
While Libya and Syria are rightly condemned for profound abuses of their citizens, there seems to be silence from Western governments on Iran, with the main opposition group remaining on the State Department’s terrorist list and denied US protection in Iraq. While it is important for democratic politics and the human rights of those who must live under such regimes that there is honesty about the foreign policy choices that the West is making, let us stick with realpolitik and focus firmly upon US foreign policy interests.
Developments in the Middle East and North Africa, widely described as Arab Spring, highlight a missing key element that in order to remove a tyrant people of a country need and that is a viable opposition movement to set out the plan for overthrow and the future of their countries.
Despite widespread protests and international support for uprisings in Syria and Libya, the dictators are still resisting and holding on to power. For most part it is because they have done their homework well to crackdown on their opposition and employ the Iranian agents’ many years of experience on how to crackdown on their people.
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