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Neoconservative and Rajavi Cult Lies

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Paul Sheldon Foote


March 26, 2007


For more than a decade, the neoconservatives and the Rajavi Cult have been very successful in publishing lies and disinformation in the major American media. Finally, the Federal government closed the MEK’s press office (National Council of Resistance of Iran) in the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft arranged for a raid of the home of Alireza Jafarzadeh in order to confiscate his documents. When will the American government post all of these documents for the world to see? Alireza Jafarzadeh went on to become a foreign affairs analyst for the Fox News Channel. In the eyes of the leaders of the Rajavi Cult, America is truly a land of opportunity. Where else in the world can you find so many dupes?


The Rajavi Cult has experimented with sending its press releases and articles and with providing supporters for interviews across America’s entire political spectrum. To their amazement, the Rajavi Cult has learned that there are dupes across the entire American political spectrum.


Their problems have come at Web sites permitting comments.


On March 24, 2007, OpEdNews.com published:


Detente or Appeasement?

by Jubin Afshar

click here


Jubin Afshar, is Director of the Near East Project at Near East Policy Research in Washington, D.C. http://www.neareastpolicy.com/


The Web site of Near East Policy Research lists their successes in placing articles and in securing interviews in America.


Unfortunately for supporters of the MEK, OpEdNews.com permits readers to post comments and rebuttal articles.


On March 25, 2007, OpEdNews.com published my rebuttal article, “Can the Rajavi Cult Dupe Progressives?”


click here


The same day, a reader posted support for the MEK (PMOI) under the title,

“Is it Right to Rebel Against Authoritarianism?”

Claims made by supporters of the MEK are easy to refute. Americans should focus upon using Web sites, such as OpEdNews.com, that permit readers to comment. Dupes can continue watching the Fox News Channel and the other major television networks or reading newspapers permitting only supportive comments.

The following are examples of easy refutations to the lies and disinformation campaign of the neoconservatives and of the Rajavi Cult.


1. Iranian supporters of the MEK prefer to use PMOI. As any search engine search will reveal that Western writers, including supporters of the PMOI, prefer to use MEK or MKO. The U.S. government document cited used both PMOI and MEK.

2. Religious leaders in Iran use Monafiqeen (two-faced) for good reason. The Shah of Iran jailed both Massoud Rajavi (and other MEK leaders) with religious leaders. In jail, they knew each other well. The Muslim religious leaders understood quickly that Massoud Rajavi was using the liberation theology approach to gain supporters in Iran. Rajavi was not a Muslim.

3. The MEK started in 1965, not in 1979. The MEK’s goal was to overthrow the Shah of Iran and to expel Western imperialists. Today, Rajavi Cult supporters want to dupe others into believing that the MEK was started to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran. In 1979, the MEK was a major force working with Islamic leaders to overthrow the Shah of Iran. The MEK demanded the executions of America’s hostages in the American Embassy. From 1979 to 1981, the MEK and the Islamic leaders fought with each other to determine who would govern Iran. Even Maryam Rajavi discloses at her Web site that the Shah of Iran was responsible for the death of one of her sisters and the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for the death of a second sister.

4. There was repression in Iran during the reign of the Shah. China has 20 million political prisoners and executes 10,000 prisoners per year. Writers should express opposition to all repression everywhere. Iran does not have a monopoly on political repression. The West has rewarded China with tens of thousands of factories and massive foreign trade following the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.

5. Which Iranian revolutionary groups refused to join the MEK’s National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)? Why?


Saeed Salehinia (salehinia@aol.com), a Workers-Communist Party of Iran activist, has criticized the MEK on his Persian-language television programs and in his writings. The following is his March 25, 2007 email to me confirming his position:


“I agree with you about the strategy of wright wing to censor and fool the people.Also I agree with you about "Mojahedin". As I mentioned many times in my programs, Mojahedin are part of Political Islamic movement with the same fanatic foundations of Islamic regime.They are part of dark senario in future Iran and the U.S government is using them as tools to push Islamic Regime , the same way the so caled "Afghani Mojahedins"were used to fight against Taleban.

The movement in Iran is far ahead from Mojahedin. This movement is secular and for freedom and equality.These concepts are against the Islamic movements, including Mojahedin.

In workers communist movement we do our best to marginalize this sect.”




Please note the names of the initial signers of the Stop War on Iran petition:

Initial Signers (add your name)

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Detroit Archdiocese*, Founding President, Pax Christi*
The Most Rev. Filipe C Teixeira
, OFSJC, Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of Saint Francis of Assisi, CCA
Michael Parenti
, author
Ramsey Clark
, former U.S. Attorney General
Howard Zinn
, author, historian
George Galloway
, MP, Britain
Tony Benn
, MP, Britain
Denis J. Halliday
, former UN Assistant Secretary-General
Harold Pinter
, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature
Margarita Papandreou
, former First Lady of Greece
Ardeshir Ommani
, co-founder of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
Ervand Abrahamian
, Prof. ME History, Author, Between Two Revolutions
David N. Rahni
, Professor and scholar, NY
David Sole
, President UAW, Local 2334*, Detroit
Steve Gillis
, President, USWA Local 8751*
Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nyack, NY
Thomas Koppel and Annisette, of the Scandanavian Popular Music Band Savage Rose

Dirk Adriaensens
, coordinator SOS Iraq, exec. committee Brussells Tribunal)
Fatemeh Abdollahzadeh
, Professor, Central Conn State University*, New Britain, CT
Dirk Adriaensens
, coordinator SOS Iraq, exec. committee Brussells Tribunal
Amir Hossein Afrassiabi
, Architect/poet, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Moji Agha
, Founder, Universal Coalition For Interfaith And Intercultural Knowledge And Action (UCIIKA)*, Tucson, AZ
Sima Aprahamian
, Asst. Prof. & Fellow, Sociology-anthropology & Simone De Beauvoir Institute*, Montreal, Canada
Hani Y. Awadallah
, President, Arab American Civic Organization
Axis of Logic
Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz
, Executive producer of RadioTahrir-WBAI-NY
Afshin Babazadeh
, Poet, London, United Kingdom
Brian Barraza
, AMAT, Association of Mexican American Workers
Sharon Black
, All Peoples Congress
Hamid Bonyadi
, Legal advisor/Advocate, Attorney At Law, Teheran, Iran
Jean Bricmont
, Brussels Tribunal
Brookline PeaceWorks
John Catalinotto
, Editor – Metal of Dishonor
Ed Childs
, Chief Steward, Unite Here Local #26*
Michel Collon
, writer, publicist, Stop USA
Gerry Condon
, Vietnam war deserter/antiwar activist, Director, Soldier Say No / Project Safe Haven
Heather Cottin
, Freeport Community Worklink Center*
Tiphaine Dickson
, attorney
LeiLani Dowell
, Queers for Peace & Justice
Gregory Elich
, author, researcher
Elena Everett
, Chair, NC Green Party*, Co-Chair, GPAX (Green Party Peace Action Committee)*
Leslie Feinberg,
Nat'l Lgbt Caucus Co-chair, National Writers' Union/UAW*, Jersey City, NJ
Sara Flounders,
International Action Center
Lenora Foerstel
, Vice Pres. Women for Mutual Security*
John Bellamy Foster
, Editor, Monthly Review*, Eugene, OR*
Tiokasin Ghosthorse
, First Voices Indigenous Radio
Peter Gilbert
, FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
Farrukh Sohail Goindi
, Foundation for Democracy-Pakistan
Teresa Gutierrez
, NY Committee to Free the Cuba 5
Samia Halaby
, Defend Palestine, NYC
Bagher R. Harand
, Upper Grandview, NY
Klaus Hartmann
, Chairman, German Freethinkers Association
Jesse Lokahi Heiwa
, QueerJustice.org
Imani Henry
, Playwright/Performer
Nellie Hester Bailey
, Harlem Tenants Council
Sherif Hetata
, MD, novelist,International Coordinating Committee of the Mediterranean Social Forum*
Connie Hogarth
, director, Connie Hogarth Center For Social Action, Manhattanville College*, Purchase, NY
Larry Holmes
, Troops Out Now Coalition
Eric Hooglund
, Editor, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Hamline University*, St. Paul MN
Yoomi Jeong
, Korea Truth Commission
Berta Joubert-Ceci
, Philadelphia International Action Center
Charlotte Kates
, NJ Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
Khadouri al-Kaysi
, Committee to Support the Iraqi People
Nada Khader
, Director of WESPAC* Foundation
Beth Lamont
, NY Humanist Society*
Dustin Langley
, No We Wont Go counter-recruiting network
The Audre Lorde Project
Robert Merrill
, Ph.D.,Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art*, Baltimore, MD
MLK, Jr. Bolivarian Circle
, Boston
Morteza Mohit
, Glendale, CA
Monica Moorehead
, Millions for Mumia
Milan Neuberg
, President, The Party of Democratic Socialism, Czech Republic
New England Human Rights for Haiti
Erik-Anders Nilsson,
Jersey City Peace Movement
Eleanor Ommani
, American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
Goli Ostadiar
, Stop War with Iran, Tehran, Iran
John Parker
, LeftBooks.com
Pam Parker
, shop steward, Washington/Baltimore Newspaper Guild(WBNG) #32035
Rostam Pourzal
, Iranian Cultural Association*, Washington DC
Ralph Poynter
, New Abolitionist Movement*
Minnie Bruce Pratt
, Lesbian Author/activist, National Writers Union*, Jersey City, NJ
Anne Pruden
, 1199 SEIU delegate*
Milos Raickovich
, composer, New York
Sami Ramadani
, Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University*, London, United Kingdom
Mohammad Reza Rasaei, PhD
, Univerity Of Tehran*, Tehran, Iran
Gloria Rubac
, Steward, Houston Federation of Teachers, Local 2415*
Nawal El Saadawi
, Writer and Psychiatrist, President, Arab Women's Solidarity Association*,
Nader Sadeghi
, Associate Professor of Surgery, George Washington University*, Washington, DC,
Roudabeh Shafie
, Founder, Action Iran, London, United Kingdom
Njeri Shakur
, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
Reza Shirazi
, Radio Producer, Fairfax Public Access TV*, Fairfax, VA
Nana Soul
, Artists and Activists United for Peace
Annie & Buddy Spell
, Covington Peace Project, Covington LA
Lynne Stewart
, attorney
Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Johnnie Stevens
, Peoples Video Network
Brenda Stokely
, New York City Labor Against the War
Kambiz Sur Esrafil Jahangir
, Founder/Secretary General, Iranian Diaspora Against Defamation And Aggression, San Diego, CA
David Swanson
, Co-Founder, After Downing Street, Charlottesville, VA
Mark Lewis Taylor
, Professor of Religion & Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary*
Nadje Tesich
, Author, Playwright, Poet
, Artists and Activists United for Peace
Tony Van Der Meer
, Prof. Univ. of Massachusetts*, Boston, MA
Saeed Vaseghi
, Professor, Brunel University*, London, United Kingdom
Klaus von Raussendorff
, Association for International Solidarity*, Germany
Michael Tarif Warren
, attorney
Dave Welsh
, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO*
Walter Williams
, People Judge Bush


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