Because of the MEK's cult-like organization under leader Maryam Rajavi, its support for Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War, and its participation in Saddam Hussein's crackdowns on Iraqi Shiites and Kurds, the group has been described by the New York Times as "a repressive cult despised by most Iranians and Iraqis."

As a former member of the political cult Mujahidin Khalq, I am intimately familiar with the methods which Balakrishnan used to control and exploit his victims. As this case has highlighted, for a person caught up in cultic abuse there is no exit, they are in fact modern slaves. Indeed, the 2005 report on the MEK by Human Rights Watch was named ‘No Exit'.

Iran's three decades of battling Western state-sponsored terrorism within its borders is an illuminating example of Washington's real connection to international terrorism, and how that relationship has been obscured by Western media. Washington's relationship to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State is wholly consistent with Washington's support for the MEK in Iran.

According to Iranian calculations, more than 17,000 persons have perished as a result of terrorist operations in the country since the Islamic revolution of 1979. The majority of these were perpetrated by the anti-government Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK).

In 1987 in London, a Mossad double agent assassinated Naji Salim al-Ali, the iconic Palestinian cartoonist whose most famous creation, Handala, symbolizes Palestinian defiance and resilience. More recently, cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh was arrested at the Allenby Bridge checkpoint in Israel and sentenced by the Israeli Salem Military Court in April of 2013 for "contact with a hostile organization," as he attempted to publish a book of about Palestinian political prisoners.

As a matter of fact, the 52 American hostages were finally released after 444 days by the Iranian government - the move was harshly opposed by the MKO that at the time considered itself as "vanguard of struggle against the US Imperialism". It is worth to notice that the Islamic Republic did not kill or injure the US hostages but the MKO is the only Iranian group that has the blood of Americans in its hands. According to the U.S. Department of State the group conducted several assassinations of U.S. military personnel and civilians working in Iran during the 1970s.

Although the MEK's 3,000+ foreign presence in Iraq is tiny in relation to the massive numbers of Iraqi civilians being killed and is irrelevant to the complex social, civil, economic and security issues of the burgeoning democracy, the MEK has enjoyed extraordinarily disproportionate attention in the European Parliament because of the Israeli backing for the group.

the black background of the U.S. interventions in Iran's internal affairs, its support for the 1953 coup against the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, its support for Saddam Hussein during the 8-year war, its sponsorship of MKO and Jundallah terrorist cults against the civilians and its policy of sanctions and military threats against Iran have all made it an unreliable negotiating partner and insincere interlocutor.

The MKO and Israel as well as Arabic states of the Persian Gulf claim that the nuclear deal with Iran will not work.... Maryam Rajavi, visiting a few French sponsors of the group blamed the West for its "erroneous policies" towards Islamic Republic. "They must compel the mullahs to shut down their nuclear sites completely", she said.

The defectors testimonies point to deteriorating Human Rights conditions in Camp Liberty. Still the Camp residents have no voice. Nobody takes care about their fates and their sufferings. The MKO Cult leaders on their turn have been "actively obstructive, indeed provocative, toward those wishing to investigate and alleviate this suffering" as Ann Singleton put it correctly.

The so called "home for 26 years" is actually a part of Iraqi territory granted by former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein to foreign insurgents - the MKO members. Iraqi nation do not want the MKO as the remnants of the former dictator in their soil anymore.

The Post would seem to be portraying "Iran's effort to get nuclear weapons" as if it were a fact. It's not-it's an allegation. Either that, or the Post is granting a source anonymity to make a claim that goes further than the facts allow.

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