StivensonTHE WALL STREET JOURNAL - The European Parliament Thursday passed a written declaration calling on the U.S. to remove the People's Mujahideen of Iran from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

The resolution became official when more than half the members of the 736-seat chamber signed it, but support was nearly unanimous, a parliament official said. The resolution also called on Iraq to cease its blockade of Camp Ashraf, a settlement of more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents near the border between the two countries.

TehranThe Iranian regime has intensified suppressive and security measures in Tehran’s central locations. The measures are carried out on the brink of Student Day on December 7 and the anniversary of the massive anti-regime protests on Ashura day in 2009.

On December 27, 2009, the religious day of Ashura, protestors managed to surround and neutralize many of the Iranian regime’s special anti-riot units.

Bob FilnerBob Filner: ...My resolution which I am proud to say has bipartisan support with over 100 co-sponsors, 9 of which sit on the floor with on Foreign Relations Committee of our Congress, seeks to have the MEK removed from the terrorist list which has served as the pretext for the Iranian regimes agents in Iraq to act against the residents of Ashraf. Like other parliaments around the world, we in the United States Congress believe that this organization does not qualify to be on the FTO list both on legal and political grounds.

Dana RohrabacherCongressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA): ....What we do now concerning a very similar regime in Iran is either going to further the cause of peace, be the right thing, or is either going to hurt the United States of America not only the people of Iran.
 
We got to determine whose side we are on. America should always be on the side of those people who are struggling for democracy, not necessarily because we are the friends of those people but because we are defining ourselves, and lighting our own future in those decisions.

NCRI – Iranian state-run media are voicing worries about the possibility of popular protests on the upcoming Student Day on December 7 as well as a the religious ceremony of Muharram.

“Forces of sedition,” they said, are about to “exploit” Student Day in order to “insult the sanctities of the establishment.”

Brad ShermanIn a briefing at the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 16, support for House resolution 1431 by 110 members of Congress were announced. The resolution invites the Secretary of State, in coalition with British and European allies, to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Congressman Brad Sherman was among speakers addressing the briefing. Following is an excerpt from his remarks:

RajaviDistinguished Representatives,
It is a great pleasure for me to be able to speak to you once again.

Allow me first to congratulate you on being re-elected by the American people.

I would also like to thank all of you, friends of the Iranian people and Resistance, for sponsoring the resolution on Iran.

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– Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Who says that the United States and Iran can’t agree on anything? The Great Satan, as Iran’s theocratic rulers call the United States, and the Islamic Republic see eye-to-eye on at least one thing, that the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) are terrorists.

Congress-PMOISome members of Congress are criticizing the US State Department for refusing to brief them on the status of Iran’s main opposition group they are calling to be removed from the department’s list of terrorist groups, the Washington Times reported on Thursday.

“Rep. Brad Sherman, California Democrat and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade, noted that more than 100 congressmen have co-sponsored a bill to remove the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from the State Department's terror groups list.”

IranianThe Californian Society for Democracy in Iran has released a statement this week welcoming a resolution by 110 US Congressmen calling on the State Department to delist the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

In a statement, the Society for Democracy in Iran said the lawmakers have “called on the Obama administration to remove the PMOI from the US terrorist list and place the American policy on the right path.”