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Iran nuclear deal causes internal conflicts

Abdullah Mohtadi, Secretary General of Komala Party of the Iranian Kurdistan, stated on Tuesday that after the nuclear deal between Iran and the Western powers, internal conflicts may arise.
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Komala is a Kurdish left-wing opposition party based in Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhelat) and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The party engaged in an armed struggle with the Iranian regime after Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian revolutionary leader, declared a jihad on Kurds in 1979.

The landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers (US, UK, France, China and Russia and Germany) lifted sanctions on Iran. Analysts believe the agreement is an ideological contradiction to what the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on — a holy regime against Western Imperialism. The Islamic Republic believers are disappointed and question the regime.

In an exclusive interview with K24, Mohtadi mentioned that currently the primary conflicts in the Middle East are Syria, the Islamic State (IS), and the fight against terrorism.

Mohtadi commented on the impact of the Kurdish opposition parties in Iran. He stated that Iranian regime is a “totalitarian dictatorship” that rubs political parties of their political freedom. He continued, “Political parties [in Iran] are prevented from political activities, free elections have no meaning, independent media does not exist, and freedom of speech is banned.” 

Mohtadi argued that the opposition’s influence could only be observed in people’s occasional demonstrations against the regime under such suppressive environment. He stressed, “The role of the [Kurdish] opposition [parties] in Iran has been very meaningful in this regard.”

The Kurdish dissident stressed that the nuclear deal and lifting the economic sanctions would improve Iran’s diplomatic relations with the west. However, he emphasised that Iran would face more problems in its internal affairs.

Speaking about Kurdistan achieving independence, Mohtadi said, “I believe it will happen, maybe not in a few months, but I expect in a few years.” He emphasized that Kurds must keep friendly relationships with the neighboring countries. 

“But I believe it is a big mistake for the Kurds to be part of Iran-Russia alliance…Kurds must make allies with the West while keeping a friendly relationship with other countries [in the region],” added Mohtadi.

“Our values are closer to the Western world,” Mohtadi remarked. He claimed that Obama’s administration foreign policy has not been effective in the Middle East; however, he reaffirmed that this must not “push us” to make allies with a different side. 

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EU:s sanktioner mot iransk oljeimport kommer inte bara att drabba regimen utan även en hårt prövad befolkning. Två iranska regimmotståndare, som deltagit i ett oppositionsmöte i Stockholm, välkomnar ändå EU-sanktionerna. De hoppas att sanktioner ska påskynda regimens fall i Iran.

Saeed Ghasseminejad, ung talesman för en ny liberal iransk rörelse och Abdullah Mohtadi, ledare för iransk-kurdiska Komala, anser båda att EU:s förbud att handla med Irans olja är nödvändigt, även om det kommer att drabba iranska civila hårt genom sämre ekonomi. Foto: TOMAS ONEBORG

Före den 1 juli ska EU-länderna sluta importera och handla med iransk olja. Målet är att tvinga den islamiska republiken till eftergifter i fråga om det kärntekniska programmet.

Kritiker invänder att ekonomiska sanktioner sällan får önskad effekt. När hårda FN-sanktioner infördes mot Irak på 1990-talet stärkte de Saddam Hussein, medan de orsakade omfattande lidande bland vanliga civila.

Men två iranska regimmotståndare, som just deltagit i ett möte för iranska oppositionella i Stockholm, är båda positiva till EU-sanktionerna mot Iran.

–Man måste strypa finansieringskällorna till den brutala regimen i Teheran. Jag vet att vanligt folk kommer att lida. Men det är ett pris som måste betalas. För att bli av med en despotisk regim måste man uppoffra något, säger Abdullah Mohtadi, generalsekreterare för det iransk-kurdiska vänsterpartiet Komala.

Liberalen Saeed Ghasseminejad läste vid Teherans universitet när han sattes i fängelse för att han startat en studenttidning. Sedan några år lever han i exil. Han är talesman för en nystartad liberal rörelse.

Han är medveten om att andra iranska oppositionella på konferensen i Stockholm motsätter sig EU-sanktionerna. Men Ghasseminejad tror att stryptag på Irans oljeexport kan påskynda regimens fall, om oppositionen förmår agera snabbt, beslutsamt och enat.

Han understryker att regimen i Teheran är ineffektiv och präglas av hårda inre motsättningar. President Ahmadinejad har fallit i onåd hos högste ledaren, ayatolla Ali Khamenei. I mars hålls parlamentsval och där riskerar Ahmadinejads kandidater att krossas av maktpolitiska skäl. De oppositionellas maning till bojkott av valet gör varken till eller från i det hänseendet.

–Högste ledaren sade i en fredagsbön att de som kommer att förlora i valet ska lära av hur det gick för (de tidigare presidentkandidaterna) Mousavi och Karroubi.

Dessa båda ledare för Gröna rörelsen sitter i husarrest sedan de bestred Ahmadinejads valseger 2009.

–Nu kan vi få en ny situation som ger iranierna anledning att gå ut på gatorna, spår Ghasseminejad.

Iranier lever med ett latent hot av att Israel, kanske med hjälp av USA, kan komma att bomba Irans kärntekniska anläggningar. Hela Mellanöstern surrar av spekulationer av vad som kan ske i så fall, och om en militär attack väntas bli begränsad eller storskalig.

–USA:s interventioner i Irak och Afghanistan visar att militära attacker i Mellanöstern inte skapar någon gynnsam jordmån för att bygga upp demokratier. Det är inte som i Japan och Tyskland efter andra världskriget, summerar Ghasseminejad.

Abdullah Mohtadi tror att regimen kommer att bli ännu mer brutal mot sitt eget folk om den överlever en begränsad attack.

–Men om det blir en storskalig attack tror jag inte att regimen överlever.

Det kan uppfattas som om han, mellan raderna, uppmanar till massiva bombardemang.

–Nej, en förändring måste komma inifrån. Vi är emot utländsk inblandning. Men vi kommer inte att slåss på denna regims sida, vem än som är deras fiende, säger Mohtadi.

Saeed Ghasseminejad är övertygad om att det finns viktiga personer i Irans revolutionsgarde som skulle välkomna en begränsad attack.

–Israeliska bombningar av några nukleära anläggningar vore det bästa som kan hända regimen. Iranska oppositionella borde säga till israelerna att det bara stärker regimen.

Förra helgen möttes ett femtiotal iranska oppositionella från olika organisationer på Skåvsjöholms konferenscentrum utanför Stockholm. För att ingen ska riskera repressalier bjöds inte iranier, som bor kvar i hemlandet, till mötet. För arrangemanget stod Olof Palmes Internationella centrum som också bidrog med gästföreläsare.
Både Abdullah Mohtadi, från det iransk-kurdiska vänsterpartiet Komala, och den liberale studentledaren Saeed Ghasseminejad beskriver konferensen som mer konstruktiv än liknande tidigare sammankomster.
Oppositionsmötet kunde enligt vad SvD erfar enas kring tre slutsatser:
Bojkott av det stundande parlamentsvalet i Iran.
Ökad bredd och samordning för oppositionen.
Nej till en militär attack mot Iran.
Det uttalades dock ingen enad syn på EU:s sanktioner mot Irans oljeexport.

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Archive 2006, Iran’s New Regime: Hostile to Its People, Incompatible with the World

Iran’s New Regime: Hostile to Its People,
Incompatible with the World

Abdullah MOHTADI

Nowadays Islamic Iran appears to challenge the world. What kind of phenomenon is this regime and how it must be treated? This issue has been the subject of hundreds or perhaps thousands of discussions and reviews. The short review below is a humble attempt to shed some light on this issue.

Defeat of the reformists in the seventh parliamentary elections and later in the presidential election last June and the coming to power of Ahmadinejad and his men, marked the beginning of a new phase in Iran’s political life. The so-called reformist movement had lost its momentum long before they suffered defeat in the hands of this new brand of Islamic conservatism. The reformists lacked the political will to mobilize and fight back, they let down the various social movements, let the initial enthusiasm evaporate, and thus they deprived themselves of any effective popular support and paved the way for their own defeat. But the defeat of the reformists did not bring about a new unity and internal harmony within the power circles as expected. In fact those who came to power were not conservatives in the conventional meaning that world has been familiar with, but they are a particular faction called fundamentalists or more literally “believers in principles”. Today the power struggle in ruling circles is not carried out between the conservatives and reformists as it was a few years ago but between the conservatives and these new fundamentalists. It seems that conservatives are getting pushed to the margin as well.

Ideologically, the fundamentalists stem from “Hojatieh Association” and its predecessor the “Anti-Baha’i Association”. Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the fanatic head teacher of “Haqqani Seminary” who preaches the harshest form of fundamentalism and intolerance, is their spiritual leader. A number of the cabinet members and those who hold sensitive posts in the new government are graduates of this seminary.

The fundamentalists are extremely dogmatic, intolerant, and violent who openly advocate killing of the opponents and critics; they not only denounce democracy and human rights and label them anti-Islamic, which is more or less common in the Islamic system of Iran, but openly declare that the legitimacy of the state only comes from God and therefore the Islamic state is only responsible to God and answers to Him.

They are messianic, or to name it by its Iranian version, pro-Mahdi; they believe in the resurrection of Mahdi. For Mahdi to reappear, as the ideology states, the world must be filled with injustice and tyranny. Thus they consider the current conflict between themselves and the West as a sign of the coming of Mahdi and a god given opportunity to get rid of injustice and un-Islamic behavior.

To give you a picture of what this creed is about in everyday reality, let me give you a few examples. After attending the General Assembly of the United Nations a few months ago, president Ahmadinejad clearly stated in a meeting that during his speech there was a halo of light surrounding him and some of the Ayatollahs nodded in agreement and said this was a sign of the approval of the government by the God. When he recently wrote his letter to President Bush, one of those Ayatollahs called it a miracle and likened it to the letters Prophet Mohammad wrote to the Kings of Iran and Ethiopia that apparently caused the demise of those empires. Very recently another high official praising Mr. Ahmadinejad claimed that if there were to be anymore Prophets, Ahmadinejad would be the one!

Whether these people really believe their stories is not that important, what is important is that they preach it and act upon it. It is interesting to know that Mr. Ahmadinejad has hired an ethics teacher for his cabinet members so they get preached on Islamic ethics every morning before they start their day. It has also been known that some of his ministers are writing their wishes on pieces of paper and throw it down into the Jamkarn Well near the holy city of Qom where Mahdi is believed to be hiding in the wish that Mahdi is going to open those letters and fulfill their wishes. It is also interesting to know that even based on the Shiite religion tales, Mahdi is hiding in a well in Samara in Iraq and not in Qom! This excessive extremism has angered even some Ayatollahs and members of the Majles or the Iranian parliament.

Aside from these things that are the subject of ridicule amongst the majority of people and especially the young generation, there are other characteristics of the new government that are much more serious and troublesome. It is not funny to know that some of the ministers have directly been involved in killing and torture of dissidents. The minister of interior, Mr. Pour-Mohammadi, is one of the three people who in the summer of 1988 killed thousands of prisoners per order of Ayatollah Khomeini. This crime was so shocking that Ayatollah Montazeri wrote a letter condemning the massacre and called it an atrocity worse than those committed by Shah’s regime. That letter, as is known, caused him his position as the number two in the hierarchy of power.

A number of ministers in Ahmadinejad’s government who have come from the infamous ministry of Etela’at or Iranian Intelligence have been involved in the so-called serial killings. It was a wave of political assassinations organized by the top ranking Etela’at officials during the first year of Khatemi’s government in which a number of poets, authors, and political dissidents were kidnapped and brutally killed.

Another important feature of this new government is its increasing dependence on Pasdaran or the Revolutionary Guards. The military- financial complex of Pasdaran is getting control of huge assets in the country. It is getting lucrative contracts from right and left. For instance, $ 1.3 billion contract of gas pipelines was given from the ministry of petroleum to the Pasdaran. This way the loyalty of the powerful heads of this fearful military and security apparatus to the president is secured and at the same time the institution gets the upper hand in the power struggles to com. To pay justice, one should admit that authorizing Pasdaran to get involved in business activities and getting them lucrative contracts started during Rafsanjani administration.

In the struggle for absolute power, the fundamentalist faction is trying to take over the Council of Experts and get rid of Rafsanjani in the Council’s next election, obviously with the help of the Council of Guardians and their notorious disqualification process. Mr. Rafsanjani, who is the influential head of the Council of Expediency, was able in his time to deceive Europe for years and sell himself as a moderate. In reality, Iran’s secret nuclear programs started and developed under his presidency and he has, in numerous occasions, criticized Khatemi as being too lenient with Europe about Iran’s nuclear rights.

Other aspects of the new government are well known in the world: irresponsible and venturous foreign policy, provoking tensions and blackmailing, ambition to dominate the region, the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, and supporting terrorism. It must be said that these policies have, more or less, been followed during the entire rein of the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, Ahmadinejad is pursuing these policies more intensely and more openly. The pursuit of nuclear weapons is one result of such a policy. The Islamic Republic sees the nuclear weapon as the best means of their survival, as the guarantor of the regime. One can say that the dominant belief among mullahs in Tehran is: “I have atomic bomb; therefore I am”.

Confrontation and violence is not pursued only in foreign policies. This regime cannot live in peace neither with its own people nor the outside world. In the internal affairs, Ahmadinejad’s regime has intensified the policy of repression, intimidation, and persecution. The tolerance of dissent has become virtually zero; the pursuit of joy by young people is repressed, public transport workers of Tehran who only wanted to form their union and presented their economic demands are brutally hammered; student associations are attacked; professors are fired; women are subjected with even more discrimination and repression and their peaceful demonstrations are brutally attacked; national minorities are repressed more harshly than before and so on. In general, the new government has closed off all the ways of peaceful expression of dissent in the society and thus is creating an atmosphere prone to violence and internal implosion.

The problem with these policies, however, is that they are completely out of tune with the basic needs and aspirations of the Iranian people. Iranian society has changed dramatically and cannot reconcile itself with the way of life preached by Ayatollahs. The majority of Iranian people are more aware and more assertive of their rights, they stand up more frequently, they speak out more loudly, and they defy and fight back. Ahmadinejad’s government has clearly exposed how out of tune it is with its own society and with the world. That is why it looks ridiculous and dangerous at the same time.

What is lacking is a credible alternative, a cohesive and powerful opposition front that can unite and lead the people in their fight for a better future. Fortunately, there have been some positive movements to remedy this huge shortcoming. The biggest task facing the Iranian opposition, both inside and outside the country, is the formation of a broad democratic coalition that fights for democracy, secularism, human rights, women’s rights, nationalities rights, etc.

What can Europe and the West do in this process? The policy of critical dialogue by Europe did not succeed; neither is military attack the solution. The real alternative is uncompromising support for democracy, secularism and human rights in Iran.

The Iranian nuclear issue has created an international consensus towards the Islamic regime, which is fine. But this issue has had the opposite effect for the Iranian opposition. What can unite the opposition is the prospect of a democratic, secular and federative Iran that strives to bring social justice to all. This is a project that Iran deserves and the Iranian opposition has every right to ask the world to support.

(*) General Secretary of Komala party of Iranian Kurdistan

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Abdullah Mohtadi: Iran has engaged in murder campaign against Kurds

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Iran’s religious leadership is orchestrating a campaign of killings and arrests in Kurd provinces as it seeks to prevent pro-democracy protests from spreading to the country’s ethnic minorities, an Iranian Kurd leader has said.

In an interview with The Times, Abdullah Mohtadi, secretary general of the Komala Party, said Tehran had ordered a security crackdown that had brought renewed oppression to Kurd areas in the wake of protests against last year’s contested presidential election.

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Adam Sage, Paris Iran’s religious leadership is orchestrating a campaign of killings and arrests in Kurd provinces as it seeks to prevent pro-democracy protests from spreading to the country’sethnic minorities, an Iranian Kurd leader has said.

In an interview with The Times, Abdullah Mohtadi, secretary general of the Komala Party, said Tehran had ordered a security crackdown that had brought renewed oppression to Kurd areas in the wake of protests against last year’s contested presidential election.

He also accused Britain and other Western governments of turning their backs on the plight of the country’s Kurdish population, estimated at five million by the US authorities and up to 12 million by Mr Mohtadi. ”We need everything, but we get nothing,” he said.

About 35 million Kurds live in Turkey, Iraq and Syria, as well as Iran, where Mr Mohtadi said they faced a long history of discrimination, harassment and violence.

The interview took place in Paris a day after Tehran had announced the capture of Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of Jundallah, the Sunni militant group responsible for a series of attacks on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Mr Mohtadi said that he, too, was being hunted.

With Iran’s regime desperate to stop the Green movement sparking rebellion among the minorities that constitute almost half the population, he said intelligence agents would be prepared to capture or kill him anywhere in the world, including Europe. “There are many people like me who really are in danger.”

Unable to operate in Iran, his party has based itself in Iraq, where it has several hundred peshmergas, or armed fighters. Mr Mohtadi said their presence was necessary to prevent assassination attempts on Komala’s leadership, but insisted that his party had abandoned violent action in favour of political strategies in Iran.

It has a television station, which is regularly blocked by the Iranian authorities, and a newspaper, which is smuggled across the border to promote calls for a democratic, decentralised political system in Iran. But anyone caught reading the newspaper is almost certain to be summoned by Iranian secret services and detained, said Mr Mohtadi.

”No kind of political activity is authorised” and retaliation for breaches of the law was ”very rapid and very harsh”. Mr Mohtadi said Tehran had always treated Kurds ”like enemies and looked at the Kurdish people only from a security point of view.”

Now the repression had been stepped up. ”They are arresting more people, threatening more of them, harassing more of them, calling more of them to the intelligence services. There are more clandestine killings going on as well.”

He said more than 30 Kurds had been placed on death row, mostly for civil activism. Farzad Kamangar, 32, a teacher, had his sentence commuted to 30 years in prison this week following an international campaign to save him.

On the anniversary of the Iranian revolution this month, Mr Mohtadi said so many military vehicles were sent to Kurdish provinces ”that it was like being in an occupied country. There was an unofficial curfew imposed and helicopters flying over all the main cities.”

The show of strength was designed to nip a Kurdish protest movement in the bud ”because they know that from the moment that happens, it will be difficult to contain,” said Mr Mohtadi.

Nevertheless, there are signs of armed uprising in Iran’s Kurdish provinces. Earlier this month, for instance, Tehran said it had killed four members of a Komala splinter group which it blamed for taking the lives of three policemen in December. This week, the Iranian authorities said

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Kurdish Iranian opposition leader wants Iran to embrace all races

n an interview on Al Arabiya’s program, Point of Order (Noqtat Nezam), the leader of the “Kumola,” the Kurdish Iranian opposition, Abdullah Mohtadi, told presenter Hassan Mouawad that all the Iranian Kurds want is basic political, cultural and national rights from the international community.

Mohtadi said that the “Kumola” supported the Green Movement in 2009 under the belief that it would be a vehicle of change.
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Meet Iran’s Revolutionary Liberals

Meet Iran’s Revolutionary Liberals،   Secretary General Abdullah Mohtadi and Political Bureau member Abu Baker Modarresi

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Kurdish Iranian opposition leader wants Iran to embrace all races

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Kurdish Iranian opposition leader wants Iran to embrace all races

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The international community forgets about the violations and the human rights abuses against its own people – especially against Kurds.

The Kurds supported the Green Movement that swept Iran in 2009-2010, but since it was violently put down by the government the situation for democratic Iranian parties – the Kurds included – has been increasingly dire. A new generation of Iranian Kurds is growing increasingly angry and looking to parties such as Komala to stand up for them

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The Next Iranian Revolution

Abdulla Mohtadi, the Komala Party’s secretary general, and Abu Baker Modaressi, a member of the party’s political bureau, hosted me in their meeting house. Sofas and chairs lined the walls, as is typical in Middle Eastern salons. Fresh fruit was provided in large bowls. A houseboy served thick Turkish coffee in shot glasses.
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Interview: Abdullah Mohtadi, secretary general of the Kurdish Komala Party, On May 9, five political prisoners were executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Translator’s note: On May 9, five political prisoners were executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Four of these prisoners were Kurds, including the young teacher, poet and writer, Farzad Kamangar, and a young woman, Shirin Alamhouli. Following these executions, a general strike took place in Iranian Kurdistan on May 13. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and many Green Movement activists also condemned the executions. Three months prior to the May 9 executions, Abdullah Mohtadi, secretary general of the Kurdish Komala Party, had issued a statement aimed at forging solidarity between the Kurds and the Green Movement. Large translated excerpts follow. My glosses are interpolated in square brackets

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