What is Iran’s Mujahedeen Khalq and why is it so popular among American leaders?

August 17, 2011

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Iranians protested when the EU took Mujahedeen Khalq off its terrorist list in 2008.

It’s been quite a year for the Mujahedeen Khalq. The organization, known by its initials MEK, seeks regime change in Iran and is on a determined big-money campaign to get off the U.S. terrorism list. The state department review of their status is due in a matter of weeks.

The organization, accused of having a cult-like culture, bought a full page ad in the Washington Post and has purchased the support of dozens of American politicians and national security experts. The Huffington Post lists 31 prominent people from both sides of the political aisle who have appeared at Mujahedeen Khalq-related events.

We get analysis from Narimon Savafavi, a Worldview regular and president of the Pasfarda Arts & Culture Exchange.