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Quite a few things have coincided with each other, today

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By Abdollah Pakatchi, Camp Liberty

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I want to tell you one of my stories.  So let’s go back a little bit.

It is Sunday, January 5th, 2014. I am walking down my usual route in Camp Liberty, Iraq.  It is about an hour to noon. It is cold and starts raining. People pass me by with their heads covered for the cold. They’re all rushing to fulfill their daily jobs.

Quite a few things have coincided with each other today. It is Sunday, normal weekend in western countries. It is also the last day of Christmas and the New Year holidays. For us, Camp Liberty residents, of course, only a few days have passed since we were targeted by a fourth missile attack. We too intend to celebrate Christ’s birthday, but our enemy fired those missiles on us from somewhere in our neighborhood. This region is strictly controlled by Iraqi security forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Negotiating with the mullahs at all costs

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By Majeed Mohades, Camp Liberty

Last week, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama boasted that, “… it is American policy; backed by pressure that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.” He also made it clear that he would do anything to keep the mullahs ruling Iran at the negotiation table, even if it meant defying the will of Congress.

In this same regard, Zarif, the foreign minister of the Iranian regime, confidently dismissed the threats of further sanctions by the US Congress. “Because Obama has promised to veto,” he said.

Obama’s has sent a clear message: He is willing to turn a blind eye on anything the mullahs do as long as they are willing to continue the nuclear talks. Read the rest of this entry »

Take Action!

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By Shaghayegh Azimi, Camp Liberty resident

“Take Action” is an imperative clause, urging the addressee to do take a concrete measure about an issue of concern. It might seem to be composed of two simple words, but these two words have been very decisive in the history of humankind. It is said that every human being talks an average of 2500 words per day. But is there a cost to all this talking as well, or is it merely idle prattle? Does it make a difference whether or not we make use of terms such as “commitment” or “massacre” or “condemnation”? Is it important that we reflect on the dangerous consequences that our words might have – however kind and positive they might sound – and to ponder a little about how we can prevent disasters from coming to pass? Read the rest of this entry »

Abducted exiles sought

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Anguished: Shahabeh Barouti and her mother
Anguished: Shahabeh Barouti and her mother

THE last time Shahabeh Barouti spoke to her mother, she was told: “Don’t worry: we’ll see each other soon.” That was last August, a few days before her mother’s disappearance on 1 September. On Sunday, she spoke of the “pain and anguish” of the continued separation.

Her mother, Mahnaz Azizi, is a member of the People’s Mojahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), an outlawed Iranian opposition group whose members have sought asylum in Iraq, at Camp Ashraf. Earlier last year, 3200 Iranian exiles were transferred to Camp Hurriya. Ms Barouti was one of those moved; her mother stayed at Camp Ashraf. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Life, the Floundering Currency

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By Majeed Mohades, Camp Liberty

With the advent of cutting edge technology, payment methods have undergone drastic changes in the past years. Electronic mediums are gaining popularity with each passing day. Bitcoin, PayPal, mobile payment, and a slew of other payment systems – all of which are easy-to-use and user-friendly – are making people less dependent on carrying cash. Hardware stores, grocery stores, and even small mom-and-pop stores are offering the newest technologies to their customers.

Yet, in the domain of politics, one currency still hasn’t lost its popularity, even though its value has degraded considerably: human life. The price of politics, especially failed politics, is being paid with the lives of innocent people, and the customers are being quite generous with their purses – or better put, others’ purses. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Liberty December 26 rocket attack death toll raises to four

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Yahya Ziarati, victim of rocket attack against Camp Liberty
Yahya Ziarati, victim of rocket attack against Camp Liberty

A member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who had suffered a cardiac arrest due to severity of wave of explosions during the December 26 rocket attack, died in Camp Liberty at 13:00 Baghdad local time on Friday.

Yahya Ziyarati,46 , the fourth PMOI member who lost his life due to the December 26 rocket attack on Camp Liberty, had joined the organization and its ranks in Camp Ashraf 25 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Liberty residents’ letter calling on UN and US for freedom of seven hostages

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Camp Liberty residents’ collective letter to UN Secretary-General, U.S. Secretary of State and the High Commissioner for Refugees

Call for an independent probe by United Nations, release of 7 hostages, and providing minimum security provisions to Camp Liberty

Following the fourth rocket attack on Camp Liberty on Thursday, December 26, all Camp Liberty residents wrote in their collective letter to UN Secretary-General, the U.S. Secretary of State, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that this attack took place right after Nouri Maliki’s visit to Iran and for the purpose of gaining support from the Iranian regime for his third term as Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry »