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US allegedly committed acts of violence in Iran using ex-members of MEK during past year

US allegedly committed acts of violence in Iran using ex-members of MEK during past year

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On Thursday, the Internet news publication Raw Story corroborated claims that the U.S. is involved in acts of violence committed in Iran. It claims that these are being carried out by retrained ex-members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) rather than by traditional US soldiers.

A previous claim was made by former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter in June 2005 that United States security forces have been sending members of the MEK into Iranian territory. Ritter claimed that the CIA had used the MEK “to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq”.

Early this month, Seymour Hersh made a similar statement in New Yorker Magazine about the entry of US troops themselves into Iranian territory, but without supporting the claim that they carried out acts of violence. Hersh claimed that US combat troops are “now operating in Iran” and that according to a “government consultant with close ties to civilians in the Pentagon, the [combat troop] units were also working with minority groups in Iran, including the Azeris, in the north, the Baluchis, in the southeast, and the Kurds, in the northeast [sic].” According to Hersh, the government consultant also said that the US troops “are studying the terrain, and giving away walking-around money to ethnic tribes, and recruiting scouts from local tribes and shepherds.”

In Thursday’s report, Raw Story supported the previous claims about the US committing acts of violence in Iran, with the difference that it claimed that the acts are being carried out by proxy retrained ex-MEK members rather than by traditional US soldiers, and that the incursions have been occurring for about a year.

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Raw Story cited an unnamed United Nations source “close to” the UN Security Council who stated that former MEK members have been used as a proxy by the US for “roughly a year” inside of Iranian territory. An intelligence source quoted by Raw Story said that the former MEK members were made to “swear an oath to Democracy and resign from the MEK” before being incorporated into US military units and retrained for their operations in Iran. The MEK is an Iranian opposition group listed by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization but describes itself as “secular” and “patriotic, Muslim and democratic”.

Raw Story cited the UN official saying that “We are already at war”. Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner made similar remarks on CNN on Friday saying “I would say — and this may shock some — I think the decision has been made and military operations are under way.”

Raw Story said that the MEK has been used in the Iranian provinces of Baluchistan and Khuzestan and quoted a senior British intelligence official saying that British intelligence believes that the MEK is responsible for the violent attacks in the southern Iran, and that people from a “US Special mission unit” are present on Iranian territory, but was unsure as to the links between US military and the MEK.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which is alleged by the FBI to be “an integral part of the MEK”, Professor Raymond Tanter of Georgetown University and a former White House aide argued on Al-Jazeera television that the only way to confront Iran’s threats is to support the MEK and its removal from the U.S. State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations and from its classification as a terrorist organization by the Council of the European Union.

Raw Story reports that the office of the Undersecretary of Defense Intelligence did not return calls for comment.



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Illinois Ex-Gov. Ryan found guilty of corruption charges

Illinois Ex-Gov. Ryan found guilty of corruption charges

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Former Governor of Illinois, George H. Ryan, Sr., and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was convicted on Monday of 18 counts of corruption-related charges, including racketeering and lying to law enforcement authorities. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 4.

Current governor Rod Blagojevich has replaced Ryan, a Republican, who served as the 39th governor of the state of Illinois from 1999 to 2003. He is best known for his state-wide moratorium on executions in 2000.

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Greenpeace report says Chernobyl death toll has been underestimated

Greenpeace report says Chernobyl death toll has been underestimated

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A report published by Greenpeace questions an estimate made by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that 4000 deaths have resulted from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Greenpeace claims that this estimate is ‘a gross simplification of the breadth of human suffering’ and that over the last 15 years, 60,000 have died in Russia because of the accident, and estimates that the total death toll for Ukraine and Belarus could be another 140,000.

The figure of 4,000 deaths given by the IAEA report referred to cancer fatalities within a group of 600,000 people, comprising of those who were sent in to clean up after the accident and those relocated after the accident. The Greenpeace report calls this figure ‘misleading’, saying that the report ‘hid the true scale of human impact of Chernobyl’.

Ivan Blokov of Greenpeace said “it is appalling that the IAEA is whitewashing the impacts of the most serious nuclear accident in human history”.

The IAEA have not yet responded to the report.

The World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Gregory Hartl stated that “The Greenpeace report is looking at all of Europe, whereas our report looks at only the most affected areas of the three most affected countries.” Furthermore, “The WHO felt it had recourse to the best national and international scientific evidence and studies when it came up with its estimates of [up to] 9,000 excess deaths for the most affected areas. We feel they’re very sound.”

The report has been released at a time when the UK government is considering whether new nuclear power stations should be built in the country.



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Four Korean women accuse JMS leader Jeong Myeong-seok of rape

Four Korean women accuse JMS leader Jeong Myeong-seok of rape

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Four South Korean women have accused Jeong Myeong-seok (Hangul: 정명석, Hanja: 鄭明析), the leader of the new religious organization JMS, of rape.

The four women were crying and wearing hats, sunglasses and mouth masks to cover their faces. Gim Du-hyeong (金度珩), the former leader of EXODUS, accompanied them on the press conference held in Seoul, South Korea.

EXODUS is a South Korean non-governmental organization against JMS, formed by former members of JMS. EXODUS had been tracing Jeong Myeong-seok in many nations for many years.

Gim Du-hyeong stated that Jeong Myeong-seok was an instructor for the International Sung-gong Association under Unification Church. According to other sources, in March 1980, Jeong left the Unification Church and established Ae-Chun Church. Later, the name changed and the organization reached the world. Jesus Morning Star (JMS), International Christian Association (ICA), and Global Association Of Culture and Peace (GACP), are all closely related organizations.

The organization operates worldwide, primarily on university campuses. There are 240 branches of the church in Korea alone, and there are organizations in almost all universities.

Gim said the major branch of these colorable religious organizations, Jesus Morning Star (JMS), was named after the acronym of Jeong’s romanized name, “JMS”. Gim also said Jeong established and exploited the evil dogma of “salvation through intercourse” to rape countless women from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

Jeong Myeong-seok was born in Wolmyeong-dong in South Chungcheong. Gim said that Wolmyeong-dong was later claimed a sacred place by JMS. And before Jeong fled Korea, he had been living lavishly and promiscuous here.

In September 2001 Jeong Myeong-seok was charged with sexual assault by the Korean government and left the country. In November, the Taiwane version of Next Magazine covered the story of “Korean cult leader raped over hundred Taiwanese female college students”. Members of Exodus soon came to Taiwan and held a press conference with an involved woman in local Legislative Yuan.

Gim said, under heavy critics of Taiwan media, Jeong fled to Hong Kong, and still kept raping Korean women who came to visit him. He was arrested by local Immigration Department in 2003 July, but escaped to Mainland China on his 100,000 USD bail. Jeong was still wanted by Interpol.

Gim said, since then Jeong have been staying in one of four lavish villas in Anshan, Liaoning province.

Gim said, on April 2 He had a group sex with more than 50 women from Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and China. Jang and Gim, two of these women, fell for the invitation of a Taekwondo performance, and were also raped and injured badly in crotch.

The two women escaped on April 4 and tried to take plane back to Korea. Jeong’s gang attempted to kidnap them, but they were saved by Chinese police, and returned Korea for treatment on 7.

Then, four other presenters cried out and accused Jeong had sexually violated them in Hong Kong, Malaysia and mainland China. They demand media’s effort to prompt international community to bring Jeong to justice.



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Missing nun found dead

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Missing nun found dead

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According to Buffalo, New York Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson, Sister Karen Klimczak, 62, a Catholic nun who went missing on Friday, has been found dead in a shallow grave. Her body was found inside a shed in the backyard of an abandoned house just five miles from her home. Police believe that she was either suffocated or strangled and her body did not show any immediate signs of a gunshot wound or a stab wound. They are waiting awaiting the results of an autopsy.

“We’ve lost a tireless champion of the people,” Buffalo Mayor, Byron W. Brown said on Monday.

Klimczak founded and lived in the Bissonette House in 1989, a halfway house for ex-convicts who are considered to be non-violent. It was named after Rev. A Joseph Bissonette, a priest that was killed in the house in 1987 by an ex-convict that was residing there.

“It is a tremendous tragedy that this repeats itself 19 years later,” added Brown.

Craig Lynch, 37, an ex-convict who has been living in the house since April 5, according to Gipson, was arrested and confessed to the murder while also admitting to being on drugs at the time. According to Gipson, however, Lynch said the murder was “an accident.” Lynch was paroled in January from Wyoming Correctional Facility after time served from a conviction related to auto theft.

Police say he was attempting to steal Klimczak’s cellular phone from her room when she returned home on Friday. Detective Sgt. James P. Lonergan, the lead investigator on this case, says Lynch then attacked Klimczak from behind when she got to the door and then proceeded to dispose of the body.

“He initially hid the body behind a house on George Street and he covered it with some debris. He [then] went to a shed behind a vacant house and dug a shallow grave, then he brought the body there and put it in the grave,” said Lonergan.

The phone, along with some of the victims clothing and various personal belongings, were found in two different trash cans near her home.

Lynch is expected to be charged with larceny and second-degree murder.

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Last Thursday, a mental patient at Rotorua Hospital’s psychiatric ward in New Zealand was assaulted. Today, she was named as Moria Albert, 51, from Rotorua. After the attack, she was taken to the intensive care unit and placed on life support, but died that afternoon.

The attacker, Nigel Mountford of Rotorua, was charged with murder and appeared in court on Friday. He entered no plea, and a psychological assessment is pending.

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Dead body found in suitcase floating in Auckland harbour

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In Auckland’s Harbour, a suitcase containing a dead body has been found. Police, first suspecting a possible kidnap and ransom plot, have now arrested two male students from China. They have not been accused of any crime, but they are in custody and “are helping police”, as Detective Inspector Bernie Hollewand told IOL reporters.

Specialists say the body had been dead for about 24 hours by the time it was found and had multiple injuries. Forensic police believe that the murder took place in an inner-city Auckland hotel.

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