An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends
New York Times (Sunday Review) / Elizabeth Rubin
14-Aug-2011 (one comment)

Elizabeth Rubin is a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, where her article "The Cult of Rajavi" appeared in July 2003.

A FEW weeks ago she received an e-mail from an acquaintance with the subject line: Have you seen the video everyone is talking about?

When she clicked play, there was Howard Dean, on March 19 in Berlin, at his most impassioned, extolling the virtues of a woman named Maryam Rajavi and insisting that America should recognize her as the president of Iran.

Ms. Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, are the leaders of a militant Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen Khalq, or Warriors of God.


MEK/MKO and their US friends

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Based on her own visits to Camp Ashrav and on interviews with members of MEK/MKO and their supporters in the US, Mrs. Rubin analyzes the system of the "The Cult of Rajavi" and how they manage to influence foreign politicians.