Tomorrow beginning at 2pm EST The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will be holding a Subcommittee Hearing: “ISIS: Defining the Enemy.” For the first time ever, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, will be testifying before US Congress. It is rare for foreign dignitaries to testify before the US Congress, and with Mrs. Rajavi invited to be a witness, this hearing will be a historic event and above all a step towards correct policy on Iran.
Below is a list of of witnesses according toThe House Committee on Foreign Affairs website:
The Honorable Robert Ford
The Middle East Institute
(Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria)
Walid Phares, Ph.D.
Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counterterrorism
Ms. Maryam Rajavi
National Council of Resistance of Iran
(Appearing via teleconference)
The Live stream of the hearing will begin at 2pm EST and is available to watch here:http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed
Tune in to the live stream to support Maryam Rajavi, who has been a long time advocate for human rights and democratic change in Iran.
Follow @Freedom4Iran and @Rajavi4Freedom for more information leading up to the event as well as live updates during the hearing.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs tweets at NCRI:
Read more about Maryam Rajavi:
On April 29, 2015, the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade is will hold a hearing entitled, “ISIS: Defining the Enemy.” Congress welcomes information from discounted and unorthodox sources as leads to compare with official estimates. Information used is gathered from a variety of sources, including information from dissident testimony.
Raymond Tanter, a professor emeritus, University of Michigan; and a former senior staff member, National Security Council, explains why it is Important for dissidents to testify before Congress in his recently published article “The National Council of Resistance of Iran President-Elect to Testify Before Congress“:
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, invited Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to testify via teleconference from Paris at the Defining the Enemy hearing. NCRI is a coalition of opposition groups that does not accept the legitimacy of the Iranian regime. It is important to hear from such dissidents because they hold different views of defining the threat than traditional interpretations.
Is Maryam Rajavi the right person to testify? She is the right person: As a prodemocracy woman with a moderate view of Islam, Rajavi represents the opposite of the misogynous Iranian regime’s rulers; they are authoritarian, suppress women, and hold an extreme view of Islam.
Read the full article at Townhall.com to learn more about Maryam Rajavi’s personal experience dealing with the Islamist extremists of Iran.
Only two months remain until the grand gathering of Iranians and supporters of resistance from all over the world, takes place in Paris on June 13.
The 2015 conference, “Regime Change in Iran, We Can and We Must,” will focus on the issues of human and women’s rights, fundamentalism, Camp Liberty and Iran nuclear talks.
Several world leaders and politicians from the United States and many other countries will be speaking at the conference. Stay tuned for a full list of 2015 conference speakers.
The 2014 Annual Conference for Democratic Change in Iran drew thousands of youth supporters. Given the large social presence the youth have online today, it easy for social media users to connect and weigh in on the issues that matter to them. The 2014 Watch the highlights from the 2014 June Gathering, including clips from Maryam Rajavi’s speech:
2014 “All for Freedom” conference speakers included:
- Rudolph Giuliani – Former New York City Mayor
- Howard Dean – Former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate
- John Bolton – Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
- Joseph Lieberman – Former Connecticut senator and vice presidential candidate
- Mike Mukasey – Former U.S. Attorney General
- Hugh Shelton – Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General
- George Casey – Army Chief of Staff General
- Newt Gingrich – Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the
- Presidential candidate for 2012 election
- John Dennis Hastert – Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Robert Torricelli – Former member of the U.S. Senate
- Robert Joseph – Former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
- Phillip J. Crowley – Assistant Secretary of State from 2009 – 2011
- John McCain – Senior member of the U.S. Senate, Republican Presidential nominee in the 2008 election (provided video message at conference)
Ryszard Czarnecki, vice-President of the European Parliament, speaks at International Women’s Day in Berlin.
Ryszard Czarnecki, vice president of the European Parliament, published an article on The Hill that discusses the issue of the world’s media focusing primarily on the stories of ISIS and the brutal attacks they’ve committed using the banner of Islam, is over shadowing stories of the scores of hangings, public floggings and political arrests orchestrated by the Iranian regime.
Czarnecki, who spoke at the International Women’s Day Conference in Berlin earlier this month along side several other international political leaders, including NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, says the lack of domestic progress in Iran is clear. The lack of focus and attention on the progression of Iran, has “allowed much of the world to ignore the truly global dimensions of Islamic extremism, in turn allowing it to ignore the truly moderate Muslim voices that are best suited to rooting out that ideology at its source, as opposed to simply confronting it in a series of airstrikes and half-measures against specific, localized targets.”
He concluded stating: “I firmly believe that Islamic fundamentalism can best be confronted by progressive Muslims like those who organized the massive rally in Berlin. I hope that next time we will be joined by many more Western policymakers who understand the value of promoting these voices as part of a comprehensive solution to Islamic extremism.”
Read the full article on The Hill.