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More Footage about the Coup

Some stock footage in low-res quality on Critical Past website: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675032390_Officials-observing-building_troops-saluting-officials_official-leaving-in-car_airport Note the right side panel for related footage.

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Newly Released US Documents – 2017

Recently released US State Department documents related to the coup: https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1951-54Iran/comp1 Release date is June 18, 2017. Some of these are documents that the State Department had previously claimed had been destroyed. Also note this article: 64 Years Later, CIA

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More CIA Documents

I haven’t had the chance to read this article on the National Security Archive website and the recently released documents yet, so this is only a place-holder.

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Madeline Albright’s So-Called Apology in 2000

In March 2000, in a speech at the American Iranian Council — a conservative think-tank with a board of directors composed of a variety of high-ranking corporate officers, diplomats and academics — then Secretary of State Madeline Albright for the

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CIA Art Group in Service of the Coup

“Psychological warfare” was one of most important dimensions of the coup operation and part of the plan from its first conceptions. In the weeks leading to the coup, this aspect of the operation became very important. Propaganda cartoons and articles

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The US Military in Iran: Before, During, After the Coup

This archival film made by the US Army in late 1950s or early 1960s promotes the role of MAAG personnel in Iran. The Big Picture: Assignment Iran The US Military had been active in Iran and involved in various bilateral

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The Origin of Student Day, 16 Azar, in Iran

16 Azar, 7 December, became the official Student Day in Iran after the 1979 Revolution. But even before 1979, students across the country marked the day in defiance against the Pahlavi regime because on that day in 1953 three students

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Living and Working in the Oil City – 2

Abadan, the “modern oil city”, in southern Iran, was a segregated city in the 1940s and 1950s, and the subject of the promotional film “Persian Story” commissioned by Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Living conditions for most of AIOC’s non-British oil workers

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“Could You Give Us an Idea, Dr. Hayden, of How Backward Iran Is?”

– Just how important is Iran? – There is a great reserve of oil in that area and we’re interested in oil reserves. And if Iran should go through a revolution or a foreign country should take over Iran it’s

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“Tragically Unnecessary Accident of Oil Nationalization”

Max Thornburg, a Standard Oil executive, acted as a consultant to the Iranian government in 1951, reviewing the “Supplementary Agreement” recently proposed by Britain. Here in this interview on Longines Chronoscope, he opins that the oil nationalization was a “tragically

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First Call for Oil Nationalization, 1946

From Abrahamian, E., A History of Modern Iran (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Tudeh raised for the first time the demand for nationalization of the British-owned oil industry. On May Day in 1946, the British consul in Khorramshahr noted in

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The Coup: A Visual Narration

I don’t know who has made this video.  It looks like a home production, given the sound track.  It has good historical information, with some minor misses, and gives a sketch of the coup particularly in the context of oil

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تظاهرات سی تیر

More about 30th Tir here. Note and picture contributed by Parvin: تجارتخانه و حجره کوچک پدر و عمویم در بازار. پنجره عقبی این حجره رو به حیاط بزرگ مسجد شاه باز میشد، قبل از دو رقمی‌ شدن سنم، هر از

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Donald N. Wilber’s 1954 Report

This is the link to Wilber’s 1954 report which is one of the few (partially) revealed CIA documents. Wilber was the one designated by the CIA to come up with the plan for the coup. So he is in fact

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