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Symposium about the Coup

Held at Wilson Centre, July 2013. The site offers podcasts of the event: The 1953 Coup 60 Years On: A Symposium

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روایتی ازغارت خانه مصدق در روز ۲۸ مرداد

از خاطرات کامران عدل، منتشر در تارنمای تاریخ ایرانی آن زمان عروسی پسر عموی پدرم – پرویز عدل – بود که بعد‌ها وارد سیاست شد و سفیر شد و با دختر اتحادیه ازدواج کرد. اتحادیه از بستگان سپهبد زاهدی بود.

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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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Parallels 1: From Iran to Turtle Island; One Heart Beat

I am an Iranian. I live in Canada. And I am and I support Idle No More. When Chief Theresa Spence started her fast on 11 December 2012 I dedicated my customary winter fast in solidarity to her, and as

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BP on the Prowl: From Iran to Canada and Alaska

Following nationalization of oil in Iran, Anglo Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) changed its name to British Petroleum in 1954, and forayed into lands far from Iran: Triad was really formed by the Tanner brothers who were local men that were

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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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The United States Is “Forced” to Take Interest in Iran

For years the United States official myth was that the US was an “honest mediator” in the Iran-UK dispute over the Iranian oil industry; that the US had only humanitarian and idealistic interests in its involvements in Iran. However, from

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CIA, the Father of SAVAK

The infamous SAVAK, the Iranian secret intelligence organization operating 1957-1980 and known for widespread spying on Iranians, arrests, disappearances, horrific torture chambers and prisons, was a direct product of the coup. Quotes below from Gasiorowsky, M, “Central Intelligence Agency in

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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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Living and Wroking in Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s Town

Conditions of life and work for the AIOC’s Iranian oil workers in Abadan during 1930s and 1940s, prior to the nationalization. Source: Farmanfarmaian, M. and R. Farmanfarmaian. Blood and Oil: Memoirs of a Persian Prince. NY: Random House, 1997. Pp.184-5.

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National Uprising of 30th Tir, 1952

The image posted in this post was taken on 30th Tir, an uprising in support of Mossadeq’s bid to remove from the control of the Shah the appointment of the War Minister and thus the control of the military. [Mossadeq]

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The Role of Fascists and Nazis in the Coup

Some bits from various sources on the recruitment of local Nazis by the CIA in the coup operation. Amongst the local Nazi supporters was Fazlolah Zahedi, the Iranian leader of the coup who became premier upon its success. Iranian fascists

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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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What Is It and Who Are They

Darker text if from Wilber narrative. Lighter is from Abrahamian, “The 1953 Coup in Iran,” Science & Society, Vol. 65, No. 2 (Summer, 2001), pp. 182-215 This paper, entitled Overthrow of Premier Mossadeq of Iran, was written in March 1954

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The 1953 Iranian Coup Revisited in 2012

Bleow is a very enlightening lecture by Ervand Abrahamian who is a foremost authority on the coup.  His book Coup: 1953, CIA and the Roots of Modern US-Iranian Relations has just been published. Abrahamian refutes claims made by liberal US

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