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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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Behind the Rhetoric

Sources are listed in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. “Max Thornburg, a Standard Oil executive” who “was brought in as a consultant to the Iranian government,” and had “recommended rejection of the Supplementary Agreement,”

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Nationalization: the “Crisis” Begins

Sources are cited in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. [In 1950] elections were held for the Sixteenth Majles, but police beat up candidates not favored by the Shah and riots broke out. The minister

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The Oil City: “A Persian Story”

Abbreviations inside brackets indicate sources which can be seen in the web/bibliography. Abadan [refinery] employed 30,000 workers. Most were hired locally, although there were still 3,000 imported Palestinians and Indian laborers working there [in 1941]. Only 16 Iranians with British

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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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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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