At First, the U.S. Was Optimistic About New Premier Mossadegh
Yesterday (on the eve of Mossadegh’s 135th birthday, coincidentally), the State Dept. finally released its long awaited, previously suppressed volume of Iran records from 1951-1954. One of the more interesting documents is a U.S. Embassy analysis of the freshly elected Premier, which concluded that Dr. Mossadegh, who “has the confidence of the majority of Iranians”, was a leader the U.S. could envision cooperating with… 

Estimate of the Political Strength of the Mosadeq Government (1951)




Rachel Maddow Squanders Rare Chance To Explain US-Iran History


The Rachel Maddow Show Squanders Rare Chance To Explain US-Iran History

VIDEO: In a careless segment on the 1953 CIA coup in Iran, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow attempts to explain U.S.-Iran history, but blows it with misleading and
incorrect information.

Pulling the Strings: 1962 Memo Reveals U.S. Feared Shah’s Fall


Our Policy In Iran: 1962 Memo Plots Ways To Sustain the Shah’s Rule (Or Not)

A 1962 memo by a Kennedy administration official warned the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran could fall anytime. How to keep pulling the strings in Iran — keep propping him up, or find an alternative and abandon him completely?


The Truth Behind Those “Unseen” Iran Photos in The Guardian

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There’s a lot more to those “unseen” photos of the 1953 coup in Iran, supposedly shot by a U.S. aid worker, than The Guardian claims. An in-depth investigation.