THE MOSSADEGH PROJECT

Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh (1882-1967) was a lawyer, professor, author, Governor, Parliament member, Finance Minister, and democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran.

Mossadegh fought both internal corruption and British colonialism, enacted social reforms and nationalized the Iranian oil industry.

In 1953, he was overthrown by a British-American coup, arrested and tried as a traitor in military tribunal court. It was the CIA's first successful dismantling of a foreign government, and Iran has not known democracy since.


ORIGINAL SIN: The 1953 Coup in Iran Clarified | by Arash Norouzi
ORIGINAL SIN: The 1953 Coup in Iran Clarified | by Arash Norouzi

“There is no better way to govern Iran than democracy and social justice!” — Mohammad Mossadegh

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"It’s a sad story that really began in the 1950’s..."
- President Bill Clinton

"Why did we, our government, help overthrow Mossadegh in 1953? It had to do with oil. So our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests."
- Congressman Ron Paul

"Lord knows what we’d do without Iranian oil."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government."
- President Barack Obama

“Many of our covert moves [during the Cold War], such as the Bay of Pigs and the overthrow of Mossadeq in Iran, were ill conceived and cost us dearly.”
- Former U.S. diplomat George C. McGhee

"[T]hat was a disruption of what could have and should’ve been a natural development of democracy with Iran..."
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"Iran had a democratic government which was overthrown because of oil."
- Congressman Dennis Kucinich

"Iran is a clear example of the West trumping basic democratic and human values to address its short-term political and economic goals."
- Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

"That’s ancient history..."
- President Jimmy Carter




A Tragic Continuum: 1953 Coup to 2009 Green Movement

Indecent Proposals : 1951 — Oil, Iran & the Anglo-American Art of Non-Negotiation
Essential Background on US - Iran Negotiations

(VIDEO) The First Oil Crisis, BBC Timewatch Program on Abadan, Iran
(VIDEO) The First Oil Crisis, BBC Program on Abadan

Israeli intelligence: Efraim Halevy on Talking With Iran
Former Israeli Official: Iran Is Not An Existential Threat

President Barack Obama on Iran, Mossadegh and the 1953 Coup
President Barack Obama on the 1953 Coup in Iran

VIDEO: New Zealand MP Russel Norman Recalls Mossadegh in Parliament
VIDEO: New Zealand MP Reminds Parliament of Mossadegh

No Pity for Mossadegh | The Lethbridge Herald, September 24, 1953
Canadian paper on Mossadegh: “A man who deserves no pity”

SENTENCED TO HANG: Mossadegh’s Media-Contrived Death Verdict
SENTENCED TO HANG: Mossadegh’s Contrived Death Verdict

If You Want Trouble, There’s Plenty in the Middle East
If You Want Trouble, There’s Plenty in the Middle East (1952)

McKinley Sims: West preaches freedom while denying it to others
McKinley Sims: West preaches freedom selectively (1951)

Tofigh: Iran’s Premier Humor Publication For Nearly 50 Years
Tofigh: Iran’s Premier Humor Publication For Nearly 50 Years

CHARLIE HEBDO cartoons on Iran, the Shah and the Mad Mullahs
CHARLIE HEBDO cartoons on Iran, the Shah and Mad Mullahs

Comparing Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with Premier Mossadegh — "Castro Following Mossadegh Trail" | Cassandra, Aug. 1960
Cassandra Compares Cuba’s Fidel Castro to Mossadegh (1960)

Orientalism, Racial Innuendo in 1952 editorial "CUTE ORIENTAL TRICK"
Racial Innuendo in 1952 Editorial CUTE ORIENTAL TRICK

Oil, Shakespeare Country & the Ethics of Foreign Concessions
Oil, Shakespeare Country & the Ethics of Foreign Concessions

The FBI Campaign To Destroy “Evil” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964 Letter)
The FBI Campaign To Destroy “Evil” Martin Luther King, Jr.

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Left Certain Parts Unknown in Iran
CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Left Certain Parts Unknown in Iran

Scotland: Edinburgh University Students Nominate Mossadegh (1951)
Edinburgh University Students Honor Mossadegh (1951)

Sacco and Vanzetti, electrocuted for double murder in 1927, cited re: Mossadegh’s fate after trial
Sacco and Vanzetti Cited Re: Mossadegh’s Fate

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

Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin eyes Iran
"Will We Wish We’d Saved Iran From Stalin?" (Sept. 1951)

Filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan interviewed on 1953 coup
Ebrahim Golestan’s Eyewitness Account of 1953 Coup

After OPERATION AJAX, CIA Commendations Planned for 1953 Coup in Iran
After AJAX, CIA Commendations Planned for 1953 Coup

THE FOLLY OF COUP-DENIAL | by Arash Norouzi
THE FOLLY OF COUP-DENIAL | by Arash Norouzi

Mossadegh the Actor
"Mossadegh the Actor" — A Theatrical Leader on the World Stage

CIA Director Allen Dulles Praised Operation Ajax Success in Secret Letter to Agent Donald Wilber
CIA Director Allen Dulles Praised TP-AJAX As a “Major Victory”

Operation Ajax Was Always An Open Secret | A Timeline
Operation Ajax Was Always An Open Secret | A Timeline


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