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.
“There is no better way to govern Iran than democracy and social justice!” — Mohammad Mossadegh
"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
Essential Background on US - Iran Negotiations
(VIDEO) The First Oil Crisis, BBC Program on Abadan
Former Israeli Official: Iran Is Not An Existential Threat
President Barack Obama on the 1953 Coup in Iran
VIDEO: New Zealand MP Reminds Parliament of Mossadegh
Canadian paper on Mossadegh: “A man who deserves no pity”
SENTENCED TO HANG: Mossadegh’s Contrived Death Verdict
If You Want Trouble, There’s Plenty in the Middle East (1952)
McKinley Sims: West preaches freedom selectively (1951)
Tofigh: Iran’s Premier Humor Publication For Nearly 50 Years
CHARLIE HEBDO cartoons on Iran, the Shah and Mad Mullahs
Cassandra Compares Cuba’s Fidel Castro to Mossadegh (1960)
Racial Innuendo in 1952 Editorial CUTE ORIENTAL TRICK
Oil, Shakespeare Country & the Ethics of Foreign Concessions
The FBI Campaign To Destroy “Evil” Martin Luther King, Jr.
CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Left Certain Parts Unknown in Iran
Edinburgh University Students Honor Mossadegh (1951)
Sacco and Vanzetti Cited Re: Mossadegh’s Fate
1962 Memo Reveals U.S. Feared Shah’s Fall
"Will We Wish We’d Saved Iran From Stalin?" (Sept. 1951)
Ebrahim Golestan’s Eyewitness Account of 1953 Coup
After AJAX, CIA Commendations Planned for 1953 Coup
THE FOLLY OF COUP-DENIAL | by Arash Norouzi
"Mossadegh the Actor" — A Theatrical Leader on the World Stage
CIA Director Allen Dulles Praised TP-AJAX As a “Major Victory”
Operation Ajax Was Always An Open Secret | A Timeline
Hear the Lost 1953 Radio Drama “Douglas of the World”
Persian Jewelry, Pendants and Earrings
Tweets by @mossadegh
"No Pity For Mossadegh", Writes Canadian Paper in 1953
If You Want Trouble, There’s Plenty in the Middle East | 1952
CHARLIE HEBDO Cartoons on Iran, Shah and Mad Mullahs
“Castro Following Mossadegh Trail” (1960) British Columnist Cassandra on Cuban Leader
“CUTE ORIENTAL TRICK” — Racial Innuendo in 1952 Column
► “Evil” Martin Luther King, Jr. Targeted By FBI in 1964 Letter
► Scottish Students Honor Dr. Mossadegh (Edinburgh, 1951)
► Shah Could Fall, Warned Revealing 1962 U.S. Memo
Filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan, 1953 Coup Witness (Interview)
Sociologist Horace Cayton: Blacks Can Learn From Iranians
"Mossadegh the Actor" — All the World’s a Stage...
British House of Commons Mulls Formal Admission of Coup
► Allen Dulles Praises Iran Coup as “MAJOR VICTORY” in Secret 1954 Letter to Agent
► Secret U.S. Memo Grooms Mossadegh’s Successor (1953)
► Black Journalist P.L. Prattis Calls Mossadegh Answer To Iran’s Prayers (1953)
"Mossadegh Is Called Secret Cookie Nibbler" (April 11, 1954)
Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson on Bullying U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran (VIDEO)
AUDIO: 1953 US Army Radio Drama Portrays Mossadegh As Chief Enemy of Communists
Beverly Hills Persians + Iran Embassy Parties + Bette Midler
Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar Remembered, 15 Yrs After Their Murder By Islamic Regime
Ervand Abrahamian: 1953 Coup About Control, Not Communism
Eisenhower’s Diary Confession of Anti-Mossadegh Coup in Iran
VIDEO: NBC TV’s Camel News Caravan Footage Discovered
Right-Wing Broadcaster Fulton Lewis, Jr. Sees US Role in Coup
The “Dime Novel” Hoax: How Pres. Eisenhower’s Words Were Deliberately Twisted
1952: TIME Readers Irate Over Mossadegh as ‘Man of the Year’
No Drone Warfare: President Obama’s Speech Disrupted
LIFE Urges U.S. to Get Muslim World To "Stop Hating Us"
North Korea and Iran vs. USA: Cold War Origins of the Conflict
Dr. Mossadegh’s 1967 U.S. Obituary Lacks Truth, Class
Proof Transcends Trust: The Story of “Rumor of the Century”
H. Norman Schwarzkopf Denied Role in Iran Coup. The CIA Contradicts Him
Poet Mehdi Akhavan Sales Pays Tribute to Mossadegh (VIDEO)
Barack Obama: 1953 Iran Coup “Seismic”, Still Haunts Us
George McGovern Examines US Foreign Policy and Terrorism
British Meddling in Middle East Irks Truman, Acheson (1951)
Correcting Washington Post journalist Tara Bahrampour
Famed writer Iraj Pezeshkzad (My Uncle Napoleon) remembers Dr. Mossadegh
Mossadegh’s National Press Club Speech Through Media Lens
Philadelphia 1951 — Mossadegh Evokes Liberty, Spirit of '76
VIDEO: Obama and Shimon Peres’ New Message to Iranians
Saying goodbye: the death of Dr. Mossadegh - March 5, 1967
From 1979: "Selective Outrage" Over Iran Hostage Ordeal
Christopher Hitchens: 1953 Coup in Iran was an "Atrocity"
Hillary Clinton Admits 1953 Iran Coup a Mistake, Hypocritical
1944: Mossadegh Slams Tudeh Party (Communists) in Iran
Indecent Proposals, 1951: Oil, Iran, and the Anglo-American Art of Non-Negotiation
Our Comments in National Portugese Magazine Re: BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Newt Gingrich on Iran: False Predictions & Phony History
Iran National Front Spokesman Asghar Parsa’s Memoirs
Premier Mossadegh’s Final Norouz — March 1953
► MOSSADEGH IN EGYPT: A Hero’s Welcome (Photos, Info)
Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran’s Nuclear File, Sanctions, Trust
University Protests in Iran Continue (Student Day / 16 Azar)
"Blowback" in Philippines Massacre — CNN’s Maria Ressa
US Institute of Peace Corrects "Iran Primer" Errors... Sort Of
US Funded "Iran Primer" Needs Editing — by Arash Norouzi
Obama Talks Nukes & Sanctions in BBC Persian Interview (9/24)
All the Sham’s Men: the CIA’s Communist Charade in Iran
Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro on Iran, Israel, Mossadegh...
VIDEO: 1984 BBC Program on Iran Oil "Crisis" in Abadan
Response to Maziar Bahari’s Negligent "An Iranian Odyssey"
Tales of Dr. Mossadegh’s Impeccable Character
Howard Zinn on American Empire & Iran [VIDEO]
Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Iran Ashura Day Violence
► MOSSADEGH, Islam and Ayatollahs (MUST READ)
Russell Baker on Media Fakery, Mossadegh’s Death
Fareed Zakaria on Iranian Nationalism, US Diplomacy
Mossadegh and Zia Saltaneh -Over 64 Years of Marriage
MOSSADEGH - My Childhood Memory, by Dr. Norouzi
Ron Paul on Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy and "Blowback"
Charles Krauthammer’s Political Distortions re: Iran [VIDEO]
Former Hostage Chuck Scott: US-Shah Alliance Blowback
Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh’s Medical History Revealed
Flashback: Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down by U.S. Navy
Jack Straw Praises Dr. Mossadegh, Criticizes Coup
Jello Biafra’s Letter to Obama Cites 1953 Coup History
Joe Biden Speech Transcript: Meeting the Iranian Challenge
IRAN: The Nuclear Assumption [Arash Norouzi]
US and Shah Acted Illegally, Not Mossadegh
Allen Ginsberg: Iran Was OUR Hostage For 27 Years!
CIA Director Michael Hayden Evades Coup Query
GANDHI and MOSSADEGH- Masculinity At Its Finest?