Flashback to 1953: “Operation Ajax”: Joint CIA/MI6 Military Coup in Iran

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
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August 19, 2010

The following text is an excerpt from excerpt from:

A New World War for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III, Part 3 by Andrew Gavin Marshall

To understand the nature of American and British “democracy promotion” in Iran, it is important to examine their historical practices regarding “democracy” in Iran. Specifically, the events of 1953 present a very important picture, in which the United States orchestrated its first foreign coup, with guidance and direction from the British, who had extensive oil interests in Iran. The first democratically elected government of Mohommad Mossadeq in 1951 announced the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (later to be re-named British Petroleum), which had an exclusive monopoly on Iranian oil. This naturally angered the British, who, in 1952, convinced the CIA to help in a plot to overthrow Iran’s government.

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U.S. Global Strategy: Defeating Potential Challengers In Eurasia by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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Aug. 19, 2010

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“Eurasia is…the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played.”

In its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military this week, the U.S. Department of Defense “voiced alarm over China’s military buildup,” with particular emphasis on what was described as the nation “investing heavily in ballistic and cruise missile capabilities that could one day pose a challenge to U.S. dominance in the western Pacific.” [1]

The report, originally to have been presented on March 1, bears the title of Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2010 [2]

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Kucinich: The War in Iraq has entered a New Stage of Public Relations

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Aug 19, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today challenged the notion that removing ‘combat brigades’ but leaving 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq constitutes an end to combat operations, let alone an end to the war.

“Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq, now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops. In 2003, President Bush said ‘Mission Accomplished’. In 2010, the White House says combat operations are over in Iraq, but will leave 50,000 troops, many of whom will inevitably be involved in combat-related activities.

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. and Israel

Noam Chomsky at World Social Forum - 2003. Sou...

Noam Chomsky at World Social Forum – 2003. Source: Marcello Casal Jr/ABr, January/2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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by Kathleen Wells
August 16, 2010

Internationally recognized as one of America’s most critically-engaged public intellectuals today, Noam Chomsky spoke with me about Israel and its interplay with the United States.

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Why Wikileaks must be protected by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Information Clearing House
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August 19, 2010

On 26 July, WikiLeaks released thousands of secret US military files on the war in Afghanistan. Cover-ups, a secret assassination unit and the killing of civilians are documented. In file after file, the brutalities echo the colonial past. From Malaya and Vietnam to Bloody Sunday and Basra, little has changed. The difference is that today there is an extraordinary way of knowing how faraway societies are routinely ravaged in our name. WikiLeaks has acquired records of six years of civilian killing for both Afghanistan and Iraq, of which those published in the Guardian, Der Spiegel and the New York Times are a fraction.

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Going Republican By Robert S. Becker

by Robert S. Becker
Featured Writer
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rbecker@cal.net
August 19, 2010

The tirade from Press Secretary Gibbs, nicknamed “Bozo the spokesman” by Rep. Grayson, is a boon to all those who favor reality over wishful thinking, or delusion. This White House invective settles it: the president isn’t a liberal, barely campaigned as one, and picked only a smattering of senior liberal advisers. Nor do they have a clue why liberals and centrists are fleeing in droves, preferring to blame the victim, not hear our horror stories.

American soldiers are dying in stupid, endless wars bankrupting our country. Washington feeds big corporations and starves, or puts on diet, 80% of the country, with perhaps 50 million people unemployed, underemployed or hopeless. Leftwing anger is far less about the betrayal of progressive dreams, even watered-down centrist legislation, or uninspiring Supreme Court nominations. What infuriates this leftist is what Obama hasn’t done, attend to Task One: Reverse Bush Crimes. Restore Constitutional protections, investigate and thus heal across-the-boards rights violations, deal seriously with energy, oil spills, and genuine threats to national security, like climate change.

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