Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s fate was ultimately sealed when he fled Iran on January 16, 1979, although that outcome had probably been inevitable once mass demonstrations against his rule began in early 1977. But the roots of his unceremonious flight from the angry grasp of his former subjects were firmly planted in 1963, during the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s fate was ultimately sealed when he fled Iran on January 16, 1979, although that outcome had probably been inevitable once mass demonstrations against his rule began in early 1977. But the roots of his unceremonious flight from the angry grasp of his former subjects were firmly planted in 1963, during the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today is the sixty-second anniversary (and the second time we’ve commemorated it here) of the 1953 coup d’etat, carried out by Iranian elements at the behest and with the support of British Secret Intelligence and the US CIA, that forced Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from office. Mossadegh was nominally replaced as prime minister by… Continue reading Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Mosaddegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today is the sixty-second anniversary (and the second time we’ve commemorated it here) of the 1953 coup d’etat, carried out by Iranian elements at the behest and with the support of British Secret Intelligence and the US CIA, that forced Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh from office. Mosaddegh was nominally replaced as prime minister by… Continue reading Mosaddegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today in Middle East history: the 1953 Iranian coup

It’s not quite as big a milestone as today’s 2000th anniversary of the death of Caesar Augustus, but 61 years ago today the elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown by US and UK intelligence services working with a group of Iranian military officers. In place of the elected government they established an absolute… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the 1953 Iranian coup