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
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
Now that the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen has finally started seeing some major successes, there are calls for both sides in that country's civil war to stop fighting and pursue peace talks. The feeling is that previous negotiations were rendered impossible by the fact that the Houthi-Saleh side was in such a dominant position that … Continue reading Backing a winner
Chinese authorities have "detained" ten top executives at the Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Company, which was responsible for the facility that exploded on Wednesday in the port city of Tianjin. The death toll from that explosion has reached 114, with 57 people still missing and environmental hazards (including "several hundred tons of … Continue reading Crime and punishment
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is on a bit of a diplomacy jag in the aftermath of reaching the nuclear agreement with the P5+1. On Tuesday and Wednesday he was in Lebanon, where he met with Lebanese Prime Minister (and acting President, on account of they don't currently have one) Tammam Salam and other … Continue reading Is Iran pushing a diplomatic solution for Syria?
Speaking of America's close Turkish ally, apparently whatever leeway they bought themselves at that NATO Article 4 meeting a couple of weeks ago has run out, as far as some folks in the Pentagon are concerned: A senior U.S. official said Turkey gave American officials assurances last week that it planned to wrap up attacks … Continue reading Time for another NATO Article 4 meeting
Today is, of course, the 70th anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima, the first use of an atomic weapon in war. That single bomb killed tens of thousands of people immediately, and many more from radiation-related effects over the following weeks. Its effects haunt survivors to this day, in the form of elevated cancer risks. … Continue reading On Hiroshima