Irangate and Secret Arms-for-Hostage Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: MAJOR MEDIA RELEASES STORY ON ORIGINS OF IRANGATE IN SECRET ARMS-FOR-HOSTAGE-DELAY DEAL BETWEEN IRAN AND THE 1980 REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN THE NATION (June 20, 1987 & July 4, 1987); IN THESE TIMES (June 24-July 7, 1987); MIAMI HERALD (April 12, 1987); SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER (April 12 & 25 (from LONDON […]

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Persian Drugs: Oliver North, the DEA and Covert Operations in the Mideast

[…] to a CIA report.(3) A preliminary study of Irangate issued in 1987 by the Senate Intelligence Committee observed that Ghorbanifar had once offered to swap intelligence on Iran for protection of the ‘drug smuggling activities’ of several of his close associates.(4) Although George protested to CIA Director William Casey that he was ‘not going […]

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A ‘great venture’: overthrowing the government of Iran

[…] be added, British oil interests. One difference with the National Front (of which Musaddiq was the leader) was that its members were, according to the Ambassador in Iran, ‘comparatively free from the taint of having amassed wealth and influence through the improper use of official positions; they can therefore attack the majority deputies, few […]

Iran on the brink: Rising workers and threats of war

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Andreas Malm, and Shora Esmailian London: Pluto Press, 2007, P/b £17.99   At a time when Iran is in the news on a daily basis, when war and rumours of war are being constantly circulated and global warming and peak oil are finally filtering into the public consciousness, the release of this book could […]

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The 1953 Coup in Iran: an Iranian insider’s view

[…] Iranian Pahlavi dynasty, published in 1978. Translated from the Farsi and introduced by Armen Victorian. Hossein Fardust was perhaps the closest person to the late Shah of Iran, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi. They went to school together and Fardust became the Shah’s closest friend — perhaps his only trusted friend. As the Shah himself wrote […]

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The Conspirators: secrets of an Iran-Contra insider

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[…] rather humdrum machine-tool company, somewhere in the Midlands, a company bought by the Iraqis, to be used to make tools to make armaments for the war with Iran. And far from shutting down further inquiries, the court case here was the beginning of the investigation which led to the Scott Report and a great […]

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The Crux of the Matter

[…] in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Professor Anthony H. Cordesma. (1) This report summarised analyses of energy developments in Central Asia, the Caspian and Iran provided by the Energy Information Agency (EIA) of the US Department of Energy (DOE). Cordesman had previously been a director of policy and planning in the […]

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Export or Die: Britain’s Defence Trade with Iran and Iraq

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[…] well as plenty not used during its long sessions and deliberations, to provide detailed analyses of government policy towards the sale of defence-related and dual-use equipment to Iran and Iraq during and after the Gulf War. The argument rests on five propositions. First, British defence-related exports are driven by a general desire to export […]

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America, Israel and the Israel lobby

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[…] term goal of the removal of Saddam Hussein and the cessation thereby of Iraqi funding for various troublesome Palestinian groups. The remaining target now for Israel is Iran and it is known that an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities as well as the selective assassination of key Iranian personalities are being considered.(10) What […]

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Historical Notes

[…] there was never any link between Iraq and al-Qaeda. The US conflict with radical Islam goes back not to 2001 but to 1979, when the Shah of Iran was toppled. His fall was a huge setback for Washington’s ability to project its own influence and power throughout Near and Middle East. But Iran’s replacement […]

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