Fiji coup update

In Lobster 14 we printed a piece on the USA’s alleged role in the first Fiji coup, originally published in Wellington Confidential. Since then, due to the ill-health of Wellington Confidential’s editor/publisher, it has been cut back and is now being sent to a very restricted list of people. Fortunately, Lobster is still on […]

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US involvement in the Fiji coup d’etat

US involvement in the Fiji coup d’etat This article presents an analysis of United States involvement in the coup in Fiji. The authors support the demands made in Washington by deposed Fijian Prime Minister, Dr Bavadra, for a Congressional investigation of American involvement. Published by Wellington Confidential, PO. Box 9034, Wellington, New Zealand The […]

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The United States and the overthrow of Sukarno, 1965-67

[…] and rang me. I mentioned the Kadane piece, how interesting it was in the light of his essay some years before on US involvement in the 1965 coup and massacres, and suggested we print it. A shorter version of this essay appeared in the relatively obscure Pacific Affairs some years ago and this year […]

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

[…] Chairman of the Shah’s Special Investigation office. He also acts as supervisor in the machinery of the Iranian government.’ In my view the main role in that coup was played by the British. Lieutenant-General Fazlolah Zahedi was a British agent. Major General Hassan Akhavi was the brain behind the Arfaa’s group . The Rashidian […]

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A ‘great venture’: overthrowing the government of Iran

[…] of part of chapter four of Mark Curtis’s book The Ambiguities of Power: British Foreign Policy since 1945 (Zed Press, 1995) reviewed below. In August 1953 a coup overthrew Iran’s nationalist government of Mohammed Musaddiq and installed the Shah in power. The Shah subsequently used widespread repression and torture in a dictatorship that lasted […]

‘Privatising’ covert action: the case of the Unification Church

[…] beyond demonstration’. (28) Whatever the case, though the charges were dropped shortly thereafter, the UC and the ROK government maintained a somewhat uneasy relationship until the 1971 coup which brought Major General Chung-Hee Pak to power. (29) Nevertheless, throughout the second half of the 1950s, the UC was able to expand its membership and […]

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Right-wing Terrorists and the Extraparliamentary Left in Post-World War 2 Europe: Collusion or Manipulation?

[…] Foreign Legion and paratroop units, and fanatical pied noir ultras.(72) This alliance soon bore fruit in the series of insurrections in Algiers – the 13 May 1958 coup, ‘barricades’ week in January 1960, and the ‘generals’ putsch’ of late April 1961 (73) which brought down the Fourth Republic and threatened the political survival of […]

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Tittle-tattle: New Labour – old Spooks?

[…] and which now specialises in human rights law, should have chosen to represent the military dictatorship which took over Fiji in the wake of the most recent coup led by George Speight. The military arrested Speight but acceded to his main demand that the Fijian government should be dominated by the Fijian native interest […]

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The Cecil King coup plot

The Cecil King coup plot as precursor to Gordon Brown’s ‘government of all the talents’ Students of parapolitics are divided as to the seriousness of the Cecil King coup plot of 1968 to establish what he called a ‘businessman’s government’, a permanent coalition government dominated by the right of the Labour Party but with […]

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Harold Wilson, the Bank of England and the Cecil King ‘coup’ of May 1968

I: Wilson, Cromer and the City One anniversary which has come and gone this year without much comment is the attempted 1968 ‘coup’ orchestrated by Cecil King against the Labour government of Harold Wilson. The plot was provoked by collapse of confidence in Wilson in the media (led by King’s Daily Mirror), finance, industry […]

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