Cloak and Dollar, and, Know Your Enemy

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Lobster Issue 43 (Summer 2002) £££

[…] begins to dominate. He writes (p 167): ‘The essential idea behind U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s was the defence of democracy. But in order to “save” Iran and Guatemala from the tendentious threat of communism, the CIA conspired to over-throw the democratic government in those two countries, condemning local people to decades of […]

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9/11’s Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant

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[…] by the United States and CIA in the past. The usual CIA mode of undermining foreign governments it does not like — from Russia to Cuba to Iran — has been to organize and train their opponents in criminal activities, including sabotage and smuggling. But time and again this strategy backfires. The problem is […]

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

Lobster Issue 21 (1991) £££

‘You don’t investigate people for why they think but for what they do.’ – former Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti (1) Introduction If nothing else, the Iran-Contra scandal temporarily illuminated the extent to which ostensibly private organizations have been helping secretive elements within the American government — in this case the core of the executive branch’s […]

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The Ultranationalist Right in Turkey and the Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II

Lobster Issue 19 (1990) £££

[…] tipping off the police as to his whereabouts. (151) Sometime around the beginning of 1980, Celik organised Agca’s escape route across Turkey and his border crossing into Iran, which occurred on 1 February. (152) There are contradictory reports about Agca’s exact itinerary, (153) but the feature that stands out in each of them is […]

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Economic Recession and Arms Sales Increases

Lobster Issue 12 (1986) £££

[…] oil price increases of 1973 put new dollar surpluses in the hands of the OPEC countries – including three of the four new U.S. superclient states ( Iran, Nigeria and Indonesia). This swelling of the international arms trade also pumped new resources into the hands of the international sales and payoff system which had […]

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Two views of Dorril: MI6: Fifty years of Special Operations

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Lobster Issue 39 (Summer 2000) £££

[…] mention lawyer Michael Palmer who, and in a different context, hit the headlines eighteen months ago. There are, of course, gaps. For example, Dorril writes copiously about Iran – allowing Norman Darbyshire his entrance into the history books – without touching on the rest of the Middle East from the mid-sixties through to the […]

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The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11

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[…] U.S. foreign policy, to the detriment of the latter. An important example was the ill-fated so-called Ghorbanifar initiative during Iran-Contra, to sell arms to the mullahs in Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages: Ghorbanifar was not acting alone. Although he led us to believe he was using Iranian money, his forward […]

Halliburton: Winning the Brown and Root Way

Lobster Issue 47 (Summer 2004) £££

[…] were imposed because of ethnic cleansing; in Indonesia, where ‘Kellogg Brown and Root (Halliburton’s engineering division) collusive, corruptive and nepotistic practices with former president Suharto’s family’; in Iran – Cheney lobbied against the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, which even when it was in place didn’t stop Halliburton contracts there; Iraq – since the war, Halliburton […]

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Terrorism, Anti-Semitism and Dissent

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Lobster Issue 47 (Summer 2004) £££

[…] some 40 in the Soviet Union itself. The conference predicted also the rise of terrorist states, emphasising the importance of the then newly established Islamic republic of Iran.’ ‘Many observers,” writes Netanyahu, ‘believed the Jerusalem conference was a turning point in the understanding point in the understanding of international terrorism….But what was still lacking […]

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Armed and Dangerous: the corporate origins of war with Iran

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[PDF file]: Armed and Dangerous: the corporate origins of war with Iran Dr. Roger Cottrell Preamble In November 2011 claims emerged of an unlikely assassination plot against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US.1 According to the FBI, an alcoholic car salesman in Texas, Manssor Arbasier, with a spurious family connection to a member of Iran’s […]

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