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1 Feb, 2021 06:36

How the US-UK-backed Iranian coup of 1953 birthed US-Iran tensions (E971)

We speak to Sarah Jaffe, author of ‘Why Work Won’t Love You Back’. She discusses how coronavirus has helped debunk the claim that work is fulfilling and wonderful, the issue of no pay for women for household work, the reason why so many teachers are traditionally women, why the charity system “justifies the way things are” and much more! Going Underground’s Deputy Editor Charlie Cooke speaks to the film Coup 53’s director and co-writer, Taghi Amirani, and editor & co-writer Walter Murch, a three-time Academy-Award-winning editor. They discuss why the US-UK-backed coup in Iran in 1953, which toppled democratically-elected nationalist Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and led to the rebirth of the Shah’s power, is ultimately the roots from which the Islamic Revolution and hostilities with the West stem, the impact of the coup on Iranian society, the similarities with the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, and the events leading up to the coup in 1953, the often overlooked heavy British involvement in the coup and much more!

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