Free graphic novel explores CIA overthrow of Iranian gov’t in 1953

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A page from Operation Ajax

The U.S.-sponsored 1953 overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected government is one of the most important and tragic world events of the 20th century, and the effects of this are still being felt today in the Israel+U.S. vs. Iran standoff. My friend Daniel Burwen’s studio Cognito Comics  has developed an interactive iPad graphic novel entitled CIA: Operation Ajax, inspired by Stephen Kinzer’s All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. Get CIA: Operation Ajax now for free for a limited time! It’s an educational and visually stunning work of art!

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  1. Kathleen
    November 21, 2011, 10:41 am

    Passed this on

    This is a rather disturbing article about Iran by Hillary and Flynt Mann Leverett

    “If, however, one wants to learn more about the cultural and intellectual pathologies currently afflicting America’s Iran debate, it is hard to do better than the interview Larijani gave on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, see here. The chief interviewer is Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski (daughter of Zbigniew); she is aided by regular MSNBC commentator Mike Barnicle, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, and author-journalist Jon Meacham. ”

  2. patm
    November 21, 2011, 10:48 am

    Matthew, I hope your friend Daniel Burwen’s graphic novel goes viral and is read worldwide. Not enough history taught in North American schools imo.

    Most people, young and old, haven’t a clue about the U.S.-sponsored 1953 overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected government.

    Nor do they know much about the the history of the British in Iran.

    Here’s a bit from Wiki on the Brits:

    “The discovery of oil in 1908 by the British in Khuzestan spawned intense renewed interest in Persia [Iran] by the British Empire….Control of Persia remained contested between the United Kingdom and Russia, in what became known as The Great Game, and codified in the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907, which divided Persia into spheres of influence, regardless of her national sovereignty.”

    • Kathleen
      November 21, 2011, 11:18 am

      And this coup is not brought up in the US’s MSM. Nope just marching towards another confrontation driven there by Israel and the I lobby. No time to count the dead and injured in Iraq. Little to no concern about this. No need, no need at all to wonder why people around the world hate the US. We seem to grow and export reasons to hate us

  3. Charon
    November 21, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Graphic novel is a perfect medium. Helps spread awareness on the root cause

    We speculate the various reasons for this neocon and Zionist desire to wage war with Iran. Like the PTB wanting to dip their hands in the cookie jar like they recently did in Libya and Iraq. Oil pipeline and control of the gulf is up there on Big Oil’s wish list along with the criminal international banking syndicate instilling Western-style democracy to connect Iran’s economy to the globalized one dominated by their influence. And of course the religious extremist endtimes prophecy nutters.

    But what about revenge? In the 70s, Iranian cities were Westernized and controlled by wealthy Persian elite. The majority of Iran’s population, however, was poor and saw this Westernization as a sin incompatible with Islamic values. This is why post-revolutionary Iran is ruled by spiritual and religious leaders. IMO, their public has become conflicted after decades of their rule, especially the younger generation who see this as just another dictatorship. That’s another story though.

    Anyways, Khomeini had thousands of political prisoners executed. Many more fled the country including the Persian elite. There are pockets in the US of rich Iranian communities, mostly New York and Los Angeles, but also in Miami and Indianapolis to name a few. Some of these families are extremely wealthy and many of them are Jewish.

    “Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, tens of thousands of Persian Jews migrated from Iran, forming one of the wealthiest waves of immigrants to ever come to the United States”

    Israel has various reasons of their own to hate Iran. On another hand you have an elite exiled Persian community in the USA, many working or connected with Big Oil and International Central Banking, and many of them happen to be Jewish (and possibly Zionist). So perhaps revenge is a motive too

    • Charon
      November 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

      To follow up my above comment, many of the Jewish Iranians also fled to Israel after the revolution. The Zionists are quick to accuse Iran of be antisemitism for various reasons. Calling Israel the Zionist regime and saying it should be erased from history being interpreted as a threat, supporting resistance groups, Ahmadinejad’s remarks, etc. Every now and then I read something about Iranian Jews being treated as second class citizens yet there is hardly ever a source which verifies this. Just more Zionist propaganda like “Arab countries kicked out Jews”

      Now that I think about it, why don’t the Zionists use the predominantly-Jewish Iranian exiles as a modern day example of persecution? I don’t believe that it is, I just think the Westernized wealthy Iranians fled and a lot of them happened to be Jewish. But it seems like such a good example for the Zionists to exploit for suiting Israel’s needs. Their other above excuses are drops in the bucket in comparison. Could racism be the reason why? Another case of Ashkenazi vs Mizrahim? Read this for example:

  4. Justice Please
    November 22, 2011, 2:36 pm

    It’s great to see that this particular shameful moment in US/UK history is getting the glossy treatment.

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