add-memberalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbellblockcalendarcamerachatchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-upcircle-with-crosscomposecrossfacebookflagfolderglobegoogleimagesinstagramkeylocation-pinmedalmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1pagepersonpluspollsImported LayersImported LayersImported LayersshieldstartwitterwinbackClosewinbackCompletewinbackDiscountyahoo

Documentary and Dinner/Discussion: American Coup

This August was the 60th anniversary of the first CIA coup in 1953 to topple the popular Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.  Mossadegh had nationalized Iran’s oil industry to protect Iran’s chief asset.  This enraged Winston Churchill who believed England should continue to control the oil reserves it had originally discovered in Iran.  So Churchill asked Pres. Harry Truman of the United States to help him oust Mossadegh;  Truman refused and thought the British should work out a deal with Mossadegh.  The Brits waited until Truman left office, and approached the incoming Eisenhower Administration.  John Foster Dulles, the new Secretary of State, and his brother Allen Dulles, CIA director, then persuaded Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower to carry out the coup.  Kermit Roosevelt was the man on the ground in Iran who led the coup for the CIA that resulted in Mossadegh being tried on trumped-up charges of treason, and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi assuming power as the strong man in Iran.

Mohammad Mossadegh

The film is a mix of rare archival footage and stills and interviews with Middle East experts, historians, and authors.  Among the many interviewees are Stephen Kinzer (author, All The Shah’s Men), Prof. Ervand Abrahamian of Baruch College, Trita Parsi, Ph.D., Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Nuclear Expert Joe Cirincione Amb. Bruce Laingen, Amb. John Limbert, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and legendary newsman Ted Koppel.  Stand-up comic Maz Jobrani (Axis of Evil Comedy Tour) also makes an appearance.


Lets meet at 7 pm for socializing and dinner.  I will start the film about 7:30.  after the film at about 9 pm we will have an open discussion.

Neighbors restaurant offers a wide selection of American and Iranian food.

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Intended to come, turned into a bad workday and was unable to attend....see everyone next time....

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any particular place we are going to meet up there? I haven't been to Neighbors Sports Club before....

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fascinating. Unfortunately I can't come this time. Looking forward to the next one!

    September 1, 2013

6 went

  • bahram
    Event Host
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

This Meetup is community funded


Member dues are used to:
  • Cover Meetup costs

30 day free trial

No credit card required

After the trial you must pay dues to be a member of this Meetup.

Cancel dues at any time.

Dues are billed each year.

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy