Iranian-Canadians rap for a free Syria


It’s often forgotten that Iran’s 2009 popular democratic uprising preceded and in some ways inspired the Arab Spring Revolutions that erupted in 2010 and 2011. Three Iranian-Canadian rappers remind us of the persisting bond:

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Iranian-Canadians rap for a free Syria

  1.  As prime minister, Mosaddegh became enormously popular in Iran after he nationalized Iran’s petroleum industry and oil reserves. In response, the British government, headed by Winston Churchill, embargoed Iranian oil and successfully enlisted the United States to join in a plot to depose the democratically elected government of Mosaddegh. In 1953 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized Operation Ajax. The operation was successful, and Mosaddegh was arrested on 19 August 1953. The coup was the first time the US had openly overthrown an elected, civilian government


    They’ve all been uprising for a long time.

    • See my comment under Shahram.

  2. That is absolutely incorrect, and very respectfully, it is the same type of misguided and incorrect knowledge that led to the removal of Mohammad Reza Shah, one of the best and ablest Iranian monarchs in the history of Iran (he and his father transformed Iran from an agrarian-based economy and mullah-controlled bureaucracy to a modern industrialized and secular nation).  Let’s talk facts:
    First of all, it was during the Truman administration that Mossadegh was removed, and secondly, he was removed by young Iranian Army officers who had grown tired of his bickering and his over-friendliness with the Soviets who had been threatened with nuclear war if they had not left northern Iran in 1947.  And after left, they emplaced two puppet Communist regimes in Azerbaijan and Kurdistan.  The poor Shah had to overwork to get the poorly-equipped Iranian military sufficiently trained so they could launch an attack and liberate those two Iranian provinces in 1949.  Mossadegh openly over-trusted these same Soviets and granted them many privileges in the Caspian Sea.  He was also willing to permit them, again, to come to Iran and operate our oil industry after the British had departed. 
    Secondly, the Iranian literacy rate in the 1950 was less than 10%.  When Mossadegh nationalized the oil industry, we did not have enough trained engineers and professionals to run the complex and sophisticated refineries and machineries.  As a result, famine and starvation engulfed the Iranian cities (ask any Iranian grandfather or great-grandfather and they will verify this).  In 1971, Mohammad Reza Shah finally nationalized the oil industry, and by that time Iran had an 80% literacy rate so that the country could operate the refineries on its own.  In fact, it was from that time forward that the economy took off and a prosperous middle-class came into existence throughout Iran.
    Thirdly, can any rational human being assume that a group of white blond Americans (remember, in the 50s the blacks had still not penetrated the ranks of the Federal government) who, pardon the expression, are notorious in not knowing any foreign languages, can then go half way around the world to a Third World Islamic country like Iran of the early 1950s and overthrow its government?  How uninformed and naïve can one be?  These are the fantasy stories that the Soviet KGB managed to create and propagate and naive individuals in the Western press and academia came to believe it and spread it all around.  In fact, the unclassified CIA documents recently released clearly show that the CIA operation in Iran was a dismal failure and that Kim Roosevelt had personally reported to Truman that he had failed.
    Lastly, let’s be honest, this whole story of alleged CIA overthrow of Mossadegh smacks of racism in that the Iranian people and their military and police were unable to deal with their internal crises and a Western power had to come and settle matters for them.  Let’s grow up people and speak with facts rather than with emotions.  

    • Take it up with Wikipedia.

      The last shah was a butcher.

      • Says who, the Communists?

        • Oh please, enough with the ‘commie plots’.

          • Absolutely.  I asked you in my original reply (the very long one–and I hope you read it in its entirety) to talk FACTS.  I know of Leninist, Trotskyite, and Stalinist documents dating back to 1920s that document the Soviet Communist plans to overthrow the Peacock throne.  Please, stop acting on IMPULSE and EMOTION.  Let me know, by the numbers, how many Iranians you know that Mohammad Reza Shah “butchered?”  Again, please refrain from stereotypical hypes and emotionalism.  Thank you.  I will await your response.

          • While you’re waiting, check the date on your calendar.

            It’s 2012.

            Then take your meds.

            And don’t post to me again.

  3. Emily is UNBELIEVEALBE.  She tells me to take my “meds.”  What meds?  I am a graduate student studying history (actually, Middle Eastern history).  I used to belong to that leftist hysterical crowd that used to call for destruction of everything that bespoke of responsibility and discipline. 
    Emily needs to leave illicit drugs aside, start reading (and I don’t me watching dramas on TV) and start acting like a sober lady. 
    2012?  I was responding to your reply of “Oh please, enough with the ‘commie plots'”, that Communists, since Lenin have been trying to overthrow the monarchy in Iran (As they did with Finland, Rumania, Bulgaria, Poland, Greece, Afghanistan, China, Vietnam … ).  Iran was the last monarchy that had survived and the Soviet Communists finally got their chance with the election of Jimmy Carter in 1977. 
    What are YOU talking about?  I also asked how many people you know that the Shah of Iran killed. 
    One last point:  having lack of respect for others’ opinions, plus refusal to engage in logical civilized conversation are also bespeak of drug use and future drug addiction.  Believe me, I know.  I am having sober and clean for nearly 20 years.  Good luck to you Emily.

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