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The closest Washington has come to apologizing for the coup was in 2000, when outgoing secretary of state Madeleine Albright said: "It is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America into their internal affairs." ››read more
When President Obama told al-Arabiya, "if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us," the most widely reported Iranian response was President Ahmedinijad's suggestion that if the U.S. truly wants good relations with Iran, it should begin by apologizing for U.S. "crimes" against Iran, including U.S. support for the coup that overthrew Iranian democracy in 1953. ››read more
President-elect Obama: You were elected, not selected. You have the mandate of the people to do what is right. As a constitutional law scholar you must surely empathize with George Washington’s celebrated Farewell Address to the American people in which he urged Americans to avoid taking sides in foreign disputes. The first of many presidents to do so, he urged Americans to be in impartial in commercial relations with the world but "have with them as little political connection as possible." President John Adams was a non-interventionist also. Thomas Jefferson called for "peace, commerce, and honest friendships with all nations, entangling alliances with none". Sir, in the spirit of these great presidents, I ask you to call for peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. Sir, let the White House that you occupy be free of foreign influence and hostilities. ››read more
It's time for the most powerful nation on earth to recognize that holding a grudge against Iran, like the Hatfield's and McCoy's in a bad western movie, will not solve the problems of the world. In fact, I submit it will only inflame tensions. And that is exactly what our policy is today. ››read more
Editor's note: Rep. Jim McDermott is serving his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 7th Congressional District in Washington State. A physician and a psychiatrist, Rep. McDermott has a distinguished track record of public service in the US. These are remarks made as part of Just Foreign Policy's project, The Folly of Attacking Iran: Time for Real Diplomacy. They were given in Washington, DC March 6, 2008.
The Persian Service radio, originally launched during the final years of the Second World War, has played a major role in relations between the UK and the Persian-speaking world at crucial political conjunctures.
During the last 66 years of broadcasting to Iran – as funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – the Persian broadcasts were particularly relevant against A: Nazi influence in Iran, B:in the downfall of the powerful Shah of Iran in 1941, C: during the oil crisis of the late 40’s and early 50’s and D: the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Editor's note: This is the text of speech of Massoumeh Torfeh at the International Broadcasting, Public Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange - A conference to evaluate 75 years of BBC overseas broadcasting, which took place in SOAS, London, 18-19 December 2007. Dr Torfeh is a freelance journalist and a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
An Executive Order from 1995 instructs government departments to "automatically" declassify documents after 25 years. While the relevant documents supposed to have gone missing, a sanitized version turned up in an April 2000 report of the New York Times. America’s role in the coup was acknowledged by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who said it “was clearly a setback for Iran's political development.” ››read more