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to the 
Mossadegh

Legacy

Institute


N O A M    C H O M S K Y:
In full agreement with Cindy Sheehan, especially where she emphasizes the American nature of this responsibility, of this moral wound [see below]I am very glad to learn about what you are doing, and pleased to endorse the mission of the Mossadegh Legacy Institute. I really wish I could do more, but demands are so intense, it’s just impossible I am afraid.


Mahatma Gandhi on Mossadegh's Mantle


"If I sit silently, I have sinned." 

B  i  o  g  r  a  p  h  y  
of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, Prime Minister 
of Iran from 1951 to 1953
http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/biography/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mossadegh

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August 1, 2014 (today) is 
DAY 4,152 
of the 
"Simple Peace Vigil"
Simple Green Leaf 

The MLI is proud (per our Project # 6 in the "Projects" page of this website) to be an adopter and promoter of this wonderful 24/7 vigil--which integrates symbolically the causes of peace, justice, and safeguarding our deeply wounded Mother Earth, having been (and continually being) observed by over 13,000 persons around the world, so far. For more info please see this page: http://www.simplepeacevigil.org/ 

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<< NATIONAL PEACE TOUR >>

Mossadegh Awareness 
Begets 
American Nonviolence 
This is our speaking tour of the U.S., 
which has started, so far, 45 "Circles of American Nonviolence" (as of mid-March 2014) with the goal of 
"begetting" 1,000 such "integration circles" 
before the tour ends.
     
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N  O  T  E :  
To go to our central portal for updated info about this national tour and the "facilitation circles" it is starting around the U.S., please go to: 

"Mossadegh Awareness Tour" 

and 
"America for Nonviolence" 
pages of this website--from the menu above. 


The Late Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh [the "Gandhi" and "George Washington" of Iran] predicted, over 60 years ago, what we are finally witnessing today, in sad and "horrific" fact, in our own "afflicted" era; and not just in the "colonized" global South:

"[I hereby warn that] the current situation is not sustainable, because even [human] patience and the ability to endure [suffering] has a limit; and [I fear that] the day the cup of endurance of this afflicted people is finally filledonly God knows what kind of a horrific situation shall befall the Near East 
and, as a result, the whole world."  

May 26, 1951, Etela'at Newspaper (Tehran, Iran)

این وضع قابل دوام نیست زیرا صبر و بردباری هم حدی دارد و روزی که پیمانه صبر این مردم بدبخت پر شود 
تنها خدا می­داند که شرق میانه و بالنتیجه دنیا به چه وضع هولناکی دچار خواهد شد
دکتر محمد مصدق / روزنامۀ اطلاعاتچهارم خرداد 1330

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Mossadegh Awareness Begets Nonviolent 
"Corporate" Reform of the U.S. Constitution?
http://www.texansunitedtoamend.org/moji-agha-mossadegh-nonviolence-tour.html


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Mossadegh and Gandhi 

Joint Nobel Peace Prize

"HISTORIC" Petition

 to the Nobel Foundation

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*** SPECIAL NOTE ***

Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) is extremely proud that Prof. Noam Chomsky ("the world's top public intellectual") has given us the honor of being an honorary leader for the MLI, and has signed this "historic" petition -- at signature number 19.

To sign this potentially history-making petition,
please click on this link -- and spread the word: 

لطفا برای امضا کردن طومار جایزه صلح نوبل مصدق اینجا را کلیک کرده و سپس این خبر "تاریخی" را پخش کنید

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/posthumous-nobel-peace-prize-for-mossadegh-petition-to.html

(Petition text is in the Nobel Peace Prize Petition page of this website) 

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A MUST SEE ballad about Dr. Mossadegh:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySHnbCYndLo 
(English translation in this website's "Mossadegh Ballads" page)
O' The Grand old Lion, Tied to the Chain [of Tyranny]
MOSSADEGH
به  یاد مصدق
"ای شیر پیر بسته به زنجیر" 

(توضیحات بیشتر در صفحه "شعر" این وبگاه) 

 ترانه "ای باغبان" با صدای: سپیده رئیس سادات 
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Please see this page (from the menu above) for more info about our "dream" called:
Mossadegh Symphony / Ensemble

سخنرانی دکتر مصدق به مناسبت 29 اسفند روز ملی شدن صنعت نفت در تاریخ 29 اسفند 1331

LET OUR NATION BE FREE

سخنرانی دکتر مصدق
 به مناسبت " 29 اسفند " روز ملی شدن صنعت نفت
در تاریخ 29 اسفند 1331

https://soundcloud.com/hamed-ebrahmiminejad-2/29-29-1331


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Featured Members of the 
MLI's BOARD OF ENDORSERS 
(and Advisors, as Needed)

Noam Chomsky 
(Honorary Chair)


Tariq Ali
Author of "On History" 
(with Oliver Stone)

Prof. Ervand Abrahamian 
Author of "The Coup"

Prof. Cyrus Bina

Author of "A Prelude to the Foundation of Political Economy: 

Oil, War, and Global Polity (The Economics of the Middle East)"


Prof. Stephen Kinzer 
Author of "ALL THE SHAH'S MEN"
PLEASE SEE:

Stephen Kinzer

Mossadegh = Iranian Democracy


N  O  T  E : 
For more information and to see 
the other distinguished members 
of the MLI's "Board of Endorsers (and Advisors, as Needed)," please see the "who we are " page of this website; and also please look at the list (and statements) of the signers of our Nobel Peace Prize Petition in our "Petition" page. 



Mossadegh

Legacy

Institute

لطفآ صفحه "بیانیه اهداف" ما را ببینید و توجه  فرمائید که


کمک مالی به این پروژه عام المنفعه

از مزایای مالیاتی ویژه برخوردار است

 لطفا به صفحه امور مالی این سایت نگاه کنید

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M   L   I

is also on

FACEBOOK

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P  L  E  A  S  E    N  O  T  E: 
Contributions to this initiative are 
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
 (See our "Funding" page please)
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Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) 


Our vision in a few Words: 

MLI is a proposed non-profit international institution  (donations to which are already tax-deductible; Please see our FUNDING page about the "Mossadegh Chest"), founded and inspired by the proud historic legacy of the Late Iranian Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh (1882–1967), hoping and helping to create a world that nurtures the life-sustaining virtues and values that his legacy exemplifies, namely: Freedom, Independence (communitarian self-reliance),  Democracy, Peace, Justice, Moderation, Courage, Hope, Love, Non-violence, Tolerance, and Mutuality.              

The mission of MLI, to which we hope the American people pay "indigenous" attention, includes preserving, enhancing, and more important, extending the cherished legacy and dreams of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, through the careful creation of a collaborative international institution, worthy of his historic (but presently under-appreciated) contributions, not just to his beloved Iran, but to the global community -- Please see our ABOUT page for the MLI's Mission Statement.  


FEATURED STATEMENTS 
OF ENDORSEMENT

In full agreement with Cindy Sheehan, especially where she emphasizes the American nature of this responsibility, of this moral wound [see below]I am very glad to learn about what you are doing, and pleased to endorse the mission of the Mossadegh Legacy InstituteI really wish I could do more, but demands are so intense, it’s just impossible I am afraid.
Prof. Noam Chomsky 



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The mission of this historic initiative should be (and indeed is) primarily an AMERICAN moral responsibility. Why American? Because the temporarily successful violent overthrow of the non-violent "George Washington of Iran" was the mother of almost all profoundly destructive subsequent errors of state judgement in the recent history of this country, at least since the deeply misguided CIA coup of August 19, 1953. Had the U.S. government not overthrown Iran's young democratic government 60 years ago, history would have unfolded quite differently, and many of today's conflicts would have been avoided. So I firmly believe, that "We the People" should view the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) as a truly patriotic opportunity to help rehabilitate the collective conscience of our own nation. In other words, this is a neglected AMERICAN moral wound in need of authentic examination and real healing, not just an Iranian, Middle Eastern, or "global South" festering wound.
Cindy Sheehan



Mother of the Late Casey Sheehan, U.S. Army Specialist killed in Iraq in 2004, Cindy Sheehan is a  renowned American anti-war activist in the proud non-violent tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. She has authored the 2006 memoir: Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism. She was the Vice-Presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party, in the 2012 American Presidential Elections.


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Dear Moji Agha: I congratulate you [for starting] this initiative. In a small way the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) is a beginning of an American acknowledgement of the great harm done to the people of Iran by initiating a chain of political events that started with the CIA engineered coup that restored the autocratic Shah to power and led to a revolutionary process hijacked by repressive theocrats, in the name of Islam. 
I admire very much the legacy of Dr. Mossadegh, his passion for democracy, justice, and his dedication to the Iranian people and nation that led him to challenge the exploitative arrangement that allowed foreign oil companies to deprive the country of its resource wealth. For these reasons I will be proud to be listed among the endorsers of MLI's mission statement--With my best wishes. 


Prof. Richard A. Falk
The UN's Special Rapporteur on human rights in occupied Palestine 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_A._Falk

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As Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh's actions were motivated by a selfless dedication to improving the living conditions of the people his democratically elected government had the responsibility to serve. Accordingly, he courageously resisted the entreaties of special interest groups and foreign governments, whose immoral influence at the top echelons of government have always created havoc throughout the world, as is evident today when considering Israel's influence on American foreign policy. 


So I think Dr. Mossadegh should be honored with a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his legacy, which demonstrates that freedom and democracy are possible anywhere in the world. Honoring the "Elder of Ahmad Abad" in this manner would also bestow dignity to the Nobel Prize Committee itself.


Richard Forer 
Author: Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion - A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict
http://www.richardforer.com/

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ENDORSEMENT OF THE MOSSADEGH LEGACY INSTITUTE (MLI)

Here is an organization with the right mission in the right moment, a mission encapsulated in its perfect choice of name.  

Mohammad Mossadegh is remembered, when he is remembered, as a man who worked to better the lives of Iranians, who resisted foreign control of his nation and its natural resources, and who understood war to be the ultimate evil.  Mossadegh's tools were oratory, organizing, and integrity.  Not only did he choose not to use violence, but he was willing to give up power peacefully rather than allow a civil war to be waged in his name.  

Westerners should find Mossadegh's legacy valuable for two reasons.  First, his was an Iranian government more democratic and secular in nature than some others before and since.  Second, what was done to his government is a critical historical lesson for those not well-informed on this shameful tragedy.  When the CIA overthrew Mossadegh to install a U.S.-friendly dictatorship, it poisoned U.S.-Iranian relations from that day to this, and it developed a model for poisoning U.S. relations with many other nations, including Guatemala the very next year.

That Iranian people maintain any affection for the American people is a testament to the Iranians' wisdom and rationality.  The U.S. public struggles to match Iranians in that regard.  Understanding our shared and painful history is a necessary part of a process of reconciliation.  Naming streets and landmarks in the United States for Mossadegh is a brilliant and creative idea, as is marking the 60th anniversary of the coup this summer at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which Mossadegh had symbolically visited not long before the United States threw him out of power.  I hope that work on developing student and cultural exchanges between Iran and the United States might also become part of this project.

I admire and appreciate Mossadegh who would obviously be a better Nobel Peace Prize recipient than the EU or Obama. While I'm pursuing, along with Fredrik Heffermehl and others, a strategy of trying to strictly enforce Alfred Nobel's will, in order to avoid the bestowing of Nobel Peace Prizes on either promoters of war or good humanitarians whose work is not for disarmament and demilitarization, I do believe that Mossadegh is long overdue for recognition. Statues, parks, streets, airports, halls, endowments, and peace rallies ought to be used to honor his legacy and to educate the world.

History is not apart from us.  The United States has never dropped its effort to control Iran and to do so coercively.  I am hopeful that Iran, as a leading nation among the non-aligned nations of our world, can actually lead the United States toward the better elements of its own legacy.  There have been Americans over the decades who have been friends to Iran and have been honored for it.  And there have been times when the United States has made movements in the direction of peace.

Having recently completed a study of the 1928 Kellogg Briand Pact, which bans war, and to which Iran and the United States and 80 some other nations are party, I would like to begin working to encourage Iran to ask the United States to state its intention of complying with the treaty.  Iran could also encourage 100 some additional nations to join the treaty, which can be accomplished simply by notifying the U.S. State Department.  All nations are accepted, by the terms of the treaty itself.  

We should seek out such bright spots in our collective past and renew them.  There was a time in 1951 when Mossadegh visited the United States and the United Nations, as well as the Liberty Bell.  He was the Time magazine person of the year in 1952.  Many respected him, although 
begrudgingly.  Others truly liked and admired him.  We cannot undo the crime of 1953, the overthrow engineered from the same U.S. embassy that Iranians would occupy to prevent its repetition in 1979.  But we can focus on what the American and Iranian people have in common, which runs far deeper than the disagreements of governments.

And as Americans come to understand the Iranian people, we will be better able to face down a propaganda push for a war on Iran, not only because of our familiarity with the lies that launched the war on Iraq in 2003, not only because of our understanding of the lies that have framed official U.S. discussions of Iran since 1953, but also because the phrase "Iranian collateral damage" will mean to us people whom we know, love, and respect.
David and Wes Image
David Swanson
Author: WAR IS A LIE