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From: Noam Chomsky <...>
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:17 PM
Prof. Noam Chomsky's Statement of Endorsement for the Circles Movement, a.k.a. Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives initiative 
To: Moji Agha <>
Statement of Endorsement for the Circles Movement
August 3, 2016
By: Noam Chomsky
I have been most impressed with the initiatives of Moji Agha [a.k.a. Mojtaba Aghamohammadi], especially as he has been developing the comprehensive "Circles Movement" project (a.k.a. Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives Initiative) and with their efforts to engage people to undertake the tasks that must be addressed with dedication and commitment if there are to be hopes of decent survival. And I am pleased to endorse these very valuable policies and actions. [For more information, please see the "America for Nonviolence" page of this website.] 
Mossadegh & Gandhi Nobel Peace Prize  
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 (7 PM) completes the 
DAY 5,321 of the 
"Simple Peace Vigil" 

(so far over 19,000 vigilers around the world)
N O A M    C H O M S K Y:
Especially [given] the American nature of this responsibility... I am very glad 
to learn about what you are doing, and pleased to endorse... this initiative.

Prof. Chomsky has also endorsed the "Circles 
of Nonviolence / Community Collaboratives" initiative. 
انستیتو میراث مصدق 
خوش آمدید
W  E  L  C  O  M  E
to the 


Mahatma Gandhi on Mossadegh's Mantle
Circles of Nonviolence and Collaboration 

This is our open-ended speaking tour of the U.S., initiating so far (Dec. 5, 2015) 
"Circles of Nonviolence / Community Collaboratives" 
with the goal of "begetting" 
such "Socratic" integration circles/collaboratives.

  N  O  T  E :  
To go to our central portal for updated info about this national speaking tour to encourage initiation of 
circles of nonviolence / community collaboratives 
(where "Socratic integration" is facilitated) 
please see, from the menu above, these two pages
"Nonviolence / Mossadegh Tour" 
"America for Nonviolence" 

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. 

Dr. Mossadegh predicted "ISIS" in 1951:

"[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 اطلاعات  /  چهارم خرداد 1330

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 (7 PM) completes the   
DAY 5,321 of the "Simple Peace Vigil"

The Mossadegh Legacy Institute and the Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives (Circles Movement) initiative are proud--per our Project # 6, listed in the Projects page of this website--to adopt this wonderful 24/7 peace vigil, which integrates symbolically the causes of peace, justice, and safeguarding Mother Earth. The vigil, which is now called the Simple Peace Vigil, has been--and is continually being--observed by over 19,000 persons around the world, so far; Sunday, November 27, 2016 (7 PM) marked Simple Peace Vigil Day 5,000.


This vigil started as "Around the Clock Interfaith Vigil to Stop Violence" on Friday March 21, 2003 (the day after the U.S. started attacking Iraq) at 7:00 PM, in front of the Islamic Center of Tucson, near the campus of the University of Arizona; so Day 1 of the vigil had only 5 hours. On Day 60 the vigil moved to the Little Chapel of All
Nations (for 60 more days/nights) on the U. of A. campus. On Vigil Day 2,000 

(Tuesday September 9, 2008, starting at 7 PM) the vigil's name was formally changed to the "Simple Peace Vigil" in a special celebration at the Little Chapel. 

"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

Mossadegh Awareness Begets Nonviolent 
"Corporate" Reform of the U.S. Constitution?

Mossadegh and Gandhi 
Joint Nobel Peace Prize

"HISTORIC" Petition

 to the Nobel Foundation


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
(Petition text is in the Nobel Peace Prize Petition page of this website) 
A MUST SEE ballad about Dr. Mossadegh: 
(English translation in this website's "Mossadegh Ballads" page)
O' The Grand old Lion, Tied to the Chain [of Tyranny]
به  یاد مصدق
"ای شیر پیر بسته به زنجیر" 
(توضیحات بیشتر در صفحه "شعر" این وبگاه) 
 ترانه "ای باغبان" با صدای: سپیده رئیس سادات 
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


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



Join Desmond Tutu & Noam Chomsky's Statement of Principle for Peace Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Featured Members of the 
(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"

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. 



لطفآ صفحه "بیانیه اهداف" ما را ببینید و توجه  فرمائید که
 کمک مالی به این پروژه عام المنفعه
به پیشبرد اهداف آن کمک شایانی خواهد کرد. لطفا به صفحه امور مالی این سایت نگاه کنید
M   L   I

is also on


N  O  T  E: 

To make contributions to this initiative, See our "Funding" page please)
Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) 

The MLI's 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.  


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 

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.

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

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



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