How Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the Ayatollah Khomeini were helped into power by the CIA, plus the conspiracy to co-opt the people’s movement and turn it into a religious one is discussed with author Margot White. Lies from ARGO, George H.W. Bus...
How Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the Ayatollah Khomeini were helped into power by the CIA, plus the conspiracy to co-opt the people’s movement and turn it into a religious one is discussed with author Margot White. Lies from ARGO, George H.W. Bush and the CIA’s influence on Iran, the political price that Jimmy Carter paid for stopping payments to the Iran’s religious authorities, and the real reason that the hostage crisis happened is all revealed in a discussion that shatters long-held assumptions about Iran’s relationship with the US, here on Buzzsaw hosted by Sean Stone.
GUEST BIO: Margot Lachlan White is a writer and the author of the memoir Waking Up in Tehran: The Untold Story of Iran's Revolution. She is also a freelance book editor and a human rights activist who advocates for Iran’s independence and the right of Iranians to self-determination. She has a law degree from the University of Virginia and is a former faculty member of the University of Virginia Medical School. She lives in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Brown University.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Welcoming Margot White to Buzzsaw. 00:53 What brought Margot to Iran? 06:05 How the uprisings started, and the strange ascendancy of the Ayatollah Khomeini. 09:30 Religion-the only acceptable cover for a political revolution. 10:49 Khomeini’s ties to the CIA. 12:10 How the revolution went from genuine, to a corrupted CIA “Islamic Republic.” 14:17 The shift from a reform movement, to the super-right wing religious groups. 20:01 An agent repent: accounts of the CIA cooperation with the Islamic republic. 22:37 The hostage crisis--a manipulated student protest? 29:05 Chase Manhattan bank and possible looting of finances in Iran. 34:15 Guns, oil and drugs, and the collapse of Carter after he stopped paying. 37:15 How a coup really works, and how Argo was wrong. 39:33 Thanks and goodbye.