Did You Know
That Iran once had a demoratically elected goverment.
Muhammad Mossadeq, the leader of the National Front, was elected prime minister in April 1951. One month later, he nationalized Iran's oil industry, much to the chagrin of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (a consortium of British and American oil interests).
In 1953, the CIA backed a coup de etat that removed Mossadegh from power and installed the Shah, whose oppressive regime ruled for over 25 years. Although the oil industry remained nationalized, the Shah negotiated a deal with foreign oil companies whereby the companies managed Iran's oil operations for a substantial profit.