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The first large scale regime change operation carried out by the CIA, in Iran

In 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his "cross of iron" speech, which warned against militarisation.

Iran/1953 coup d'état

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Wall Street successfully used the CIA to remove the elected leader of Iran in a bloody coup.

Zapata Oil

Full article: Stub class article Zapata Oil
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George H. W. Bush set up Zapata Oil, an oil exploration business which never achieved much profitability in the usual financial sense, but which appears to have been used an effective front company for a variety of covert operations, including spying and money laundering. Bush was never prosecuted for its illegal operations.[1] Its records with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission were "lost" shortly after Bush became Vice President of the United States.  


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New Groups

Le CercleLe Cercle.png1953 - PresentSecret society
Think tank
Zapata OilZapata Oil.png27 March 1953 - PresentFront

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  1. Jonathan Kwitny, "The Mexican Connection: A look at an old George Bush business venture", Barron's September 19, 1988. Cited with further discussion by Russ Baker, Family of Secrets (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009) pp. 37 and 505.