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After the 1979 Revolution & while in exile in Panama, the Shah of #Iran spoke with David Frost on January 17, 1980

Unknown then was that this would be the Shah’s final interview

He passed 6 months later

For the first time, I have clipped & captioned it all below


Shah #Iran:

“When I committed…the mistake of changing the Amouzegar government & precipitate the liberalization program, I wanted to create…a coalition to form a national government representing all shades especially the opposition…I tried very hard…but [to no avail]”

DF: [Did Sharif-Emami initially do the right things or not?]

Shah #Iran:


It was surrendering on all fronts to everyone: opening…jails&giving freedom to all [while declaring] martial law

It was a mockery. We had officially…martial law but…not [in] practice”
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Western media spent years leading up to the 1979 Revolution demonizing #Iran’s Shah, while giving soft interviews to his enemies, providing platforms to spew anti-Shah propaganda
In late 1978, one such interview occurred with Khomeini from his French headquarters

** Note reporter’s biased language & subliminal messaging, subtly glorifying Khomeini, creating a heroic ‘David VS Goliath’ narrative:
• “Center of resistance to the Shah of #Iran” [UNDERDOG]

• “Symbolizes the religious opposition... & guides the movement” [A PROPHET]

• “Living modestly... subsisting on a Spartan diet of prayer & little food” [AESCETIC/DISCIPLINED]

• “Receiving scores of #Iranians” [POPULAR]



“The French police are providing [Khomeini] heavy round-the-clock security”
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In 1975, Mohammad Reza Shah #Pahlavi The Great gave this interview to Canada’s CBC

According to the CBC’s own description of the interview,

“The Shah contends that the West built itself at #Iran’s expense and he is now putting things right”



“You can’t keep on the way you were doing because the old way was a little exaggerated”


Do you think our inflation in the Western world is our own fault?


“Not mine anyway because it started well before we increased the price of oil”


“You’ve built your progress & your affluence at our expense”

“So you can’t say that we increased the price of oil all of a sudden because for 20 & some odd years, maybe 24 years, we have just been terribly exploited in a very mean way”

#Iran’s Mohammad Reza Shah #Pahlavi
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While #CCP Chairman #HuaGuofeng's visit to #Iran in 1978 was meant to project strength, his translator recalled a different mood... (a short thread) 1/

#Iran #China #IranChina #ChinaIran #twitterstorians #history #womeninhistory #AcademicTwitter #iranian #pahlavi #chinese Image
"The meeting between the leaders of the two countries that I was most impressed with was a separate meeting between #HuaGuofeng and #Pahlavi. At that time there was no one but else but myself as a translator. Pahlavi's mood during the meeting was already quite depressed..." 2/ Image
"...He said that the situation in Iran is already very difficult, and his future is "unknown." I was very surprised when I heard this sentence: As a head of state, he had no confidence in himself!" 3/ Image
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There were a number of attempts by the #hawza to respond to the challenges of #materialism all the way from #naturalism to #Marxist #dialectical materialism including this work of #MuhammadTaqiAmuli (d. 1971 #ShiiTheology #kalam_jadid 1/ Image
Earlier there was the poem of #MuhammadHusayn Isfahani in Najaf entitled #Tuhfat_al_hakim published in the late 90s with the glosses of #MehdiHaeriYazdi (d. 1999) #ShiiTheology #kalam_jadid 2/
#AllamaTabatabai (d. 1981) works #Usul_e_falsafeh #BidayatalHikma and #NihayatalHikma are similar responses to materialism and working out the scope for #metaphysics and the life of the mind #ShiiTheology #kalam_jadid 3/
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#BREAKING: #Iran's Islamic Regime raised fuel price to compensate its lack of oil income. It resulted quick raise in prices of all goods in 24 hours. Since morning, thousands of Iranians have come to streets of their cities to protest against the regime authorities. #IranProtest
#BREAKING: Thousands of protesters in #Sirjan, South of #Iran are protesting against the Islamic Regime over the rise of prices of fuel. They chant: "#RezaShah, God Bless Your Soul". #IranProtests
#BREAKING: Hundreds of protesters have come to streets of #Mashhad to protest against #Iran's Islamic Regime over the rise of price of fuel. They have switched-off their cars in street to prevent mobilization of the security forces for suppression of the protesters.
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1/ Here’s a unique coin I love to show my students @UniofOxford. A fascinating window into the early history of #Islam in #Iran. Minted in Sistan, ca. 691-2. One side portrays the #Sasanian king of kings; the other has the Islamic profession of faith (the shahada) but in Pahlavi!
2/ Pahlavi (otherwise known as #Zoroastrian Middle #Persian) was the language of the #Sassanian kings and the #Zoroastrian clergy. It remained a prestige language in #Iran even after the Islamic conquest
3/ What makes the coin so unique is that it translates the shahada into an essentially #Zoroastrian idiom: “yazd-ēw bē ōy any yazd nēst mahmat paygāmbar ī yazd” (There is one God, without any other, #Muhammad is the #Prophet of God)
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#Iran once pioneered respect for women's rights in the world. But the world's most filthy religion ruined its magnificent culture. Under the secular #Pahlavi, marriage was prohibited to women under 18, but in the Islamic Regime,a 13yrs old girl is forced to marry a 28yrs old man!
After the #IranRegimeChange, we gonna do this to all Pedophiles who want to follow legacy of their disgusting prophet!
Source of the image: A medical illustration by Sharaf ad-Din (Iranian Historian) depicting an operation for castration, c. 1466.
The pedophile #Basij militia member named Milad Cheshani has contacted the journalists who reported his marriage. He has claimed that it is just temporary marriage. He also has threatened the journalists who criticized him for act of pedophilia!!
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Official statement of Prince Crown Reza #Pahlavi about #IranProtests in @ManotoTV:
"For 40 yrs, Islamic regime controlled Iran by lie & spent wealth of people for its goals such as export of Islamic revolution, Iranians are protesting this, this is their right."
Part.2: Reza #Pahlavi II statement on #IranProtests>
"Iranians have risen-up for their basic rights. We only want from the world to not stay silent like before. Especially the countries who claim are democratic. If they remain silent, they will have to answer oppressed Iranians"
Part.3: Reza #Pahlavi II statement on #IranProtests >>
"This is time for military & para-military forces such as Army & #IRGC to choose btw regime & people. People select regimes, not them. They must protect people not the regime which uses trucks to crush protesters to death".
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ATTENTION: It was widely heard during #IranProtests today, Iranians were chanting "Pahlavi, Pahlavi" , "Reza Shah, God Bless you" & "Prince Crown, we need your help" showing that people want Prince Crown Reza #Pahlavi II & Queen Farah #Pahlavi to be leaders of their movement.
Here is official message of H.I.M Empress Farah Pahlavi for Iranians regarding to the #IranProtests released few hours ago.
#SaudiArabia's #AlArabiya which has been voice to various Jihadist & terrorist groups since early 2010's is now trying to show Islamist #MKO People's Mujahedin of Iran (funded by #KSA) as leaders of #IranProtests! #MKO is responsible for assassination of #US citizens in #Iran!
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