Need a fix of a lovely Irish accent? Here’s the bodacious Caitríona’s first radio report from Tehran. (Incidentally, the RTÉ introduction is by another college contemporary of ours, Philip Bouchier-Hayes. It is strange to hear these familiar voices from Tehran and Dublin in a cabin in northern Ontario.)
The piece is fascinating. Fifty years ago British and American governments toppled the last democratically-elected government in Iran for the crime of nationalising the oil industry and effectively taking control of Iranian oil from the British. It was nominally done to prevent a Soviet invasion, and led to the re-instatement of the Shah’s poisonous regime. I had no idea. Listen well.