August 29, 1953 — Weekly People
Weekly People, the “official organ of the Socialist Labor Party” was the longest running Socialist newspaper in American history, in print for 117 years.
On Saturday, August 29, 1953, the Brooklyn-based paper published a small item on its front page alleging Western support for the overthrow of Iranian Premier Mohammad Mossadegh — just ten days after the fact. One facet that aroused suspicion was the lack of U.S. outrage over the grisly violence reported from Iran, in direct contrast with criticism leveled at many feisty labor demonstrations.
It should be noted that despite its Marxist ideology, the Socialist Labor Party of America (SLP), founded in 1876, was not pro-Soviet. And though they opposed imperialism (just another attribute of capitalism), they also expressed little sympathy for the nationalist surge in Iran.
"U.S. Involvement in Iran Revolt Now Believed Sure" — Fulton Lewis Jr., October 8, 1953
"Iran's Nationalism a Tool of a Reckless Ruling Class" — Weekly People, August 16, 1952
"Fluid Iranian Situation Might Still Be Dangerous" — August 28, 1953
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — "If I sit silently, I have sinned"