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This week’s target for intervention by US imperialism post-WW2 is Iran 1953: Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown in a joint US and British operation. Mossadegh had been elected to his position by a large majority of parliament, but he had made the fateful mistake of spearheading the movement to nationalise the British-owned oil company that was the sole oil company operating in Iran.

The coup restored the Shah to absolute power and began a period of 25 years of repression and torture, with the oil industry being restored to foreign ownership, as follows: Britain and the US, each 40 per cent, other nations 20 per cent.

PARASITE(S) OF THE WEEK: are the corporate fossil fuel producers. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for immediate action to avoid the world being in “climate hell” after this May was the warmest ever recorded, according to a recent report from the European Commission’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

“It’s climate crunch time,” Guterres said at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. “We stand at a moment of truth.”

Guterres emphasised that, though the need for measures to combat the climate crisis globally is at an all-time high, so are the occasions for sustainable development and economic prosperity.

“In the case of climate, we are not the dinosaurs. We are the meteor. We are not only in danger, we are the danger. But, we are also the solution,” Guterres said.

The Secretary-General slammed “the Godfathers of climate chaos – the fossil fuel conglomerates” that, despite billions of people all over the planet suffering from the damages and increased cost of climate change, “rake in record profits and feast off trillions in taxpayer-funded subsidies.”

Guterres made a plea for all countries to stop supporting fossil fuel companies and institute a ban on their advertising.

“I call on these companies to stop acting as enablers to planetary destruction. Stop taking on new fossil fuel clients, from today, and set out plans to drop your existing ones,” Guterres said.

The UN chief highlighted the importance of protecting forests and oceans, which absorb carbon dioxide produced by humans. He pointed out that renewables – which now provide 30 per cent of the planet’s energy – are here to stay.

“Economic logic makes the end of the fossil fuel age inevitable,” Guterres said. The world’s biggest emitters of toxic emissions, as well as the most prosperous nations, must assume the largest burden for action, the UN chief said.

“Advanced G20 economies should go furthest, fastest” while giving financial and technical support to developing nations, he said. “We cannot accept a future where the rich are protected in air-conditioned bubbles while the rest of humanity is lashed by lethal weather in unliveable lands.”

Guterres added that solving the climate crisis must be a collaborative effort and expressed thanks to climate activists who have been pushing for action.

“Make your voices heard and your choices count. This is an all-in moment,” Guterres said in New York. “Now is the time to mobilise, now is the time to act, now is the time to deliver. This is our moment of truth.”

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