Tag: Hostage Crisis


Hit Movies Miss Mideast Realities

From the Archive: Two Oscar favorites “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” purport to tell real-life stories about America’s troubles in the Middle East, one an escape-from-Iran thriller and the other a get-bin-Laden film. But neither confronts some hard realities, wrote…

Waking Up to Iran’s Real History

Iran's Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh as pictured on the cover of Time magazine in 1951. Two years later, he was overthrown by a CIA-sponsored coup.

From the Archive: An Oscar frontrunner for best picture is “Argo,” depicting a little-known chapter of the U.S-Iran hostage standoff in 1979-81. Yet, while focusing on this story of six hostages escaping, “Argo” missed bigger dramas, before and after, as…