Hossein Fatemi

Hossein Fatemi

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Hossein Fatemi (10 February 1917 - 10 November 1954) was a scholar, journalist, and famous politician of Iran. A close associate of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, he proposed nationalization of Iranian oil and gas assets. Initially a journalist, he served as Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953. After the 1953 CIA-orchestrated coup d'état toppled the democratically elected government of Mosaddegh, Fatemi was arrested, tortured,


Fatemi was born in Nain, Iran, the youngest of five. In his teens he moved to Isfahan for higher education where he became involved in the publication of the newspaper Bākhtar, owned by his older brother. This same paper was later moved to Tehran in 1942. He was a caustic critic of the Iranian monarch Rezā Shāh, and his views were candidly reflected in his newspaper editorials. From 1944 to 1948 he studied in France, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a doctorate degree in law.

From its founding in 1949, he was an active member of the Iranian National Front, the democratic and nationalist movement of...
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