The great Union buster. Creator of trickle down economics which strangled the middle class, the working class, and the poor. Voodoo economics, he knew nothing about the presidency except to smile for the camera.
Illegally sold weapons to Iran while they were fighting Iraq to the death. Used the profits to fund the Contras, a Central American revolutionary group he supported. Marine Lt Colonel Oliver North was left to take the fall and was punished for lying to Congress to protect Reagan.
Straits of Hormuz. December 6, 1987. The Singapore-registered tanker “Norman Atlantic” sits ablaze after being attacked by an Iranian gunboat. The 86,129 ton tanker was carrying a cargo of naphtha liquid gas from Kuwait. All 22 crewmen left the ship and no injuries were reported.
Mehdi Ghadyanloo (b. 1981) is an Iranian artist known for his utopian and philosophical paintings that interrogate universal human precepts such as fear, hope and loss. Through the portrayal of minimal heterotopic environments, surreal architectural arrangements, and the repeated use of symbolic elements such as stairs, balloons and aeroplanes, Ghadyanloo invites us to consider new realities and the shared universality of our existence.
Ghadyanloo has always lived in Iran and grew up on a farm during the Iran-Iraq war. The uncertain experiences of war and sanctions had a lasting effect on his psyche. Through his works Ghadyanloo subconsciously encapsulates and expresses a sense of suspension for an entire generation living in Iran. Although at times somber, Ghadyanloo’s work conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in gloomy times.
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Persian Gulf. May 17, 1987. A view of the guided missile frigate USS Stark listing to port after being hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles within 30 seconds. 37 sailors were killed. Though exact details remain unclear, the Iraqi government at the time stated that the attack was in error, that the Iraqi pilot had thought the Stark was an Iranian tanker, and officially apologised to the United States. The incident took place two miles outside an exclusion zone enforced during the Iran-Iraq war.
Monument in Tehran commemorating Jewish soldiers who died defending Iran during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988)
During the Iran-Iraq war Saddam Hussein had the Iraqi government publish a book titled “Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, & Flies”. Being both Persian & Jewish, Iranian Jews were especially hated by Saddam.