Dylan Thomas visited Iran in early 1951 to write a film script for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
, later called BP
TmcHUD050111-KE15445) ALL HANDS ON DESK: In 1937 Milnsbridge Secondary School 'adopted' a ship's captain, Charles Stook, who worked for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
The primary objective for the British forces, along with the Soviet Union, in invading Iran was to secure the Abadan Oil Refinery, which was owned by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
Once known as British Petroleum, and a descendent of the vaunted Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
, it has sometimes been better known for its condescending attitude to Arabs, as well as Persians, and, in more recent days, for what many see as the hypocrisy of its pretended "green" logo and advertising campaign.
Perhaps the closest single parallel is with Iran in the mid-twentieth century, when the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
came to exemplify everything about foreign exploitation that most Iranians feared.
Mossadeq had wanted to nationalise the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
in which the British had a majority share, so the British and Americans organised a coup, put Mossadeq under house arrest and placed Pahlavi firmly in control as Shah.
In 1946, he resumed his studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, graduating in 1949 to work as educational liaison officer with the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
Its roots in the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
have continued to hinder its ability to deal rationally with foreign oil companies and left it with a deep mistrust of UK companies, in particular, British Petroleum.
But the British with their Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
were against it and soon killed it off.
To this end, Kinzer includes the detailed scheming of multinationals-United Fruit in Guatemala, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
in Iran, and ITT in Chile--to oust governments inimical to their interests.
I worked for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
as a seaman and we were ordered to take oil off an Iranian tanker intercepted by the Royal Navy.
Later the British government took over and set up the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company