VOA’s OFOGH: The Inception and history of SAVAK debated


VOA’s OFOGH: The Inception and history of SAVAK debated
by Darius Kadivar

Part of a series of debates hosted by Siamak Dehghanpour on the Security apparatus in Iran’s contemporary history ranging from shah’s SAVAK to IRI’s VEVAK.

Host:Siamak Dehghanpour


Amin Foroughi: Former diplomat, who worked for 16 years with the SAVAK, and was Iran’s first Consul to Dubai Emirates in the Persian Gulf.

Erfan Ghaenifar: Researcher, linguist and author of a recent article on the Anniversary of the Inception of SAVAK.

Part I:

Starts at 4 Min 14

Part II:

Related pictory:

<HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Man Arrested For Being a SAVAK Agent (1979)

REPUBLICAN OFFSPRING: Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Savak Prison (1970's)

REPUBLICAN OFFSPRING: Massoud Rajavi at Tehran University during Presidential Campaign (1980)

BITTER LESSONS: Sailors Convicted of Sabotage Face Firing Squad (1953)

American CBS TV network airs Fake Tapes on Shah's Speech (1979)

Alleged SAVAK Victim testifies on an American Liberal TV

Recommended Book:

BOOK: Vevak, au service des ayatollahs - Histoire des services secrets iraniens

VEVAK (IRI's Secret Services) denounced in French Book To be Released in April

Related Blogs:

Crown Prince Reza on importance of "Checks and Balances" of future regime

Other Related "SAVAK" Blogs:

<Shahrnush Parsipur: "I was Never Physically Tortured by the SAVAK"

SAVAK DEMYSTIFIED: Former Officer Speaks on Shah's Notorious Secret Police

Former Officer Speaks on Shah's Notorious Secret Police


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Interesting pst DK.

by vildemose on

Interesting pst DK. Thanks.


"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis


Much needed analysis

by robertborden54 on

I really hope Ghaneifard is writing a book on SAVAK.  He is a very able and objective researcher.  We need so much more research and informed analysis regarding SAVAK so we can get a cleare picture of its role during the Shah's reign.  I personally think it is intellectually insulting to Ghaneifard to pair him up with the the old gentleman who is clearly no scholar.  Much like others in his generation he tells stories based on his memories.  Maybe VOA felt they needed someone more pro-monarchy on the panel?  

Darius Kadivar

Objective researcher but biased diplomat ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Liked the young reasearcher Erfan Ghaenifar for his objectivity but the former diplomat Amin Foroughi truly came across as totally biased ...

Old age probably ... 


Kudos to VOA's Siamak Dehghanpour for reminding it to him and for his journalistic professionalism as usual.