Are British ministers consistently misleading parliament on their Middle East policy?

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 17 May 2018   Two British ministers have recently been forced to resign for misleading parliament. Last month, Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned, saying she had mistakenly misled parliament over whether her department had targets for deporting illegal immigrants. Last December, Damian Green, who was effectively Theresa […]

How Britain engaged in a covert operation to overthrow Assad

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 25 April 2018 Some commentators in the British mainstream media believe the UK has “done nothing” in the war in Syria and lament the failure to help stop it. In fact, Britain has engaged in a covert operation with allies to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad for more than […]

When it comes to Middle East policy, the UK is nothing but a rogue state

Published in Middle East Eye, 6 April 2018 by Mark Curtis In the current crisis with Moscow, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has written that “Russia cannot break international rules with impunity”. Britain, along with Russia, has a particular obligation to uphold international law since it is one of the five permanent members of the […]

What will be the blowback for UK government after Libya revelations?

Article published in Middle East Eye, 5 April 2018 By Mark Curtis   The revelation that the British government likely had contacts with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and the 17 February Martyrs Brigade during the 2011 war in Libya – groups for which the 2017 Manchester bomber and his father reportedly fought at […]

For the British political elite, the invasion of Iraq never happened

Article published in Middle East Eye, 19 March 2018 March 20th marks the 15th anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq which plunged the country into a brutal occupation leading to sectarian civil war, terrorism and a death toll of hundreds of thousands. Yet in Britain the anniversary marks another year of impunity for the […]

Why the UK must rethink its support for Saudi Arabia

Article published in Middle East Eye, 2 March 2018 by Mark Curtis Government policies are meant to promote the national interest but the upcoming visit to the UK of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman highlights something quite different – Whitehall’s pursuit of a special relationship that endangers the British public. Theresa May says the […]

Research volunteers needed

Hello! I’ve now published on this site hundreds of UK declassified documents and articles on British foreign policy towards various countries. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response, highlighting how interested many people are in the UK’s past and present policies. Much more needs to be added from the original archives. However, one other key […]

Somalia: Declassified

Documents ‘PDAS Carter informed that UK to increase Somalia engagement’ (US Embassy, UK, 24 July 2009) ‘Somalia: UK set to put resources to new policy’ (US Embassy, UK, 15 January 2010) ‘Somaliland Protectorate and the Horn of Africa’ (Note by the Cabinet Secretary, 15 February 1957) Articles ‘Somalia “could be base for subversion” – 1960 […]

Rwanda: Declassified

Documents ‘Inside the UN Security Council: April–July 1994’ (National Security Archive) Articles ‘Britain ignored genocide threat in Rwanda’ (Independent, 9 March 2014)          

Singapore: Declassified

Articles ‘British archives, personal accounts, confirm extent of Communist United Front activities here: PM Lee’ (Straits Times, 20 December 2014) ‘PM Lee on declassified British documents: Revisionists “still deny historical facts”’ (The Newspaper, 21 December 2014) ‘Britain Kept Secret Nuclear Weapons In Singapore & Cyprus’ (Sunday Times, 31 December 2000) ‘What is it about the […]