Bahrain: Declassified

Articles Ian Henderson/torture ‘Classified document on Bahrain rankles Britain decades later’ (Reuters, 21 May 2015) ‘Britain’s special relationship with Bahrain’ (Al-Bab, 18 May 2015) ‘Judge Orders Further Partial Release Of Henderson Files’ (Bahrain Watch, 17 May 2015) ‘Campaigners lose battle to release cable detailing historic UK relations with Bahrain’ (Independent, 17 May 2015) ‘Government refuses […]

Nigeria: Declassified

Documents ‘US embassy cables: Shell seeks to share Nigeria intelligence’ (US Embassy, Nigeria, 19 September 2008) Articles Biafra war, 1967-70 Mark Curtis, Nigeria’s war over Biafra, 1967-70 (Extract from Unpeople, 2004) ‘British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra’, Part 2, (Daily Trust, 7 August 2016) ‘Britain Exposes Crimes Committed By Gowon […]

Zimbabwe/Rhodesia: Declassified

Documents UK and Zimbabwe, 1979-81 (Prime Minister, Global Black History) Articles 1980s Matabeleland ‘The Matabeleland Massacres: Britain’s wilful blindness‘ (Hazel Cameron, International History Review, April 2017) ‘British policy towards Zimbabwe during Matabeleland massacre: licence to kill‘ (The Conversation, 17 September 2017) ‘UK downplayed Robert Mugabe massacre in Zimbabwe‘ (The Week, 18 May 2017) ‘Britain “turned blind eye […]

Guatemala: Declassified

Articles ‘”We Sent a Man to His Death”: How the British Army Betrayed Its Own Informant to a Murderous Junta‘ (Phil Miller, Vice, 2 August 2016) ‘Revealed: How the British Army Cooperated with the Murderous Guatemalan Regime During its Bloody Civil War‘ (Phil Miller, Vice, 31 May 2016)            

Italy: Declassified

Articles 1976 “coup” ‘Sporchi trucchi’ (Guardian, 14 January 2008) ‘Britain joined plot to overthrow a Communist Italian government’ (Times, 14 January 2008) ‘From the secret papers of the Foreign Office the idea of a coup d’état in Italy’ – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, (In Italian) (La Repubblica, 13 January 2008)   Gladio network […]

Why is British foreign policy so unethical? Because the UK is more oligarchy than democracy

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 27 March 2019 In March in the British parliament, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asked an urgent question relating to allegations that British troops have been covertly fighting in Yemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition. As reported in the Mail on Sunday, five British special forces troops from the elite Special Boat […]

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt: On the Middle East, it makes no difference

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 25 June 2019 The contest to become the leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and the country’s next prime minister, has failed so far to involve media scrutiny of the candidates’ views on British foreign policy. With the focus on Brexit and media attention on the personal life of Boris […]

Britain and Oman: Will their growing special relationship survive succession?

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 17 June 2019 Sixty years ago, Britain won a long-forgotten war in Oman, setting the special relationship between the two countries that is still being boosted today. The anniversary falls as the head of the British army recently visited Oman, and as the two countries signed a “Comprehensive Joint Declaration on Enduring Friendship” […]

What the latest secret government file tells us about UK Middle East policy

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 31 May 2019 The British government is refusing to release a 1941 file on Palestine, as it might “undermine the security” of Britain and its citizens. Why would a 78-year-old document be seen as so sensitive in 2019? One plausible reason is that it could embarrass the British government in […]

How the West’s war in Libya has spurred terrorism in 14 countries

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 3 May 2019 Eight years on from Nato’s war in Libya in 2011, as the country enters a new phase in its conflict, I have taken stock of the number of countries to which terrorism has spread as a direct product of that war. The number is at […]