Malcolm Macdonald, High Commissioner, Lusaka, to Commonwealth Office, February 1967

“The time has arrived when we should consciously guide this greatly expanded Commonwealth towards fulfilling a definite purpose, and perhaps a great destiny, in contemporary and future human affairs”. The Commonwealth’s composition could give it a powerful influence “in resolving widely the inter-racial problems” of the next couple of generations. “It is true that at […]

FCO paper, PC (70)12, ‘North V. South’, December 1970

Cover note states: this “considers the future of the gap between the developed and the developing countries and its implications for British policies”. Paper. It is unlikely that a general coordinated North/South struggle will take place but “countries or organisations in the South might succeed in disrupting ordered life in the developed world and in […]

FCO, East African Department paper, ‘Africa: Arms Supply Policy’, October 1975

Cover note: this paper analyses the “disadvantages under which we operate in Africa due to our inability, in contrast to the Communist powers, to supply arms on concessionary terms” and the “lack of enthusiasm” in this by the Treasury, Overseas Development Ministry and ECGD. Paper. “With rare exceptions, British policy in Africa has been to […]

Africa (general): Declassified

Documents FCO, Planning Staff draft paper, “British objectives and priorities in Africa South of the Sahara, 1976-80”, November 1975  (click here) FCO, East African Department paper, ‘Africa: Arms Supply Policy’, October 1975 (click here) FCO paper, PC (70)12, ‘North V. South’, December 1970 (click here) Malcolm Macdonald, High Commissioner, Lusaka, to Commonwealth Office, February 1967 […]

South Africa: Declassified

Documents FCO, Planning Staff draft paper, “British objectives and priorities in Africa South of the Sahara, 1976-80”, November 1975 (click here) ‘Mandela “furious” at adviser after Thatcher meeting vetoed’ (US Embassy, South Africa, 28 November 2010) Articles Apartheid ‘Clinton Envy, Mandela and a Horse: Glimpses From the U.K. Archives‘ (New York Times, 28 December 2018) ‘Queen […]

Intelligence/GCHQ: Declassified

Articles ‘What has Wikileaks revealed about David Cameron and the Conservatives?‘ (Defend Wikileaks, 2019) ‘What has Wikileaks revealed about the Blair and Brown governments?‘ (Defend Wikileaks, 2019) ‘MI6’s secret “multi-million pound” Cold War slush fund’ (BBC, 20 November 2017) ‘Snowden files reveal US and UK spied on feeds from Israeli drones and jets‘ (Guardian, 29 January 2016) ‘Secret […]

Cambodia: Declassified

Documents   ‘Kampuchea: Britain withdraws recognition from Pol Pot while refusing it to Heng Samrin‘, (US Embassy Cable, Wikileaks, 7 December 1979) ‘Thatcher visit: Indo-China refugees‘ (US Embassy Cable, Wikileaks, 28 November 1979) Articles ‘Year Zero‘ (John Pilger, Tell me no lies, 2004) ‘How Thatcher gave Pol Pot a hand‘ (John Pilger, New Statesman, 17 April 2000)   […]

Turkey: Declassified

Documents ‘Turkey Energy Company Development‘ (Snowden files, 29 October 2008) ‘Turkey: Erdogan talks PKK in the UK‘, (US embassy cable, Wikileaks, 25 October 2007)   Articles ‘What has WikiLeaks revealed about the Blair and Brown governments?‘ (Defend Wikileaks, 2019) ‘British documents on Karamanlis declassified’ (Cyprus Forum, 29 December 2006, RT, 27 September 2016) ‘Turkey “had dissident […]

Belize: Declassified

Documents Reagan letter to Thatcher (Margaret Thatcher Foundation, 4 August 1983)   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 […]

Nicaragua: Declassified

Articles ‘The assassination business‘ (Scotsman, 26 July 1988)