The intervention in British Guiana, 1953

The intervention in British Guiana, 1953 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role on the World “To secure desired result some preparation of public opinion seems to be essential [sic]” (British delegation to the

The Pinochet coup in Chile, 1973

The Pinochet coup in Chile, 1973 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses. In September 1973, a democratically-elected Chilean government under President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a brutal coup organised by the Chilean

The depopulation of the Chagos Islands, 1965-73

The depopulation of the Chagos Islands, 1965-73 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World “The object of the exercise was to get some rocks which will remain ours” (Foreign Office, 1966)

Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses

Britain complicit in the deaths of ten million people since 1945. Those are Unpeople – those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of Britain’s economic and political goals. Historian Mark Curtis pieces together the Blair government’s “public

Poor Company: the harsh impact of British business on poor people

The British Parliament is currently examining changes to company law in what some commentators have optimistically billed as potentially the largest shakeup in business law for 150 years. Rather, the process is continuing to protect corporations from serious accountability for

Britain’s Secret Support For US Aggression: The Vietnam War

Britain’s secret support for US aggression: The Vietnam war By Mark Curtis March 03, 2006 The myth has long been promoted that Britain refused to send troops to the Vietnam war and played little role in it. The declassified British

Declassified: Britain and Israel

by Mark Curtis Red Pepper, April 2004 Why is Tony Blair still Prime Minister? One major reason is Blair’s promise to push for peace between Israel and Palestine. Many MPs sided with Blair in the crucial parliamentary vote before the

Bloodshed and whitewash: Britain and the Rwanda genocide

by Mark Curtis Red Pepper, March 2004 The invasion of Iraq and the Hutton report are two sides of the same coin: the former shows that policies are made by a tiny cabal of people around the prime minister, impervious

No Place Called Home: Diego Garcia

by Mark Curtis Guardian, 10 October 2003 There are people and there are unpeople. Afghan and Iraqi victims of Blair’s wars count among the latter – lives which are expendable in the pursuit of Western power. Yet there is a

Psychological warfare against the public: Iraq and beyond

by Mark Curtis – Tell me lies, 2003 Since late 2002 the British public has been subject to a government propaganda campaign of perhaps unprecedented heights in the postwar world. Clare Short, after resigning her position as International Development Secretary,