DFID’s dangerous new Economic Development Strategy

DFID yesterday published its Economic Development Strategy.[1] There’s a lot of fine-sounding rhetoric in the document and, on paper, it contains some progressive policies in the area of traditional foreign aid. But these are completely overshadowed by the UK’s global

Theresa May’s US speech – A commentary

Theresa May’s speech to the Republican ‘Congress of Tomorrow’ conference Philadelphia on January 26, 2017: With some comments in italics from myself ** Thank you very much for that fantastic welcome. Majority Leader McConnell, Mr Speaker, Distinguished Members of the Senate

UK policy and Egypt’s nurturing of radical Islam under Sadat

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis   As King Hussein was crushing the Palestinians in September 1970, Anwar Sadat, Nasser’s vice president, took over as President of Egypt on Nasser’s

Britain’s violations of international law

by Mark Curtis The UK is violating and/or facilitating the violation of international law on various fronts, rendering it a rogue state. Trade in Israeli settlement goods UK policy is allowing trade with ‘Israeli’ goods from illegal settlements in the

How the UK became a Saudi client state after 1973

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis The armies of Egypt and Syria began a surprise attack on Israel on 6 October 1973, crossing the ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights

Burying the Myth of New Labour’s “Ethical Foreign Policy”

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World The “ethical dimension” to foreign policy announced by new Labour in 1997 was played up by the media, who dubbed it the “ethical foreign

Contributing to Genocide in Rwanda

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World In the hundreds of media articles on the 1994 Rwanda genocide, there is barely a mention of Britain being a permanent member of the

Bahrain – Siding with the Rulers

An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World by Mark Curtis Bahrain has provided a good test case for how seriously New Labour under Blair would address human rights abuses committed by traditional British allies.

Britain and the Gulf Elites

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World “Why do we support reactionary, selfish and corrupt governments in the Middle East instead of leaders who have the interest of their people at

UK support for Gulf rulers, 1969

Michael Stewart, Foreign Secretary to Secretary of State for Defence, 21 March 1969 ‘As of course you know it has been our policy to assist local forces in the Persian Gulf where they have come into being. We have done