The Mau Mau war in Kenya, 1952-60

The Mau Mau war in Kenya, 1952-60 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World “Short rations, overwork, brutality, humiliating and disgusting treatment and flogging – all in violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights”. (A former officer in a British detention camp, Kenya, […]

The covert war in Indonesia, 1957-58

The covert war in Indonesia, 1957-58 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses Indonesian president Sukarno’s nationalist domestic policies and a foreign policy of non-alignment were see as a direct threat to Washington and London. The latter were especially concerned about the growing popularity and influence of the Indonesian […]

The ‘coup’ in British Guiana, 1963

The ‘coup’ in British Guiana, 1963 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses In 1953 Britain overthrew the democratically elected government in British Guiana, which was then a British colony given an element of self-government. The April 1953 elections had resulted in victory for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) […]

The massacres in Iraq, 1963

The massacres in Iraq, 1963 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses The British-backed monarchical regime of King Faisal and Prime Minister Nuri El Said was overthrown in an Arab nationalist revolution on 14 July 1958, which established a republic under Brigadier Abdul Karim Qasim. Said and the royal […]

Iraq’s attack on the Kurds, 1963-65

Iraq’s attack on the Kurds, 1963-65 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses On 10 June 1963, the Iraqi military began a vicious campaign against the Kurds, whose struggle for autonomy against Baghdad had been stepped up when the first Kurdish war broke out in 1961. The Kurds were […]

The coup in Iran, 1953

The coup in Iran, 1953 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World “Our policy was to get rid of Mossadeq as soon as possible.” (Sir Donald Logan, British embassy, Iran) In August 1953 a coup covertly organised by MI6 and the CIA overthrew Iran’s popular, nationalist […]

The slaughters in Indonesia, 1965-66

The slaughters in Indonesia, 1965-66 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s real Role in the World “I have never concealed from you my belief that a little shooting in Indonesia would be an essential preliminary to effective change.” (Britain’s ambassador to Indonesia, letter to the Foreign Office, 1965) The formerly […]

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 UN, 1953) In April 1953, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) under Cheddi Jagan won 18 […]

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 military with the backing of the CIA. General Pinochet soon emerged as the leader of […]

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) During the decolonisation process in the 1960s Britain created a new colony – the British […]