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 […]

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 deception campaign” on Iraq and reveals government plans to increase “information operations” directed towards the […]

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 their activities, especially where their impact is harshest – on poor people overseas. The evidence […]

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 government files on the war are therefore little short of a revelation, showing that Britain […]

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 invasion of Iraq believing he could and would influence Washington to press Israel. Yet this […]