US and British complicity in the 1965 slaughters in Indonesia

By Mark Curtis Third World Resurgence, Issue 137, 2002 With the release of more declassified US government documents on policy towards Indonesia in 1965, complicity in mass murder becomes ever clearer. Viewed alongside the British declassified files, a fairly clear picture emerges of Western support for one of the postwar world’s worst bloodbaths – what […]

The future of the “anti-globalisation” movement post-September 11th

Debate between Mark Curtis and John Lloyd The Ecologist, 22 February 2002 Dear Mark, My argument is that 11 September has made the global movements of protest even less intellectually sustainable than they were before. I am not arguing that 11 September was an event which completely transformed the movements’ landscape. They had very large […]

Web of Deceit

Britain’s Real Role in the World. In his explosive new book, Mark Curtis reveals a new picture of Britain’s role in the world since 1945 and in the “war against terrorism” by offering a comprehensive critique of the Blair government’s foreign policy. Curtis argues that Britain is an “outlaw state”, often a violator of international […]

Trade For Life: Making Trade Work for Poor People

A Christian Aid book by Mark Curtis. Across the world, poor people are suffering as a result of the current global trade system. For a decade trade rules have been negotiated through the World Trade Organisation (WTO). They cover not merely trade issues, but also investment, services, agriculture and intellectual property rights. Can these rules […]

The Great Deception

Anglo-American Power and World Order. Debunking some of the myths of post-cold War power, Mark Curtis demonstrates how Britain remains the key supporting player in US domination, and how far from benign that domination is in its impact on the rest of the world. The special relationship between Britain and the United States has concealed […]

The colonial precedent

by Mark Curtis Guardian, 26 October 2004 The redeployment of British forces in Iraq to support a US assault on Falluja marks another stage in a creeping return to the colonial era, when popular revolts against occupation were routinely suppressed by overwhelming force. These past episodes, revealed in declassified British government files, provide numerous parallels with […]

Declassified: Rogue State Britain

by Mark Curtis Red Pepper, December 2004 The Blair government’s foreign policy since the invasion of Iraq has been disastrous for human rights. Outside of media and parliamentary scrutiny, decision-makers have been implementing some remarkable steps: Britain is deepening its support for state terrorism in several countries while unprecedented plans are being developed for global […]

Britain and Africa: The aid dividend

by Mark Curtis Red Pepper, March 2005 A major feature of the invasion of Iraq was media commentators falling for obvious government propaganda. Without such complicity, the invasion would have been politically impossible. Yet this willful self-deception is now being repeated in another area, where government propaganda is approaching the same depths as on Iraq. […]

Brown’s doleful role at Gleneagles

by Mark Curtis Guardian, 9 July 2005 The government will try to pull off a PR coup in the aftermath of the G8 summit by posturing as Africa’s champion – hiding Britain’s real agenda and how agreements on debt and aid will further impoverish the continent. While the G8 agreement commits the richest countries to […]