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 […]

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 to public influence; the latter shows that this cabal is protected from serious accountability. Britain’s […]

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 group of unpeople who have been even more forgotten and their desperate plight was yesterday […]

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, told a parliamentary enquiry of ‘a series of half-truths, exaggerations and reassurances that were not […]

As British as Afternoon Tea

by Mark Curtis,  Guardian, 21 May 2003 Iraqis facing an uncertain future in the wake of forcible “regime change” have every reason to fear not only US but also British policy. While past American behaviour in the region is widely criticised, contributing to fears of real US intentions, Britain’s role is often regarded as more […]

Partners in Imperialism – Britain’s support for US intervention

by Mark Curtis Frontline (India), 26 April 2003 Recent months clearly show that the British government of Tony Blair sees itself as the junior partner in a new phase of US imperialism. Blair’s Britain is a systematic violator of international law and ethical standards in its foreign policy – an outlaw state of its own. It […]