New Labour and international development

Speech to the European Social Forum, London, 15 October 2004 Mark Curtis There is a great myth currently being peddled not only here but elsewhere in Europe – that the British government has a positive development agenda and is a champion of the world’s poor. Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown are posing as the […]

Britain and the G8: A champion of the world’s poor?

Mark Curtis Chapter in Gill Hubbard and David Miller (eds), Arguments against G8, Pluto, London, 2005, available at http://www.plutobooks.com/cgi-local/nplutobrows.pl?chkisbn=0745324207&main=&second=&third=&foo=../ssi/ssfooter.ssi In 2005, Britain is hosting (or by the time you read this book will have hosted) the summit meeting of the G8 countries in Gleneagles, Scotland. New Labour ministers have been clamouring to publicly demonstrate their commitment […]

The rise of Idi Amin in Uganda, 1971-72

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses The declassified British files tell us first that British officials were delighted to see the back of the government of Milton Obote that Amin overthrew. Eleven days before Amin’s coup on 25 January 1971, Britain’s High Commissioner in Kampala, Richard Slater, ran […]

Nigeria’s war over Biafra, 1967-70

Nigeria’s war over Biafra, 1967-70 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Right Abuses The formerly secret files on the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s show very clear British complicity in the Nigerian government’s aggression against the region of Biafra, where an independence movement was struggling to secede from […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]