When it comes to Middle East policy, the UK is nothing but a rogue state

Published in Middle East Eye, 6 April 2018 by Mark Curtis In the current crisis with Moscow, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has written that “Russia cannot break international rules with impunity”. Britain, along with Russia, has a particular obligation to uphold international law since it is one of the five permanent members of the […]

Chagos Islands: Declassified

Documents J.Jackson, FCO Defence Department, to J.Cable, Planning Staff, 19 February 1974 (click here) MoD, Permanent Under Secretaries Committee, Minutes of a meeting on 7 January 1974 (click here) ‘US embassy cables: Foreign Office does not regret evicting Chagos islanders’ (US Embassy, UK, 15 May 2009) Articles Mark Curtis, ‘The depopulation of the Chagos Islands, […]

Diego Garcia – Removing People from History

This is an edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World by Mark Curtis   “The object of the exercise was to get some rocks which will remain ours”(Foreign Office, 1966) November 3rd 2000 should be known as a landmark day in the history of this country’s foreign policy. On that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]