Britain’s violations of international law

by Mark Curtis The UK is violating and/or facilitating the violation of international law on various fronts, rendering it a rogue state. Trade in Israeli settlement goods UK policy is allowing trade with ‘Israeli’ goods from illegal settlements in the occupied territories.[1] The British government has stated that it does not even keep a record […]

How the UK became a Saudi client state after 1973

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis The armies of Egypt and Syria began a surprise attack on Israel on 6 October 1973, crossing the ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had captured during the Six-Day War in 1967. Soon […]

Britain and the Gulf Elites

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World “Why do we support reactionary, selfish and corrupt governments in the Middle East instead of leaders who have the interest of their people at heart?” (Stafford Cripps, Chancellor in the Attlee government, 1945-51) Former SAS officer, Peter de la […]

How Britain Carved Up the Middle East and Helped Create Saudi Arabia

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis   The British strategy of colonial divide and rule, and reliance on Muslim forces to promote imperial interests, reached its apogee in the Middle East during and after the First World War. The carving up of the region by […]

Acquiescing to the Taliban?

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Mark Curtis Sponsorship of Islamic militants by Britain’s key ally, Pakistan, went furthest in Afghanistan, where, beginning in 1995, the ISI and Saudi intelligence funded and armed the Taliban movement. This backing enabled the Taliban to win a brutal civil war among […]

Britain’s Seven Covert Wars

Published in the Huffington Post, 18 October 2016 by Mark Curtis Britain is fighting at least seven covert wars in the Middle East and North Africa, outside of any democratic oversight or control. Whitehall has in effect gone underground, with neither parliament nor the public being allowed to debate, scrutinise or even know about these […]

‘Leggy blonde’ for Saudi official, 1973

D.Tatham, Middle East Department, FCO to FCO, 10 September 73 Notes his talk today with Mohammed Al Fawzan, the Director of Foreign Broadcasting in the Saudi Ministry of Information: ‘Mohammed had been very ably fielded by Mr Morris in our embassy in Paris who had advised the COI [Central Office of Information] of the collapse […]

Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam

From the Introduction to Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Britain’s contribution to the rise of the terrorist threat goes well beyond the impacts its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have had on some individuals. The more important story is that British governments, both Labour and Conservative, have, in pursuing the so-called ‘national interest’ […]

Britain and Saudi Arabia, 1969/1971

Willie Morris, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to Michael Stewart, Foreign Secretary, ‘British policy towards Saudi Arabia’, 16 April 69 (National Archives, FCO 8/1181) ‘Valuable as this export market [ie Saudi Arabia] is, it is of less importance to us than Saudi Arabia’s role in the preservation of our wider politico-economic interests in the Middle East… […]

British support for the Saudi intervention in Bahrain

An edited extract from Secret Affairs Saudi Arabia and the utility of intervention Whitehall’s long-standing special relationship with the theocratic rulers in Riyadh has been enhanced by the new coalition government at a time when evidence continues to emerge on the extent of Saudi funding of terrorism and when the Saudis have taken drastic measures […]