The slaughters in Indonesia, 1965-66

The slaughters in Indonesia, 1965-66 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s real Role in the World “I have never concealed from you my belief that a little shooting in Indonesia would be an essential preliminary to effective change.” (Britain’s ambassador to Indonesia, letter to the Foreign Office, 1965) The formerly […]

The intervention in British Guiana, 1953

The intervention in British Guiana, 1953 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role on the World “To secure desired result some preparation of public opinion seems to be essential [sic]” (British delegation to the UN, 1953) In April 1953, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) under Cheddi Jagan won 18 […]

The Pinochet coup in Chile, 1973

The Pinochet coup in Chile, 1973 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses. In September 1973, a democratically-elected Chilean government under President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a brutal coup organised by the Chilean military with the backing of the CIA. General Pinochet soon emerged as the leader of […]

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 […]

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 […]