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 […]

Britain’s Defiance of the UN: The long history

by Mark Curtis March 2003 The Blair government’s abandonment of the UN route over Iraq is its seventh violation of the UN and international law and confirms Britain’s role as an outlaw state. In fact, Whitehall has been disregarding the will of the UN for decades. Let us consider the evidence. The military interventions against […]

Iraq, the media and the reality of British foreign policy

Transcript of a talk by Mark Curtis at ‘Stop the War’ conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 12 October 2002 My view is that the mainstream media plays an ideological role that supports the policies of the state. This has been long understood and there are many academic analyses examining it. There are […]

Blair’s Jaw Jaw means War War

By Mark Curtis Red Pepper, October 2002 Poised for war over Iraq in a new phase of the supposed “war against terrorism”, the states that profess their commitment to the highest values continue to resort to the basest of policies in practice. Current British policy towards Iraq is a microcosm of foreign policy over the […]

US and British complicity in the 1965 slaughters in Indonesia

By Mark Curtis Third World Resurgence, Issue 137, 2002 With the release of more declassified US government documents on policy towards Indonesia in 1965, complicity in mass murder becomes ever clearer. Viewed alongside the British declassified files, a fairly clear picture emerges of Western support for one of the postwar world’s worst bloodbaths – what […]

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 […]

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 […]