‘The sooner we get these people out of our hair the better’

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 29 December 2023 Ten years after the UK overthrew the democratically elected government of British Guiana, it engineered a further, constitutional coup to ensure the same progressive leader, Cheddi Jagan, could not be elected again, declassified files show. By 1963, the UK colony of British Guiana was again faced with […]

UK refuses to confirm use of Cyprus base in sending US arms to Israel

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 December 2023 The British government is refusing to answer questions in parliament about the US military’s use of RAF Akrotiri, the UK’s vast air base on Cyprus, which is reportedly being used to deliver arms to Israel. The UK government is refusing to provide MPs with information about US […]

Why does the UK give Israel unqualified backing?

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 21 November 2023 The two key reasons are the need for Whitehall to demonstrate British subservience and usefulness to the US, and the power of the Israel lobby, argues Declassified’s editor. Rishi Sunak’s government has shown extraordinary levels of backing for Israeli military operations in Gaza over the past six […]

US military is secretly supplying weapons to Israel using UK base on Cyprus

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 17 November 2023 The US is moving arms to Israel from around Europe using Britain’s vast air base on Cyprus, but the Ministry of Defence refuses to tell Declassified what American aircraft are flying or what weapons are on board. Respected Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that over 40 US transport […]

RAF admits to making 17 military flights to Israel since Gaza bombing began

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 10 November 2023 But Declassified discovers 33 UK military transport flights to Tel Aviv in the last month, including every day for two weeks after the Gaza bombing began. Flight logs tracking aircraft from RAF Akrotiri, the UK’s vast air base in Cyprus, show the RAF flew […]

When Britain aided Israel’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Palestine

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 November 2023 The UK’s responsibility for helping to resolve the current war in Gaza stems partly from its imperial past – when in 1948 it contributed to Israeli forces’ takeover of most of Palestine. After the second world war British planners were confronted by the outbreak of a Jewish […]

The ICC must investigate British ministers for Gaza war crimes. Here’s how.

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 3 November 2023 The UK military and intelligence services may be aiding Israel’s attack on Gaza in at least seven ways. It is vital the International Criminal Court question Rishi Sunak, James Cleverly and Grant Shapps about this support. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the only […]

When Britain armed Iraq’s genocidal war against the Kurds

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 31 October 2023 Conservative and Labour governments supported Baghdad’s brutal attack on the Kurds 60 years ago, knowing it may have constituted genocide, declassified files show. In October 1963, the British government approved the export to Iraq of high explosive demolition slabs, on the understanding that these “will probably be […]

The only US military intervention Britain (somewhat) opposed

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 25 October 2023 Margaret Thatcher’s government sought to prevent the US invasion of Grenada in October 1983, but once it went ahead, Whitehall refused to condemn it and sought its “swift success” – even though it knew it violated international law, declassified files show. The American military invaded the tiny […]

Who remembers Cheddi Jagan? Britain’s forgotten coup in South America

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 10 October 2023 In October 1953 the UK overthrew a democratically-elected government in British Guiana. UK officials knew deposed leader Cheddi Jagan was benefiting the impoverished local population but acted to protect its business interests, declassified files show. In October 1953, Britain sent three warships and 700 troops to its […]