Why is British foreign policy so unethical? Because the UK is more oligarchy than democracy

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 27 March 2019 In March in the British parliament, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asked an urgent question relating to allegations that British troops have been covertly fighting in Yemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition. As reported in the Mail on Sunday, five British special forces troops from the elite Special Boat […]

Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

by Mark Curtis The UK government-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly a “counter disinformation” programme to challenge Russian information operations. However, it has been revealed that the Integrity Initiative twitter handle and some individuals associated with this programme have also been tweeting messages attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. [i]  This […]

Britain and global deaths in conflict – an estimate

Table – Britain and global deaths in conflicts The following table is taken from Mark Curtis’ book, Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses, published in 2004. It gives figures on the estimated number of deaths for which Britain bears ‘significant responsibility’. There are four categories of British responsibility: ‘Direct responsibility’ is where British military and/or […]

Research volunteers needed

Hello! I’ve now published on this site hundreds of UK declassified documents and articles on British foreign policy towards various countries. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response, highlighting how interested many people are in the UK’s past and present policies. Much more needs to be added from the original archives. However, one other key […]

The UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Diverting Aid and Undermining Human Rights

Report for Global Justice Now (December 2017) The UK government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) raises all kinds of questions about the future of UK aid, the nature of the UK’s relations with states abusing human rights and the government’s openness with the public. Established in 2015, the CSSF is a £1 billion annual […]

Updated Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam

  An updated Secret Affairs was published by Profile Books on 4 January 2018. The book contains an updated Introduction and two new chapters, covering Syria, Islamic State and the UK terrorist attacks of 2017. The book can be ordered by clicking here. The kindle edition can be ordered by clicking here.