Shows how Britain has helped create the Islamic terrorism that now threatens us. From the overthrow of Iran's popular government during the 1950s and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, to Libya, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia's ruthless internal oppression, this book reveals Britain's hidden hand in the rise of global terrorism.
In his explosive and revealing new book, Mark Curtis reasons that Britain is a 'rogue state', often a violator of international law and a systematic condoner of human rights abuses, as well as a key ally of many repressive regimes. Curtis argues that under the Blair government, Britain has become a champion of a form of globalisation that is increasing the takeover of the global economy by big business, and far from changing course post-September 11th, British policies are partly responsible for the continuation - and often deepening - of global poverty and inequality, while its arms exports and nuclear policies are making the world a more dangerous place. The Web of Deceit describes the staggering gulf that has arisen between New Labour's professed commitment to upholding ethical values and the reality of current policies, including British participation in the 'war on terrorism' as a new pretext for global intervention; the immorality of British policy in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq and Indonesia; effective support for repressive state policies of Israel, Russia, Turkey and the Gulf states; acquiescence in the Rwanda genocide; and the deepening of poverty-increasing economic policies through the World Trade Organisation. Drawing on the declassified government files, the book also reveals British complicity in the slaughter of a million people in Indonesia; the depopulation of the island of Diego Garcia; the overthrow of governments in Iran and British Guiana; repressive colnial policies in Kenya and Malaya; and much more. The Web of Deceit reveals a new picture of the reality of Britain's role in the world. It is both a comprehensive critique of the foreign policies of the Blair government as well as an analysis of British foreign policy since 1945.
Millions of people have died as a result of Britain's foreign policy. Mark Curtis calls these victims Unpeople - those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of governments' economic and political goals. -In Unpeople, Mark Curtis shows the Blair government's continuing support for many of the world's most repressive regimes and, using unearthed evidence from formerly secret documents, reveals for the first time the hidden history of unethical British policies, including: support for the massacres in Iraq in 1963; Britain's extraordinary private backing of the US in its aggression against Vietnam; support for the rise of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin; the prosecution of a covert, 'dirty war' in Yemen in the 1960s; Britain's backing of apartheid regimes in South Africa; secret campaigns with the US to overthrow the governments of Indonesia and British Guiana; the welcoming of General Pinochet's brutal coup in Chile in 1973; and much more.-This explosive new book, from the author of Web of Deceit, shows the reality of the Blair government's policies since the invasion of Iraq, revealing that our military is poised for a new phase of global intervention in alliance with the US, while an extraordinary government propaganda campaign is being mounted to obscure the reality of this policy from the public.