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 public. Citing official documents, it discloses that the government has in effect abandoned a commitment to international law and is poised for a new period of global military intervention in alliance with the US.
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“Mark Curtis is, in my opinion, this country’s best popular historian” – John Pilger
Unpeople documents recently declassified government files to reveal:
- British support for the 1963 killings in Iraq that brought Saddam’s Ba’ath party to power
- British arming of Baghdad regimes’ brutal aggression against the Kurds throughout the 1960s
- A covert British military role in the US war in Vietnam and secret correspondence from Wilson and Heath privately backing the US
- The Heath government’s support for the Idi Amin coup in Uganda in 1971 and the 1973 Pinochet coup in Chile
- Covert operations to overthrow governments in Indonesia and Guyana
- Previous “dirty wars” in the Middle East, involving extensive war crimes, in Oman, Aden and Yemen
The new research calculates the number of deaths from British military interventions and at the hands of regimes strongly supported by Britain. Britain bears “significant responsibility” for between 8-13 million deaths.
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