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Guillermo Carmona, Argentina’s minister for the Malvinas (Falklands), Antarctic and South Atlantic. (Photo: Matt Kennard/DCUK)

Argentine minister: ‘We can’t be sure there aren’t nuclear weapons in the Falklands’

“Let me be very clear,” Guillermo Carmona says, pointing at a map of the South Atlantic sea hanging on his wall. “Las Malvinas, Sandwich and Georgia islands…these are Argentinian, they are occupied by a foreign power.” The foreign power he is talking about is Britain.  Carmona, Argentina’s minister responsible for the South Atlantic, is talking […]

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Argentinian soldiers on parade for Independence Day celebrations, Buenos Aires, 9 July 2019. (Photo: Muhammed Emin Canik/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

UK trained Argentine soldiers after signing controversial Falklands oil deal

The Argentine soldiers were sent to Britain in 2018 but it is not known how many were trained or which courses they attended. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) refused to clarify when asked by Declassified.  Argentine soldiers also attended three courses at the UK Defence Academy in Oxfordshire in 2019-20.  These courses included ‘Building […]

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Ian Martin with the then UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. (Photo: Prakash Mathema / AFP via Getty)

Nato bombing of Libya ‘exceeded UN mandate’

A common criticism of Sir John Chilcot’s marathon inquiry into the Iraq war is that by the time it made recommendations to Whitehall, another intervention had already taken place in Libya.  But at least Britain’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 was seen as sufficiently disastrous to warrant a high-level probe. David Cameron’s adventure in Libya, […]

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Ukrainians strip a Russian tank near Kharkiv on 16 May 2022. (Photo: John Moore / Getty)

Does the Ukraine war mean Britain should increase military spending?

Last week Russia celebrated Victory Day, marking the end of the Great Patriotic War, its name for World War Two. Putin’s address made clear that, for him, Ukraine was a conflict between NATO and Russia which would continue until it was won. At the same time as the victory parade in Moscow, Britain’s defence secretary […]

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Palestine Action activists at Elbit’s factory in Shenstone this January. (Photo: Guy Smallman / Getty)

Why we’re trying to shut down Israel’s arms factories in Britain

Whilst a storm was brewing in the spring of 2020, a dozen activists met in a rural village in England to plan the launch of Palestine Action. It seemed like a sign that the river close by burst its banks and threatened to flood our meeting place. Many of us already felt engulfed by a […]

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Johnson’s Saudi WhatsApps to stay secret

Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi ruler, is often said to communicate with Boris Johnson via WhatsApp – a claim not denied by Downing Street. Prince Salman is thought to be an avid user of its emoji function to adorn his messages. But whatever the pair say to each other on the platform will […]

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Australian tycoon Rupert Murdoch holds a significant stake in UK media. (Photo: Monika Flueckiger / WEF)

ALTERNATIVES – How UK media could serve the public interest

A healthy media is often claimed to be the life-blood of democracy. This is because journalism should help citizens understand the world and participate fully in social and political life. For this to happen we need our media to inform the public independently and cover issues from a variety of perspectives and with a diversity […]

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Britain plotted propaganda campaign against Amnesty International

In order to suppress an Amnesty International report on Britain’s use of torture in Northern Ireland, the Foreign Office plotted a secret propaganda campaign to discredit the report’s author. Declassified after 50 years, a British file unveils a sinister plan to target a future Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and shows how UK officials marked civil […]

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Entrance to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, the centre of the US Air Force’s presence in Britain. (Photo: Matt Kennard/DCUK)

US Air Force deployment in Britain is third largest in world

The US Air Force (USAF) has 9,730 personnel permanently deployed throughout Britain, an increase of 22% from six years ago.  Analysis by Declassified has found that Britain hosts the third highest level of USAF personnel of any country in the world, ahead of historic US military outposts like South Korea and Italy. These American airmen […]

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Prince Charles rides a speedboat given to him by Imelda Marcos. (Photo: Tim Graham via Getty)

Our Men in Manila

The favourite to win the Philippine presidential election on 9 May is Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, whose father, Ferdinand Sr, was responsible for over 3,000 summary executions, 34,000 cases of torture and 70,000 wrongful incarcerations when he ruled the country between 1965 and 1986.  Today Bongbong is an eager advocate for outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s […]

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