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Uncovering the UK’s real role in the world.

Inside Britain’s military dictatorship in the Mediterranean

Driving from the outskirts of Limassol, Cyprus’s second city, into British territory is not a normal border experience.  There are no officials checking passports, no signs, no flags. There is, in fact, nothing that would indicate you were crossing from the Mediterranean island’s sovereign territory to another country’s land. The silent border is probably by […]

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Why is Venezuela’s gold still frozen in the Bank of England?

In late December, Venezuela’s leading opposition parties voted to oust Juan Guaidó as “interim president” and dissolve his parallel government. This was clearly not the ending the UK government had in mind. Four years ago, the British government made the bold decision to recognise Guaidó as Venezuelan president, and proceeded to facilitate his legal battle […]

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Imran Khan. (Photo: Behind Closed Doors / Independent POV)

Imran Khan: ‘West gains from corruption’

Powerful western nations have “no incentive” to stop corruption in the global south because they are “benefiting from money stolen from our countries”, Imran Khan has said. Pakistan’s former prime minister made the claim in an interview given while still in office for a documentary coming out next month. Khan was forced to step down […]

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Gavin Williamson and the Somaliland massacre

Since being sacked from Boris Johnson’s cabinet over the exam grades fiasco, former education secretary Sir Gavin Williamson has largely faded from the public eye. The Conservative MP for South Staffordshire has little credibility left, having already blown his second chance.  Theresa May had earlier dismissed Williamson as her defence secretary over an alleged leak […]

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Ashes of empire: Britain’s burning injustice in Kenya

Two years ago, British soldiers were cooking on an army exercise in Kenya when things suddenly spiralled out of control. Sparks from their small stove ignited the grass at Lolldaiga, on the foothills of Mount Kenya.  This might have been a minor incident, had the area not been so dry. Unfortunately, these were “tinderbox” conditions, […]

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When journalists act as state propagandists

Twenty years ago, Tony Blair provided the British public with false information about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction in order to make the case for the illegal invasion of Iraq. Sir Tony has never gone on trial. He has suffered no personal consequences. Nor have his spy chiefs and advisers. He was […]

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Britain’s 42 coups since 1945

Probably the most well-known coup staged by British intelligence since 1945 was the overthrow of Iran’s democratically-elected government in 1953 – an operation planned with the CIA. But the UK has been involved in at least 41 other attempts to overthrow governments since the end of the Second World War.  These have ranged from intelligence-led […]

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The UK’s 83 military interventions around the world since 1945

The British military has used or threatened to use military force much more in the postwar world than is conventionally remembered or believed. Declassified has documented 83 interventions by the UK armed forces since 1945, in 47 different countries. The most striking of the British uses of force have been the overt invasions or armed […]

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UK loaned military adviser to British UN envoy in Yemen

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) secretively seconded a military officer to Yemen in 2019, it can be revealed. The officer was attached to the office of the then UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.   Declassified has shown that Griffiths’ is a founder of, and adviser to, a private conflict resolution company, Inter Mediate, […]

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Former UN envoy to Yemen linked to MI6, a party to the war

The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, was until August 2021 the UN special envoy to Yemen, a conflict in which British special forces have been fighting.  Griffiths, 71, has held a number of prominent positions in the field of international peace building. He was previously charged with “mediating an agreement to end the […]

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