Four failed wars must finally force the UK to adopt an ethical foreign policy

“We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies,” Lord Palmerston famously told the British parliament when he was foreign secretary in 1848. Over a century and a half later, during the so-called war on terror, Britain has abided by Palmerston’s morally ambiguous approach towards international relations, with disastrous results.  The head of […]

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The UK military’s secrecy problem

A new book, revealing abuses by the British army in its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, illustrates how the Ministry of Defence and the military establishment try to censor, bully and threaten publishers and journalists, often successfully.

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Trump’s illegal drone strike on Iranian general led to award for British troops

Seven members of Britain’s armed forces won an award for their ‘vital operational’ work supporting the US military after it killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike last year, Declassified has found.

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Exclusive: British army sent unqualified investigators to Iraq where troops ‘got away with murder’, veterans say

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The British army’s choice of unqualified junior officers to lead its police investigations unit during and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq contributed to soldiers escaping accountability for abuses, former members of the unit have told Declassified UK.

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Labour Party officials secretly blacklisted Britain’s anti-war activists

A leaked report appears to show evidence that some of the most highly-paid Labour Party staffers wanted their party to lose the UK general election in 2017, and that they actively campaigned against anti-war activists within the party.

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Britain’s secret state and the need for whistle-blowing

The email, which arrived on 31 January 2003, specified a US operation to target the home and office communications of six foreign diplomats on the UN Security Council. The purpose was to use the information gathered to strong-arm those states into voting for a resolution supporting an invasion of Iraq.  I leaked this email via […]

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Britain’s seven covert wars: An Explainer

The United Kingdom is fighting at least seven covert wars largely outside parliamentary or democratic oversight.

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