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Britain's Real Role in the World

Postby Cats eye » Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:45 pm

Kenya and the Chagos islands - Forgotten British occupations
Mark Curtis
Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World

Excerpt:
British occupations always involve terrible human rights abuses. If journalists and academics had informed the public about this truism, the occupation of Iraq may not have been possible. Let us consider two forgotten British occupations revealed in the declassified British files, one of which continues today.

In its colony of Kenya in the 1950s, British forces fought the Mau Mau movement demanding land for millions of landless people. The occupiers killed around 10,000 Africans, compared to 600 deaths of colonial forces and European civilians. Some British army battalions kept scoreboards recording kills, and gave £5 rewards for the first sub-unit to kill an insurgent, the hands of whom were often chopped off to make fingerprinting easier.

Settlements suspected of harbouring Mau Mau were burned and suspects were tortured for information. The colonial forces established “free fire zones” where any African could be shot on sight. One army captain was quoted as informing a sergeant-major that “he could shoot anybody he liked provided they were black”.

Methods used by the Kenyan police included slicing off ears, boring holes in eardrums, flogging until death, pouring paraffin over suspects who were then set alight, and burning eardrums with lit cigarettes.

The key aspect of British repression in Kenya was “resettlement” operations that forced 90,000 people into detention camps surrounded by barbed wire and troops. Brutality was systematic and forced labour was often practised. A former officer in one of the camps in 1954–55 witnessed routine “short rations, overwork, brutality, humiliating and disgusting treatment and flogging – all in violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights”.


and a great book review:
http://www.medialens.org/articles/book_ ... eceit.html

MOST interesting - A chronology of major events covered in this book
http://www.cmyk.info/markcurtis/print1b.html

Starts in 1947 up to 2003

Most intriguing.
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Postby van » Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:33 am

Kia ora Cats Eye

The Brits like other colonial powers saw the writing on the wall
They disengaged from India, too far away, and concentrated on those colonies close by
Like the current Empire seekers they had little if any sympathy for the local population, instead by means of military power they sought to dominate
However, at least they had the grace to admit defeat and to seek some form of accomodation
As a consequence there is now the Commonwealth, a group of Nations, which while formerly having been been subject to absolute rule, enjoy a measure of Democratic independence
It says much for those nations who are a part of the Commonwealth, that they have continued to look toward democracy and an association with Great Britain despite its diabolical treatment of its people
Some Nations have Greatness, despite their inadequacies, others are merely tyrants

Now however there is "Blair" GWB's poodle!
A recent BBC programme about dogs encapsulated him extremely well!
A dog trainer commented on this particular poodle
"If this dog were a human, it would be either in jail or in a mental institution!"
I rest my case!

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