1950-1959 | Chemical weapons | Environmental devastation | Malaysia | Starvation campaigns

Britain initiates first ever herbicidal war in Malaya

14 January 1951 On 14 January 1951, military commanders and Colonial Office staff held a meeting in London to discuss a request from General Sir Gerald Templer, the High Commissioner in Malaya, who wished to drench extensive areas of jungle with chemical defoliants as part of a strategy to crush a communist insurgency by depriving…

1950-1959 | Churchill's crimes | Egypt

16 DECEMBER

CHURCHILL ON EGYPT – ‘WE WILL SET THE JEWS ON THEM’ [ 16 December 1951 ] On 16 December 1951, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, dining at the British ambassador’s residence in Paris, was enraged by a simple question from Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. What to do about the unwillingness of the Egyptian government to cooperate…