2000-2009 | Backing dictatorships | Blair's crimes | Egypt

Tony Blair accepts holiday from Egypt’s dictator Mubarak

23 December 2005 Today in 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair, his wife Cherie and four children flew off to Egypt on, as his spin doctor Alistair Campbell politely put it, ‘another of his controversial holidays.’  Campbell also noted in a footnote to the diary entry that ‘Blair had previously been criticized for accepting hospitality from…

1950-1959 | Crimes against women | Kenya | Prisoners murdered | Rape | Torture

Officer in Kenya’s colonial police complains of a culture of covering up abuses and torture

23 December 1954 Duncan McPherson, Assistant Commissioner of Kenya’s colonial police, was a rare exception to the norm of complete British indifference to the suffering of ordinary Kenyans. Britain was then engaged in a brutal campaign to crush the Mau Mau insurgency, which aimed to bring an end to colonial rule. Thousands were detained in…