University of Salford, UK. 11th September 2005
A one day Conference Against International Terrorism takes place. The conference begins with two minutes silence in memory of all victims of terror whether it be perpetrated by Al Qaeda or Western-sponsored state terrorism. The conference takes place on the thirty second anniversary of the 1973 CIA-backed military coup in Chile and the fourth anniversary of the 9-11 attack on Wall Street and the Pentagon.
Mark Curtis is a former Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and was until recently Director of the World Development Movement. He has worked in the field of international development for the past 12 years, including as Head of Policy at the non-governmental organisations, Christian Aid and ActionAid. Curtis is the author of several important books about the hypocrisy and deceit of the British Establishment. These include Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses and Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World. His speech further exposes the hypocrisy of Western governments over the issue of terrorism and presents a potted history of assassinations of progressive Third World leaders carried out by British agents. He refers to the statements of various whistleblowers on this subject.