Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

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Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

BRITAIN’S SECRET WARS

For more than 100 years, Britain has been perpetually at

war. Some conflicts, such as the Falklands, have become

central to our national narrative, but others, including

the brutal suppression of rebels in Oman, have been

deliberately hidden

by Ian Cobain

Taken from The Guardian

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In the months after the surrender of Japan on 14 August 1945, the British

people were ready to believe that war was behind them. The newspapers

were full of stories about possible home rule for India, and dockers going

on strike in London, Liverpool and Hull. It is questionable how many

readers of the Manchester Guardian on 6 December 1945 saw, let alone

read, a short item that was tucked away at the foot of page six, nestled

between a reader’s letter about the Nuremberg war crimes trials and a

leading article about the foundation of the United Nations.

Under the headline “British in Indo-China” appeared a copy of a letter

that had also been sent to Ernest Bevin, the foreign secretary. “It appears

that we are collaborating with Japanese and French forces against the

nationalist forces of Viêt Minh,” the letter read. “For what purpose is this

SEPTEMBER 2016

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