Today’s Guardian has a series of articles today concerning Britain’s colonial past and evidence of the widespread destruction of documents with evidence of crimes against humanity by British forces. Other pieces include material on planned poison gas tests in Botswana , on the coverup of the deportation of the Chagos islanders from Diego Garcia (now used by the United States to bomb various countries), and of serious war crimes during the Malayan emergency . And then there are eighteen striking photographs of the British at work in Kenya, Malaya and Aden . The Aden photographs in particular call to mind similar later ones of British troops in Northern Ireland, where of course, torture was also employed: the techniques used on colonial populations being brought to bear against Irish republicans. And, of course, the look on the faces of the soldiers as they manhandle and abuse “natives” is really no different from what we see in pictures of the French in Algeria, of American troops in Iraq and, indeed, in footage of the Israeli Defense Force in the occupied territories. A timely reminder of the evils of imperialism and colonialism.