By David Vine
The American army base at the island of Diego Garcia is without doubt one of the such a lot strategically vital and secretive U.S. army installations open air the us. situated close to the distant heart of the Indian Ocean and available in basic terms by way of army delivery, the little-known base has been instrumental in American army operations from the chilly warfare to the warfare on terror and should condo a top-secret CIA criminal the place terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. yet Diego Garcia harbors one other soiled mystery, one who has been stored from lots of the world--until now.
Island of Shame is the 1st significant publication to bare the stunning fact of the way the U.S. conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, the place such a lot stay in dire poverty to today. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, army strategists, and exiled islanders, in addition to hundreds of thousands of declassified records, David Vine exposes the key heritage of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding tale as they fight to outlive in exile and struggle to come to their native land. Tracing U.S. international coverage from the chilly struggle to the struggle on terror, Vine indicates how the us has solid a brand new and pervasive form of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with hundreds and hundreds of out of the country army bases.
Island of Shame is an unforgettable exposé of the human charges of empire and a must-read for somebody enthusiastic about U.S. international coverage and its results. the writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this booklet to the Chagossians.