By David Vine
The American army base at the island of Diego Garcia is among the such a lot strategically vital and secretive U.S. army installations outdoors the USA. positioned close to the distant heart of the Indian Ocean and available purely by means of army delivery, the little-known base has been instrumental in American army operations from the chilly battle to the battle on terror and will residence a top-secret CIA felony the place terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. yet Diego Garcia harbors one other soiled mystery, one who has been saved from many of the world--until now.
Island of Shame is the 1st significant booklet to bare the surprising 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 1000's of declassified files, 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 place of origin. Tracing U.S. overseas coverage from the chilly warfare to the warfare on terror, Vine indicates how the us has solid a brand new and pervasive type of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with hundreds of thousands of abroad army bases.
Island of Shame is an unforgettable exposé of the human bills of empire and a must-read for someone excited about U.S. international coverage and its outcomes. the writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this ebook to the Chagossians.
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ISLAND OF disgrace advent Rita felt like she’d been sliced open and all of the blood spilled from her physique. “What occurred to you? What occurred to you? ” her youngsters cried as they got here working to her facet. “What occurred? ” her husband inquired. “Did a person assault you? ” they requested. “I heard every thing they said,” Rita stated, “but my voice couldn’t open my mouth to assert what occurred. ” For an hour she stated not anything, her center swollen with emotion. ultimately she blurted out: “We won't ever back go back to our domestic! Our domestic has been closed! ” As Rita advised me nearly 40 years later, the guy acknowledged to her: “Your island has been offered. you are going to by no means cross there back. ” Marie Rita Elysée Bancoult is likely one of the humans of the Chagos Archipelago, a gaggle of approximately sixty four small coral islands close to the remoted middle of the Indian Ocean, midway among Africa and Indonesia, 1,000 miles south of the closest continental landmass, India. referred to as Chagossians, none stay in Chagos this present day. so much reside 1,200 miles away at the western Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles. Like others, 80-year-old Rita lives faraway from Mauritius’s popular vacationer seashores and comfort motels. Rita, or Aunt Rita as she is understood, lives in a single of the island’s poorest neighborhoods, identified for its commercial vegetation and brothels, in a small getting older three-room condo made up of concrete block. Rita and different Chagossians can't go back to their native land simply because among 1968 and 1973, in a plot conscientiously hidden from the realm, the U.S. and nice Britain exiled all 1,500–2,000 islanders to create an enormous U. S. army base at the Chagossians’ island Diego Garcia. first and foremost, executive brokers advised these like Rita who have been away looking clinical remedy or touring in Mauritius that their islands were closed and so they couldn't cross domestic. subsequent, British officers started proscribing provides to the islands and extra Chagossians left as foodstuff and drugs diminished. ultimately, at the orders of the U. S. army, U. okay. officers compelled the rest islanders to board overcrowded shipment ships and left them at the docks in Mauritius and the Seychelles. earlier than the final deportations, British brokers and U. S. troops on Diego Garcia herded the Chagossians’ puppy canine into sealed sheds and gassed and burned them in entrance in their traumatized vendors looking ahead to deportation. the folk, the descendants of enslaved Africans and indentured south Indians delivered to Chagos starting within the eighteenth century, bought no resettlement tips and fast turned impoverished. this present day the crowd numbers round 5,000. so much stay deeply impoverished. in the meantime the bottom on Diego Garcia has turn into probably the most secretive and robust U. S. army amenities on the earth, aiding to release the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq (twice), threatening Iran, China, Russia, and countries from southern Africa to southeast Asia, host to a mystery CIA prison for high-profile terrorist suspects, and residential to hundreds of thousands of U. S. army team of workers and billions of greenbacks in lethal weaponry.