By David Vine
The American army base at the island of Diego Garcia is among the such a lot strategically very important and secretive U.S. army installations outdoor the USA. positioned close to the distant middle of the Indian Ocean and available in basic terms via army shipping, the little-known base has been instrumental in American army operations from the chilly warfare to the battle on terror and should condominium 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 ebook to bare the stunning fact of the way the USA 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 reside in dire poverty to at the present time. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, army strategists, and exiled islanders, in addition to thousands of declassified files, David Vine exposes the key heritage of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding tale as they try to outlive in exile and struggle to come to their native land. Tracing U.S. international coverage from the chilly battle to the conflict on terror, Vine exhibits how the U.S. has solid a brand new and pervasive type of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with enormous quantities of in a foreign country army bases.
Island of Shame is an unforgettable exposé of the human expenditures of empire and a must-read for an individual excited by U.S. international coverage and its effects. the writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this e-book to the Chagossians.
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