Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia

Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia

by David Vine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691138699

ISBN-13: 9780691138695

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The American military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States. Located near the remote center of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by military transport, the base was a little-known launch pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and may house a top-secret

Overview

The American military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States. Located near the remote center of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by military transport, the base was a little-known launch pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and may house a top-secret CIA prison where terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. But Diego Garcia harbors another dirty secret, one that has been kept from most of the world--until now.

Island of Shame is the first major book to reveal the shocking truth of how the United States conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, where most live in dire poverty to this day. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, military strategists, and exiled islanders, as well as hundreds of declassified documents, David Vine exposes the secret history of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding story as they struggle to survive in exile and fight to return to their homeland. Tracing U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to the war on terror, Vine shows how the United States has forged a new and pervasive kind of empire that is quietly dominating the planet with hundreds of overseas military bases.

Island of Shame is an unforgettable exposé of the human costs of empire and a must-read for anyone concerned about U.S. foreign policy and its consequences.The author will donate all royalties from the sale of this book to the Chagossians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138695
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations and Tables ix

Foreword by Michael Tigar xi

Abbreviations and Initialisms xvii

A Note to the Reader xix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The Ilois, The Islanders 20

Chapter 2: The Bases of Empire 41

Chapter 3: The Strategic Island Concept and a Changing of the Imperial Guard 56

Chapter 4: "Exclusive Control" 72

Chapter 5: "Maintaining the Fiction" 89

Chapter 6: "Absolutely Must Go" 99

Chapter 7: "On the Rack" 112

Chapter 8: Derasine: The Impoverishment of Expulsion 126

Chapter 9: Death and Double Discrimination 137

Chapter 10: Dying of Sagren 149

Chapter 11: Daring to Challenge 164

Chapter 12: The Right to Return and a Humanpolitik 180

Epilogue 197

My Thanks 199

Further Resources 203

Notes 205

Index 249

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