By David Vine
The yankee army base at the island of Diego Garcia is likely one of the such a lot strategically vital and secretive U.S. army installations open air the USA. positioned close to the distant heart of the Indian Ocean and obtainable in basic terms through army delivery, the bottom was once a little-known release pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and should apartment a top-secret CIA legal the place terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. yet Diego Garcia harbors one other soiled mystery, one who has been saved from lots of the world--until now.
Island of disgrace is the 1st significant ebook to bare the stunning fact of the way the us 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 so much stay in dire poverty to today. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, army strategists, and exiled islanders, in addition to thousands of declassified files, David Vine exposes the key background of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding tale as they fight to outlive in exile and struggle to come back to their place of birth. Tracing U.S. international coverage from the chilly conflict to the battle on terror, Vine indicates how the U.S. has solid a brand new and pervasive form of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with 1000's of abroad army bases.
Island of disgrace is an unforgettable exposé of the human charges of empire and a must-read for somebody inquisitive about U.S. overseas coverage and its consequences.The writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this booklet to the Chagossians.
"[A] meticulously researched, coldly livid booklet that info accurately how London and Washington colluded in a scheme of inhabitants elimination extra redolent of the eighteenth or 19th century than the ultimate many years of the 20th. . . . [O]ne loves to imagine that if Barack Obama have been by some means to stumble throughout a replica of David Vine's advantageous booklet, he might immediately notice nice injustice has been done--one which can simply be positioned right."--Jonathan Freedland, long island evaluation of Books
"This indignant and angering ebook is easily researched, compelling, and precious to knowing and rising US 'empire.'"--Choice
"For Vine imperialism, army prerogative and racism have all mixed to disclaim a humans a house just because they have been within the method. His succinct sort and regulated outrage make for a damning indictment."--Phil Chamberlain, Tribune
"Island of disgrace is not only a gut-wrenching account of the way a tropical paradise of powder-white shorelines and palm fronds was once changed into a big release pad for America's army expansionist programme. a wide chew of the e-book is dedicated to how the Chagossians got here to construct their complicated yet chuffed society within the islands and the ensuing tragedy in their displacement. in particular, Vine is a best flight researcher. . . . We owe Vine an excellent debt for shining his mild in this island of horrors."--Latha Jishnu, enterprise Standard
"David Vine's tale of the Chagossians is an exemplary piece of either socially embedded reportage and investigative journalism, regardless of a bent to delight in the self-conscious idiom of educational ethnography and reflexive feedback folks 'imperialism.' At center, besides the fact that, he speaks fact to energy. strength, although, isn't listening."--Colin Murphy, Irish instances