David Vine, author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia, discusses the post-WWII origin of the Diego Garcia military base, how the native Chagossian population – descended from slaves and indentured servants from French colonial times – was forcibly relocated 1200 miles away to Mauritius, the numerous other incidents of displaced native populations in U.S. history and how Diego Garcia is becoming a hub for the U.S. empire’s global tentacles.
MP3 here. (28:20)
David Vine is the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009). His work focuses on issues including forced displacement, U.S. foreign and military policy, military bases, and human rights. Since 2001, he has been conducting research about the U.S. military base on the Indian Ocean island Diego Garcia and the expulsion of its indigenous people during development of the base. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Mother Jones online, Foreign Policy in Focus, Chronicle of Higher Education, International Migration, and Human Rights Brief, among others.