David Vine’s explosive new book, Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press), is the groundbreaking work that dares to expose the other Guantánamo looming at the heart of the Indian Ocean. Although most don’t know it exists, the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive US military installations in the world, serving as a launch pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a top-secret CIA prison, and a centerpiece for US domination of Middle East oil supplies. 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 dump them in impoverished exile.
After the discussion, David will be available to sign copies of the book. This event is cosponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies/Foreign Policy In Focus and Busboys and Poets.