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Read reviews that mention vine indian ocean david british chagossians chagos archipelago research government strategic middle compensation researched empire governments account inhabitants mauritius islands. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. In addition, it also shines a light on America's expansionist agenda which puts it on the same level as colonial empires. Both concepts have a sort of gag order placed on them, which explains why no one knows about them! Vine's work on the inhabitants of this island, the Chagosians.
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But way too obvious that he's biased. I agree that what the USG did was inhumane and the residents should be allowed to go back to their homeland and be paid substantially, but I'd say thousands of lives are saved as we speak because of our ability to launch missions from Diego Garcia. Of course thousands of innocent people have also been killed from the bombings, so how do you balance the benefits and disasters? You do not currently have access to this article. You could not be signed in.
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David Vine's book Island of Shame seeks to change that by providing a detailed history of the island, of the some two thousand Chagossian people who lived there, and of the U. Navy base over a five year period from As anthropologist Vine argues, there are two reasons this story is unknown: The Diego Garcia base is the site from which the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan Wars were launched, and is thus representative of a "global network of extraterritorial U. As such, Vine argues, Diego Garcia is one of the centerpieces of U.
Written as a history of the expulsion of the Chagossian people and of their dire struggles since in both Mauritius and the Seychelles, as well as an ethnography of empire, that is, of the strategic development of U. Published by an academic press, but clearly written for a public audience—i. Research for the book was wide ranging: Interspersed powerfully throughout are first-hand accounts from Chagossians testifying to their eviction from Diego Garcia, the lack of any resettlement project for them in Mauritius where many were literally dropped off at a dock to fend for themselves , and their persistent one-step forward-two-steps-back efforts in U.
Contrasted with persistent U.