How We Got Here #15


This week I speak with David Vine of American University about his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. j8885

It’s an amazing tale about how a U.S. base came to be located on a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Turns out all the inhabitants were expelled to make way for the base and they’ve been fighting to go home ever since. They’re known as Chagossians.  Vine and other advocates are hoping the Obama Administration might take a fresh look at the issue.  I’ll have a story about the book and the U.S. government’s response to it on the radio show too.

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