David Vine: Island of Shame

Scholar David Vine tells the story of one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States
Thursday, September 17, 2009
8:30pm @ Central Library

David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University, presents his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

In his book, Vine tells the story of one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States that has served as a launch pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He relates how, in the 1970s, the U.S. conspired with the United Kingdom to forcibly relocate the population of Diego Garcia, a small archipelago near the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, in order to build a military base.

Vine reveals how the official U.S. Navy strategy of using island naval bases to secure American power during the Cold War led to the decision to deport the indigenous population, the Chagossians, who were not compensated for the loss of livelihood or property and endured pervasive institutional racism, extreme poverty, and health problems.

Admission to the event is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.

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