The retrospective history of Diego Garcia
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- A little-known and suppressed British
atrocity in a faraway island tells us much about the function of
- By John Pilger, New Statesman, 27 September
1996. Diego Garcia is a British colony in the Indian Ocean,
from which American bombers patrol the Middle East. It is
part of the Chagos archipelago, which ought to have been
granted independence from Britain in 1965 along with
Mauritius, but at the insistence of the Americans, it could
only have its freedom if it gave up the islands.
- Scandal of Diego Garcia: Thirty years of
lies, deceit and trickery that robbed a people of their island
- By Ewen MacAskill and Rob Evans, Guardian
(London), 4 November 2000. The return home—or at
least adequate compensation—would bring an end to a
shameful episode in British and US history in which both
governments tricked the islanders out of their homes to make
way for a US military base. The numbers involved are
small—anywhere between 400 and 4,000 islanders might
want to go home—but the issues raised are not.
- Diego Garcia—How the Brits deported a
- By John Pilger, Z Magazine, 22 October
2004. A crime committed by British governments against
some of its most vulnerable citizens. The visit in 1961 of
Rear-Admiral Grantham of the US Navy is followed by a top
secret Anglo-American survey of the island for a military
base—one of the biggest American bases outside the
United States: what the Pentagon in Washington calls an
indispensable platform for policing the world.