Presentation & Discussion at Cabinet Magazine

Presentation and Discussion / “Hijacking an Island: How America Stole a Nation,” with Louis Olivier Bancoult, Paula Naughton, and David Vine

Date: Monday, 20 April 2015, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us for a presentation on and discussion of the history of the Chagos Islands, with Louis Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos Refugees Group; David Vine, associate professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, DC, and author of Island of Shame; and Paula Naughton, creator of The New Atlantis, a multi-media documentary project chronicling the history of the islands.

The New Atlantis project tells the story and plight of the people of the Chagos Islands—a small isolated archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In 1973, the population were forcibly evicted from their homeland by the British government to make way for a US naval base called Diego Garcia. The Chagossians have been living in abject poverty ever since and little record of their culture and existence has survived. They have remained steadfast, however, and are fighting political and legal obstacles to return to their homeland.

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One Comment

  1. Najet July 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Having read your posts and some of the links I decided to look on Google Earth to see just where the isanlds are. Is it just my system thta won’t allow me to see them closer than 3,000 metres. I can get down to 80 metres on Diego Garcia where there is a lot of US military. There is no doubt they are a beautiful set of isanlds and given the ease of travel these days they would certainly be wealthier from a bit of tourism without ruining their way of life. Of course this is all dependant on our Government abiding by decisions given in the highest court in the land. It really does worry you that this sort of thing can go on in the 21st century, perpetuating past mistakes. I can’t beging to imagine what it must be like for the Chagossians to be prevented from returning home. It does beggar belief as has been stated elsewhere that some LEGAL immigrants want to go home but the Government won’t let them!

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