The Stealing of the Chagos Islands

How the UK forced out Chagossians, took over, and leased their prize to the US

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US Military base, Deigo Garcia, the largest island of the Chagos Archipelago. Credits: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/25/asia/uk-chagos-mauritius-intl/index.html

WWhile decolonisation was occurring in the post-WW2 world this zeitgeist did not apply to the Chagossians who in 1968 saw their homes and land occupied by the British, at the request of the US, and the forming of a new territory (which is doublespeak for colony) with the…

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