Hello, friends. Today I’m privileged to have Professor David Vine on World Focus. David’s new book is Base Nation: How US Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. David Vine is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. David is also the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Mother Jones, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. Welcome, David Vine
David: Thanks for having me on your program, Blase.
Blase: You’ve written an extremely important book. Tell us about it.
David: Well, my research was prompted by the island of Diego Garcia, and culminated in 14 years of research for the book you just mentioned, Base Nation, which was just published. The story that I heard back in 2001 was that the military base on Diego Garcia, a very strategically important base in the middle of the Indian Ocean, owed its existence to the expulsion, the forced removal, of the entire Chagossian people, a people who had been living there since the late 8th century, around the time of US independence. Read More