Monday, November 5, 2012

Obama in Africa: Mauritius, the Chagos Archipelago and the Indian Ocean

Chagossians, banned from their homes since the U.K. gave the U.S. the right to use Diego Garcia for military purposes 48 years ago, protest recently outside Parliament in London. “Britain cleared the archipelago of its inhabitants by 1973, and still claims the rest of the islands – now called the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) – as its own,” observes the Financial Times of London in a Sept. 7, 2012, story. “’It’s one of the worst colonial crimes,’ Paul Bérenger, leader of the opposition MMM (Mauritian Militant Movement) party and a former prime minister, says of the eviction of the archipelago’s original residents.” – Photo: AP

Read more at:  http://sfbayview.com/2012/obama-in-africa-mauritius-the-chagos-archipelago-and-the-indian-ocean/

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