Stealing a Nation

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Hidden from Parliament and the U.S. Congress, the deal was this: the Americans wanted the island, in their words, “swept and sanitized.” An entire population was declared expendable; all of them were to be deported.

<em>Stealing a Nation</em> (John Pilger, 2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean – secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.


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  • Wilma 6 years ago

    We (Americans) just keep giving the world reasons to hate us. Our government preys on the innocent and defenseless and has no shame! Truly sad

  • Ellen 7 years ago

    This is an amazing documentary, amazing because it shows how human beings, even in a civilized country, will not think of themselves as capable of such an expulsion and sentence of a native people - BUT if it is whitewashed thru war and media blackouts, they WILL tolerate it, just fine.

  • One of the saddest and yet best documentaries that I've seen. How to we reconcile the past and correct historical injustices? Their is no cost to great for any government to make right the wrongs of such immoral behaviours. Be it Chagos Islands, the Maori people of New Zealand, the Aboriginal populations of Australia, the populations of the fictitious Soloman Islands etc.

    I support your cause.

    om shanti

  • Ror Ree 7 years ago

    This is a truely telling view of the British and American imperialistic state of affairs and going's on in today's world of deception and lies and false flagg operations. What a convienint Island to launch attacks at the Middle East. 30 plus yrs. later and we're in Iraq, Afgahnistan, and now have our sites on Iran. Some would think this was planned long ago! That someone was JFK. and because he wouldn't go along with this farce he had to get out of the way. Absolutly power corrupts, and Power corrupts ABSOLUTLY! I'm also upset at the lack of comments to this story, but I guess everyone's head is in the Chagos sand!