Chagossian Compensation Estimate: $5.4-$13.2 billion

"Human Rights Standards Damages Model" published.
What's a people owed if they have their homeland stolen from them?    

"The Italian Job"

How the Pentagon Is Using Your Tax Dollars to Turn Italy Into a Launching Pad for the Wars of Today and Tomorrow

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

My new article on Huffington Post begins: "Over a weekend of memorials, I was remembering a friend who died of a broken heart. Her death certificate may not say so, but she did. Aurélie Lisette Talate died last year at 70 of what members of her community call, in their creole language, sagren—profound sorrow...." Where Has All the Money Gone?

How Contractors Raked in $385 Billion to Build and Support Bases Abroad Since 2001

See my follow up article to "The True Costs of Empire" Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

The True Costs of U.S. Military Bases and Military Presence Overseas

Click here for a full research paper providing a detailed discussion of the calculations in this article (and below). 

Table: Calculating the Costs of U.S. Military Bases and U.S. Military Presence Abroad

All data FY2012 unless indicated by * where some data from 2004, 2008, 2011.

Pentagon “Overseas Cost Summary” Total
Missing Countries
Territories,* Possessions, and Pacific Island Nations
Naval Vessels and Personnel outside U.S. Waters; Prepositioned Ships and Stocks; Other Sealift, Airlift, and Mobilization
Health Care, Military and Family Housing Construction, Exchange* and Postal Service Subsidies
Net “Rent” Payments and NATO Contributions (Funds from Other Nations Subtracted*)
Counternarcotics, Humanitarian, and Environmental Programs
Classified Programs, Military Intelligence, and CIA Paramilitary Activities
War Costs (Personnel, Operations & Maintenance, Military Construction, Health Care, 18% of State Department Aid as “Rent,” Other)
$169,963,153,283 The Lily-Pad Strategy


With a new afterword updating the story of Diego Garcia and the Chagossians

Al Jazeera Discusses Island of Shame: "Chagos: Heart of the American Empire"

Wikileaks reveals racism, faux environmentalism behind US/UK Diego Garcia policy

Olivier Bancoult and David Vine on Democracy Now!


New York Review of Books review

Read Here!

Island of Shame on CSPAN2 Book TV

Op-ed in The Guardian (London): "Britain's Other Guantanamo"

The Chagossian Exile in the Comics



Events and Speaking Engagements

Please check back soon, as other dates will be added.

June 16, 2012: Ansbach History Conference, Germany
April 18: University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
March 23: University of Iowa
September 28, 2011: University of Guam
July 29: Mainichi Hall, Mainichi Shimbun, Tokyo
March 10: University of Toronto
March 9: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
October 26, 2010: Bethesda (MD) Public Library
November 9: MLK Public Library, Washington, DC
May 7: Graduate Center, CUNY, Department of Anthropology
April 9: Wooden Shoe Books, Philadelphia, PA
March 2: Red Emma's Bookstore, Baltimore
December 1, 2009: Hunter College, New York, NY
November 26: Consorzio Arci Zenzero, Genoa, Italy
November 11: Casa dei Diritti, Rome, Italy
October 1: Broad Street Books, Middletown, CT
September 18: Village Shalom, Overland Park, KS
September 17: Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
September 16: Oread Books, Lawrence, KS
September 10: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
September 3: No Dal Molin Festival, Vicenza, Italy
July 28: MLK Public Library, Washington, DC
July 6: European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
July 3: London Book Launch, Foyle's Bookshop, London
June 26: Seychelles Book Launch with Chagos Committee (Seychelles), LUNGOS, Victoria, Seychelles
June 19: Mauritius Book Launch with Chagos Refugees Group, Bookcourt Caudon, Port Louis
June 12: UK Book Release, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex
June 9: Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC
June 4: Bluestockings, New York, NY
June 1, Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC
May 20: Official Book Release! Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
May 19: Women for Genuine Security, Berkeley, CA
May 15: Get Lost Books, San Francisco, CA
May 5: KGB Bar, New York, NY