Britain has now been instructed to properly finish the process of decolonizati
on, and return the Chagos Islands, located half way between Africa and Indonesia, to Mauritius.
The ruling, though non-binding, potentially creates a huge problem for the Unite
d States. Today, Diego Garcia is one of America’s most important — and secretive — overseas assets.
Home to over 1,000 US troops and staff, it has been used by the US Navy, the US Air Force and ev
en NASA — the island’s enormous runway was a designated emergency landing site for the spac
e shuttle. Diego Garcia has helped to launch two invasions of Iraq, served as a vital landing spot for bombers that fly mis
sions across Asia, including over the South China Sea, and has been linked to US rendition efforts.
Many in Britain, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the country’s opposition Labour Party, are now calling for the
UK to return the islands to Mauritius. Should that happen experts believe the ownership of Diego Garcia co
uld be up for negotiation — a move that would make Mauritius a much more important country geopolitically.
seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i
n years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event.
Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset
seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m
ake her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi
nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo
ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast, “Mexico is not paying for the w
all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.
Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik
e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to
the 2020 election, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig
hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”