800 blog posts – and thanks to all my supporters in the campaign to close Guantánamo

15.4.10

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I recently passed another milestone as an independent journalist working mainly in the new media (and the very old media of writing books). My 800th blog post since I began writing about Guantánamo and related issues as a journalist nearly three years ago (following the 14 months I spent researching and writing my book The Guantánamo Files) was this interview for a Pakistani blog.

As I reflect on the last two years and nine months of relentless journalism (I gave up counting how much I had written when it exceeded a million words), I hope that new readers and researchers can navigate their way through the 500+ full-length articles I have written in that time, and would like to direct everyone to the five posts published here, which present chronological links to all the articles I wrote between May 2007 and December 2009. The 100+ blog posts this year can be found in “Archives” and “Categories” in the right-hand column.

I’d also like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years: those who have helped me to become noticed as a world authority on Guantánamo, to be ranked in Technorati’s Top 100 World Politics Blogs (at the time of writing, I was No. 32, but the ranking changes frequently), and to receive so many readers — over 200,000 page visits last month — that I recently had to upgrade my bandwidth.

It is enormously gratifying to realize that there are so many people out there who recognize that the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” was devastatingly cruel and incompetent, who remain indignant that those who authorized the use of torture are still allowed to walk free, and who are disappointed that the Obama administration has not only failed to fulfill its initial promise to close Guantánamo within a year, but has also allowed it to become a marginal issue.

In this, the mainstream media has, for the most part, been complicit, and it is a tribute to all my readers that they have sought out my work, and have read it and publicized it to such an extent that it features so prominently on search engines.

So thank you all for your support from the bottom of my heart. I welcome your comments — here on my website, especially, but also on Facebook, of course — and encourage you to publicize my work and to cross-post it (all I ask is that you preserve links — if you do, the Internet actually rewards those who share, rather than jealously guard their material). I also ask that, if possible, you donate to help with the running of the site. I remain deeply grateful to those who pay me to write (primarily, my good friends at Truthout and the Future of Freedom Foundation), but much of my work is unpaid, and every donation is gratefully received.

If you can help out at all, please click on the “Donate” button above to make a payment via PayPal. Readers can pay from anywhere in the world, but if you’re in the UK and want to help without using PayPal, you can send me a cheque (address here — scroll down to the bottom of the page).

I’d also like to remind readers that copies of my books The Guantánamo Files, The Battle of the Beanfield and Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion are all available (from Amazon and other retailers, or directly from me if you’re in the UK), and that DVDs of the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (directed by filmmaker Polly Nash and myself) are available here.

I have spent much of the last few months touring the UK, showing the film, and taking part in rewarding Q&A sessions, with former prisoner Omar Deghayes, and will continue to do so in the coming months. Please feel free, however, to order your own copy of the DVD and arrange your own screening, and if any of you has the enthusiasm and the contacts to cover my costs and arrange for me to travel to other countries (and especially the US) to show it, I’d be delighted to oblige.

Touring the film has taken up much of my time recently — although I have endeavored to keep up with the major stories relating to Guantánamo — but it has been an immensely worthwhile experience, as it keeps the story of Guantánamo alive, while so many in power are trying to sweep it under the carpet, and, in particular, it brings home to audiences the human cost of the ruinously unjust detention and interrogation policies in the “War on Terror,” which President Obama has failed to thoroughly repudiate.

Thanks once more. I’ll see you again at 900 posts, and I hope by then that the population of Guantánamo has shrunk considerably, although, as ever, I won’t be holding my breath …

Andy Worthington
London, April 15, 2010

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in January 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and launched in October 2009), and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

4 Responses

  1. CheneyWatchOrg says...

    For all that you may thank us, I know we appreciate the tireless dedication it takes to cull all this material together and help make sense of it all. Thank you very much Andy, you’ve done a great thing here.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Over on Facebook, Bilal Siddiqui wrote:

    May u always succeed!

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Ghaliyaa Islam wrote:

    Andy it’s us who are grateful to YOU – without your work I don’t believe that many would have as much knowledge about this issue. I think there would be a lot who would never have known much at all. I don’t have the words – except God Bless you! If I had money to donate – I would single-handedly support you and your entire family! You deserve that and more. 🙂

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Detaineey Algeria wrote:

    No Andy, we need to thank you for highlighting the injustice done to us. God bless you and your efforts.

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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer (The State of London).
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