Yesterday, I published a fundraising appeal (as I do every three months), asking my readers and supporters to help me raise $1500 to fund the maintenance and technical support of my website, and also to cover the otherwise unpaid hours I spend writing the many articles that are published exclusively here, doing radio interviews, and, often, traveling in the UK and beyond to talk about Guantánamo, President Obama’s disgraceful failure to close the prison, the cynical negative campaigning of mainly Republican lawmakers in the US, the British government’s inexplicable failure to secure the return of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, and how, as a result of the obstacles raised by Obama, the D.C. Circuit Court and Congress, the majority of the prisoners still held in Guantánamo can legitimately be regarded as political prisoners.
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Thanks to the kindness of my friends and supporters yesterday, I have so far raised nearly $300 towards my target of $1500, but to provide a reminder of the many unpaid hours I spend writing articles that are published exclusively here, without any financial support at all, I’ve compiled below a list of 28 articles that I’ve written for free since my last fundraiser in December.
As distinct from the articles I write regularly for Cageprisoners and the Future of Freedom Foundation (for which I am paid, and which mainly focus on Guantánamo), these articles received no financial backing whatsoever, and mostly involve me branching out into new territory — the revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East, the unprecedented assault on the British state that is being waged by the coalition government in the UK, the WikiLeaks saga and the case of Bradley Manning, and the first stirrings of workers’ unrest in the US, at the protests in Madison, Wisconsin.
I know that these articles have been read many thousands of times, shared on Facebook, linked to, cross-posted and otherwise circulated, so if you think they’re worth more than nothing, then please consider making a donation. $1500 for my work on these articles would work out at around $50 an article, so you can, if you want, sponsor an article, and I’ll add your name to it.
1. Ten Thoughts About Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
2. Video: 15-Year Old Tells UK Government Why It Has Radicalised A Generation
3. Summoning Up the Spirit of Ronnie Lane: The Triumphant Return of Slim Chance
4. Tell the UK and US Governments We Need A Deadline for the Return of Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo
5. Is Bradley Manning Being Held as Some Sort of “Enemy Combatant”?
6. Christmas at Guantánamo
7. The Guantánamo Files: An Archive of Articles — Part Seven, July to December 2010
8. Former CIA “Ghost Prisoner” Abu Zubaydah Recognized as “Victim” in Polish Probe of Secret Prison
9. Torture and Despair: The Psychic Roots of the Revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and Across the Middle East
10. The 11-Year Old American Girl Who Knows More About Guantánamo Than Most US Lawmakers
11. Bringing Guantánamo to Poland — and Talking About the Secret CIA Torture Prison
12. In Afghanistan, 5,000 Attend Funeral of Prisoner Who Died in Guantánamo, as Afghan Peace Council Calls for Release of Former Taliban Official
13. In Egypt, Protests Undimmed, as Mubarak Prepares to Cede Power, Torture Stories Emerge and the Revolution Finds a Hero in Wael Ghonim
14. Protestors in Egypt Remain Angry and Determined as Mubarak Fails to Quit
15. As Mubarak Resigns, Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Mamdouh Habib Reminds the World that Omar Suleiman Personally Tortured Him in Egypt
16. Battle for Britain: Fighting the Coalition Government’s Vile Ideology — and Praise for UK Uncut
17. In Post-Mubarak Egypt, Protestors Demand A Date for Free and Fair Elections from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
18. Battle for Britain: Resisting the Privatization of the NHS and the Loss of 100,000 Jobs
19. The Indictment for Torture Filed Against George W. Bush (Part One: The Facts)
20. Revolution in Libya: Protestors Respond to Gaddafi’s Murderous Backlash with Remarkable Courage; US and UK Look Like the Hypocrites They Are
21. The Year of Revolution: The “War on Tyranny” Replaces the “War on Terror”
22. Is This the Endgame for Gaddafi’s Murderous Regime in Libya?
23. Tunisia: The Unfinished Revolution, as Prime Minister Resigns, Despite Progress on Elections and the Release of Political Prisoners
24. The New American Revolution: Are Wisconsin’s 100,000 Protestors A Sign of Further Resistance to Come?
25. How the Abu Salim Prison Massacre in 1996 Inspired the Revolution in Libya
26. Death Penalty for Bradley Manning, the Alleged WikiLeaks Whistleblower?
27. Pressure for Change Continues in Egypt: PM Resigns And Constitutional Amendments Are Announced, But Some Protestors Have Disappeared or Been Convicted by Military Courts
28. As the Government Gleefully Butchers the State, Mervyn King Blames Banks for Cuts, Questions Public Indifference and Warns of Future Crisis
Note: The photo at the top of the article is from a panel discussion I organized at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. on January 11 this year. For a video of the event, see Video: “Nine Years of Guantánamo: What Now?” — Andy Worthington, Morris Davis, Tom Wilner and Ben Wittes at the New America Foundation, January 11, 2011.
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) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. 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 July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, on tour in the UK throughout 2011, and available on DVD here), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
I wanted to share the following message with you, which I received yesterday from Amir Khan, a friend on Facebook, as it is one of the most moving messages I have ever received from someone who follows my work:
I just want to take a moment of your time to share this story with you.
Over the past several months, I have been exposing your articles to my 77 year old father. I have taught him to open various alternative media pages, your home page amongst others. Sometimes he is too weak to leave the bed to go to the computer and he asks me to update him on “Andyworth”. I print out the articles for him to read and we have discussions. This morning as I was getting ready to go to work, I saw him doing the daily morning prayers at Fajr time. He spends almost 2 hours reading and praying, mentions hundreds of names in his prayers and this morning I heard your name mentioned.
We truly are thankful for all that you do to bring truth and justice into this world. We pray God will always keep you strong and give you the courage to continue to inspire and motivate all of us into taking action and standing up for truth and justice, only then we can have peace in this world.
This was my reply:
That is the most beautiful message. Thank you very much — and please tell your father that I am very honoured.
With best wishes,
P.S. With your permission, I would like to post this message on my site. I think it may provide inspiration to others. Would that be alright with you — and your father?
By all means my friend, I think if you posted it without names it would be better prefered by dad as he may think his prayers may have greater value without personal recognition.
It is our honour as humans to have such a soldier like you. Again, we thank you for all you do.
I have been working on some ideas for a poem as a tribute to you, it will be titled Truth Soldier Armed With a Pen. It not yet complete but when I do finish writing it, I will share it with you before I post it.
Amir also wrote:
I spoke with dad, he said he is fine if you included my name. He thinks to truly inspire people, we need not be afraid to be identified as it is a means to authenicate the message.
I don’t argue with dad’s wisdom, I just try to learn from it.
George Kenneth Berger wrote:
Hi Andy—I’d like to sponsor #15, the one on Suleiman. It was this article that showed me how important your work is. If that’s already sponsored, then I’d prefer cosponsoring it, or to any one on torture that is available, how about #11?. I’ll pay later this evening.
That’s very generous, George. Thanks for picking up on my idea of sponsorship. I think I may have come up with an original angle for financing the new media! I’ll add you as the sponsor of the article about Omar Suleiman.
George Kenneth Berger wrote:
That’s great, Andy. I’ll pay this evening. Yes, I think noncommercial sponsoring is one good way to go, for you and eventually many blogs. I know of large groups of people with similar interests who only use blogs, Twitter, and FB, knowing that the old media won’t say much (that’s true) about certain subjects. Many are poor and can subscribe to nothing. So they would get little good information and commentary if no devoted journalists were online. Hence my support.
Roland Jesperson wrote:
Hi Andy-i just made a donation, couldn’t be quite as generous as last time, but every little bit helps … i consider your work among the very few forces trying to pull humanity up from its present decent into barbarism, and it’s going down further into a hell-scape hardly imaginable, but for your work and that of a few others … next to survival of the planet, what could be more important than that?
Jason Leopold wrote:
Andy, thank you for your incredibly hard work and for continuing to tackle these important stories and shining a light on injustice. That you have done all of this on a shoestring budget is evidence of your passion and commitment. I am grateful.
Eleanor Boyd wrote:
Andy, just a word to say at last how lovely it was to meet you in Edinburgh. Just wish there were more people like you. Am going to make a donation.
Eleanor Boyd wrote:
Just made it! Keep up the good work, Andy!
Wow! Thanks, Roland, Jason and Eleanor. I really appreciate your support, and your encouraging words.
And George, I also appreciate your analysis of the importance of work that’s online, and of the need for it to be accessible to people who don’t have a lot of money. I’m glad to be a small part of those using the Internet to educate and inspire.
Jennie Berkman-Boatman wrote:
Eleanor – I learn more from you and Jessie about Europe, what goes on there and interesting people like this Worthington.
“This Worthington`” thanks you, Jennie!
My article, “As Mubarak Resigns, Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Mamdouh Habib Reminds the World that Omar Suleiman Personally Tortured Him in Egypt,” is now officially sponsored by you!
Thanks for being the first person to sign up to this initiative!
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