Quarterly Fundraiser: Please Help Me Raise $2500 to Continue My Work on Guantánamo

5.12.11

Please support my work!

It’s three months since I last asked you, my friends, readers and supporters, to help me to continue my research and writing on Guantánamo and other issues by providing me with donations, however large or small.

All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500. Readers can pay via PayPal 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), and if you’re not a PayPal user and want to send a check from the US (or from anywhere else in the world, for that matter), please feel free to do so, but bear in mind that I have to pay a $10/£6.50 processing fee on every transaction. Securely packaged cash is also an option!

My last appeal, in September, raised over $1800 from 22 supporters, enabling me to continue my work as an investigative journalist, researcher and commentator working mainly in the new media, combining money from a handful of sources for whom I write regularly (plus the occasional commission) with the reader-funded journalism that is dear to my heart, and that allows me to be truly independent.

Over the last three months, I have been plugging away at my 70-part, million-word series, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a unique project in which I have been following up on the work I have been doing on Guantánamo since 2006 by analyzing and transcribing the detailed information on the Guantánamo prisoners from the classified military documents released by WikiLeaks in April (on which I worked as a media partner). I have been adding this information to what was already known about the prisoners, to create what I believe is an important resource for anyone who wants to understand the realities of Guantánamo and the “war on terror” beyond the official propaganda issued by the Bush administration.

With the prison at Guantánamo still open, as the 10th anniversary of its establishment approaches (on January 11, 2012), and with President Obama unwilling to push for its closure and lawmakers committed to keeping it open forever, this project has a contemporary relevance, rather than just a historical significance, and it is my intention, when I complete the 70 articles (which will probably not be until spring 2012), to then proceed with some devastating analyses of what the documents reveal.

I have received some funding for this project, but your support makes the entire endeavour more financially viable, and, of course, also helps to support all the other work I have been doing, without any financial support whatsoever, on other topics of concern — the importance of the Occupy movement, the economic crisis in the Eurozone (and particularly in Greece), the revolutionary movements in the Middle East, other US injustices (the death penalty, solitary confinement in US prisons, the treatment of Bradley Manning), and, in the UK, the Tory-led coalition government’s continued assault on the British state (particularly in relation to the NHS, welfare and education).

I hope that my regular forays into these topics, and others, have not detracted from my core work on Guantánamo, as far as you, my readers and supporters, are concerned, but I have been unable to ignore the great changes happening in the world, and I also believe that the economy, social justice and issues of war and national security are all intertwined.

This has been an extraordinary year, and although it is clearer than ever that we are confronted by an unprecedented crisis that our leaders are, for the most part, unwilling to address, this year has seen people rising up in revolt from Tunis and Cairo to Athens, Madrid, and London, and from Wisconsin to Wall Street — mobilizing and asking questions in a way that was inconceivable a year ago.

With your help, I will continue to monitor, take part in and commentate on these developments, as well as maintaining my focus on the remaining prisoners in Guantánamo, to try and make sure that they are not forgotten, and that justice will eventually prevail.

And as ever, without you, none of this would mean anything.

Andy Worthington
London
December 5, 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, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in June 2011, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles.

11 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, George Kenneth Berger wrote:

    I’m digging this and will donate in a few minutes.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, George, That’s very kind. Thanks also to the other two friends and supporters who have contributed so far. Your contributions are very welcome indeed.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    It’s Day 2 of my quarterly fundraiser, and I’m trying to raise $2500 to enable me to continue my independent research and reporting on Guantanamo and other human rights issues. Three friends have so far provided donations, but I need more support if I’m to be able to continue my work into the new year. Please help if you can! Thank you.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Another two friends have just provided donations. Thanks. I’m now nearly 10 percent of the way towards my aim for this quarter.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Ahmad Belal wrote:

    I ‘ll do it later on , funds transfer. : ) ….. right now diggin

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Ahmad. That’s very kind.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Ahmad Belal wrote:

    Done……. c inbox Andy

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Ahmad. Nine friends have now taken me over the 10 percent mark. I’ll be putting out a new appeal tomorrow, to try and get up to $500 at least. I know times are hard, but if you like my work, please consider donating $25 — that’s just $2 a week for the next three months.

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