Quarterly Fundraiser: Can You Help Me Raise $2500 for My Work on Guantánamo?

5.3.12

Please support my work!

It’s that time of the year again. Every three months, I ask you, my friends, readers and supporters, to support me financially, to help me to continue to expose the lies and distortions that are told about the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay by those who want to keep the prison open — or who want to remain unaccountable for their crimes.

All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. 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!

Since my last fundraiser, in early December, when 28 of you donated $1800, I have continued to focus on Guantánamo as the core of my work, which seems to be required, as Guantánamo is only of occasional interest to the mainstream media and there is still no sign of when, if ever the prison will be closed. This has remained the case even though it was the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison in January. Unfortunately, Guantánamo is rarely approached from the point of view of discrediting the unjustifiable basis of its very existence, or of exposing the lies, extracted through the torture, coercion or bribery of the prisoners, that sustain it, which is where, I believe, my work remains of importance.

In the last three months I have visited the US to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo, visiting New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. I also visited Brussels for a screening, at the European Parliament, of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” which I co-directed with Polly Nash, and, just two weeks ago, visited Kuwait to campaign for the release of the last two Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantánamo, Fayiz al-Kandari and Fawzi al-Odah — a visit that also involved the attorney Tom Wilner and I being interviewed on Kuwaiti TV while excerpts from “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” were broadcast for the first time, in a brand-new subtitled version in Arabic, which is now available for further broadcasts or screenings anywhere in the Arabic-speaking world.

My expenses on all these trips were paid for, but not my time, and although some of my work is paid for (my weekly columns for the Future of Freedom Foundation, and my role in the new campaigning organization “Close Guantánamo“), much of my work remains unpaid, which is where your contributions, as part of a model of journalism that is partly reader-supported, are so crucial.

So if you support my work on Guantánamo, and also on other areas for which I receive no support — on the disgraceful “age of austerity” imposed on the poor, the young and the disabled in the UK, on the wider European economic crisis, and, when time allows, on other topics including the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement – then please donate to help me continue my work. Any amount will be gratefully received.

Andy Worthington
London
March 5, 2012

Note: Anyone who has been following my work closely will realize that I have taken a break from my series, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a projected 70-part, million-word series telling all the Guantánamo prisoners’ stories, which I began after WikiLeaks released previously classified US military documents relating to the Guantánamo prisoners last year (a project on which I worked as a media partner). Unfortunately, although I received some financial support for this project in the second half of 2011, there was no more funding after that point, and the project is so time-consuming that I will be unable to complete it without further significant funding.

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, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign.”

15 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Waris Ali wrote:

    Done! Keep up the great work Andy

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    George Kenneth Berger wrote:

    I’ll contribute soon Andy. Hopefully tomorrow. Yes. Keep up the great work.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Waris and George. Your support is very much appreciated.

  4. Jeffrey Kaye says...

    Dear Stray Reader,

    Please consider supporting Andy’s work. It is one of a kind, and very special. Nearly single-handed for years, Andy labored assiduously to bring us information about the human beings held at Guantanamo (but also Bagram, and elsewhere), victims of the U.S. torture and rendition program.

    Andy has never flinched from noting that some of these people, albeit a small minority, might be guilty of awful crimes. But the vast majority, as he has documented, are innocent. In any case, for both the guilty and innocent, the Guantanamo gulag has been a place set outside the law, an “experimental lab” (as DoD personnel themselves put it) for interrogation.

    Dig out that $10, $25, $50, $100 or more and help this special treasure continue his essential work.

    And if you are more than a stray reader, but a regular, why haven’t you given?

    [Note: this encomium to Andy was totally written independently, in case the more cynical among you were wondering.]

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Jeff. That’s very kind, and I do hope that regular readers can manage to help out with even a small amount.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks to the two friends who donated last night and this morning. Please help out if you can, to demonstrate that reader-funded, truly independent journalism, tackling issues that the mainstream media ignores, or fails to cover adequately, is a viable enterprise.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Kathy Bowman wrote:

    Hope something was left after paypal & exchange rates, but glad to help a little. appreciate knowing & following your work. thanks Andy.

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Kathy. It’s very much appreciated.

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Four friends have now donated. Thank you very much. I’ll be putting out another appeal tomorrow, so please help out if you can.

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