As my quarterly fundraising drive continues, I’d like to thank the ten friends and supporters who have so far donated $500 towards the $2500 that I am hoping to raise to supplement the money I am paid for running the “Close Guantánamo” campaign and for writing a weekly column for the Future of Freedom Foundation. As I explained at the start of the week, three-quarters of my work — around 75 articles over the last three months — is unfunded, and my only source of income to support it comes from you.
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!
As regular readers are aware, the need for my continued focus on Guantánamo is as necessary as ever, as all three branches of the US government have failed to close the prison. However, I’ve also been branching out whenever possible, dealing not only with Guantánamo and the “war on terror,” but also with the ongoing economic meltdown of the global economy, and the artificial age of austerity imposed in the UK and elsewhere, including Greece.
As my fundraising appeal proceeds, I’d like to thank you all for your support, and to share with you my recent realization that this, my 1655th article, comes just two weeks after the fifth anniversary of the start of my career as a relentlessly busy freelance investigative journalist. That first post (dated May 31, 2007, and covering the death — allegedly by suicide — of a Saudi prisoner, Abdul Rahman al-Amri) is here — and all my articles, written on an almost daily basis over the last five years — can be found here, in chronological order.
Thank you again for your support — whether you’re new to my work, or have been with me for the last five years. If you can help me financially, that will be greatly appreciated, but please don’t worry if you can’t. My work means nothing without you, my readers and supporters, and what is most important, as ever, is education, engagement and activism.
To that end, I hope, with your help, to keep working on my million-word project, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” drawing on the military files released last year by WikiLeaks (on which I worked as a media partner), and also to keep so that, as I did in April, I have the material to keep regularly updating my four-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list — the main resource anywhere for information that humanizes the prisoners, and helps to shatter the enduring lies about them that were propagated by the Bush administration, and that have not been repudiated under Barack Obama.
June 13, 2012
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 April 2012, “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,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Chris Dorsey wrote:
Thanks, Chris. Good to hear from you.
Simone Delgado wrote:
Great interview yesterday on Democracy Now. Thanks!!!
You’re welcome, Simone. I’m very glad you liked it. I’m grateful to Amy and Democracy Now! for the opportunity to get the word out. Hopefully those of us who care can begin to turn the tide of indifference that has been the hallmark of Obama’s Presidency. Please feel free to join the “Close Guantanamo” campaign that I helped establish with my lawyer friend Tom Wilner: http://www.closeguantanamo.org/
Just an email required to join up: http://www.closeguantanamo.org/Join-Us
Diana Murtaugh Coleman wrote:
Look for mine tomorrow. You will always have my support, and as circumstances allow, I’ll send some moolah, too! Keep up the good fight, Andy.
Thanks, Diana. Your support is very much appreciated.
Margaret Heller wrote:
$25 coming. Wish I had more.
Thank you, Margaret. That’s very kind.
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