It’s that time of year again when I ask you, my friends, readers and supporters, to help me to continue my work exposing the ongoing injustices at Guantánamo as an independent freelance journalist. I put out a call for support every three months, and the last appeal was in June, when 26 supporters generously donated a total of $2400.
Much of the work that I do is unpaid, and it is often only your financial support that enables me to keep on writing about the prisoners at Guantánamo, using my six and a half years of experience researching and writing about all the men who have been held at Guantánamo — and the 167 men who are still held — to try and keep attention focused on the need to close the prison. This involves me trying, as I have been doing throughout this time, to tell their stories and to humanize them, to prevent them being dismissed as the faceless, nameless prisoners without rights that the Bush administration wanted, and that the Obama administration has done almost nothing to dispel.
Most recently, I have been using my knowledge to tell the story of Adnan Latif, a Yemeni, and a mentally troubled prisoner who had been cleared for release on numerous occasions, Adnan Latif nevertheless died at the prison the weekend before last, failed by all three branches of the US government, as I explained in my article, Obama, the Courts and Congress Are All Responsible for the Latest Death at Guantánamo. His case highlights the need for permanent pressure on the administration to secure the release of the 86 men still held at Guantánamo who have been cleared for release, to prevent any further deaths in custody of men the US doesn’t want to hold, but has failed to release.
All contributions to support my work 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!
While I realize that my work on Guantánamo and the “war on terror” is what I have become known for, I also hope that some of you, at least, find my other work deserving of support — my articles railing against the malignant ideology of the Tory-led coalition government in the UK, and its assault on the poor, the ill, the young, the old, the unemployed and the disabled, and the wider issues of austerity programs introduced across Europe to hide the crimes committed by the financial elites (with the support of governments) that led to the global economic crash of 2008. Everywhere, including the US, the reverberations from the 2008 crash are being paid for by the people, while the rich continue to get richer.
My activism around social issues touches on many of the themes that were exposed so prominently by the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street exactly a year ago today, and as I continue to question the corruption of almost the entire political process, and the need for creative responses to it, I will continue to write out it, to seek out ways in which we the people can empower ourselves against leaders who put the greed of transnational corporations and international finance above the needs of the people in whose interests they are supposed to govern.
I have also been chronicling this difficult time — in which wealth and stability appear to be intact, but the recession stalks the streets like a hungry ghost — through photos as well as words, having embarked on a huge project, four months ago, to cycle the whole of London and to record it in photographs. This is a project that began with a desire to get fit after my year of illness and loss last year, but it is also driven by a recognition that I can understand the juxtaposition of artificially-sustained wealth and increasing poverty most readily by getting out onto the streets, and observing it first-hand.
My thanks to all of you who support my work. As with all independent journalism, activism and creative projects, it would, literally, mean nothing with you.
September 17, 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, Flickr (my photos) 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, George Kenneth Berger wrote:
I’ll donate soon, Andy.
Thank you, George. That’s very kind.
Faridah Harant wrote:
i got no credit card……
Dejanka Bryant wrote:
Just like George Kenneth Berger, I’ll do my best. It will arrive at your bank account next week.
Shaker Elsayed wrote:
I’m posting and supporting your campaign good luck.
Thanks, Dejanka. That’s very kind of you.
Shaker, thanks for promoting, and Faridah, if you did want to make a donation, a credit card isn’t needed. Visa/current account is acceptable via PayPal. I also accept cash – by mail!
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