Closing Guantanamo

If Elected in November, Will Joe Biden Close Guantánamo?

13.7.20

I look at what we might expect if Joe Biden beats Donald Trump in November’s Presidential Election, noting that it would be impossible for Biden to be worse than Trump, but also noting that, the last time a Democrat was in the White House (Barack Obama), he failed to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, despite promising to do so on his second day in office.

Please Support My Quarterly Fundraiser: Seeking $2500 (£2000) For My Guantánamo Work and London Photography

9.3.20

Here’s my latest quarterly fundraiser. As an independent journalist and activist, I’m dependent on the support of my readers to enable me to keep writing about Guantánamo, and working to get the prison closed, and also to support my ongoing photo-journalism project ‘The State of London.’ I hope that you can help!

Video: “Guantánamo in 2020: What is the Future of the Prison Camp after Eighteen Years?” at New America, Jan. 13, 2020

31.1.20

Here’s the video of the panel discussion about Guantánamo that I undertook at the New America think-tank in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 13, with the attorney Tom Wilner. I co-founded the “Close Guantánamo” campaign with Tom in 2012, and we’re grateful that New America has been hosting panel discussions about Guantánamo every year for many years. This year there was a real urgency and anger to our call for the prison to be closed, brought about by three years of Donald Trump effectively sealing the prison shut, even though holding people indefinitely without charge or trial is profoundly unacceptable.

Radio: Unauthorized Disclosure – I Discuss Guantánamo and Julian Assange with Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek

29.1.20

A link to – and my report about – my recent interview with Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek for their “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, in which we discussed Guantánamo and my recent US trip to call for its closure, and the proposed extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Radio: I Discuss Guantánamo on the Project Censored Show with Mickey Huff, on WBAI in New York, and with Michael Slate in L.A.

24.1.20

A round-up of the radio interviews I undertook during my recent US visit to call for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on the 18th anniversary of its opening.

Video: Attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis and I Bring the Sorrow, Injustice and Cruelty of Guantánamo to Life at Revolution Books in New York

21.1.20

My report about – and link to the video of – my speaking event about Guantánamo at Revolution Books in New York on January 16, where I was honored to be joined by Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, who represents a number of the men still held at Guantánamo, and who delivered harrowing frontline tales of what it is like inside the prison as its existence is cruelly and pointlessly maintained by Donald Trump.

Reporting from the US, Including My Photos of the Close Guantánamo Rally Outside the White House, Jan. 11, 2020

16.1.20

My report about my US tour, five days in, including a link to my photos of the rally calling for the closure of Guantánamo outside the White House on Saturday (January 11), marking the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Video: Calling for the Closure of Guantánamo Outside the White House on the 18th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison

12.1.20

My report on yesterday’s powerful rally outside the White House calling for the closure of Guantánamo on the 18th anniversary of the opening prison, linking to the video of speakers at the rally, including myself, representing the Close Guantánamo campaign.

My US Visit to Call for the Closure of Guantánamo on the 18th Anniversary of Its Opening, Jan. 10-20, 2020

5.1.20

Announcing my imminent visit to the US – for the tenth year running in January – to call for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on the 18th anniversary of its opening.

As $738 Billion Defense Bill Is Passed, Guantánamo Prisoners Are Ignored by Congress

30.12.19

My report about the passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which maintains restrictions on the release of Guantánamo prisoners, and on any moves towards the prison’s closure. These, sadly, have been part of the NDAA for many years, since the Republicans took control of Congress under President Obama. Sadly, although Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 midterms, they were unable to amend the repressive Guantánamo legislation in the final version of the NDAA that was consolidated with the Republican-controlled Senate.

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Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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