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To Mark 10 Years of Guantánamo, Stern Magazine Profiles Five Former Prisoners


Last week, when I cross-posted an article written for the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo by my friend Todd Pierce, I also noted that when I visited the US in January to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo Bay, I was so busy that I did not have time to cross-post other articles […]

An Extraordinary Interview with Former Guantánamo Child Prisoner Mohammed El-Gharani


When I began researching and writing about Guantánamo, nearly six years ago, one of the stories that seized my attention was that of Mohammed El-Gharani, a Chadian national, who had grown up with his parents in Saudi Arabia, and, after traveling to Pakistan to study, had been picked up in a random raid on a […]

WikiLeaks and the 22 Children of Guantánamo


In May 2008, in a submission to the 48th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (PDF), the Pentagon claimed that it had only held eight juveniles — those under the age of 18 when their alleged crimes took place — during the life of the Guantánamo Bay prison. This, however, […]

Scaremongers Fail to Undermine WikiLeaks’ Guantánamo Revelations


For regular readers of this site, the release, by Wikileaks, of classified military documents relating to almost all of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo will not have yielded any great surprises. Since May 2007, I have been writing articles on a regular basis dealing exclusively with the horrors of Guantánamo and the Bush administration’s […]

WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Guantánamo Files, Exposes Detention Policy as a Construct of Lies


Well, the cat is now out of the bag, and Guantánamo will, hopefully, be closer to closure — and the lies that powerful Americans tell about it will, hopefully, be closer to silence — as a result. For the last few weeks, I’ve been working as a media partner with WikiLeaks, along with the Washington Post, […]

Reprieve Encourages Supporters to Write to Prisoners in Guantánamo


POSTSCRIPT January 24: Please see this Facebook page for an update of the campaign to write to every prisoner that was initiated by Facebook friends last June, as mentioned below. And please contact Shahrina to let her know if you’re writing to a prisoner, and, if so, who you’re writing to. In the Guardian‘s Comment […]

Guantánamo Habeas Results: Prisoners 34, Government 13


Please support my work! NOTE: This list has now been superseded by a dedicated page, “Guantánamo Habeas Results: The Definitive List,” which will be used to monitor the ongoing habeas rulings. As part of my series, “Guantánamo Habeas Week” (introduced here, and expanded, on April 23, to become “Guantánamo Habeas Fortnight”), it’s my pleasure to […]

Stranded In Chad: Mohammed El-Gharani, Once Guantánamo’s Youngest Prisoner


Dismal news from Chad, where Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers represent dozens of Guantánamo prisoners, reports that the Chadian government is failing to provide any support whatsoever to Mohammed El-Gharani, who was released from the prison in June this year. Once Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner (out of at least 22 juveniles held in the […]

Guantánamo And The Courts (Part One): Exposing The Bush Administration’s Lies


In recent months, those who have been studying Guantánamo closely have come to the disturbing conclusion that the biggest obstacle to President Obama’s pledge to close Guantánamo by January 2010 comes not from the fearmongering and opportunistic politicians who recently voted to prohibit the use of any funds to release or to transfer prisoners to […]

Mohammed El-Gharani, Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner, speaks to al-Jazeera


Speaking for the first time since his release from Guantánamo after seven years’ imprisonment without charge or trial, following a successful habeas corpus appeal in January, Mohammed El-Gharani, now a free man in Chad, told Mohamed Vall of al-Jazeera, in an exclusive interview, how he felt about being imprisoned from the age of 14 to […]

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