Guantánamo and Shaker Aamer: Andy Worthington and Omar Deghayes in Conversation on Radio Free Brighton

Listen here to my show with Omar Deghayes on Radio Free Brighton. And please sign the petition calling for the release of Shaker Aamer.

Last week, when I visited Brighton to take part in “Freedom from Torture,” an event organised by the University of Sussex Amnesty International Society, I stayed overnight with my friend Jackie Chase and her family, and, the following day, recorded a radio show about Guantánamo on Radio Free Brighton, with my friend, the former Guantánamo prisoner and Brighton resident Omar Deghayes. The 40-minute show is available here.

Jackie is a long-standing campaigner for justice, having been involved in the Save Omar campaign, to secure the return from Guantánamo of Omar Deghayes (who was freed in December 2007). Jackie then campaigned to secure the release of Binyam Mohamed, who was finally freed in February 2009, and now runs Under the Bridge Studios, a wonderfully busy community of rehearsal studios, which also houses Radio Free Brighton, which was recently recognised by Mixcloud as one of the 30 most popular online radio shows in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of Brighton: The Sea and the Storm

Brighton PierA solitary figure on Brighton's beachEast Street GroyneBrighton seafrontLooking west towards HoveLooking east along Volk's Electric Railway
Brighton Pier from the eastMadeira Drive archesLooking west from Madeira DriveDuke's MoundThe western breakwater at Brighton MarinaBrighton from the marina
Street art at Black RockRainbowA storm lashes the sea wallDark clouds at Black RockStorm over BrightonStorm on the western breakwater
Shelter from the stormThe calm after the stormBrighton after the stormThe sea from Banjo Groyne

Brighton: The Sea and the Storm, a set on Flickr.

This photo set is the second of three sets taken in Brighton during my visit from January 29-30, 2013 to take part in “Freedom from Torture,” an event about Guantánamo organised by the University of Sussex Amnesty International Society, featuring myself, my friend Omar Deghayes, a former Guantánamo prisoner, and Elspeth Van Veeren, a researcher and writer about Guantánamo in the university’s International Relations Department.

It was a great event, as I explained in my previous article, in which I posted the first photo set, and I was also delighted to have time to socialise — with Omar, and with my friend Jackie Chase and her family, who put me up for the night. As I explained in the previous article, Jackie runs Under the Bridge Studios, beside Brighton station, which also houses Radio Free Brighton, a community radio station stuffed full of politics and music, which has just been recognised as being in the Top 30 online stations worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos: Brighton at Night, in the Rain – and a Guantánamo event at the University of Sussex

Arriving at Brighton railway stationDeparting for FalmerFalmer station stairsUnderpass, University of SussexStudy room, University of Sussex"Freedom from Torture," an event about Guantánamo
Communal area, University of SussexJubilee building, University of SussexLight and shadowsBrighton shadowsBrighton at nightTrafalgar Street at night

Brighton at Night, in the Rain, a set on Flickr.

On January 29, 2013, I travelled to Brighton, one of my favourite places in England, for “Freedom from Torture,” an event about Guantánamo organised by the University of Sussex Amnesty International Society, featuring myself, my friend Omar Deghayes, a former Guantánamo prisoner, and Elspeth Van Veeren, a researcher and writer about Guantánamo in the university’s International Relations Department.

The event was filmed, and I’ll publicise it here as soon as it has been edited and is made available, but I can confirm that it was a powerful evening, very well attended, in which the 120 students and other members of the public who turned up were left in no doubt about the shameful history of Guantánamo, and the even more shameful truth that it is still open because of the failures of all three branches of the US government to deal appropriately with the wretched legacy of the Bush administration — primarily through cowardice and/or laziness on the part of President Obama, and opportunistic fearmongering and obstruction on the part of Congress and the D.C. Circuit Court (the court of appeals dealing with the Guantánamo prisoners’ habeas corpus petitions), as well as indifference in the Supreme Court. For more on these issues, see my recent article, “Eleven Years of Guantánamo: End This Scandal Now!” and also see the videos of my speech outside the White House on January 11, and a panel discussion at the New America Foundation on the same day. Read the rest of this entry »

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