Andy Worthington: An Archive of Guantánamo Articles and Other Writing – Part 20, January to June 2016


Andy Worthington with Roger Waters and cellist Alexander Rohatyn on Democracy Now! in January 2016.Happy New Year! Please support my work! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo over the next two months.


This article is the 20th in an ongoing series of articles listing all my work in chronological order. It’s a project I began in January 2010, when I put together the first chronological lists of all my articles, in the hope that doing so would make it as easy as possible for readers and researchers to navigate my work — the nearly 2,750 articles I have published since I first began publishing articles here in May 2007, which, otherwise, are not available in chronological order in any readily accessible form.

It is also a project for which I receive no institutional funding, so, if you appreciate what I do as a reader-funded journalist and activist, please consider making a donation via the Paypal ‘Donate’ button above. Any amount, however large or small, will be very gratefully received — and if you are able to become a regular monthly sustainer, that would be particularly appreciated. To do so, please tick the box marked, “Make This Recurring (Monthly),” and fill in the amount you wish to donate every month.

I first began working full-time researching and writing about the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo, and the 779 men (and boys) held there nearly eleven years ago, in March 2006, when the Pentagon lost a FOIA lawsuit and was obliged to release 8,000 pages of documents relating to the prisoners. My analysis of these documents led to the creation of my book The Guantánamo Files, and, since then, I have continued to write about Guantánamo, and the men held there, on an almost daily basis, as an independent journalist and activist, first under George W. Bush, and for the last eight years under Barack Obama, whose failure to close the prison as he promised means that this wretched and unacceptable prison will remain open under the unpredictable and troubling figure of Donald Trump.

As I note every time I put together a chronological list of my articles, my mission, as it has been since my research first revealed the scale of the injustice at Guantánamo, continues to revolve around four main aims — to humanize the prisoners by telling their stories; to expose the many lies told about them to supposedly justify their detention; to push for the prison’s closure and the absolute repudiation of indefinite detention without charge or trial as US policy; and to call for those who initiated, implemented and supported indefinite detention and torture to be held accountable for their actions.

The period covered by this 20th list, from January to June 2016, was a good period for the release of prisoners, with 28 men freed, and it was also good for the approval of other prisoners for release (nine in total), via the Periodic Review Boards, which were set up in 2013 to assess the cases of men not already approved for release, and not facing trials — but in many ways, of course, it was a case of too little, too late on the part of President Obama.

Also included is coverage of my annual US visit, to coincide with the anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, in January, and promotion of the Countdown to Close Guantánamo, an initiative I launched through the Close Guantánamo campaign that I co-founded in 2012 with the attorney Tom Wilner, when I appeared on Democracy Now! with music legend Roger Waters.

In this period, when time allowed, I also covered other aspects of British politics, culminating, sadly, in the thoroughly depressing EU referendum, which continues to cast a baleful shadow over British politics. The articles dealing with British politics are listed separately, at the end of the monthly chronological lists of articles related to Guantánamo.

An archive of Guantánamo articles: Part 20, January to June 2016

January 2016

A screenshot of the video of The Four Fathers playing '81 Million Dollars', about the US torture program, at Deptford Cinema in December 2015.1. War, torture, protest music: Videos: Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Play “Masters of War” and “81 Million Dollars”
2. Life after Guantánamo: Former Guantánamo Prisoner Younous Chekkouri Illegally Imprisoned in Morocco; As Murat Kurnaz Calls for His Release, Please Ask John Kerry to Act
3. Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Close Guantánamo Now: Andy Worthington’s US Tour on the 14th Anniversary of the Prison’s Opening, January 8-18, 2016
4. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Two Yemeni Prisoners Released from Guantánamo to Ghana; 105 Men Remain
5. Shaker Aamer, Life after Guantánamo: Seven Ex-Guantánamo Prisoners Unite in London to Call for Prison’s Closure on Jan. 11; Shaker Aamer Photographed With Inflatable Figure of Himself Outside US Embassy
6. Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Jan. 11 Protest at the White House: Rights Groups Call for President Obama to Close Guantánamo
7. Video, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit, Shaker Aamer: Videos: On 14th Anniversary of Opening of Guantánamo, Andy Worthington Speaks Outside the White House, Shaker Aamer Speaks in London
8. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Fayiz Al-Kandari is Free! The Last Kuwaiti in Guantánamo Is Released, Plus a Saudi: Now 103 Men Remain
9. Video, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Video: Will Guantánamo Ever Close? Andy Worthington, Karen Greenberg and Tom Wilner at New America on Jan. 11
10. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Ten Yemenis Freed from Guantánamo, Given New Homes in Oman; Now 93 Men Remain
11. Video, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Video: Andy Worthington Discusses the Struggle to Free Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo, Plays “Song for Shaker Aamer” at Revolution Books, NYC
12. Closing Guantánamo: Pentagon Blocks Prisoner Releases from Guantánamo – Including 74-Pound Yemeni Hunger Striker
13. Guantánamo campaigns: The “Countdown to Close Guantánamo” Launches: Send in Your Photos Asking President Obama to Fulfill His Promise to Close the Prison
14. Guantánamo campaigns, US visit: Video: On Democracy Now! Roger Waters and Andy Worthington Discuss the Countdown to Close Guantánamo and the Campaign to Free Shaker Aamer
15. Radio, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Radio: As the Prison at Guantánamo Begins Its 15th Year of Operations, Andy Worthington Speaks on US Radio
16. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Seriously Ill Egyptian and a Yemeni Freed from Guantánamo in Bosnia and Montenegro; Another Refuses to Leave
17. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Two Yemenis Approved for Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Boards As “Highly Compliant” Afghan and Another Yemeni Also Seek Release
18. Radio, Guantánamo: Radio: Andy Worthington Discusses the Potential Closure of Guantánamo with Chris Cook in Canada and on South African Radio
19. Life after Guantánamo: Fawzi Al-Odah Speaks: First Interview with Kuwaiti Released from Guantánamo in 2014

February 2016

20. Guantánamo media: “America’s Shame,” Rolling Stone’s Detailed – and Damning – Article About Guantánamo
21. Guantánamo campaigns: For Feb. 4, Send Us A Photo for the “Countdown to Close Guantánamo,” Telling Obama He Now Has Just 350 Days to Close It
22. Video, Guantánamo media, US visit: Video: Andy Worthington Sings “Song for Shaker Aamer” at Guantánamo Event in Washington, D.C.
23. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: 24th Periodic Review Board Held at Guantánamo for Yemeni Who Has Become A Health Adviser to His Fellow Prisoners
24. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Guantánamo Lawyers Complain About Slow Progress of Periodic Review Boards
25. Photos, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Photos: Close Guantánamo Protest in Florida, Part of Andy Worthington’s US Tour, Jan. 9, 2016
26. Life after Guantánamo: Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Younous Chekkouri Finally Freed in Morocco After 149 Days’ Imprisonment; Thanks Supporters
27. Closing Guantánamo: Obama Plans to Move 24 Guantánamo Prisoners to US Mainland, Send A Dozen for Trials in Other Countries
28. Photos, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit: Photos: “Close Guantánamo” Protest Outside the White House, Jan. 11, 2016
29. Guantánamo campaigns: The Struggle to Close Guantánamo and to Free Shaker Aamer: A Talk by Andy Worthington at Exeter University Amnesty International Society, Feb. 25
30. Photos, Guantánamo anniversary, US visit, Black Lives Matter: Photos: Close Guantánamo with Roger Waters and Justice for Tamir Rice with Witness Against Torture
31. Life after Guantánamo: Former Guantánamo Prisoner Younous Chekkouri’s First Interview Since Being Released from Prison in Morocco
32. Closing Guantánamo: Time’s Running Out: My Analysis of the Guantánamo Closure Plan Delivered to Congress by President Obama
33. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Guantánamo Reviews: US Accepts that Former “Black Site” Prisoner, Like Five Others, Wasn’t Part of Al-Qaeda Plot, As Another Prisoner is Approved for Release

March 2016

Haji Hamidullah, in a photo included in the classified military files from Guantanamo that were released by WikiLeaks in 2011.34. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Afghan Approved for Release from Guantánamo, as Lawyer Presents Persuasive Case for Release of Yemeni Who Has Become A Prolific Artist
35. Guantánamo campaigns: Write to the Guantánamo Prisoners in President Obama’s Last Year in Office
36. Guantánamo campaigns: The Countdown to Close Guantánamo: For Mar. 25, Send Us Your Photos and Tell Obama He Has Just 300 Days Left to Close the Prison
37. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Yemeni Is 27th Guantánamo Prisoner to Face Periodic Review Board; 4th Man Has Detention Upheld, 36 Others Await Reviews
38. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Saifullah Paracha, Pakistani Businessman and “Very Compliant” Prisoner, Faces Guantánamo Review Board
39. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: 29th Periodic Review Board at Guantánamo – for Sharqawi Ali Al-Hajj, Alleged Al-Qaeda Facilitator
40. Guantánamo campaigns: Please Ask Your MPs to Support Caroline Lucas’s Early Day Motion Calling for the Closure of Guantánamo
41. Guantánamo campaigns: In the Countdown to Close Guantánamo, Photos Remind President Obama He Has Just 300 Days Left
42. Guantánamo lawyers: The American Lawyer’s Six Guantánamo Bar Profiles: Thomas Wilner, David Remes, Jennifer Cowan, Wells Dixon, David Nevin and Lee Wolosky

April 2016

43. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: 20th Guantánamo Prisoner – Part of the Non-Existent “Karachi Six” – Approved for Release by Review Board; 5th Man’s Detention Upheld
44. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Who Are the Two Libyans Freed from Guantánamo and Given New Homes in Senegal?
45. Guantánamo, torture: Fugitive From Justice: A Timeline of the Crimes Committed by Guantánamo’s Torture Chief, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, As He Fails to Show Up at a French Court
46. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Periodic Review Board Decides Yemeni at Guantánamo Still Poses A Threat 14 Years After Capture
47. Guantánamo media: Emad Hassan’s Story: How Knowing a Town Called Al-Qa’idah Got Him 13 Years in Guantánamo
48. Guantánamo campaigns: Two London Events for Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Best-Selling Author Imprisoned in Guantánamo
49. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Saifullah Paracha, 68-Year Old Pakistani Businessman, Has His Ongoing Imprisonment at Guantánamo Approved
50. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Nine Yemenis Freed from Guantánamo to Saudi Arabia; 80 Prisoners Remain
51. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Guantánamo Review for Obaidullah, an Afghan Whose Lawyers Established His Innocence Five Years Ago
52. Photos, Guantánamo campaigns: Photos and Report: Parliamentary Meeting for Guantánamo Prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, April 19, 2016
53. Video, Guantánamo campaigns: Video: On RT, Andy Worthington Discusses the Relaunched Gitmo Clock, the Countdown to Close Guantanamo and Whether Obama Will Close the Prison
54. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: 31st Periodic Review Board Takes Place, for Yemeni at Guantánamo, as 8th Prisoner Has His Detention Upheld
55. Abu Zubaydah, Guantánamo, torture: 14 Years Incommunicado: Abu Zubaydah, Guantánamo Prisoner, CIA Torture Victim, and the Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t

May 2016

James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the Bush administration's torture program.56. Torture, US courts: In Historic Ruling, US Court Allows Lawsuit Against James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, Architects of CIA Torture Program, to Proceed
57. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Two More Yemeni “Forever Prisoners” Seek Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Boards
58. Guantánamo campaigns: Please Send Us Your Photos for May 14, Marking 250 Days Left in the Countdown to Close Guantánamo
59. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: An Afghan and a Yemeni “Black Site” Prisoner Face Guantánamo Periodic Review Boards, as 21st Man Approved for Release
60. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Sole Kenyan at Guantánamo, Seized in 2007, Seeks Release Via Periodic Review Board
61. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Yemeni Tribal Chief, Businessman, Intelligence Officer and Torture Victim Seeks Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Board
62. Guantánamo, US courts: Plea Deals in Federal Court Mooted for Guantánamo Prisoners in Next Year’s National Defense Authorization Act
63. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Insignificant Afghan Finally Approved for Release from Guantánamo
64. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Periodic Review Board at Guantánamo for Yemeni Subjected to Long-Term Sleep Deprivation in Prison’s Early Years
65. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Alleged Al-Qaida Bomb-Maker Faces Periodic Review Board at Guantánamo
66. Closing Guantánamo: Obama Officials Confirm That Nearly 24 Guantánamo Prisoners Will Be Freed By the End of July
67. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: The Man They Don’t Know: Saeed Bakhouche, an Algerian, Faces a Periodic Review Board at Guantánamo

June 2016

68. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Sufyian Barhoumi, An Extremely Well-Behaved Algerian, Seeks Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Board
69. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Periodic Review Boards: Two Prisoners Recommended for Release from Guantánamo, Two Have Detention Upheld, Another Seeks Release
70. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Torture Victim and Best-Selling Author, Seeks Release from Guantánamo
71. Radio, Guantánamo: Radio: Andy Worthington’s Hour-Long Guantánamo Interview on Wake-Up Call Podcast
72. Video, Closing Guantánamo: Video: RT America’s One-Hour Special on Guantánamo Featuring Andy Worthington, Joe Hickman, Nancy Hollander and Tom Wilner
73. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Two More Prisoners – A Moroccan and an Afghan – Seek Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Boards, as Two More Men Have Their Detention Upheld
74. Deaths at Guantánamo: Remembering Guantánamo’s Dead
75. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Afghan Held at Guantánamo Since 2007, But Never Heard From Before, Seeks Release Via Periodic Review Board
76. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: For Review Board, Revelations That Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner Mohammed Al-Qahtani Was Profoundly Mentally Ill Before Capture
77. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Yemeni Freed from Guantánamo in Montenegro; 29 Cleared Prisoners Remain
78. Guantánamo campaigns: 200 Days Left in the Countdown to Close Guantánamo: Please Send Photos Reminding President Obama on Independence Day

An archive of articles about British politics, January to June 2016

A campaigner holding up an "Axe the Bedroom Tax" sign at a protest in 2013.1. Bedroom tax: Appeals Court Rules That Tories’ Hated, Useless Bedroom Tax Involves “Unlawful Discrimination”; But Will It Ever Be Scrapped?
2. Protest music: Come and See My Band The Four Fathers Play at Vinyl in Deptford on Saturday February 13
3. Photos, Trident: Photos: Stop Trident National Demo, Trafalgar Square, London, Feb. 27, 2016
4. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks: Julian Assange: 600+ Rights Groups and Individuals Condemn UK and Sweden for Failing to Recognize UN Arbitrary Detention Finding
5. Save the NHS: Save the NHS: Please Sign Petition and Ask Your MP to Attend 2nd Reading of the NHS Reinstatement Bill This Friday, Mar. 11
6. Housing: Call for an End to Housing Greed: Come to the National Demonstration Against the Housing Bill in London, Sun. Mar. 13
7. Photos, housing: Photos: The Kill the Housing Bill March, Seeking Housing Justice, London, Mar. 13, 2016
8. Save the NHS: Save the NHS from the Tory Butchers: How Doctors Saved Me and My Family, and How People Forget That Insurers Don’t Cover Pre-Existing Conditions
9. Photos, refugees: Photos from the ‘Refugees Welcome’ Rally in Trafalgar Square, Mar. 19, 2016
10. Battle of the Beanfield: Breach Theatre On Tour With Acclaimed Theatre/Video Dramatization of the Battle of the Beanfield
11. Islamophobia: David Cameron, Zac Goldsmith and Andrew Neil Owe Suliman Gani An Apology for Calling Him “Repellent” and an IS Supporter
12. Refugees: Heartless: The 289 Tory MPs Who Voted To Prevent 3,000 Refugee Children from Joining Their Relatives in the UK
13 Islamophobia: On Polling Day, Friends of Muslim Community Organiser Suliman Gani Launch Petition Demanding Apology from David Cameron for Making False Allegations Against Him
14. London Mayoral Election: Ha Ha! The Tories Lose London
15. Housing: The Tories’ Wretched Housing Bill is Passed; Another Step Towards the Death of Social Housing
16. Battle of the Beanfield: It’s Now 31 Years Since the Battle of the Beanfield: Where is the Spirit of Dissent in the UK Today?
17. Brexit: The End of Reason: Lies, Distortions and Misplaced Anger in the EU Referendum’s Brexit Camp
18. Brexit: UK Votes to Leave the EU: A Triumph of Racism and Massively Counter-Productive Political Vandalism
19. Brexit: Life in the UK After the EU Referendum: Waking Up Repeatedly at a Funeral That Never Ends

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album ‘Love and War’ and EP ‘Fighting Injustice’ are available here to download or on CD via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative, launched in January 2016), the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — 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. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to Andy’s RSS feed — and he can also be found on Facebook (and here), Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Also see the six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, and The Complete Guantánamo Files, an ongoing, 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. Also see the definitive Guantánamo habeas list, the full military commissions list, and the chronological list of all Andy’s articles.

Please also consider joining the Close Guantánamo campaign, and, if you appreciate Andy’s work, feel free to make a donation.

5 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Happy New Year! Here’s my first article of 2017: a chronological list of the nearly 100 articles I wrote from January to June 2016 – from my visit to the US for the anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo and the launch of the Countdown to Close Guantanamo (with Roger Waters) to the madness of Brexit. I’m also using the opportunity to issue a new year fundraising appeal. Any donation to support my work this year, and the challenges arising following Donald Trump’s inauguration, will be extremely welcome!

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Natalia R Scott wrote:

    Thank you, Andy, for the great, amazing job you do keeping us informed.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    And thank you for your wonderful support, Natalia!

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Rose Ann Bellotti wrote:

    Thank you for all you do, Andy. Your work is invaluable for keeping all of us informed of what is going on with the American Gulag.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Rose, for your support,and for your kind words!

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