Andy Worthington: An Archive of Guantánamo Articles and Other Writing – Part 21, July to December 2016


Andy Worthington marking "20 days to go" in the Countdown to Close Guantanamo on Dec. 30, 2016.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 21st 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.

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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 21st list, from July to December 2016, saw 20 men freed, including torture victim and best-selling author Mohamedou Ould Slahi, reducing the prison’s population to just 59 men, and, as part of President Obama’s efforts to belatedly fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo, the Periodic Review Boards, set up in 2013 to assess the cases of men not already approved for release, and not facing trials, were sped up, with 14 prisoners being approved for release.

These topics took up much of my time in the last six months, but not exclusively. I also updated the definitive six-part Guantánamo prisoner list that I first put together in 2009, and spent some time focusing on the military commissions, the broken trial system at Guantánamo that drags on and on without end — and without anything resembling justice.

For the Close Guantánamo campaign, which I co-founded in 2012 with the attorney Tom Wilner, I also recorded a video with former prisoner Shaker Aamer, and worked on a promotional video for the campaign, which was created by Brendan Horstead, the drummer in my band The Four Fathers, featuring a new song, ‘Close Guantánamo’, that we recorded in the summer — the first release from our forthcoming second album.

I also — of course — wrote about the second cataclysmically depressing domestic political event of the year, after Brexit: the election of Donald Trump in the US Presidential Election.

Brexit, of course, also took up the lion’s share of my writing about British politics in this period, as the shockingly incompetent government led by the alarming authoritarian Theresa May continued to fail to comprehend quite how disastrous it will be for the British economy if we leave the EU.

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 21, July to December 2016

July 2016

Ravil Mingazov, in a photo included in the classified US military documents (the Detainee Assessment Briefs) released by WikiLeaks in April 2011.1. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: The Last Russian in Guantánamo and an Alleged Saudi Bomb-Maker Seek Release Via Periodic Review Boards
2. Shaker Aamer, protest music: Fighting Injustice: Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Release New EP Including Reworked ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’
3. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: The Last Two Yemenis Mistakenly Identified as Members of Al-Qaeda Cell Seek Release from Guantánamo via Periodic Review Board
4. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: 76 Men Left in Guantánamo, as Yemeni Starts New Life in Italy, and Another Yemeni and the Last Tajik Go to Serbia
5. Radio, Guantánamo: Radio: Andy Worthington Discusses Guantánamo and Brexit on Portland’s KBOO FM with Linda Olson-Osterlund
6. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Penitent Pakistani Seeks Release from Guantánamo, as Two Yemenis and a Moroccan are Approved for Release and an Algerian’s Request is Denied
7. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Libyan Who Abandoned Habeas Corpus Petition, Citing Its “Futility,” Asks Review Board to Approve His Release from Guantánamo
8. Guantánamo, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Periodic Review Boards: Finally! Torture Victim and Best-Selling Author Mohamedou Ould Slahi Approved for Release from Guantánamo
9. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Yemeni Seized in Georgia, Who Has Not Been Able to Make Contact With His Family in 13 Years at Guantánamo, Seeks Release Via Review Board
10. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Ravil Mingazov, the Last Russian in Guantánamo, Is Approved for Release, While Afghan Who Arrived in 2007 Has Ongoing Detention Upheld

August 2016

11. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Two Yemenis Approved for Release from Guantánamo, as Detention of Two Saudis Upheld, Including Torture Victim Mohammed Al-Qahtani
12. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Somali “High-Value Detainee,” Held in CIA Torture Prisons, Seeks Release from Guantánamo via Review Board
13. Guantánamo campaigns: For Aug. 22, Please Send Us Your Photos Reminding President Obama That He Has Just 150 Days Left to Close Guantánamo
14. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: The Last Prisoner to Arrive at Guantánamo, an Afghan Fascinated with US Culture, Asks Review Board to Approve His Release
15. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Obama Releases 15 Prisoners from Guantánamo to UAE; Just 61 Men Now Left (Part 1 of 2)
16. Video, Guantánamo: Video: Andy Worthington Discusses Guantánamo’s Declining Population with Peter B. Collins
17. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Obama Releases 15 Prisoners from Guantánamo to UAE; Just 61 Men Now Left (Part 2 of 2)
18. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Algerian Approved for Release from Guantánamo, As Three Other Men Have Their Ongoing Imprisonment Upheld
19. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Two Malaysian “High-Value Detainees” Seek Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Boards
20. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Guantánamo “High-Value Detainee” Abu Faraj Al-Libi Seeks Release Via Periodic Review Board

September 2016

Guantanamo prisoner Hambali (Riduan Isamuddin), photographed at Guantanamo, in a photo include dn the classified military files released by WikiLeaks in 2011.21. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: “High-Value Detainee” Hambali Seeks Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Board
22. Guantánamo, Abu Zubaydah, Periodic Review Boards: Torture Victim Abu Zubaydah, Seen For the First Time in 14 Years, Seeks Release from Guantánamo
23. Guantánamo, torture: No Justice for 14 Tortured “High-Value Detainees” Who Arrived at Guantánamo Ten Years Ago
24. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Afghan Moneychanger Seeks Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Board
25. Guantánamo, 9/11: 15 Years After 9/11, Still Waiting for the Closure of Guantánamo
26. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Long-Term Hunger Striking Pakistani Seeks Release from Guantánamo Via Periodic Review Board
27. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Former Child Prisoner at Guantánamo, Tortured in Jordan, Is the Last of 64 Men to Face a Periodic Review Board
28. Guantánamo, military commissions: Not Fit for Purpose: The Ongoing Failure of Guantánamo’s Military Commissions
29. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Four “High-Value Detainees” Have Their Ongoing Imprisonment at Guantánamo Upheld by Periodic Review Boards
30. Guantánamo, military commissions: Chief Defense Counsel of Guantánamo’s Military Commissions Calls Them a “Poisoned Chalice,” a Betrayal of the Constitution and the Law
31. Guantánamo, military commissions: Guantánamo’s Military Commissions: More Chaos in the Cases of Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri and Majid Khan

October 2016

32. Closing Guantánamo: Obama’s Failure to Close Guantánamo: Revisiting a Major Article in the New Yorker
33. Guantánamo prisoner list: My Six-Part Definitive Guantánamo Prisoner List: Updated for the First Time Since 2014
34. Guantánamo campaigns: President Obama Has 100 Days Left to Close Guantánamo: Send Us Your Photos
35. Guantánamo, military commissions: Guantánamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit (for Al-Jazeera)
36. Video, Guantánamo campaigns: Close Guantánamo World Exclusive Video: Shaker Aamer Urges President Obama to Shut the Prison Now
37. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, prisoners released from Guantánamo: Mohamedou Ould Slahi Released from Guantánamo, Thanks Those Who Stood By Him
38. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Afghan Money Exchanger Approved for Release from Guantánamo;  Former Child Prisoner and Pakistani Have Ongoing Imprisonment Upheld
39. Guantánamo events: ‘Enshrined Injustice: Guantánamo, Torture and the Military Commissions’ – Nov. 2 London Event with Alka Pradhan, Andy Worthington, Carla Ferstmann
40. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: How Guantánamo’s Periodic Review Boards Exposed Woefully Distorted Intelligence Assessments
41. Guantánamo prisoner list: Good News! The Updates to My Six-Part Definitive Guantánamo Prisoner List Are Now Complete
42. Guantánamo, military commissions: The Messed-Up Trial of the Century: Lawdragon’s Exhaustive Report on the 9/11 Pre-Trial Hearings at Guantánamo
43. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Two More Guantánamo Prisoners, Including Hambali, Recommended for Ongoing Imprisonment by Review Boards
44. Guantánamo, military commissions, US courts: In Contentious Split Decision, Appeals Court Upholds Guantánamo Prisoner Ali Hamza Al-Bahlul’s Conspiracy Conviction
45. Shaker Aamer, Guantánamo: New Thank You Message from Shaker Aamer to Supporters, Exactly One Year Since His Release from Guantánamo

November 2016

"High-value detainee" Abu Zubaydah, in the first photo of him that was made publicly available.46. Guantánamo, Abu Zubaydah, Periodic Review Boards: First “War on Terror” Torture Victim Abu Zubaydah Denied Release from Guantánamo
47. Guantánamo, Abu Zubaydah: Humanizing a Torture Victim: Abu Zubaydah’s Letters from Guantánamo
48. Guantánamo, military commissions: Parliament and the People: Two Days of London Events About Guantánamo, Torture and the Military Commissions
49. Donald Trump: Trump’s Victory Confirms 2016 as the Year WASPs Began, Alarmingly, to Embrace the Far Right in Significant Numbers
50. Video, Guantánamo campaigns: With Trump En Route to the White House, New Close Guantánamo Video Urges President Obama to Get the Prison Closed
51. Radio, Guantánamo, Donald Trump: Radio: Andy Worthington Discusses Closing Guantánamo, Trump, Brexit and the Failure of Mainstream Politics on Portland’s KBOO FM
52. Radio, Guantánamo, Donald Trump: Podcast: Andy Worthington Discusses Closing Guantánamo and the Rightward Drift of Politics in the US and the UK with Kevin Gosztola for Shadowproof
53. Guantánamo, protest music: Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Release New Online Single, Close Guantánamo, Prior to Release of Second Album
54. Donald Trump, Guantánamo: Donald Trump, Guantánamo and Torture: What Do We Need to Know?
55. Guantánamo, torture: Great New York Times Exposé of How Torture, Abuse and Command Indifference Compromised Psychiatric Care at Guantánamo
56. Life After Guantánamo: Guantánamo Lawyer’s Moving Memories of Her Client Obaidullah, an Afghan Released in the UAE in August
57. Guantánamo campaigns: The Countdown to Close Guantánamo: With Just 50 Days Left for President Obama to Close the Prison, Please Send Us A Photo

December 2016

58. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Final Two Review Board Decisions Announced: 21 Men Now Approved for Release from Guantánamo
59. Prisoners released from Guantánamo: Yemeni Freed in Cape Verde: 59 Men Left in Guantánamo
60. Guantánamo, drone attacks, President Obama: In Final Counter-Terrorism Speech, Obama Targets Trump But Fails to Acknowledge His Own Mistakes on Guantánamo and War
61. Guantánamo letter-writing campaign: Please Write to the Remaining Prisoners in Guantánamo in Obama’s Last Month in Office
62. Guantánamo, President Obama, Donald Trump: Obama v Trump on Guantánamo and torture (for Al-Jazeera)
63. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Periodic Review Boards Approve Another Two Yemenis for Release from Guantánamo
64. Guantánamo, protest music: Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers’ Top Ten Songs on Bandcamp
65. Closing Guantánamo: Emptying Guantánamo: Obama to Release 17 or 18 Prisoners Before Trump Takes Over
66. Guantánamo, Periodic Review Boards: Another Yemeni Approved for Release from Guantánamo: Did He Make the List of Prisoners Being Freed in the New Year?

An archive of articles about British politics, July to December 2016

Signs on the March for Europe in London on July 2, 2016 (Photo: Andy Worthington).1. Brexit: Not Giving Up: Photos from the March for Europe in London, Saturday July 2, 2016
2. Brexit: As the Leaderless UK Begins Sinking, MPs, Media and British Citizens Don’t Seem to Care
3. Brexit: On Brexit, the Labour Party, With Its Blundering and Pointless Coup, Lost Its Best Opportunity Ever to Attack the Tories
4. Brexit: 1,000+ Lawyers Tell Parliament that UK Cannot Leave EU Without MPs’ Consent
5. Theresa May, terrorism: As Theresa May Becomes Prime Minister, A Look Back at Her Authoritarianism, Islamophobia and Harshness on Immigration
6. Music festivals: Off to WOMAD for A Long Weekend of World Music, Back on Monday
7. Music festivals: My Photos: Wonderful WOMAD 2016
8. Brexit: Photos of the March For Europe in London on Sep. 3 and the Need to Keep Fighting Brexit and the Tories
9. Refugee crisis: My Photos of the Refugees Welcome March in London, Sept. 17, 2016
10. Housing crisis: Surprise as Tories Judge that Compulsory Purchases for the Regeneration of Southwark’s Aylesbury Estate Breach Leaseholders’ Human Rights
11. Brexit: It’s 100 Days Since the EU referendum; As a Legal Challenge Secures a Victory, It’s Clear the Tories Don’t Know What They’re Doing
12. Theresa May, Brexit: Theresa May and the Conservative Party’s Alarming White Fascist Aspirations
13. Protest music: Sun. Oct. 16: Love and Politics – New London Gig for Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers
14. Theresa May, Brexit: Britain’s Ongoing Brexit Woes: Nero Had Nothing on Deluded Theresa May and Her Inadequate Ministers
15. Andy Tsege, Boris Johnson: Ask Your MP to Tell Boris Johnson to Demand the Release of UK Citizen Andy Tsege, Kidnapped and on Death Row in Ethiopia
16. Brexit: As Racism Spreads and Economic Woes Increase, Is the Tide Starting to Turn Against Brexit?
17. Brexit, UK courts: YES! Judges Tell Lawless Tory Government That UK Cannot Leave EU Without Parliamentary Approval
18. Theresa May, austerity: Theresa May Oversees Cruel Benefit Cap That Could Make 250,000 Children Homeless
19. Racism, Brexit: Andy Worthington Speaks About “Demonising ‘the Other’” at the Festival of Ideas for Change in Brockley, London SE4, Sun. Nov. 20
20. Homelessness: Andy Worthington Joins Panel at Homeless Film Festival’s 50th Anniversary Screening of Ken Loach’s ‘Cathy Come Home’, LCC, Fri. Nov. 18
21. Brexit: Leaked Memo Reveals Tories Have No Clue How to Implement Brexit
22. Protest music: Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Play Three London Gigs in New Cross, Deptford and Brockley on Nov. 27, Dec. 10 and 17
23. Save the NHS: Save the NHS: Tories’ Own Auditor Finds “Financial Problems are Endemic and This is Not Sustainable” for NHS’s Survival
24. Racism, Brexit: Demonising the ‘Other’: Tackling the Rise of Racism and Xenophobia
25. Brexit: Brexit: Opposition to Leaving the EU Builds, While Theresa May Reminds EU Citizens Living and Working in the UK That They Are Pawns in Her Inept Game
26. Brexit: Brexit Hits Voters Where It Hurts – In Their Wallets – As Majority Reveal They Don’t Want to Be Worse Off By Leaving the EU

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).

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  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Catching up on the chronological archive of all my Guantanamo articles (and my work on UK politics), here’s my latest article, the 21st part of the archive, covering the nearly 100 articles I wrote about Guantanamo, the Periodic Review Boards, the military commissions, Brexit and more over the last six months. This is also a new year opportunity for me to ask you, if you support my work, to consider making a donation to support my work as I prepare for Guantanamo under Donald Trump.

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