Closing Guantanamo

Joy as the Talented Artist Khaled Qassim is Approved for Release from Guantánamo, But When Will He Be Freed?

26.7.22

My report about the news that “forever prisoner” Khaled Qassim, a talented artist, has finally been approved for release from Guantánamo by a Periodic Review Board, a parole-type process established under President Obama. Despite never having been anything other than a low-level soldier in Afghanistan, Khaled continued to be held because of his non-compliance while at Guantánamo. Now, however, he has finally convinced the authorities that he doesn’t pose a threat, although all that means in practical terms is that he joins a queue of 20 other prisoners awaiting release. Is there no end to the casual but profound injustice of Guantánamo?

“The Endless Shame of Guantánamo Bay”: Close Guantánamo Co-Founders Tom Wilner and I Are Profiled in an Article in The New Republic

20.7.22

A cross-post, with my own introduction, of a feature in the latest issue of The New Republic, in which Jordan Michael Smith profiles Tom Wilner and myself, the co-founders of the Close Guantánamo campaign, about our long struggle to get the prison closed.

Radio: I Discuss Guantánamo and WikiLeaks’ Guantánamo Files with Misty Winston on TNT Radio

12.7.22

Linking to and discussing my latest radio appearance: with Misty Winston on her TNT Radio show “Cognitive Dissonance,” in which we spoke about Guantánamo and the classified military files released by WikiLeaks in 2011, on which I worked as a media partner.

Quarterly Fundraiser: Can You Help Me Raise $2500 (£2000) to Support My Guantánamo Work?

13.6.22

My latest quarterly fundraiser, in which I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantánamo (now in its 17th year) as a reader-funded independent journalist, researcher, commentator and campaigner. Any help you can provide will be very gratefully received.

69 Senators and Representatives Urge Congress to Lift Restrictions on Transferring Guantánamo Prisoners to the US Mainland

8.6.22

Posting the letter sent by 69 lawmakers to the chairs of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee, urging them to drop the ban on sending Guantánamo prisoners to the US mainland for any reason (even for urgent medical treatment) in next year’s National Defense Authorization Act – plus my account of the shameful 12-year history of the obstacles raised by Republicans regarding Guantánamo in successive versions of the NDAA.

Videos: Speeches at the Close Guantánamo Protest in London, Jan. 8, 2022, Including Andy Worthington and John McDonnell MP

23.5.22

Recently discovered videos of speakers at the rally for the closure of Guantánamo that was held in London in January 2022, featuring speakers including John McDonnell MP and myself, to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Two Radio Shows: I Discuss Guantánamo with Buz Eisenberg and Misty Winston

8.4.22

Promoting two recent radio interviews about Guantánamo – with former Guantánamo attorney Buz Eisenberg on WHMP 101.5 FM in Western Massachusetts, and with activist Misty Winston on TNT Radio, a new online radio station streaming worldwide, and based in Australia.

Sufyian Barhoumi Sent Home From Guantánamo to Algeria Nearly Five and a Half Years After Being Approved for Release; 19 Other Cleared Prisoners Remain

3.4.22

Celebrating the release from Guantánamo of Sufyian Barhoumi, an Algerian who was approved for release nearly five and a half years ago. 37 men now remain at the prison, but over half of them — 19 men — have also been approved for release, and President Biden also needs to arrange for these men to be given their freedom.

Quarterly Fundraiser: Seeking $2500 (£2000) to Support My Work to Get Guantánamo Shut Down and to Hold Accountable Those Responsible for Its Existence

7.3.22

My latest quarterly fundraiser to support my work on Guantánamo, including news of an imminent update to my six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, and the early stages of a new campaign, the Guantánamo Accountability Project, which will publicize the need for those responsible for Guantánamo to be held accountable, and will also call for the stigma of being an “enemy combatant” to be brought to an end.

Video: Mansoor Adayfi, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis and I Discuss Guantánamo’s 20th Anniversary and Its Chronic and Persistent Lawlessness at Revolution Books

1.2.22

Linking to, and discussing the video of a powerful online Guantánamo event hosted by Revolution Books in Harlem on Sunday January 30, featuring myself, former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, and attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, who represents a number of the men still held.

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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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