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Over 330,000 Concerned Citizens Sign a Petition Urging President Biden to Close Guantánamo

23.9.21

Publicizing a petition calling on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, which, impressively, secured over 330,000 signatures. Initiated by groups including Daily Kos, MPower Change and Amnesty International USA, it was delivered to the White House on September 20, the 20th anniversary of George W. Bush telling Congress that the US had launched a “war on terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks.

A Celebration of Guantánamo Activism Past and Present by Witness Against Torture’s Jeremy Varon

26.3.21

A cross-post of a detailed article about Guantánamo activism over the last 12 years, from President Obama’s eight years in office, through the four lamentable years of Donald Trump, to the current hopes pinned on President Biden. Written by Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture, it was originally published on the Waging Nonviolence website.

111 Organizations, Including Close Guantánamo, Sign A Letter to President Biden Urging Him to Close the Prison and End Indefinite Detention

4.2.21

A letter to President Biden, urging him to close Guantánamo, and to end indefinite detention without charge or trial, signed by 111 organizations, including Close Guantanamo, which I co-founded nine years ago with the US attorney Tom Wilner.

As You Read This, Guantánamo Prisoner Ahmed Rabbani Has Been On A Hunger Strike for 2,846 Days

17.11.20

Reprieve has just launched a website counting, in real time, how long their client Ahmed Rabbani has been on a hunger strike — 2,846 days, as of Nov. 17, 2020. This is a shocking amount of time, as is Ahmed’s skeletal state — he weighs just 39 kilos, or 6 stone 2 pounds. I argue that it is time for Ahmed, like other “forever prisoners,” who genuinely don’t pose a threat to the US, to be released.

A Roadmap for the Closure of Guantánamo

30.9.20

A cross-post, with my own introduction, of a detailed proposal for how the prison at Guantánamo Bay can be closed, if Donald Trump is removed from the White House in November, as written by representatives of six NGOs for the Just Security website.

Quarterly Fundraiser: Seeking $2500 (£2000) for my Guantánamo Work and Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

14.9.20

Every three months I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my ongoing work as a reader-funded journalist, campaigner and photo-journalist, working to get Guantánamo closed, and also recording London on a daily basis via photos and accompanying essays in my project ‘The State of London.’

Change the World! A Life in Activism: I Discuss Stonehenge, the Beanfield, Guantánamo and Environmental Protest with Alan Dearling

29.4.20

An interview about my activism — involving Stonehenge and the Battle of the Beanfield, Guantánamo, the housing ‘regeneration’ industry in the UK, and the currently unfolding environmental crisis — as published in Gonzo Weekly and International Times, based on questions from the publisher and activist Alan Dearling.

Reporting from the US, Including My Photos of the Close Guantánamo Rally Outside the White House, Jan. 11, 2020

16.1.20

My report about my US tour, five days in, including a link to my photos of the rally calling for the closure of Guantánamo outside the White House on Saturday (January 11), marking the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

My US Visit to Call for the Closure of Guantánamo on the 18th Anniversary of Its Opening, Jan. 10-20, 2020

5.1.20

Announcing my imminent visit to the US – for the tenth year running in January – to call for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on the 18th anniversary of its opening.

Close Guantánamo’s Aims for 2020’s Presidential Election Year – and New Campaign Posters

5.12.19

A cross-post of a statement of intent for 2020 – a US Presidential Election year – by the Close Guantánamo campaign, which I co-founded in 2012 with the US attorney Tom Wilner, with links to the new campaign posters for 2020, marking 6,575 days of the prison’s existence on January 11, and subsequent posters for 6,600, 6,700, 6,800 and 6,900 days.

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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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