Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Viewing Detention as a Sliding Scale and the Ambiguity of Law

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“The distinction between a refugee camp and a prison is razor thin, and rests on the degree of trust and civility between the refugees and their guards.” – Jonathan Hansen, Guantánamo: An American Story   The detention center at Guantánamo Bay is exactly that: a detention center.  It is an area comprised of camps of…

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Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee Report

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As a project committed to fostering dialogue on the past, present, and future of Guantánamo Bay, we welcome the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA rendition, detention and interrogation. We strongly believe that transparency is vital to understanding the past, and therefore that the release of this report is an important step…

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Guantánamo Bay: The Case for Believing the Unbelievable

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In an interview from 2013, Caribbean American singer and activist Harry Belafonte criticized black celebrities for turning their back on minorities and not using their power as activists for minorities. When asked “Are you happy with the image of members of minorities in Hollywood today?” Belafonte responded, “Not at all. […] They have turned their…

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Cuban Media and the Closing of Gitmo

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I became fascinated with Cuban media and propaganda while studying in Havana over the summer. While we have overwhelming advertisements lining our highways on billboards, the Cubans have revolution-era propaganda. Now faded red and blue letters that read “¡Viva la Revolución!” convey the chest-swelling pride that fueled Fidel’s victory. As an American, there were moments…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1995

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November 5, 2014: Fawzi al Odah, a Kuwaiti detainee held at GTMO since it first received War on Terror detainees in 2002, is repatriated to his home country. 148 detainees remain at GTMO. November 1, 1995: The last Haitian refugee held at GTMO leaves the base. This marked the end of the second wave of…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1965

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September 24, 2014: A White House spokesperson said that any combatants captured during the offensive against Islamic State insurgents would not be brought to Guantánamo Bay. The question remains, however, of the likely status of any possible captives, as well as where such captives might be kept. September 29, 1965: Fidel Castro opens the port…

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Guantánamo Public Memory Project Open at Tulane University

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project opened September 2 in Jones Hall at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana (open weekdays 10am-5pm).  This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past,…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1994

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August 30, 2014: The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it had repatriated 24 Haitian and 62 Cuban migrants that had been attempting to reach Florida by boat. Many of these had attempted to reach the U.S. on unseaworthy ‘rafts.’ September 9, 1994: In the summer of 1994 the U.S. saw a massive increase in Cuban…

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Is Guantánamo a Panopticon?

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During the last months I became very interested on the topic of Guantánamo Bay. Through books, articles, photographs and videos I became more and more aware of the violence that is committed against human beings that are held within that institution. While watching a documentary called: 4 days inside Guantánamo, I was shocked by the…

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Remembering Guantánamo in Miami: a city-wide, cross-community dialogue

Five Miami institutions are joining forces to open dialogue on the history of the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and its memories and legacies for the city’s diverse communities through exhibits, storytelling, academic and cultural programs across the city from August 14-October 31, 2014  This citywide effort, featured in the Miami Herald,  marks the debut of…

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