Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Call for interns

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Are there important Gitmo-related topics that you feel aren’t getting due attention on our blog? Could you see yourself writing articles and blog posts on the history of Gitmo? Or on methods of engaging the public in our work? Or on specific images and objects from our archive? Can you find ways for us to…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2003

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May 07, 2014: The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, reiterates his offer to accept up to six detainees from GTMO. The detainees, from Syria and Palestine, would be allowed to live freely in Uruguay, and could be reunited with their families there. There are understood to be 154 detainees still held at GTMO. May 09,…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2002

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April 17, 2014: Col. James L. Pohl, the military judge in the U.S.S. Cole bombing case at GTMO ordered the C.I.A. to disclose details of its overseas detention and interrogation program to defense lawyers. This could include details of black sites at which the defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri was kept before he was…

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Personal memories and public history: A 20-year look back at Operation Sea Signal

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is very pleased to welcome a new member of our team, Lisa Novak. As an introduction, Lisa has written this latest installment of the Guantanamology series. Stay tuned for more from her and from the series in the future. I recently joined the Guantánamo Public Memory Project team to work…

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A Reflection on “Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes”

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Since enrolling in my current public history course at the University of Minnesota, I have been working with peers to connect Guantánamo Naval Base to a local site here in Minnesota. The Guantánamo Public Memory Project’s traveling exhibit came to St. Paul, MN, in February 2014, and we were looking forward to sharing our work.…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2007

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April 3, 2014: The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify the 480-page executive summary of a much larger report on the detention and interrogation program started by the C.I.A. after 9/11. The report has been called both comprehensive and controversial for the level of insight it claims to offer into C.I.A. activities at Guantánamo…

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Bringing our exhibit to Istanbul

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Our traveling exhibit opens in Istanbul on April 4. This will be the first full residency for the exhibit outside of the U.S. Our collaborators wrote this introduction to their vision for the project. The exhibit is situated within a larger project titled “Compressed: Guantánamos” that puts the Guantánamo Public Memory Project into conversation with…

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Advocacy Groups and their Compatibility

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In the early 1990s, AIDS was still formidable, frightening, and under-researched. The United States government and the Center for Disease Control maintained that being Haitian was a risk factor for HIV/AIDS. This policy was based upon racism and fear, not scientific evidence, but it influenced public perceptions of both the Haitian community and HIV/AIDS. And…

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Reluctance to Remember the Past: Children in Guantánamo

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While uncovering the experience of Haitian unaccompanied minors held at Guantánamo Bay during the refugee crisis in the early 1990s, I found it difficult to face the unresolved legacy that the detention left these children. Many of refugee children suffered a range of psychological issues as a result of the traumas of their ordeal. Consequently,…

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The Impact of HIV on the The Haitian Refugee Crisis

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People fear what they do not understand. Few things were less understood or more feared in the late ’80′s than HIV. Though everyone knew that HIV killed, how it spread was still unclear to many Americans. How long it stayed dormant before turning into AIDS was still unknown to most doctors. So little was known…

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