Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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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New interviews in our collection

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Over the past few months, we’ve slowly been adding new interviews to our online collection. Produced by students at the University of Miami and Northeastern University, these interviews share the memories of people with unique and important experiences of Gitmo. We collect and make these interviews available in the hope that they will inspire people…

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The Representation of GTMO Through Photography: Partial Truths?

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Whilst taking the module ‘Ethics of Representation’, as part of my MA at the University of Brighton, part of my study has been to view photographs and discuss the ethical implications of taking and viewing such images; particularly those which portray scenes of conflict or humanitarian crisis. Whilst researching images of this nature I viewed…

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Leon Golub and the details of superhero stories

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We cannot know what really happens in the world. On second thoughts, this claim is a generalisation; an omniscient being does of course know what occurs everywhere at every infinitesimal fraction of time. Nobody I have met, however, possesses this extraordinary capacity, and it is possibly true to say that most of us do not…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2004

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June 18, 2014: A federal judge ordered that the government hand over videos showing a GTMO detainee being ‘forcibly extracted’ from his cell. The detainee, Mohammed Abu Wa’el Dhiab, is understood to be on a hunger-strike, and to be removed from his cell several times each week in order to undergo ‘enteral feeding,’ which has…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1898

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June 1, 2014: The last U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan is released by the Taliban, in exchange for five Guantánamo detainees. These detainees, all of which are understood to have connections to the Taliban, had not previously been cleared for release, and faced indefinite detention at GTMO. June 14, 1898: Although the U.S. had…

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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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