Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Tag: Base Life

This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 1994

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August 19th 2015: This week, representatives of The Department of Defense examined different locations throughout the United States to determine where current detainees at Guantanamo will be transferred to following a potential closure. The representatives have toured and are considering a few different facilities throughout in the United States. The two main military prisons being considered…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 2008

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August 4 2015: An ongoing investigation into whether there are carcinogens present in GTMO’s court facilities is currently taking place. The investigation comes amid recent reports that seven people who had worked on detainee trials, both military officials and civilian lawyers have been diagnosed with cancer. Three of these seven cases have been fatal, with…

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Exciting GPMP News

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In the past few weeks there have been some very exciting developments for GPMP….. First off, three weeks ago GPMP was granted funding from LAMP (Latin American Microform Project) for digitization of The Guantanamo Bay Gazette. Old editions of the Gazette are now being digitized and uploaded to GPMP’s online GTMO archive, hosted by Dloc (The Digital…

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Art & GTMO: Manufacturing Visuals to Represent the Invisible

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Last year, John Filostat, spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantánamo, announced that the military would stop informing the public about GTMO detainees who go on hunger strike. “The release of this information serves no operational purpose and detracts from the more important issues,” Filostat explained. The decision to stop disclosing this information, formerly used as…

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Challenging Myth in Representations of American History

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In museum representations of contested periods of US history, narratives are often based on rigid notions of who constitutes the victim and the perpetrator.  Examples include West As America’s revisionist interpretations of frontier art which implicated artists in the violence of westward expansion; Enola Gay’s highly critical depiction of the US and the atom bomb in…

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Growing up at Guantánamo

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I was unaware of the history of Guantánamo Bay before starting this project; I had only heard of its modern status as a detainment camp.  I was surprised to learn about its past history as a military base and of the families that lived on the base for many years.  It was a community and…

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The Colorful Voices of Guantánamo

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Prior to this course, I had little knowledge of the history of the naval base located at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). Like many Americans, it was difficult for me to comprehend what was going on there because we are so detached from the site and comfortable in our lives, a distance compounded by the amount of…

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The Importance of Knowing Your “Enemy”

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When we reflect upon the Cold War at Guantánamo it is easy to focus on tensions on the global stage. We often forget that there were Americans and Cubans at the site who were living out these tensions in their daily lives. Although Cuba and the United States were openly hostile to each other, the…

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“I’ll be home for Christmas”

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How often are we subjected to the harsh criticisms of Guantanamo Bay? News of the base consists of much of the same: detainees, imperialist presence, and torture. But what of the people who are stationed there? What do we know of them, their experiences, and their lives? Is GTMO only filled with hardened soldiers inflicting…

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Behind the Cactus Curtain: Innocence in the Midst of History-Making

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Hearing Susan Lagos reminisce about her childhood of horseback riding, traveling with her parents, learning Spanish, and memorizing Shakespeare for high school English, you would think she was a fairly normal middle-class American who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. But Susan did not grow up in America; she grew up as a civilian’s…

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