Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 1994

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July 28th 2015: Reports have emerged of Haitians previously residing in Dominican Republic moving to settlement camps in Haiti along the border with the Dominican Republic. While the residents of the camps have not been formally deported many are moving to these settlement camps in anticipation of August 1st, the day deportations are scheduled to begin. Around…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 1994

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July 16th 2015:  Cuban President Raul Castro addressed the nation’s National Assembly in a speech calling for a new relationship with the United States. President Castro called for an end to the animosity between the two nations, dating back to the end of the Cuban revolution in 1959. This speech is part of the recent on-going effort to normalize US-Cuba relations. While the…

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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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Here Are the Facts. Now What?

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The history of American involvement in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba is long and fantastically complex – based on numerous conversations I have had in recent weeks, much more so than most people realize. Over the past month, my personal knowledge of Guantánamo Bay has grown exponentially, and I know it will continue to do so the…

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The Politics of Nostalgia

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  Is there any danger in fond remembrance? Most people look back on some point in their lives with happiness or even wistfulness; their memories of that time constitute an essential part of their self-understanding. Memory is vital to both the personal/individual and political/collective human experience: oral history projects across the globe have shown us…

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The Power of Media in Shaping Narrative

Through the process of creating our exhibit panel we have had to look at several photos taken during the Balsero Crisis in Guantánamo Bay. We chose images we liked for the panel individually and then justified our choices in group discussions. I narrowed my choice between two photos that I thought represented nice group shots, showing…

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Listening, Knowing, and Guantánamo

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“If someone didn’t live through it, didn’t experience it, they would know nothing about it,” a man I interviewed for another project once told me, referring to a place and time that held deep meaning for him. What can those of us who’ve never been to Guantánamo know about it? There’s knowledge derived from reading…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2012 and 2002

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On July 26, 2012, Cuba held its annual Revolution Day ceremonies. In an apparently impromptu speech at a gathering in the city of Guantánamo, President Raúl Castro announced willingness to enter into talks with the United States. A State Department spokesman responded by calling for the easing of Castro’s authoritarian rule. Repeating the Cuban government…

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Regina José Galindo’s Confesión and the Power of Performance Art

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Regina José Galindo is a contemporary Guatemalan artist who often uses performance and her own body to comment on international political and social issues.  Often, Galindo will put her body in difficult, violent, and compromising positions as a way to bring attention to ignored or hidden abusive acts by the powerful over the vulnerable.  She…

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A Fight For Due Process

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The image above is of a group of Haitian refugees who are making their way toward Cuba. This image reveals the terrible conditions of the boats and journey the Haitian people endured during their travels. The over-crowding of people shows how many individuals searched and dreamed of freedom to the west. By Antoinette Strickland In…

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