Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 2004

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July 4th 2015: A group of over 90 British politicians, activists, musicians, writers and actors signed an open letter to U.S President Barack Obama urging him to release Shaker Aamer from GTMO. Aamer, a British resident has been detained at GTMO since February 14 2002 shortly after being captured by bounty hunters in Afghanistan who…

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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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This week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 2006

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June 30th 2015: Security of State John Kerry  announced that attorney Lee S. Wolosky will be taking over the position of Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure, aka “GTMO closer.” This position, which had been previously held by attorney Clifford Sloan and U.S diplomat Dan Fried was created by President Barack Obama as part of his attempt to…

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Karen Greenberg Joins the National Dialogue

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is thrilled to announce that Karen J. Greenberg will speak on December 14 at NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center as part of Why Remember Guantanamo? , the 2-day national dialogue to launch our traveling exhibit. Karen J. Greenberg, a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, is Director of the Center on National Security. She is the…

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The Irrelevance of Guilt

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A year before 9/11 meant anything in the United States, I found myself cornered at a dinner party in Santiago, Chile, trapped into a conversation with a middle-aged man, a friend-of-a-friend of a second cousin of my host parents. He was trying to teach me about Pinochet and human rights, and I will never forget…

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Interrogation and Torture at Guantánamo

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When the September 11th terrorist attacks occurred, I was a young teenager developing a personal interest in the world around me and the politics that controlled it. However, there wasn’t much to discuss in the aftermath of 9/11. President Bush had announced that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists,” and…

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Public Memory and the History of the McRib

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If you are a politically conscious person in the least, you probably have an opinion on Guantánamo Bay, the American Naval Base cum Temporary Detention Center for Haitian/Cuban Refugees cum Indefinite Detention Center for Enemy Combatants, quixotically located on the southeastern edge of Communist Cuba. Though the existence of the base has been public knowledge…

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GUANTÁNAMO BAY, U.S.A.

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The location of a space is not merely geographical, mappable via GPS and defined by a specific longitude and latitude or address. A space is also a concept, positioned within an ambiguous region (e.g. the South) or only in a perceptual region (e.g. the good old South), and is defined by integral sociopolitical characteristics. The latter…

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Visions for the Future of Guantánamo

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In the course of doing research on whether the Guantánamo base can be closed, and if so, what to do with the space when the U.S. is no longer using it for Navy operations, the question of how to best use the site has become more difficult than I originally thought. At the beginning of…

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Domesticated Gitmo, Or Why We Should Care about Harold and Kumar

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During previous graduate work, I taught two sections of Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, a 1000-level course that fulfilled a social science credit. Near the end of our textbook, there was a section about “War and Violent Conflict” in various cultures. Since my content specialization concerned American civil defense during the Cold War, I generally supported the lectures and readings…

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