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Tag: War on Terror

Failed States and Spaces of Exception: Somalia, Southside Chicago, and the Twin Cities

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A few weeks ago, as I was standing outside Target on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, an elderly woman approached me and shared her life experiences in the Twin Cities. She told me something that has been troubling me since our conversation. I asked the woman how she likes living in the Twin Cities and her…

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This Week at Guantánamo: 2013 and 1993

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June 18, 2013: The Obama administration released for the first time the names of 46 men it wants to detain indefinitely at Guantánamo without charge or trial.   June 21, 1993: Guantánamo’s Camp Bulkeley, an “HIV prison camp” according to a Federal judge, closes as the last Haitian refugees detained there arrive for resettlement in…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 2003

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April 4, 2013: As hunger strikes continue to spread throughout the detainee population, foreign governments and international human rights organizations are attempting to send envoys to Guantánamo to ensure prisoners are being treated humanely. Some reports claim as many as 130 out the 166 detainees at Guantánamo are participating in the hunger strike. April 4,…

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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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Overcoming the Silence Surrounding Guantánamo

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On November 13, 2001 President Bush issued a military order that would forever change the socio-political landscape of Guantánamo Bay and determine the fate of detainees throughout and beyond the War on Terror. Titled “Detention, Treatment and Trail of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism,” this act disregarded the role of international and domestic…

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Difference between Enemy Combatants and Prisoners of War

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After the Spanish-American War, in 1903 the U.S. leased Guantánamo Bay, 45 square miles, from Cuba. The U.S. used Guantánamo Bay as a naval station.  After the September 11, 2001 attack, the U.S. declared a “War on Terror.”  The war on terrorism was a worldwide effort. The main targets were Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  The U.S.…

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Combatting a Culture of Fear

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After fully immersing myself in the history of the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, I am surprised at how much history I was unaware of at the site. With Guantánamo constantly on my mind, I find myself striking up conversations with anyone and everyone regarding their opinions on the current status of the base.…

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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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Restricted Reading

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  There is a never-ending debate in library science on what types of content should be withheld from the bookshelves. Subjects like pornography seem like a universal “no.” But between the obvious “yeses” and “noes,” there are shades of gray, as with the recent controversy over the popular E.L. James novel. Without clear-cut lines, it…

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Where Does a Nation’s Power Reside?

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“What is prestige? Is it the shadow of power or the substance of power? -John F. Kennedy After the September 11th attacks and the subsequent War on Terror, the crux of the shadow power of America has resided at the US Naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Some of the most poignant and affecting pictures…

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Excavating GTMO’s hidden histories in the Guantánamo Public Memory Project Archive

National Dialogue and Traveling Exhibit

Students and communities explore GTMO's history and debate its implications in a traveling exhibit.

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