1. Clare Algar BW

    The two new films exposing the US drone wars around the world

    Clare Algar on 22 November 2013

    When I heard that two films about the US’ drones war were coming out at almost the same time, I had a ‘no buses, then two buses’ response. But I was wrong. Each film is brilliant and they are distinct while complementing each other very well. You should absolutely see both films, as one gives an overarching view of what the US is doing now in terms of its foreign policy, while the other focuses in on three families in Waziristan whose lives have been devastated by drone strikes. By watching both, you get the big picture and also how ...

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  2. Shaker Aamer Waving

    Shaker Aamer’s message to the World

    Reprieve on 20 November 2013

    It is not about GTMO anymore, we must think bigger. We need to have a world-wide justice movement.  We need the 99% to get involved, not just the one percent who are causing the problems. The people understand today that if the USA has Guantánamo for Muslim men today, tomorrow it will be another country with another victim. 

    Who will take up my challenges?

    We must send a message for the whole world to sign a petition.  We need millions of people to be involved.

    We must contact all the medical associations in the world. Let them send letters ...

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  3. Emad

    Eleven Years Lost in Translation

    Reprieve on 15 November 2013

    Until I started working at Reprieve, I did not often think of Guantánamo Bay – the torture that detainees have endured, scores still held there despite being cleared (84 of 164, or 51% of them), the horrors of force-feeding, a black mark on America’s reputation for decency and human rights. 

    Translating to a high standard is difficult – that’s why people do degrees before they ask to be paid to translate even material of little consequence. I should know. I am German, and – to give just one example – I have tripped over the word “irritated” on numerous occasions myself ...

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  4. Donald Campbell

    5 questions the ISC should ask the intelligence agencies

    Donald Campbell on 07 November 2013

    Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee is today questioning the heads of Britain's intelligence agencies, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.  Although billed by many as a "grilling," it is sadly highly unlikely that the committee will ask the tough questions it needs to - it's worth remembering that the ISC completely missed UK complicity in rendition and torture, giving the agencies a clean bill of health in 2007 - three years after MI6 had helped send Gaddafi opponents to the Libyan dictator's torture chambers.

    So to fill the gap, here are five questions which the ISC should - but probably won ...

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  5. Donald Campbell

    As drone victims testified to Congress, Obama met the arms company which makes missiles for drones

    Donald Campbell on 31 October 2013

    In an interesting spot, journalist Alice Ollstein today noted that, while Reprieve clients the Rehman family were testifying at Congress about the day a drone strike killed their grandmother in North-West Pakistan, President Obama was meeting the CEOs of arms companies including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. 

    Both firms are involved in the manufacture of drones - although the Predators and Reapers which fly covert missions over Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere are made by another firm, General Atomics. 

    More significantly though, Lockheed is the manufacturer of the Hellfire missile - the weapon of choice in drone strikes, and the one which is ...

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  6. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    When will the abuse end?

    Sinead Nowak on 28 October 2013

    If Shaker Aamer were American he would enjoy various rights: he certainly could not be tortured in violation of the Eight Amendment to the US Constitution. He would have the right to know the charges against him and to have a fair and public trial guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.

    But Shaker, a British resident now spending his twelfth year in Guantánamo Bay, does not enjoy the legal rights of an American. Indeed, because the US has not signed a single international convention that is enforceable on Shaker’s behalf, he has fewer rights than the iguanas that roam ...

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    The Guantánamo Ozymandias

    Clive Stafford Smith on 28 October 2013

    When I was a child, my father used to recite Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, so often that I absorbed it by osmosis. Now I have a tendency to inflict it on others. Never has the poem been more apt than when considering the Leeward Side of the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay:

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    Guantanamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes

    Natasha Turak on 23 October 2013

    In case you missed it, The Guardian newspaper recently released their “Guantanamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes” animation. This moving film depicts the harsh reality of life inside the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.  Made alongside ...

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  9. LithuaniaSite1

    "Open Europe", Shut Case - Lithuania Denies CIA Prison Evidence

    Crofton Black on 07 October 2013

    At the end of September I spent a few days in the beautiful city of Vilnius, with colleagues from Amnesty International and other NGOs. We were talking to government officials about accountability in Europe for the CIA’s secret prison programme, which saw dozens of prisoners held illegally and tortured in “black sites” between 2002 and 2006. Lithuania currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Among its principal priorities: active dialogue, cooperation with Member States, the promotion of democratic values, and the active protection of rights. Behind the elegant facades of the ministries, the government was ...

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    Daily Life in Guantanamo

    Becca Naylor on 18 September 2013

    Can you guess what these ten things have in common in Guantánamo Bay? 

    1. Sitting quietly in the rec yard, enjoying a few more minutes of sun (a rare luxury when you’re often given rec time during the middle of the night);
    2. Being on hunger strike to assert your rights the only way you can;
    3. Participating in a peaceful demonstration; 
    4. Moving to a new camp as per guards’ orders; 
    5. Taking a phone call with your lawyer;
    6. Receiving food (despite not wanting it due to your hunger strike); 
    7. Asking for medication that was prescribed by the doctor;   
    8. Requesting water; 
    9. Lying ...

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