iOS app Android app

Guantanamo Hunger Strike

Crime (?) and Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Guantánamo offers a stark contrast to how we deal with people believed to have engaged in activities perceived, if not proved, to be against the best interests of the United States.

Flowers from Guantanamo

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.22.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

Here in Kabul, young friends with the Afghan Peace Volunteers look forward to learning more about "The Tea Project" in late December, when Aaron Hughes arrives, an artist, a U.S. military veteran, and a core member of Iraq Veterans Against War.

Does This Guantanamo Prisoner Deserve His Time Back?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

If more Americans were aware of the tragic tale of Shaker Aamer's treatment, it would be safe to assume his instant release would have come to the backdrop of throngs of cheering well-wishers.

How's a Busy Mom Supposed to Find the Time to Protest Guantánamo?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Frida Berrigan

When we went to Cuba in 2005, I was not a mother, I was not nursing and I had never been covered in baby snot or toddler vomit. It doesn't seem like so long ago and I am not a different person, but it is hard to be here when my friends and part of my heart are in D.C., working so hard for justice, accountability and all that I hold so dear.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

Life and Death in a Civilized Society

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

During the week of May 18, 2014 we learned of two different decisions, each of which proves that we keep on trying to be the world leader in showing respect for human life, in both the preserving and the taking.

The Punishment for Being Yemeni at Guantánamo (VIDEO)

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
The Center for Constitutional Rights

Learn more:

Why I Keep Working to Close Guantánamo

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Why Guantánamo? Why me? There are so many issues, so many injustices, so many tugs at the heartstrings and the consciences -- not to mention, there is only so much time, only so much energy. This is why.

Legal Transparent Detention: 3 Steps Forward, 15 Steps Backward

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

At the end of December, it was reported that the last of three Uighurs being held at Guantánamo had been sent to Slovakia. They had been wrongfully detained at Guantánamo for 12 years. It's three steps forward and 15 steps backwards at Guantánamo.

Ryan J. Reilly

'Most Transparent Administration' Won't Say How Many Guantanamo Detainees Are Hunger Striking | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Military authorities in Guantanamo are now refusing to say how many detainees are participating in a long-term hunger strike that began ...

Collective Punishment by Nationality: The Plight of Guantanamo's Yemenis

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Omar Farah, staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Like my client Fahd Ghazy, 90 out of the 164 men still at Guantánamo are from...

Ryan J. Reilly

Appeals Court Grapples With Guantanamo Force-Feeding Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An appeals court panel in D.C. on Friday weighed whether it could or should end the force-feeding of detainees being held at military fa...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Stops Daily Release Of Hunger Strike Numbers | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Military officials at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp announced on Monday that they would stop automatically releasing the numbers of det...

What the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Achieved

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

Though so little in American politics has changed, the debate about Guantanamo feels -- and genuinely seems -- renewed.

Ryan J. Reilly

Most Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Ate Meal: Defense Department | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of the 102 Guantanamo detainees currently on the military's hunger strike list have eaten a meal within the past day, a Defen...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Detainees See Big Change | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just in time for Ramadan, some detainees in Guantanamo's Camp Six are being allowed to return to communal living. Eighty-six days aft...

Ramadan Force-Feedings at Guantánamo Bay

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Hammad Moses Khan

Ninety miles south of Florida, military physicians prepared for Ramadan by shackling detainees into restraint chairs and administering force feedings to hunger-striking prisoners, feedings that have been moved into the night hours in an effort to respect the Islamic practice of fasting from food and water during the day.

A Letter From Guantanamo

Abdelhadi Faraj | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Abdelhadi Faraj

This is my call to the outside world from behind these rusty bars, in this monstrous cell. The past few months have been among the harshest lived by the prisoners here. Does the world know what is happening in this prison?

Sabrina Siddiqui

Stop Force-Feeding Gitmo Detainees, Democratic Senator Says | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider force-feeding hunger strikers at the Gua...

Sacred Activism: The Key to Religious Survival In The Age Of SBNRs

Weston Pew | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Weston Pew

Our religious and political institutions have been polluted by words without action, which have resulted in liturgies and platforms that are hollow and meaningless. Young people are tired of words.

Americans on Long-Term Hunger Strike to Close Gitmo Prison

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Unreported in the mainstream press is the long-term hunger strike by a group of Americans in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Guantanamo prison.

Doctors Urged To Stop 'Aggravated Assault'

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, June 12 (Reuters) - U.S. military doctors should refuse orders to force-feed hunger strikers a...

Huffington This Week: Answered Prayers, Broken Promises

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.07.2013 | Technology
Arianna Huffington

This week, Bianca Bosker puts the spotlight on Joel Osteen's efforts to spread God's word through social media, and Ryan J. Reilly looks at the hunger strikes that have brought attention -- if only briefly -- back to Guantanamo, and the fact that President Obama still hasn't honored his pledge to close the prison camp down.

Huffington Issue 52

Posted 06.03.2013 | Huffington

In this week’s issue of Huffington, we take you inside evangelical megapastor Joel Osteen's massive social media operation, designed to save souls, ...

What Obama Should Not Say on Thursday

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

In his years in office, Obama has retreated from the moral argument against Guantánamo. If he is serious about closing the prison and not repeating the errors of the past, then he should reclaim that moral high ground.