More than two decades later, D.C. artist and photographer José Varela credits his Guantánamo detention with preparing him and other Cuban refugees for a transition to American life.
More than a billion Muslims of all races, colors, languages, and nationalities celebrating the ending of the month of fasting, the holy Ramadan, all over the world, can no longer tolerate the bands of criminals supposedly acting in the name of Islam.
This is the story of Guantanamo Bay. A prison that exists on illegally occupied land and which houses prisoners indefinitely. A prison that holds innocent people based on the fact that they may return to a life of crime without being involved in crime in the first place.
Along with VCNV companions, I'm part of a 150-mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax.
Some of the most poetic, prophetic, and truthful words ever written about war can be found in the lyrics of Bob Dylan's Masters of War. It sums up the...
Chanel landed in Havana, their first show in Latin America. From the moment their boat docked, loaded with aforementioned celebrities and models, Chanel put out all the stops for its "Cruise 2017" collection.
Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice.
These acts are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here's the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.
Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.
The problem with the Guantanamo military commissions is not the defendants' right to appear at hearings in their own trial. It's that the government keeps meddling in the cases in such cockamamie ways that they have to adjourn for months at a time while the lawyers scramble to figure out how to respond. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Can you believe it? We're in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and everything it represents remains part of our all-American world.
As President Obama continues to work towards his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay, there is a question that has and continued to be ignored. This question is: what happens after Guantanamo? What happens when prisoners are released are from its hellish walls?
Cuba is an island country, just 90 miles from the US. Since 1960, the US has banned all travel and trade with Cuba. (That policy is known as the C...
On Monday, President Obama will visit Cuba - the first time a U.S. president has traveled there since Calvin Coolidge. It's an important step toward normalizing relations between the two countries, opening up important economic possibilities for Cuba and the potential for U.S. investment and influence there.
Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court, has become the subject of enormous controversy, pitting politics against history and dueling readings of the Constitution. But if Senate Judiciary Committee did interview him, what would they ask?
The nuances of foreign policy do not feature heavily in the ongoing presidential campaign. Every candidate intends to "destroy" ISIS; each has concerns about Vladimir Putin, North Korea, and China; every one of them will defend Israel; and no one wants to talk much about anything else.