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UK Guantánamo Newswire Archive

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Obama the imperialist

08-02-2009 17:07

The first Democratic president in the modern era to be elected on an anti-war ticket is also, to the relief of neocons and the liberal belligerati, a hawk. Committed to escalation in Afghanistan, his foreign policy selections also indicate bellicosity towards Sudan and Iran. During his first week in office he sanctioned two missile attacks in Pakistan, killing 22 people, including women and children. And his stance on Gaza is remarkably close to that of the outgoing administration. The question now is how Obama will convince his supporters to back that stance. Bush could rely on a core constituency whose commitment to peace and human rights is, at the very least, questionable. Obama has no such luxury. In making his case, he will need the support of those "liberal hawks" who gave Bush such vocal support.

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Take action for Binyam Mohammed

08-02-2009 12:32

The very least we can do is email Milliband the Spineless

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Foreign Office colludes with US to cover-up torture of Binyam Mohamed

08-02-2009 11:37

A High Court ruling by two British judges regarding the torture of a Guantánamo detainee has unleashed a major political crisis.

The judges have stated that they have been pressured by the United States into concealing evidence that should be made available in any country governed by the rule of law. This took the form of threats to withdraw security cooperation, instigated under the Bush administration and continued under Barak Obama's presidency.

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The Betrayal of British Torture Victim Binyam Mohamed

06-02-2009 18:28

There was a time, as two senior judges in the British High court reported yesterday (PDF), when "The suppression of reports of wrongdoing by officials (in circumstances which cannot in any way affect national security) would be inimical to the rule of law and the proper functioning of a democracy." As the judges -- Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Lloyd Jones -- noted, correctly, "Championing the rule of law, not suppressing it, is the cornerstone of a democracy."

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Change? Or Just Charisma

05-02-2009 15:41

Lest one tallies up its achievements, of the 1330 dead Palestinians: 437 children, 110 women, 123 elderly men, 14 medics and 4 journalists. 5000 injured, of which 1890 are children. An estimated destruction worth $ 1.5 billion, the use of white phosphorous and other illegal weapons, and over 1.5 million horrific stories to listen to. Only the sadistic fascist type would later bathe in self-exuberance by calling this a ``success''. Yet in Israeli politics, launching the all-out war machine and destroying the lives of innocents in the name of `security' to gain or retain votes isn't new.

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Take URGENT ACTION: Binyam Mohamed/UK involvement in torture

04-02-2009 18:10

Bring Binyam Back
On 1 February, several newspaper reported that Binyam Mohamed, who has been on hunger strike for over a month, is "close to death". Today, a High Court judgment revealed that the US bullied the UK into not disclosing information it has about Binyam's torture in Morocco or it would not share intelligence information any more (please see Reprieve press release below). Take action now...time is running's now or never for Binyam!

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Guantanamo: "The iguanas have more protection than the human prisoners."

24-01-2009 15:17

The Cageprisoners Tour, which marks the seventh year since Guantanamo Bay was opened, arrived in Liverpool on 22nd January. Of the three speakers, Moazzam Begg and Omar Deghayes were prisoners there. The third, Chris Arendt, was a prison guard.

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Audio: Two Sides, One Story - Cageprisoners National Tour - Sheffield

21-01-2009 01:37

On Tuesday 20th of January 2009 the Cageprisoners "Two Sides, One Story -- Guantanamo From Boths Sides of the Wire Tour" -- a tour to mark seven years of unlawful detention, abuse and torture, came to Sheffield. Christopher Arendt (former Guantanamo guard, Iraq Veterans Against War, ), Moazzam Begg (former Guantanamo prisoner, spokesperson for Cageprisoners, ) and Omar Deghayes (former Guantanamo prisoner, ) were introduced by Jillian Creasy on behalf of the Sheffield Guantanamo Campaign. It was an outstanding and very moving event and the audio of the meeting is attached and some photos follow.

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Audio - Two Sides, One Story - Cageprisoners National Tour - LONDON

18-01-2009 16:01

Audio from the January 11th London leg of a 21 date national tour to mark seven years of unlawful detention, abuse and torture

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From Ladbroke Grove to Guantánamo Bay: Iftar in solidarity with Binyam Mohamed

18-09-2008 18:55

Binyam, the last Londoner in Guantanamo Bay, lived in west London for over seven years and worked at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre. After six and a half years of illegal detention, torture and extraordinary rendition, Binyam should be observing Ramadan in Lonon with his local community and friends. We invite you to join us for a shared meal and reflect on his plight. This event is open to EVERYONE.

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Guantánamo torture victim Binyam Mohamed: High Court condemns UK/US policy

30-08-2008 01:19

Andy Worthington, author of “The Guantánamo Files”, reports on the High Court’s judgment in favour of British resident Binyam Mohamed, in which the judges ruled that the government must hand over evidence relating to his rendition and torture, and the Court’s second judgment on Friday, in which the judges ruled that the government’s attempts to prevent disclosure for reasons of “national security” were insufficient.

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Binyam Mohamed: judges grill MI5 agent and question fairness of Guantánamo trial

04-08-2008 14:12

Andy Worthington, author of “The Guantánamo Files,” reports on the explosive developments during last week’s judicial review, in the British high court, of the case of British resident and torture victim Binyam Mohamed, imprisoned in Guantánamo and facing a trial by Military Commission.

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Secret “War on Terror” Prison on Diego Garcia Confirmed

01-08-2008 21:58

Andy Worthington, author of ‘The Guantánamo Files’, reports on the latest confirmation, from deep within the US administration, that a secret prison existed on the British Overseas Territory of Diego Garcia, despite persistent US and UK denials, and profiles the six “high-value detainees” held there and later transferred to Guantánamo, plus the “ghost prisoner” Mustafa Setmariam Nasar.

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Dictatorial Powers

21-07-2008 12:25

"Based on advice given to Donald Rumsfeld by Defense Department lawyers regarding the use of isolation at Guantánamo, when the lawyers warned that it was "not known to have been generally used for interrogation purposes for longer than 30 days," Marri has now been held in solitary confinement for 66 times longer than the amount of time recommended by the Pentagon's own lawyers (this figure includes the six months that he spent in isolation in Peoria County Jail and the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York, before being transferred to Charleston)."

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Scandal of Diego Garcia rendition flights strains US-UK relations

08-07-2008 12:03

Andy Worthington, author of “The Guantánamo Files”, reports on the latest developments relating to the British Overseas Territory of Diego Garcia: the exiled islanders’ latest salvo in their 40-year pursuit of justice, and the British government’s failure to tackle its US allies over the use of Diego Garcia for “extraordinary rendition” flights.

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David Gray complains about the use of music as torture in the “War on Terror”

03-07-2008 22:44

Singer-songwriter David Gray has taken a brave stand by complaining about the use of his music as torture by the US military in "War on Terror" prisons in Guantánamo, in Iraq, and in secret prisons run by the CIA.

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Summer in the City - Guantánamo actions in the capital in July '08

01-07-2008 14:01

Bored in your holidays? Visiting the capital for the summer? Then come and join at some of the many actions we've got planned this month...and take action to help free the last Londoner in Guantánamo Bay

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Guantanamo bay / Binyam Mohamed Protest, London 15.06.08

15-06-2008 21:02

UK, London. Binyam Mohamed / Guantanamo Bay protest. 2008
Images from the protest in London appealing for solidarity with Binyam Mohamed - the last UK resident in Guantanamo bay threatened with the death penalty.
Binyam Mohamed is a refugee from Ethiopia, who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, was seized in Pakistan and rendered to Morocco, then sent to Afghanistan, and then Guantanamo Bay.

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Sheffield 11th June Guantánamo Protest

12-06-2008 22:18

Sheffield 11th June Guantánamo Protest
A protest was held in Sheffield on 11th June 2008 by the Sheffield Guantánamo Campaign to highlight the situation of Binyam Mohamed, the last UK resident in the illegal US prison at Guantánamo Bay and is potentially facing the death penalty.

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New report details torture of Guantánamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed

11-06-2008 09:03

Andy Worthington, author of “The Guantánamo Files,” introduces a new report, by legal action charity Reprieve, detailing the rendition and torture of British resident Binyam Mohamed, who faces a trial by Military Commission in Guantánamo.
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