Devil Pups Company Competition GITMO 1980. Courtesy of Alex MacLeod.

Living the American Dream on Guantanamo Bay

by Taylor Hochstin When Guantanamo Bay comes to mind, one readily visualizes images that have been seen on the news or in movies. These images mainly focus on the detainment camps since 9/11, and convey torture and fear. Because of these politicized, publicized images, many people are ignorant about the history of the naval base… Continue reading Living the American Dream on Guantanamo Bay

Standing in the doorway of his tent at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he and other Cuban boat people had painted the words "Cas de los Balseros" (Spanish for "House of the Rafters"), Ismael Valdes Rueda said even living with an uncertain future in Safe Haven camps is better than going back to Cuba. Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

GTMO and U.S. Immigration Policies towards Refugees

By David Eshaghoff   Since the United States facilitated the independence movement of Cuba from imperial Spain, the last of the remaining colonial-era settlements in the Western Hemisphere, the terms of the surrender created a bond between Cuba and the United States that would ultimately result in another imperial relationship. This was so fundamental to… Continue reading GTMO and U.S. Immigration Policies towards Refugees

Camp McCalla, 1991 - two Haitian refugees standing outside port a potties at refugee camp. Courtesy of Carol Halebian, 1991.

Issues of Race: Cuban and Haitian Refugees at GTMO

By Rebecca Berg Guantanamo Bay is a naval base that is leased by the U.S. and that has been used since the 1990’s to hold refugees and most recently terrorist suspects (CNN World). Haitian and Cuban refugees in the 1990’s found themselves at Guantanamo Bay for very similar reasons. Refugees of both nationalities set off… Continue reading Issues of Race: Cuban and Haitian Refugees at GTMO

Cuban Boat at dock, Naval Station. 1961-1964. Courtesy of Frances Matlock.

Cuban Perspectives on Guantanamo Bay

By Eric Le Guantanamo Bay currently sits in Cuba as the only US-controlled territory in a Communist country. Known also as GTMO, it is a place that our government feels is necessary to occupy for national security, both as a naval base for armed forces and as an observation point for keeping an eye on… Continue reading Cuban Perspectives on Guantanamo Bay

Candlelight vigil at Capitol reflecting pool, June 23 2012. Courtesy of Bill Oleflach.

Women in the U.S. Military at GTMO

By Margaret Martin Women in the United States military serve their country with devotion and diligence. All American soldiers should be commended for their service to our country and dedication to our population’s safety. The women of the United States military go through extensive and extremely difficult training. This is the same training male soldiers… Continue reading Women in the U.S. Military at GTMO

Cells, Naval Station. Courtesy of Christopher Sims.

Incarceration in New Orleans and GTMO

By Sarah Levinson   Recently, the issues of mass incarceration and injustices in the American prison system have been frequent news topics, both in regards to the prison on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and in the United States. At the forefront of this controversy are states such as Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration… Continue reading Incarceration in New Orleans and GTMO

Refugees filling up water buckets at Camp McCalla. Courtesy of Carol Halebian, 1991.

HIV Positive Haitian Refugees at GTMO

By Hannah Israel During the 1990s, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) had taken the spotlight as they began to spread rapidly across America. In the fall of 1981 there were only about 100 cases, but by the fall of 1995 the number was over half a million (Osmond). The thought… Continue reading HIV Positive Haitian Refugees at GTMO

Banksy graffiti, Photo Eadmundo, Wikimedia Commons

Banksy Visits Disneyland

By E-Ann Wang   On September 8th, 2006, an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee appeared on the grounds of Disneyland. With the assistance of Thierry Guetta, the guerrilla artist Banksy staged a piece that provided social commentary on the War on Terror. The pair snuck a backpack stuffed with a deflated blow-up… Continue reading Banksy Visits Disneyland

Artwork by GTMO detainee. Courtesy of Emma Reverter.

Art by GTMO Detainees

By Tyler Zamjahn In prison a person loses all forms of freedom; every aspect of their lives is now controlled by someone else. Free decisions and thought are few and far between and most people develop coping mechanisms in order to maintain sanity during their time. These scenarios are especially true and amplified in Guantanamo… Continue reading Art by GTMO Detainees

WAT - The Lonely Morning

The Broken System of Criminal Justice in the United States and its Territories

by Rachel Kushnick Despite being built to house distinctly different populations – prisoners of war and US criminals – the prison systems in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and New Orleans demonstrate a shockingly similar treatment of their prisoners. In both places, prisoners are continuously stripped of many of the fundamental rights that should always be afforded… Continue reading The Broken System of Criminal Justice in the United States and its Territories

An MD-3A tow tractor tows a Fleet Composite Squadron 10 (VC-10) TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft from a hangar: 03/07/1987. Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Guantanamo Bay: War on the Homefront

by Samantha Beberman Guantanamo Bay, a naval base located in southeastern Cuba, features a high security military prison where suspected terrorists were brought post the attacks of September 11th. Here, the United States embraced the inhumane torture techniques that we had once opposed. The Survival Evasion Resistance Escape program (SERE) trained military personnel at Guantanamo… Continue reading Guantanamo Bay: War on the Homefront