An Arts Sampler on Guantanamo

 

Here is a compendium of examples of Guantánamo in the arts and literature, in the United States and abroad:

MEMOIRS

• 2005: Inside the Wire, by Erik Saar, former U.S. Army intelligence linguist; For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire, by James Yee, former U.S. Army Muslim chaplain.

• 2006: Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power, by Joseph Margulies, detainee rights lawyer; Prisonnier 325 Camp Delta, by Nizar Sassi, former detainee, in French and Spanish; Enemy Combatant:A British Muslim's Journey to Guantánamo and Back, by Moazzam Begg, former detainee.

• 2007: Bad Men: Guantánamo Bay and the Secret Prisons, by Clive Stafford Smith, detainee rights lawyer; Five Years of My Life, By Murat Kurnaz, former detainee, in German, due out in English early next year; Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, edited by Marc Falkoff.

FILMS

Sicko, Michael Moore's political take on U.S. medicine, brings 9/11 rescue workers on a boat near the base to declare captives rare recipients of universal U.S. healthcare.

The Road to Guantánamo, a 91-minute 2006 docudrama directed by Michael Winterbottom, about three British Muslims who were held at the prison camps for about two years.

NOVELS

The Prisoner of Guantánamo, 2006, by Dan Fesperman, a former Baltimore Sun journalist's thriller from the vantage point of an FBI interrogator.

Guantánamo: A Novel, 2004 in German, 2007 translated to English, by Dorothea Dieckmann, a German essayist and literary critic, is set behind the razor wire in the mind of an imaginary 20-year-old captive named Rashid.

MUSIC

Without Chains, a 2006 song by punk-rock singer Patti Smith based on the tale of a former Guantánamo captive, Murat Kurnaz of Germany. http://pattismith.net/

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Guantánamo, a 2004 song by Stephen Coffee of the Virginia-based Harley String Band, which won honorable mention in the Great American Song Contest. http://musicchaosabatement.com

The Devil Went Down to GTMO, Charlie Daniels Band's in situ improvisation that entertained the guards and other troops at the base in 2002. Never recorded.

STAGE

Jesus: The Guantánamo Years, one-man, one-hour play by Irish comedian Abie Philbin Bowman, which has been staged in Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Edinburgh and this summer in Boston.

Honor Bound, a dance production by Nigel Jamieson staged in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theater, Sept. 13-Oct. 1, 2006, Malthouse Theater, Melbourne, Australia, which has since toured to Vienna and Amsterdam.

Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, a play by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo based on former British captive accounts opened in London in January 2004, played for several months in two theaters, then saw productions in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Washington.

Read more Guantánamo Special Coverage stories from the Miami Herald

  • Web Extra | A prison camps primer

    The Pentagon has built a series of facilities at Guantánamo Bay since it inaugurated its offshore detention and interrogation center for terrorist suspects in January 2002 by airlifting captives to remote Cuba from Bagram, Afghanistan.

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In this Feb. 2, 2002 file photo, a detainee brought by airlift from Afghanistan is carried on a stretcher before being interrogated by military officials at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    GUANTANAMO

    ‘Flouting the rules of law and morality’

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Before this onetime coaling station for the U.S. Navy ships in the Caribbean was transformed into a site holding captives in the war on terror that U.S. officials had called the worst of the worst, most Americans were unaware of its existence.

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These men are among those being force-fed at Guantanamo, according to their lawyers who say they got notice from the Justice Department. Top row from left: Yemeni Tariq Ba Awdah, 34, Syrian Jihad Diyab, 41, Yemeni Mohammed Al-Hamiri, in his 30s. Bottom row rom left: Kuwaiti Fayez Kandari, 35, Yemenis Yasin Ismael and Samir Muqbil, both in their 30s. Five of the photos come from the captives' military intelligence risk assessments obtained by McClatchy from Wikileaks. Kandari's photo was taken by the International Red Cross and released by his family.

    Who's still being held at Guantánamo

    Here is a comprehensive list of who is still held at the Guantánamo detention center in Cuba. McClatchy determined who was still there using both sources and court records as well as secret intelligence files obtained by WikiLeaks and passed to McClatchy.

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