Wednesday 1-10-18 – Closing Guantánamo – Andy Worthington
Written by Tom Walker on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
This Wednesday we’ll talk to activist Andy Worthington about his work and the demonstration this Thursday in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, to close Guantanamo and stop torture.
Andy is a British historian, investigative journalist, and film director. He has published three books, and been published in numerous publications. In 2009 Worthington was the co-director of a documentary about the Guantánamo detainees. Worthington is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, a liberal news site. Worthington published what has been described as the most definitive annotated list of all Guantánamo detainees. In January 2010 he published the first annotated list of Bagram detainees.
Worthington’s third book is The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison. Following its publication in October 2007, Worthington has published articles supplementing the information in his book, to track new developments. Michelle Shephard, author of Guantanamo’s Child, when summing up other books on Guantánamo, described his book as: “Perhaps the single most important book to cover the big picture of Guantánamo”, even though he “has never even been to Guantánamo Bay.” Stephen Grey, writing in the New Statesman, called the book “…a powerful, essential and long-overdue piece of research”.
We may also talk to Dr. Ron Warner. Dr. Warner, a clinical psychologist and Ryerson University Professor Emeritus, is the founding director for the Solution-Focused Counselling certificate program in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. For the last 6 years his part-time private practice has been devoted to treating traumatized soldiers and veterans including 4 years at CFB Kingston.