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Video: Andy Worthington on Guantánamo’s 10th Anniversary on Russia Today (and in Urdu on VOA News)

by Andy Worthington

Last week, while I was in the US on a 12-day tour to call for the closure of Guantánamo on the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison, I did three TV interviews as part of my busy schedule (which also involved nine speaking events, and seven radio interviews). The first of these was The Alyona Show on Russia Today on January 11, the actual anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, and that interesting interview is available below, via YouTube.

Although we had just six and a half minutes, Alyona Minkovski demonstrated a sound knowledge of all matters Guantánamo, which, in turn, helps to explain why RT is becoming required viewing for Americans interested in anything more than a whitewash when it comes to reports and analysis of their own government’s crimes and failures.


The previous day, I was interviewed by VOA News’ Urdu Channel, after the panel discussion I took part in at the New America Foundation with Congressman Jim Moran, Col. Morris Davis and Tom Wilner, for a report on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, and I include that below, for the benefit of any Urdu speakers. The third interview, a detailed half-hour exploration of Guantánamo past, present and future, was with Brian Becker of Atlantic Television News, and I’ll make it available here as soon as it’s online.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison.


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