Guantanamo Bay

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is Guantanamo Prisoners' New Favorite Show

    Despite Barack Obama's campaign promises to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the place is still open and home to 168 detainees. So what do these suspected enemies of America do all day? Well, they watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, of course. It's overtaken Harry Potter as the most popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Gitmo Detainees Led CIA to Bin Laden, So Is Cuba's Worst Prison Actually Working?

    Gitmo vindicated?​When I visited Guantánamo Bay on the eve of President Barack Obama's inauguration, two things seemed certain: that the hated prison would soon be shuttered and that it would go down in history as one of America's worst follies.Two years later, the camp is still running strong an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Happy First Anniversary of Gitmo's 'Final Days!' Too Bad It's Still Full of Prisoners

    One year ago, I traveled to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to watch firsthand as President Barack Obama pledged to close the extrajudicial prison. One year later, these guys are still hanging out by the Caribbean.​I was witness to Guantánamo's "final days," I wrote. It seemed like a reasonable thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Musicians Demand Classified Gitmo Memos On How Their Tunes Were Used As Torture

    Of all the outrages perpetrated at Guantanamo Bay -- which New Times explored in depth earlier this year on our visit to the prison camp in southern Cuba -- one of the strangest has to be the military's music-based "futility technique."via Wikimedia Commons​In case you've succeeded in washing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Cat Killer Brings out Miami's Feline-Lovin' Sadists

    Watch more Comedy Central videos on AOL Video So on Sunday, cops arrested the alleged cat killer, a clean-cut kid who likes to blow shit up and has friends that call him "niggercake" but otherwise seems nice enough. The exposure of Tyler Weinman has simply given a face to the impromptu "How Would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Gitmo Terrorists Are Coming to Your Back Yard! And to the Tiny Island Nation of Palau?

    As we reported in February after a visit to Guantánamo Bay, President Obama faces some pretty damn thorny decisions as he tries to close the notorious prison camp in southeastern Cuba, none tougher than what the heck to do with all the prisoners. via Wikimedia Commons.Soon coming to a backyard near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Senate Withholds Funds to Close Guantanamo Bay

    Barry BlandPrisoners in Guantanamo BayThe Senate voted against providing $80 million to shut down Guantanamo Bay 90 to 6 today. The move comes a day before President Obama is scheduled to outline his plans for what to do with the 240 terrorism suspects held in Cuba. The provision also temporari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Obama Decides to Keep Grotesque Parody of Justice For Gitmo Detainees

    When I visited Guantanamo Bay a few months ago, I caught what looked like the last act in the long, sordid miscarriage of justice President Bush called the military tribunal system. Hope you weren't looking for a fair trial, boys.There were so many outrageous pro ... More >>

  • News

    April 30, 2009

    To Serve and Nut-Check

    Why don't local police departments tell us what they're really all about?

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Turns Out U.S. Interrogators Went Waterboard Crazy in Gitmo

    When we toured and wrote about Guantánamo Bay a couple of months ago, the military had already tossed out any pretense that waterboarding and other torture techniques had been used on inmates. But no one really knew how often the military and the CIA decided to violate the Geneva Conventions and hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Miss Universe Says Guantanamo Bay Is 'Fun,' 'Calm,' and 'Relaxing'

    Well, the gig is up. Thanks a lot, reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza.See, in the cover story on my trip to Guantanamo Bay a couple of months ago, I did my best to convey my impressions of the infamous prison camp as an unforgiving, desolate way station where detainees were routinely tortured and ... More >>

  • News

    March 5, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of March 5, 2009

    "Let him foolishly make money off of these animals, and we'll mop up the mess when something tragic finally happens."

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Where's Omar Khadr Going? Not Back to Canada Anytime Soon

    As President Obama tries to keep his pledge to close Gitmo by next January, his biggest challenge -- as told in-depth in your New Times this very week -- is figuring out what to do with guys like Omar Khadr. Khadr, the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay and the only Westerner, is both a symbol of t ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Alberto Mora: Profile in Cojones

    The Bush backer stood up against Guantánamo abuses. Now he's an Obama man.

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Guantanamo's Final Days

    America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and jihad looms.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    The Stain of Gitmo: "We Destroyed People's Lives."

    Tomorrow on newsstands, we tell the story of Omar Khadr, who is the youngest detainee at Guantanamo, the only Westerner, and a symbol of sorts. To some, he is exhibit A for all that is wrong with America's War on Terror. For others, he's an example of why the camp exists in the first place. For us, ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    Gitmo Status Quo

    The day Obama signed an order to close Guantánamo Bay, it was business as usual inside the camps.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Gitmo Status Quo: Inside the Camps, You'd Never Know Obama Is Closing The Place

    Past the scowling Puerto Rican National Guard sentries and razor-wire fences, down a rutted gravel road into the heart of Guantánamo Bay's Camp Delta detention facility, Army Col. Bruce Vargo bursts with gusto into an air-conditioned double-wide trailer. In Washington, the ink has barely dried on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    New Gitmo Policies, Same as the Old Gitmo Policies?

    It is common knowledge among conservative bloggers that the mainstream media was totally in the tank for Barack Obama during the whole election, but now that he's actually president, it seems they don't really know what to do with themselves. So they've reverted back to the only thing they've known ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    The Last Days of Guantanamo Bay

    This morning President Obama signed the order to close Guantanamo, as he has been promising to do for weeks, but it is unlikely the doors to the detention center will close anytime soon. That's because no one is sure what to do with the 250 or so people still detained there. An estimated 100 detaine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Obama's First Act: Closing Gitmo (But Don't Say Farewell Just Yet)

    The prez-elect electrified the newswires yesterday when word leaked he plans to issue an executive order during his first week in office -- and maybe his first day -- officially shutting down the detention camps at Guantánamo Bay.But before you start planning those Gitmo V-Day parades, Obama sounde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    News Roundup

    In perhaps the most important news ever, Riptide and all its sister blogs got some work done. Everyone knows you've gotta go under the knife once in a while in this town to keep up.Obama promises to close Gitmo, sometime. No sure when, but he'll get around to it. [CBS4]Charlie Crist gets mixed mid-t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 8, 2009

    Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho

    Guantánamo Bay has gotta go!

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Wanna Close Gitmo? Great. Now Who's Going to Take All These Prisoners?

    As we prepare for the dawning of the age of Obama in exactly two weeks, this weekend provided another reminder it's going to take more than a feel-great election and historic inauguration to clean up the mess of the past eight years.Obama has promised time and again to quickly shutter the detention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Gitmo Inches Toward Its Final Days, or Does It?

    Over the weekend, the Pentagon airlifted a slew of reporters and a handful of family members of 9/11 victims to Guantanamo Bay to watch the latest in the trial of five prisoners.What was mostly meant as a photo op turned into a genuine, huge news story when all five detainees, including 9/11 masterm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Guantanamo Interrogators Torture Inmates with Britney Spears

    So apparently our military has decided to use what they call a 'sonic bludgeon' in order to get information out of prisoners with out actually using, you know, physical torture. This is truly American innovation at its best! Interrogators at military prisons like Guantanamo Bay blast songs, like Br ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    In Carlos, We Trust

    The boss pays you. time to pay him back.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008
  • Film

    April 24, 2008


    The next wave of post-9/11 political films trades sobriety for satire.

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    The Cuban Contender

    Elieser Castillo has his eye on the world heavyweight championship

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    Bush Administration Looks to Curtail More Gitmo Rights

    Last year Congress negated habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has requested that a DC appeals court limit civilian lawyers' access to Gitmo clients to three visits. The DOJ has also requested the right to read correspondence between lawyers and detainee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2007

    Puppet Punch

    I have been through a lot in my years as a journalist. Hurricanes, riots, coma-inducing press conferences on Capitol Hill. But I have never been hit on the head by a puppet. Not until today. I was standing on the corner of NW 87th Ave and 36th St. in Doral this morning and talking to a guy na ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Letters from the Issue of June 15, 2006

    "Anger, ignorance, and revenge have returned to prominence

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Pearl of the Antilles

    The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4200 calories a day and a Koran

  • Culture

    January 13, 2005
  • Culture

    January 6, 2005
  • Diversions

    May 17, 2001
  • News

    November 30, 2000

    Fancy Footwork

    After being banned in Cuba, kickboxing is making a run for South Florida fight fans

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Cuba's Second Revolution

    Before he was banished from his homeland, Diosmel Rodriguez sowed the seeds of revolt among Cuban farmers

  • News

    September 19, 1996

    Freedom Fighters

    Boxing is the quintessential individual sport. Unless you're a Cuban champ who has defected to turn pro in Miami, in which case it's a team effort.

  • Film

    November 30, 1995
  • News

    November 23, 1995

    Buy-Buy Guantanamo!

    For an agency renowned for spending thousands on a single toilet seat, the Pentagon sure sells cheap

  • News

    September 14, 1995

    The Making of an Exclusive

    A navy press officer says the Miami Herald unfairly finagled its way inot Gloria Estefan's Guantanamo entourage

  • News

    February 2, 1995

    Immigrate Expectations

    Exile leaders raised millions to bankroll their plan to refugees to South Florida from Guantanamo -- but money isn't the only stumbling block

  • News

    January 26, 1995

    Reach Out and Really Touch Someone

    Late last year thousands of people learned that the "free" calls they'd been making to Cuba weren't really free. Now the bills are arriving.

  • News

    May 4, 1994

    No Peace for Paula

    In Cuba she was a symbol, the Madonna of the Counterrevolution. But in Miami, it's a different kind of fight for Paula Valiente.

  • News

    May 5, 1993

    Inside Little Haiti

    From an island in the sea to an island in the heart of Miami

  • News

    August 12, 1992

    Birth of a Notion

    Here's a new idea: Haitian babies born at the Guantanamo Naval Station should be considered U.S. citizens

  • News

    February 5, 1992

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    Residents of Miami's "Upper East Side" have no problem with Haitians yearning to breathe free. It's those seedy Biscayne Boulevard motels that they can't stand.

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