Monday, February 2, 2015

Chicago Digs Into ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Mohamedou Ould Slahi
People around the country are reading Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a book that shines a light on the U.S. conspiracy to detain and torture Muslim men, and the triumph of the human spirit over those acts.

The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo and others are joining the effort to study this book and share its contents widely.

Slahi is a Mauritanian man detained at Guantánamo Bay Detention Center who managed to write a diary in English and go through the necessary procedures to enable the (highly redacted) manuscript to reach the outside world. Larry Siems, an editor who has never been able to meet Slahi, prepared the book for publication.

We'll be adding information here about upcoming events in Chicago related to Guantánamo Diary, as well as commentary from CCSDG participants.

In the meantime, please check out some of the many reviews and commentaries emerging in the mainstream press about Guantánamo Diary.

Guantánamo Diary
by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Democracy Now, "Inside the U.S. Torture Chambers: Prisoner’s Guantánamo Diary Details 12 Years of Abuse, Terror" (January 22, 2015)

C-SPAN, "Book Discussion on Guantánamo Diary: Nancy Hollander and Hina Shamsi talked about Mohamedou Slahi and his book, Guantánamo Diary." (January 23, 2015)

The New York Times, "From Inside Prison, a Terrorism Suspect Shares His Diary (‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi)" by Scott Shane (January 25, 2015)

CNN Money, "Guantanamo detainee's diary is a New York Times best seller" (January 29, 2015)