Sweet and Sour Sixteen

Submitted by ub on Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:39

Guantánamo prison celebrates its 16th anniversary. The US detention camp is a military prison located at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, also referred to as #GTMO in Cuba.

Since the inmates have been detained indefinitely without trial and several inmates were allegedly severely tortured, the operations of this camp are considered to be a major breach of human rights by Amnesty International.

The camp was established by President George W. Bush's administration in 2002 during the War on Terror. His successor, President Barack Obama, promised that he would close it, but met strong bipartisan opposition, with Congress passing laws to prohibit detainees from Guantanamo being imprisoned in the U.S. During Obama's administration, the number of inmates was reduced from about 245 to 41 most former detainees were freed and transferred to other countries.

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Meanwhile, a woman from Guantanamo is what the song Guantanamera is about. Cuban patriot Jose Marti is credited for the poem written in 1929 as a patriotic song about Cuba and made popular as its most noted patriotic song, especially when using the #JoseMarti lyrics.

It is used in struggles for peace and justice across Latin America and the U.S. It has been recorded by a remarkably long and diverse list of artists, including Joan Baez, the Fugees, Jimmy Buffett, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias, Pete Seeger, and others. The following are favorites.