James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

James Cullen first became interested in Northern Ireland and the Troubles when he visited in 1969 during a leave of absence from the US army while (...)

Detained: a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay. Photograph: Petty Officer 1st Class Shane T McCoy/US Navy/Getty

Of the 780 “unprivileged enemy belligerents” who, at one time or another, have found themselves detained at Guantánamo Bay, 122 remain. A handful of t(...)

 Australian former convicted terrorist and former detainee at Guantanamo Bay David Hicks speaks at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Nikki Short/EPA

An Australian former Guantanamo Bay detainee has claimed after a US military appeals court threw out his conviction on a terrorism charge that he wa(...)

Ashton Carter, US president Barack Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defence, during a Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next US secretary of defence has said he would be “very much inclined” to send lethal arms to the Ukrainian (...)

Camp X-Ray: detainees at Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, in Cuba, in 2002. Photograph: Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy/US Navy/Getty

A beating Around 5.30pm __________ brought me my cold MRE. I had gotten used to cold portions; I didn’t savour them, but I had been suffering weight l(...)

Censored: Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s brother Yahdih Ould Slahi shows redacted pages of Guantánamo Diary. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty
The Forrest Gump of Guantánamo
  • World
  • January 24, 2015, 01:00

A memoir of a Guantánamo Bay detainee was published this week in 20 countries. Guantánamo Diary, by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, has taken nearly a decade(...)

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress on January 20th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images 2:12

President Barack Obama used his sixth annual State of the Union address last night to declare that the United States had turned the page on unpopular (...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

Detainees sit in a holding area  at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. File photograph: Reuters/US Department of Defence.

The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country.US officials said the transfer from the detention centre is(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

The sudden shift in US policy toward Cuba represents the decline of a previously unquestioned conviction – that beneath the calm surface of Cuban soci(...)