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A look inside Guantanamo

An inmate's riveting account of life in Guantanamo Bay raises serious questions about why America is comfortable in failing to live up to its constitutional ideals

By Mark Mazower   March 2015

The author's brother holds up redacted pages of the book. © Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Canongate, £20)

US Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, hit the headlines on 5th February when he sandbagged a Pentagon official sent by President Barack Obama to make the case for further releases from Guantanamo Bay. “The only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there…

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