“Relax,” the mug reads. “You’re on GTMO time.”

It’s Xmas day and this time in 2003, 13 years ago my husband was languishing in an Australian refugee detention facility.

I was suffering from other people’s suffering. More specifically the insane concept that anyone would be expected to survive ‘intact’ the injustice of ‘arbitary indefinite detention’ on my watch. 

13 years later one of humanity’s dirtiest injustices the deep scar of the West’s War on Terror remains a blot on the Cuban landscape and a living example of man’s inhumanity to man.

Obama promised to close it. He also promised….. well here’s what he said to AIPAC in 2008 when he won the candidacy for the Dems…

I had grown up without a sense of roots. My father was black; he was from Kenya, and he left us when I was 2. My mother was white; she was from Kansas, and I’d moved with her to Indonesia and then back to Hawaii. In many ways, I didn’t know where I came from. So I was drawn to the belief that you could sustain a spiritual, emotional and cultural identity. And I deeply understood the Zionist idea — that there is always a homeland at the center of our story.

The Zionists he spoke of have strengthened their grip over Palestinians everywhere but nowhere stronger than in the Gaza they created in 1967 as an indefinite prison for over 1.7 million people under an inhumane Israeli blockade. 45% of them now under 14years with 41% of 15-24year olds unemployed.

Back to Obama’s speech to AIPAC in 2008….

As president, I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. And I won’t wait until the waning days of my presidency. I will take an active role, and make a personal commitment to do all I can to advance the cause of peace from the start of my administration.

Anyway we all know he did SFA on proressing either this piece of political rhetoric or his I will close GiTMo bullshit.


I am thankful for the xmas decorations and joyful return of East Alleppo to Syrian Army, thankful that Putin is not Boris Yeltsen though he’s no Fidel, thankful that I can be peacefully off work with my husband for 4 days. 

I remain hopeful that his family will return to their home in Syria and rebuild their lives as refugees in the one of the few Arab countries other than Ghadaffi’s Libya .. 

..that showed it was not a lackie to Western ideology.
Anyway …Gaddafis gone, the sociopath that said “we came, we saw – he died” is in the political wilderness, we still lock up refugees, GiTMO is still running and Obama is struggling not to look as bad as his predecessor in his last days by ‘generously’ not offering the usual veto on yet another empty UN resolution on Israeli land grabbing.

Have a quiet Xmas. 😨 and a little gift that speaks to everyone who still has a soft romantic side.



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