سجن غوانتانامو
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سجن غوانتانامو

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Who exactly has America detained all these years at Guantanamo? The Worst of the Worst? Or the Wretched of the Earth?

Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents in Michigan. Outraged that her country was illegally imprisoning people at Guantanamo, she volunteered to translate for the prisoners. She spoke their language, understood their customs,

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Published (first published January 11th 2008)
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R.f.k
محامية أمريكية من أصل أفغاني تدخل لمعتقل غواتناموا سي الصيت للدفاع عن معتقلين بالتنسيق مع شركات محاماة امريكية بريطانيه.....لفتني بالبداية الاهداء في الكتاب قالت: أهدي هذا الكتاب للذكرى الطيبة ولأصدقائي خلف القضبان
قابلت وتكفلت بالدفاع عن الكثير من المعتقلين أغلبهم أفغان أبناء بلدها الاصلي...القاسم المشترك بين هولاء المعتقلين عبثية الاحتلال الامريكي وطريقه اعتقال هولاء بالتنسيق مع باكستانيين تسليم العرب والإفغان كيف تم اعتقالهم ؟ القى الجيش الامريكي من الجو آلاف المنشورات في افغانستان واعداً كل م...more
Jim
Although there was a lot to like here, I felt there was a lot missing as well. No doubt there are men in Gitmo who have been falsely accused (often sold out by rivals); many allegations were not logical; but then, logic is not the strong suit of Bushites. I hate that we have allowed Cheney/Bush to establish a situation where we do not treat our enemies the way we want to be treated; I wish our leaders and managers were smarter, but they aren't. Likewise, I think it is too easy to get swept up in...more
مهند
كتاب محامية افغانية الاصل وامريكية الجنسية
ترافعت للدفاع عن بعض معتقلي غوانتانامو
ظهر من خلال السيرة ان بعض المعتقلين ليس لهم علاقة بالقاعدة وطالبان ولكن الحكومة الباكستانية واجهزتها الفاسدة وعملائها قد باعو اغلبيتهم مقابل اموال الى امريكا!!! الكتاب من الناحية المعرفية متوسط القيمة وان كان يعطي بعض الصور المجهولة عن المعتقلين
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Meg Dunley
Wow! What an exhausting story that is a must read by all so that we never, never forget what want and power can do to people, in particular to innocent people.

This is the story that puts the human face to the people at Guantanamo Bay and gives us a chance to understand them. As a reader, you are taken through anger, frustration, joy and tears. It is beautifully written, and is a book that will never leave you. Such an important story to be told. We need to learn to listen to both sides so that...more
Särah Nour
I have read many a news article about Guantanamo Bay and its human rights violations, but it is common knowledge that reading about something pales in comparison to truly experiencing it. Lawyer and journalist Mahvish Rukhsana Khan provides an inside look within the walls of the notorious prison with My Guantanamo Diary, a harrowing, tragic and at times darkly comic account of the appalling injustices she witnessed as a young law student.

Khan, who was born and raised by her Pashtun immigrant par...more
Naeem
Oct 13, 2008 Naeem rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lisa
Mahvish Khan writes from in between two often opposing beliefs. On the one hand, she believes in law, in rights, in the goodness of the country to which she and her parents have emigrated, in the possibility of getting a fair trial for the prisoners she meets and represents. In other words, her naivete knows no bounds. And this makes her an utterly unsophisticated and uncomplicated witness.

On the other hand, she speaks Pushto, knows and largely honors her cultural heritage, and treats the priso...more
Rula Bilbeisi

Opening the doors to hell, a man-made hell, a place that no demon imagined, but we humans made it possible. Throughout the book, nightmares did haunt me, while my emotions swung between disbelief, anger and fear. How can the whole world overlook such a merciless reality: the military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay!

It doesn’t really matter if they are innocent or guilty, if they are charged or not, but it is all that torture and humiliation that the detainees have to go through every minute the...more
Jakob Hansen
This book made me angry. It was written by an Afghan-American law student who served as an interpreter for attorneys helping Guantánamo detainees make habeas appeals. Their stories include accounts intense brutality and inhumane treatment, and vehement assertions of innocence. And they are really quite plausible, especially with one crucial bit of information: The US offered bounties for the capture of terrorists and then never bothered to check whether these claims were at all plausible. Now, I...more
Christy Ashley
This was a fascinating read, particularly in light of the current controversy over Bergdahl exchange. I had hoped the book was more about Khan's work to get these prisoners a trial, rather than just the experiences of the detainees she met with. Their experiences were harrowing and I can understand why a lot of critics called her a sympathizer, however, she really brings to light that so many detainees in Guantanamo were there simply because they had enemies who took advantage of the bounties th...more
Rebecca Scaglione (Love at First Book)
“My Guantanamo Diary” by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan is not a book that I had on a list or had recommended to me. While gazing through the “Librarian’s Choice” section in my library, I stumbled across the book and thought the title looked intriguing. Luckily, I decided to read “My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me” because it was a fantastic, thoughtful, and even political, read.

“My Guantanamo Diary” is written by former law student and journalist Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, who...more
Audrey Coutinho
This is the first non-fiction book that I could complete and actually found more interesting than many of the fiction novels that I have read.

I am so disgusted with the US government after reading this book. Although I knew that people were tortured at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, I had no idea that most of them had no evidence pointing to their involvement in any acts of terror. Many of them are innocent men sold out by rivals and other money-hungry men back home in Afghanistan and Pakistan....more
Kathleen Hagen
My Guantanamo Diaries, by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, produced by Audible inc. narrated by Shelley Johnson, downloaded from audible.com.

The narrator wasn’t right for this book. Her voice was too light and chatty a lot of the time for the serious nature of this book. The author was a third-year law student who attached herself to the Habeas Corpus project of lawyers working full-time on getting trials for persons held at Guatanamo camp, some of who were there for three or four years by the time she ca...more
Robin
Sep 28, 2013 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Four stars means "I really liked it," but there is nothing to like here. Mahvish Rukhsana Khan worked as interpreter for lawyers at Guantanamo prison in 2006 & 2007. As an American, a lawyer, and a person of Afghani descent, she brings scholarly, practical, and cultural knowledge to her work and this writing.

"As a law student and a daughter of immigrants, I thought the prison camp's very existence was a blatant affront to what America stands for. How cuold our government create legal loopho...more
Edina Truth-Jones
This book captures the the wrongful arrests of innocent people by the U.S., the abuse, the violations, the disgusting and horrendous torture committed in the name of "War on Terror." What makes this even a more depressing account is that Mahvish was only able to write about a few prisoners. There are hundreds like them in Gitmo and most have endured atrocities committed against them.

It is clear that U.S. had an agenda to fulfill and it is clear that they were going to accomplish that goal by cre...more
Lee Razer
Much more of a personal impressionistic account of Guantanamo than a comprehensive look at any cases or issues involved. The author is a young idealistic law student from an immigrant Afghan family who volunteered as an interpreter for the lawyers working with Afghans imprisoned on the base. She was convinced that the prisoners she met there were innocent, good men, and she clearly felt full sympathy with them and their stories. She may well be right, and other sources will also confirm that man...more
Carmen
A young bilingual law student goes along with lawyers to interpret. She travels with them to Cuba to interview suspected Taliban participants. As an American, she is incensed that the men were jailed without being charged with a crime and having to endure many hardships. The book details some of these hardships. As an Afghan-American, she is upset that thier culture is being so disrespected by the holy Kuran being urinated on, men having menstrual blood spread on them,etc. She takes over 30 trip...more
Liz
This was an interesting read, and shed some light on the atrocities that were committed at Guantanamo Bay. The cycle it creates is terrifying, because can a person wrongly imprisoned and tortured ever truly return home without hate for the people and country who committed this injustice? It makes you understand why America is not viewed in a positive light in many countries, and worry for what that might mean in the future. Revenge is a viscous cycle. One wish I have for this book, is that the a...more
Brittany
Definitely recommend to everyone--whether you're American or not, whether you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, whether you're very political or apolitical. This story is not a story meant to shock, meant to entice, meant to thrill. It's a story intended to expose the harsh realities of the truth, the truth that will never fully be revealed. The truth of a place with no legal limitations, where both inhumanity and injustice happen. Most of us (I know I speak for myself) cannot fathom that...more
Tina Christina Teng
Ms.Mahvish Khan was so brave to travel back and forth to encounter the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Most importantly, she penned down the emotions and connections she felt with the few families of the prisoners, and has shared them with the world through her diary. Well-written and an eye opener.

Side note: Guantanamo Bay is a detainment facility of the United States located in Cuba. On January 22, 2009, President Obama signed executive orders to shut down Guantanamo Bay (http://www.boston.com/n...more
Christine
I was shocked by what goes on in Gitmo. And I feel discouraged that the American government is doing this. It's no wonder we rarely hear about the prison in the media. I wish more people would read this book and something more could be done. This is definitely an embarrassing time to be an American.

My only complaint was a lot of the stories seemed unfinished. The author took a trip to Afghanistan and described the first part of the trip. Suddenly she was back at Guantanamo Bay without an end to...more
Ranya
An eye-opener! I really liked this book, the author's writing style is very engaging and it truly opened my eyes to the injustices and horrors of Guantanamo Bay. Most of the detainees do not give many details of the torture they receive (it's humiliating for them), but what they do tell you is very very depressing. I found myself disappointed in the US and asking myself how our country can do such things... I recommend this book to every American!! We should all know what our government is doing...more
Kami Rice
Very interesting book that provides insight into the stories of those inside Guantanamo's gates. Timely reading, as well, because President Obama has been pushing this spring to shut down Guantanamo and is meeting congressional resistance from both parties. The book was a fairly quick read as it's not literary reading--it's more informational than that. So it's not a GREAT book in terms of quality of the writing, but it seems to tackle its subject matter well and fairly. It's written by an Ameri...more
Robert Delikat
"Stories that need to be heard."
I love when stories that need to be told finally are. A light needed to be shown over the darkness that is Guantanamo. If we are not, we should be ashamed of what we are doing there. I have seen reviews of this book that asked for balance. Perhaps more importantly we should look for the balance in the hand of justice. There are no doubt bad people at Guantanamo but much has been written about them. Too little has been written about the many there who may be or are...more
Rick Torres
Though I felt this book was very biased towards the Detainees, I felt this book showed a lot of insight to the detainees held in Camp Delta. The author is able to establish a relationship with the Detainees and tell the stories from their point of view. Though, the stories she is told are askew from truth from some of well known documented events that actually occurred, it is good to see that some of the Detainee's voices were heard in creating this book. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book m...more
Robin Miller
If you're interested in getting the perspective of a novice lawyer working for habeas rights of Guantanamo detainees I highly recommend this book. The author talks about her experience meeting with a dozen detainees- most if not all of whom were wrongly snatched up because of local political clashes or because they were assumed to be working with the Taliban or Al Qaeda just because they happened to be in Afghanistan.

I was surprised to learn about the day-to-day functioning of Gitmo, and lawyer...more
Amanda
This book was amazing and incredibly sad. I knew that the government gave bounties to regular people for suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda invovlers but I had no idea of the level of corruption (The Pakistani government selling Arabs to collect money) Although it shouldnt surprise me, that government is so far gone from obeying laws of common sense.

This is a book every person should read, not only Americans. When people turn the other cheek, injustices like Guantanamo happen.

Even though the book...more
Janne Paananen
Amerikkalainen juristiopiskelija kiinnostuu Guantanamon vangeista ja alkaa auttamaan heitä saamaan oikeutta. Hän pääsee lähelle uusia asiakkaitaan, koska hänen omat vanhempansa ovat Afganistanilaisia, joten hän puhuu monien vankien kotikieltä ja tuntee heidän kulttuurinsa. Silmiä avaava teos ihmisten oikeuksista tai oikeastaan siitä kun niitä ei ole. Vangit kokevat kidutusta, häpäisemistä, nöyryyttämistä ja monin tavoin epäinhimillistä kohtelua. Vain siksi, että heillä saattaa olla terroristiyht...more
Ese
If you want to go beyond the news articles and what politicians are saying about this infamous prison of so-called terrorists, read this book. When you start seeing the detainees are real people with wives, daughters, families who love them, and hear their stories of being caught up in the U.S. raid to catch anyone remotely suspected of crimes against the U.S, you start to wonder... what is innocence? how does greed and fear play into this? who are our enemies?

There are so many sides to the sto...more
Stephan Doyle
This is not a short story but I read it in one sitting. Mavish Khan does a beautiful job of calling out the unique failures of Gitmo and humanizing some of its very likely wrongly detained. Habeas is a touchstone right, one that has helped define the United States' democratic and transparent impulses; and Gitmo has eviscerated the principle and the right. anyone who values the mutitude of good that the U.S. offers should consider reading this, if only to remind ourselves that democracy and freed...more
Chelsea
Simply amazing. The fact that she maintained such a great sense of bias free feelings was great. She listened to the prisons and heard the horrors while still listening to the soldiers and hearing their side as well. Not many books can leave such an amazing impression afterward.
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