Check out this poetic short film on the destruction of Yarmouk, the Palestinian neighborhood in Damascus where Sarah Shourd and I once lived. By my friend Thaer Alsahli.
Thanks to everyone for all the kind words on the Hillman prize.
I just got a letter from Vincent Bruce, one of the subjects in that story. He says, "I wanted to let you know that inmates are being released to general population who have been back here decades. I estimate up to 35-40 prisoners here are released to G.P. or waiting for release. One guy had been back here 32 years." I also recently learned that a very old man I was corresponding with named Stanley Surray Pete who was in the Corcoran SHU for 39 years was just released to the general population.
Thanks to all those who have been dedicated to making things like this happen.
Daniel McGowan was just released from detention. His lawyers confirmed that he was arrested for his Huffington Post blog in which he showed evidence that he had been sent to solitary confinement in federal prison for his political speech. The Bureau of Prisons said they arrested him for violating a regulation against "publishing under a byline." The regulation was declared unconstitutional in 2007 and eliminated by the BOP in 2010.