The Best Way to Close Guantanamo? Give It Back to Cuba.


President Obama should be given props for the progress made in thawing U.S.-Cuban relations, but there’s a piece of unfinished business on the island that he could — and should — still attend to: returning the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo to the Cuban people.

In doing so, he could also solve another dilemma that’s plagued his administration: closing the Guantanamo prison.

In November 2015, CODEPINK brought 60 delegates to the city of Guantánamo for an international conference about the abolition of foreign military bases. To explore the impact of the Guantánamo naval base on the Cuban people, we took a trip to Caimanera — a small town of 11,000 people that abuts the U.S. naval base on the southeastern coast of Cuba.

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