Life in an American Small Town – called Guantanamo


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❝ Guantánamo Bay, known for orange jumpsuits and abuse of detainees, has school field trips. Also a McDonald’s, a bowling alley, a kickball league, Monday night flamenco lessons for parents and a pretty good water slide in the center of town. It’s the oddly small-town wholesome Guantánamo you rarely hear about.

A single main street runs through the base. It starts at the gate to Cuba, where diplomats from the two countries hold monthly meetings, and winds along the bay to the ivory-colored, century-old Windward Point Lighthouse, perched on a grassy cliff above rough beaches of crushed coral. Along the road are wharves, piers and warehouses to service ships, but also an outdoor movie theater, an espresso bar and a gift shop selling “GTMO” shot glasses and tank tops.

An enjoyable, informative read. Probably unnoticed by folks like our fake president or even policy wonks in the two political parties we’re allowed.

One thought on “Life in an American Small Town – called Guantanamo

  1. McLeod says:

    (Miami Herald 23 Feb 2018): A wildfire that broke out on the Cuban side of Guantanamo Bay jumped the fence line Thursday, threatening U.S. Navy base buildings and forcing evacuations of four neighborhoods, including one where prison guards live. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/23/wildfires-gitmo-force-evacuation-some-housing-areas.html
    “Right now, everyone is safe,” base spokeswoman Julie Ann Ripley said Thursday afternoon. Base workers were “doing a full accountability report,” a military term for checking rosters and counting heads. Base security officials shut down the road leading to the Detention Center Zone, cutting off the main part of the outpost from the base within the base where the Pentagon holds 41 war-on-terror detainees. The emergency occurred a week ahead of a planned session of the military commissions in the 9/11 mass murder case.

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