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In a bizarre twist, you couldn't make up, the US authorities at Guantanamo Bay have prohibited Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book about the Soviet labour camps - The Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn, of course, was exiled from Russia nd found a new home in the West, where he was,rightly, applauded as a champion of liberty.

Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago has been banned by Guantanamo Bay authorities. Shaker Aamer, a UK citizen incarcerated at the camp since 2002, has been refused a copy of the novel, as stated by Reprieve, the British prisoners’ rights group.

Aamer’s legal team, who often bring him books, handed over a copy of the Solzhenitsyn classic, but the prisoner says he never received it. Aamer is an avid reader, citing George Orwell’s 1984 as one of his favorite books.

The Saudi Arabian-born inmate has the dubious distinction of being the last UK citizen at the camp, although he was due for release in 2007. Despite requests from the British prime minister, he is still languishing in the prison.

Aamer is known around the camp for his wide reading and eloquent command of language. In fact, according to a New York Times article from 2006, he has been dubbed "the professor". Also, famous singer/songwriter P.J. Harvey recently penned a song about him called simply ‘Shaker Aamer’.

Clive Stafford Smith, Aamer’s attorney, had strong words to say about the draconian censorship measure.

“This is yet another demonstration of how Guantanamo is destroying the very values the US once stood for. When your country’s government starts barring books once banned by the Soviets, alarm bells should ring," he said.

http://rt.com/news/gulag-solzhenitsyn-prohibited-guantanamo-844/

NB - It's not a novel - it's a non-fiction account. RT is incorrect on that point.

However, it's worth remembering the last sentence above - once your country starts banning books the Soviets banned, you are in deep doo-doo.

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In a bizarre twist, you couldn't make up, the US authorities at Guantanamo Bay have prohibited Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book about the Soviet labour camps - The Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn, of course, was exiled from Russia nd found a new home in the West, where he was,rightly, applauded as a champion of liberty.

http://rt.com/news/gulag-solzhenitsyn-prohibited-guantanamo-844/

NB - It's not a novel - it's a non-fiction account. RT is incorrect on that point.

However, it's worth remembering the last sentence above - once your country starts banning books the Soviets banned, you are in deep doo-doo.

What you fight you become!!?

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In a bizarre twist, you couldn't make up, the US authorities at Guantanamo Bay have prohibited Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book about the Soviet labour camps - The Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn, of course, was exiled from Russia nd found a new home in the West, where he was,rightly, applauded as a champion of liberty.

http://rt.com/news/gulag-solzhenitsyn-prohibited-guantanamo-844/

NB - It's not a novel - it's a non-fiction account. RT is incorrect on that point.

However, it's worth remembering the last sentence above - once your country starts banning books the Soviets banned, you are in deep doo-doo.

Classed as a novel. See Applebaum: Gulag p7. His The Gulag Achipelago is classed as 'an oral history'.

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Soviet gulag system held people without trial. Of course, the americans would never do such a thing. Oh, wait, thats the entire reason for the existence of Gitmo, and thats why it is where it is. Still O'Bama promised he'd close it. Its only been 6 years since he said that, im sure he'll be on top of it soon.

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Ban books! Everyone knows "bad people" might read them! :blink:

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Ban books! Everyone knows "bad people" might read them! :blink:

Take a look at the picture in the article. Pay careful attention to the red words at the bottom.

gulag__gitmo.si.jpg

"Honor bound to defend freedom."

Sounds a bit like Arbeit Macht Frei.

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Take a look at the picture in the article. Pay careful attention to the red words at the bottom.

"Honor bound to defend freedom."

Sounds a bit like Arbeit Macht Frei.

Sitting on a signpost underneath the words 'Camp VI Joint Detention Group' it looks like pure, unrefined doublethink to me.

Shades of 'Freedom is Slavery' and 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it', old favourites like that.

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Sitting on a signpost underneath the words 'Camp VI Joint Detention Group' it looks like pure, unrefined doublethink to me.

Shades of 'Freedom is Slavery' and 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it', old favourites like that.

I am a man of reason! :blink:

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On a per-capita basis the US prison system has more inmates than the Gulag Archipelago..

That isn't necessarily a bad thing; I have a hard time imagining that Britain would be a worse place if more criminals were locked up.

The problem is that the wrong people are being locked up.

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