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A promise breached

Print edition : May 31, 2013

This December 4, 2006, photograph shows a detainee shielding his face as he peers out through the "bean hole" which is used to pass food and other items into the cell, at the Camp Delta detention centre, Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. holds 166 prisoners at Guantanamo, most of them without charges. Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP

In this April 18, 2013, video frame grab reviewed by the U.S. military, soldiers walk past detainees’ cells during early morning prayer. One hundred of the 166 inmates are on hunger strike. Photo: Suzette Laboy/AP

This June 27, 2006, photograph shows U.S. soldiers at Guantanamo Bay. Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP

George W. Bush. His administration established the high-security prison in Guantanamo Bay. Photo: MIKE STONE/REUTERS

President Obama’s National Defence Authorisation Act abandons the pledge to close down Guantanamo. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP

John F. Kelly, head of Southern Command. He said the prisoners expected Obama to free them. Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP

Activists in New York dressed as prisoners demand the closure of the prison. Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

Barack Obama blames U.S. lawmakers for blocking his moves to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison, but refuses to use his executive powers to overrule them lest he should lose political capital.
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