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‘Obama Is Trying to Vanish Us’

As the number of deportations under President Obama approaches 2 million, hundreds have gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border this week to support a group of undocumented youths and families seeking re-entry into the United States.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


From the Mouths of Hunger Strikers

The long list of Obama’s shames includes the retention and forced feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, 84 of whom have been cleared for release, many of whom have never been charged. A short animated film produced by The Observer allows five of them to tell their story.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Truthdiggers of the Week: Lawyers Representing California Hunger Strikers

Hunger-striking inmates seeking an end to California’s use of solitary confinement concluded their two-month protest Thursday, three days after state lawmakers pledged to hold legislative hearings on conditions in the state’s maximum security prisons.

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Straight From an Inmate’s Mouth

Todd Ashker, a prisoner in solitary confinement at California’s Pelican Bay Prison, speaks to “Democracy Now!” via recording Friday about the conditions in which he’s being held.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Force-Feeding Is Not Just for Guantanamo

In response to the prison hunger strike that’s spread throughout California since the beginning of July, a federal judge ruled Monday that officials could force-feed the inmates. After seven grueling weeks, there are still 69 prisoners who are refusing to eat the facilities’ meals.

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California Prison Guards Allegedly Retaliate Against Hunger Strike

Prison officials are trying to break a hunger strike involving thousands of California inmates by “blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and, in one case, banning lawyers, according to legal representatives and relatives,” The Guardian reports.

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AP/Brennan Linsley

California Prison Hunger Strike Raises Issue of Force-Feeding on U.S. Soil

As lawmakers call for an end to the force-feeding of Guantanamo detainees, the California strike serves as a reminder: Inmates in this country can ultimately be given the same treatment.

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AP/Craig Ruttle

Truthdigger of the Week: Shane Bauer

Prisoners are among the “least of us” in America. After spending two years learning what they go through, investigative reporter Shane Bauer is raising his voice in their defense.

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Journalist Shane Bauer on Inhumane Prisons From California to Iran

More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call “indefinite state-sanctioned torture.”

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AP/Rich Pedroncelli, File

30,000 California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike Protest

An estimated 30,000 prisoners in California began refusing meals Monday in what may be the largest incarceration strike in history.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: What It’s Like for Guantanamo Detainees to Undergo Forced Feedings

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) is drawing attention to the plight of the dozens of hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainees by appearing in a newly released video in which the rapper and actor subjects himself to the invasive kind of forced feedings they receive on a daily basis.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Guantanamo Doctors Said to Be Untroubled by Force-Feeding Prisoners

Amid calls for President Obama to allow independent physicians to visit hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman for the facility said Thursday that no doctors working there had balked at feeding inmates against their will.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Guilty Until Proved Innocent

A four-month hunger strike, mass force-feedings, and widespread media coverage have brought Guantanamo back into American consciousness. Still unnoticed and out of the news, however, is a comparable situation in the U.S. itself, involving a pattern of controversial terrorism trials that result in devastating prison sentences involving the harshest forms of solitary confinement.

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AP/Brennan Linsley, File

It’s Time to Support Guantanamo Detainees

Last Friday marked the 100th day of the detainees’ hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I am not a Guantanamo detainee, but I too began a water-only hunger fast.

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AP/Ricardo Mazalan

Obama Says Guantanamo Prison ‘Hurts Us’

The president failed the first time he promised to close America’s island gulag, but heading into the fourth month of a hunger strike by prisoners there, Obama renewed his commitment Tuesday to shuttering the facility.

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AP/Majdi Mohammed

Palestinians Protest Indefinite Detention in Israel

More than 60 people have been injured in violent confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the West Bank, a Palestinian humanitarian group said. Demonstrators were calling for the release of four Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strikes.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Colombian GM Employees Sew Mouths Shut in Protest

After a year of fruitless protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, some former GM employees have sewn their mouths shut in a hunger strike against the company’s treatment of workers at its Colombian plant, pledging death if their grievances are not addressed.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE


Chomsky on Human Rights, Communities of Dissent and More

Dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky sat down with “Democracy Now!” for an hourlong conversation about the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the relationships forged by Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s targeted assassinations, WikiLeaks’ whistle-blowing and Latin America’s gradual slip from U.S. dominance.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE


Chileans Schooled in the Art of Protest

In Chile, where the average monthly minimum wage income falls $100 short of college tuition costs, students are continuing their winter of kiss-ins, marches and hunger strikes against private, for-profit education and demanding affordable state-run schools. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



California Prisoners Do or Die

Prisoners all over California continue a hunger strike despite nearing death; “Sister Wives” reality TV show stars fight the anti-polygamy law; and economists have resorted to capital bribery to resuscitate the American job market. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Honduran Judges Fight Back

Remember that coup in Honduras last year? Well, a group of judges who were fired after making legal decisions against the widely-accepted-as-illegal coup have launched a hunger strike against their dismissal.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE


Mia Farrow
topnews.in

Farrow Passes Darfur Fast to Branson

After nearly two weeks of subsisting only on liquids, actress Mia Farrow has ended her hunger strike for Darfur, passing the proverbial torch to another member of the Celebrity Darfur Fasting Network, British mega-mogul Richard Branson.

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Egyptian Blogger Endured ‘Weeks of Torture and Humiliation’

An Egyptian blogger, Karim el-Beheiri, who was arrested with two former co-workers from Mahalla’s Misr Spinning and Weaving company (all three were fired after their arrest) on April 6 and released Sunday, said he and his colleagues were shocked, beaten and denied sustenance during their ordeal behind bars.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Haj

Mosaic Intelligence Report: A Tale of Gitmo Inhumanity

Imprisoned for six years without being charged or given a trial, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj was finally released from the U.S. Navy prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, late last week. Haj, “emaciated,” according to his attorney, because of a hunger strike that began in January 2007, was taken to a hospital and later arrived home in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


Dr. Al-Arian
tkb.org

Dr. Al-Arian’s Third Strike

The Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian, imprisoned for five years despite a jury’s failure to return a single guilty verdict against him, has gone on a hunger strike in a Virginia jail.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


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