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Hunger Strike

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Lays Bare Detainees' Growing Desperation | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- For weeks, said Army Col. John V. Bogdan, the man in charge of Guantanamo’s detention facilities, he had tried to...

A Darkening Cloud Hangs Over Guantanamo

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

President Obama said at his news conference Tuesday, "I continue to believe that we've got to close Guantanamo." He then added, "Congress determined that they would not let us close it." Unfortunately, the president's comments are misleading.

Hunger Strike Continues at American Petroleum Institute

Jerry Nelson | Posted 06.28.2013 | DC
Jerry Nelson

Brian Eister,‭ ‬a prominent Washington DC activist,‭ ‬is just over halfway through a‭ ‬30‭ ‬day hunger strike on the steps of the American Petroleum Institute‭ (‬API‭)‬.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Grows | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees officially recognized as hunger strikers by the military rose to 94 on Thursday, a spokesman said...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Detainee Medical Incident Prompts Evacuation Of Reporters | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- It is 5:45 a.m. on Thursday morning and the detainees on Bravo block of Guantanamo's Camp Five are beginning their ...

The Human Rights Competition

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Christopher Brauchli

The Russians may have thought those people were as bad as Mr. Magnitsky's handlers. They may also have thought that keeping Mr. Magnitsky in jail for less than a year was much less worse than what the U.S. has done to prisoners at Guantanamo. If they thought that, they were right.

Israel Responds to Obama's Generosity With Nastiness

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israeli arrogance is based on the feeling that the relative quiet in the West Bank will last forever. But already there are signs that it will not last long.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Prison Chief Predicts 'Slow' Transition Back To Communal Detention | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The man in charge of Guantanamo's prison camps told reporters Wednesday he expects a "slow" and "lengthy" transitio...

Hunger for Justice at Guantanamo

John Dear | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
John Dear

The grave injustice of Guanatanamo must end immediately. President Obama and the U.S. government need to address the issues of the hunger strikers now before one prisoner dies.

After Years of Broken Promises, Time for Leadership on Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

More than 11 years after Shaker Aamer was first seized from Afghanistan and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, the now 47-year-old lawful British resident ...

Ryan Grim

'Alive Or In A Box:' Gitmo Hunger Strikers Vow To Leave Island | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

Turmoil engulfing American prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sparked by a new base commander whose aggressive approach to the detainees has backfir...

In Guantanamo, Obama's Promise of Hope Has Transformed Into Hopelessness

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 03.29.2013 | World
Peter Jan Honigsberg

Over the past several weeks, the media has covered hunger strikes in Guantanamo. The coverage suggests that the military has interfered with the detai...

Peaceful Terrorist Hunger Strike, Gandhi Style, Should Lead to Closing Guantanamo Bay

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

The hunger strikes at Guantanamo may prove the biggest test of Obama's "endless war on terror" policies that have centered on concluding the two big conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan but also continues to keep the Guantanamo Bay terror prison open.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Is Asking Questions About Guantánamo the US Cannot Answer

Vincent Warren | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Vincent Warren

Does the United States still intend to close the offshore prison? And, if so, what steps are currently underway to achieve that objective? The answers should have been forthcoming.

Executions of Kurdish Women in Paris Burn Deep

Kani Xulam | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Kani Xulam

The three Kurdish women political activists who were murdered in Paris last week were promoting the enduring Kurdish cause of basic human rights and dignity in Turkey and elsewhere. For Kurds, the way forward lies in the path traveled by the likes of Dr. King, whose birthday is today.

Advent, Tyranny And The Power Of Love

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Can we be still during this Advent? Can we repent? Can we see that we need outside help like the people of Iran need the international community?

Health of Prominent Cuban Hunger Striker Martha Beatriz Roque Is Deteriorating Rapidly

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I visited Martha at her home in the capital neighborhood of Santo Suarez and witnessed firsthand her physical deterioration. Dry lips, sallow skin and trembling limbs were some of the symptoms of the famous economist.

Vietnam Vet Ends 17-Day Hunger Strike For Military Suicide

Posted 09.07.2012 | Impact

After 17 days of not eating a morsel of food, Tom Mahany ended his hunger strike Thursday, saying that the government got the message that it needs to...

From Palestine to Pussy Riot: The Hunger Strike in the Digital Age

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

The Internet age provides huge opportunities for the scope and impact of the hunger strike to raise awareness and support. But there is also a danger that some will be lost in cyberspace.

Lucas Kavner

Deadliest Form Of Protest Theater Gains Popularity | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.13.2012 | World

Is the hunger strike having a moment? Practitioners of this extreme form of protest -- part political theater, part publicity assault -- have been mak...

Tibet's Self Murder: Tragedy Or Transformation?

John Halpern | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
John Halpern

If self-immolation is intended as the ultimate rejection of Chinese control, a cry for independence and a declaration of human rights, what does this imply to the outside world? And what can this mean to us?

Starved for Justice: #SudanRevolts

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Blackney

The peaceful protests in Sudan come from a kind of strength that academic exercises and policy analysis cannot quantify.

Dave Jamieson

Postal Workers Launch Hunger Strike To 'Save' Agency | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of U.S. Postal Service employees and supporters launched a hunger strike Monday on Capitol Hill, urging action from lawmakers in...

Nonviolent and Community Action Produces Results in Mideast

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Injustice is recognized, clear attainable goals are identified, comprehensive plans are assembled, hard work is invested over a long period and the public is involved. All this is done without violence, with strong determination and active effort and follow up.

Bringing Together the Palestinian Divide

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The end of Hana Shalabi's 44-day hunger strike has produced mixed results, and has pointed out another under-reported issue -- the separation and difficulty of movement between Gaza and West Bank.