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The Leonard Lopate Show

California Prison Strike

Thursday, July 18, 2013

As of July 16, 2,500 inmates in California prisons remained on a statewide hunger strike. Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John about the protestors’ demands—and about a lawsuit challenging long-term solidity confinement practices.

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The Takeaway

Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Drags into its 5th Month

Friday, June 07, 2013

Less than a month ago President Obama reiterated his desire to close the Guantanmo Bay detention facility in a televised speech, specifically addressing the hunger strike that is now in its 5th month. "Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike," he said, speaking from the National Defense University. "Is this who we are?" Carol Rosenberg, reporter for The Miami Herald, says there seems to be no end in sight.

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The Takeaway

I.R.A. Hunger Strike Participant Reflects on What it's Like to Strike

Friday, June 07, 2013

The historic strike underway at Guantanamo is one in a long line of hunger strikes we’ve seen in the past century. One of the most dramatic strikes in recent decades came in 1980 when imprisoned I.R.A. members went on strike. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to negotiate with the strikers and in total 10 prisoners starved themselves to death. Irish republican fighter Pat Sheehan was part of that strike led by Bobby Sands. By the time the fast ended, Pat had gone 55 days without food.

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The Takeaway

The Medical Ethics of Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This week a large team of “medical reinforcements” including Navy nurses, corpsmen, and specialists, were deployed to Guantanamo Bay as a response to the ongoing inmate hunger strike. With about 100 inmates refusing food in protest, the use of force-feeding tubes is now widespread, due to a military directive that aims to keep patients alive, regardless of if they want to be fed or not, or live or not. Carlos Warner is a federal public defender who represents 11 Guantanamo detainees.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What the Guantanamo Hunger Strike is About

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Many of the 166 Guantanamo Bay detainees are now on a hunger strike and have been since early February. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, discusses the strike and talks about a new report that found that the U.S. did engage in torture after 9/11. 

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The Takeaway

New Report Confirms Torture at Guantanamo Bay

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A new report by the non-partisan Constitution Project concludes that, without a doubt, the United States engaged in “the practice of torture” in the years after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Currently at Gitmo, 43 of the prisoners are on hunger strikes, in protest of what they see as the unethical treatment of prisoners and their indefinite detention without trial.

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The Takeaway

Hunger Strikes: The Latest from Gitmo and the History

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay is just the latest use of a protest technique that has been adopted by activists of all stripes, all around the world. Sharman Apt Russell, Professor of writing at Western New Mexico State University, explains the history of the hunger strike.

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The Takeaway

Indian Activist Protests Corruption, Draws Ghandi Comparison

Thursday, August 18, 2011

In India, a 74-year-old activist is on a hunger strike to protest government corruption. The activist, Anna Hazare, has drawn comparisons to Mohandas Ghandi. He is currently in jail, but may be leaving later today after more than 10,000 people marched peacefully through New Delhi yesterday, rallying on his behalf. Could this be the start of an Arab Spring in India?

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