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CA prisoners reject state offer as inmate hunger strike enters 3rd week

Relatives and supporters of the thousands of reported hunger striking California prisoners warn that some inmates are “getting sicker and weaker, with some nearing severe dehydration”, according to Southern California Public Radio. The inmates began refusing food on July 1 to protest overcrowding and harsh conditions inside the state’s prisons.…

Hamas prisoners stage hunger strike in Israeli jails

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Hamas prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Monday began a hunger strike to protest after seven of their number were put in solitary confinement, a minister told AFP. Issa Qaraqa, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, confirmed a 24-hour hunger strike had begun during the…

Sanders: ’5 million seniors face the threat of hunger’

WASHINGTON – A 12-page report released Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found that about 5 million senior citizens are threatened by hunger in the United States. “It is estimated that 5 million seniors face the threat of hunger, 3 million seniors are at risk of hunger, and 1 million…

Fourteen lawmakers fast to protest cuts

WASHINGTON — Fourteen women US lawmakers plan to fast to protest deep cuts to programs that help the poor and battle hunger in the United States and overseas, a group that organized the move said Wednesday. The representatives, all Democrats, were acting in opposition sharp reductions included in a compromise…

UK report: World needs global food system overhaul

LONDON — The world needs fundamental changes to the global food system to feed the expanding population, according to a British government report out Monday on how to feed the planet until 2050. Governments must take action to change dietary habits, cut waste, reduce subsidies and embrace genetically modified food,…

1 in 8 households struggling with hunger: report

WASHINGTON — Some 17.4 million US households struggled to get enough food to eat last year because money was tight, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. In more than a third of those households — around one in eight US homes — at least one person did not get…

Cuba agrees to free 52 political prisoners

HAVANA (AFP) – More than 50 Cuban political prisoners awoke to the prospect of freedom on Thursday after a breakthrough deal between the Catholic Church and the communist state which brought international praise. The biggest prisoner release since President Raul Castro formally took power in 2008 exceeds a bold demand…

Limbaugh’s solution to childhood hunger: Kids should ‘dumpster dive’

Rush Limbaugh believes he knows why 16 million American schoolchildren will go hungry this summer, and it has nothing to do with soaring job losses or endemic poverty — the problem is kids can’t find their refrigerator or the local neighborhood McDonald’s. Responding to an article Wednesday at AOL.com that…

Ag Secretary: Billions more needed to address child hunger, obesity

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday urged Congress to plow billions more dollars into programs to end the twin scourges of child obesity and hunger, which impact children, the economy and national security. With some 17 million children living in households that have to sometimes skip meals to make…

Cannes award-winning director imprisoned in Iran since March

Update (at bottom): Celebrated director on hunger strike Auteur/colleague Abbas Kiarostami blasts Iranian government’s crackdown on artists CANNES, France — Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami premiered his new film at Cannes Tuesday and used the festival to slam his government’s crackdown on artists and call for the release of jailed director Jafar…

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