October 29, 2013 |
For many months, people in the Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya have arisen with uncertainty: the unknown of whether, or how much, they would eat. "You wake up in the morning and your only concern is to find something to eat," Qusai Zakarya, 27, a member of the town's opposition council, said by Skype. "Perhaps today we won't find food, or perhaps we will find a handful of vegetables and can make some salad. " Weighing hunger against the risk of shelling or sniper fire by Syrian government forces, some venture to the town's outer fields and orchards to forage for vegetables and herbs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers grilled state prison officials about controversial isolation units Wednesday, saying policies allowing long-term solitary confinement of inmates are "beyond the pale. " The hearing was an outgrowth of a two-month hunger strike that began in July and involved thousands of inmates protesting prison conditions. "The issues that were raised during the hunger strike are real," said Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley). " They cannot be ignored. " There are slightly more than 4,000 inmates in isolation units at four prisons, according to state Inspector General Robert Barton.
October 9, 2013 |
“Allegiant,” the last book in Veronica Roth's “Divergent” series for young adult readers, is winning the Hunger Games. Or rather, against them; the 25-year-old author's still-unreleased finale for the trilogy is outselling the “Hunger Games” finale in its first month of preorders by a factor of five to one at Amazon, the company announced this week. The dystopic YA trend shows no signs of slowing down, and Veronica Roth seems to have caught it at the right moment. Her heroine, Tris, is poised to overtake both “Twilight” star Bella Swan and “Hunger Games'" Katniss in a contest for readers' hearts.
October 7, 2013 |
With the drumbeats building for the release of the second movie in the "Hunger Games" franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens Nov. 22 -- it seems reasonable for the film's cast to be shaping up their future plans. Star Jennifer Lawrence will soon be seen in "American Hustle," which reteams her with director David O. Russell and costar Bradley Cooper from "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won a lead actress Oscar. The 23-year-old could likely have her pick of pretty much any project and filmmaker pairing she wants, and it now looks as if she will be reteaming with Gary Ross, director of the first "Hunger Games" (but not the sequel)
October 1, 2013 |
Fans of Suzanne Collins' trilogy "The Hunger Games" have to wait until late November to see the second installment in its film adaptation, but at least they can secure their spots: Advance tickets for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are now on sale. "The Hunger Games" is the bestselling dystopia written for young adults that has been translated spectacularly to the screen, with Jennifer Lawrence as the underdog heroine Katniss Everdeen. Readers of "Catching Fire" know they can expect to see Katniss and her sort-of-beau Peeta Mellark tour the districts of their dystopian world, and discover that a dangerous rebellion is stirring.
September 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot went on a hunger strike Monday to protest what she said were unbearable conditions at a Russian prison camp. "I demand that human rights be observed in the [prison] colony; I demand that this camp ... abide by the law," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote in an open letter distributed by her husband. "I demand that we be treated as humans and not as slaves. " In late 2012, Tolokonnikova, 24, and two other members of Pussy Riot , Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were each sentenced to two years of imprisonment for inciting religious hatred.
September 16, 2013 |
One of the biggest pieces of business Congress has yet to resolve is the farm bill, legislation that has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. Unfortunately, the process to reauthorize this crucial bill has taken a sharp and disheartening turn this year. The Senate and the House are in a standoff over extremely different versions of it with a deadline looming this month. At stake is the ability of millions of Americans who still struggle in our economy to provide adequate and healthy meals for their children and families.
September 12, 2013 |
California inmates end their long hunger strike after the Assembly agrees to hold hearings on prison conditions. There -- that was easy. ALSO: Sacramento's prison deal America's Cup: Huge egos, fast boats Getting California's bullet train back on track Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Prison hunger strikers who were shipped out of Pelican Bay State Prison so they were closer to medical services and administrators in Sacramento say they have been promised they'll be returned eventually to their old cells now that the demonstration has ended. And a new warden awaits them. As the last 100 protesters ended their 60-day hunger strike on Thursday, they also learned of a shift in command at the state's super maximum-security prison. Pelican Bay Warden Greg Lewis retired in August, about a month into the strike, and stayed on for a few weeks, said corrections spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Paige St. John about the end to California's largest prison protest after a two-month hunger strike. The protest ended Thursday without inmates winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions - their main grievance - but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue. The strike, which began with 30,000 inmates refusing meals and ended with about 100, drew international attention to California's use of prolonged prisoner isolation.