December 30, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Tuesday, the third of four groups it promised to free as part of peace talks restarted during the summer. Most of the prisoners were from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah faction and were serving long sentences for killing Israelis. Of the 26 prisoners, five were from Jerusalem, three from the Gaza Strip and the remainder were from the West Bank. It was the first time Israel freed prisoners from Jerusalem under the current agreement.
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October 27, 2003 |
Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan. He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter's body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide. He tells her he is not a drug smuggler, despite the 3.6 kilos of opium found in his suitcase at the Islamabad airport.
December 3, 2013 |
With her stringy gray wig, elastic-waisted jeans, frumpy sweater and thick glasses, Melissa Leo is barely recognizable as the middle-aged loner Holly Jones in the recent kidnapping drama "Prisoners. " She disappears so fully into the role that it's almost hard to imagine she nearly passed on the film. Speaking at the Envelope Screening Series , Leo discussed why she hesitated to take on the role, what finally convinced her and how she approached her character. Leo said her first reaction to the "Prisoners" screenplay was: "Well, it's a fascinating and well-written script, but no thank you. " Pressed further, she watched director Denis Villeneuve's film "Incendies," was impressed, and then agreed to meet with him. Villeneuve, Leo said, "understood that I was fearful.
November 12, 2013 |
MINERSVILLE, Pa. - He hobbled down the dark tiled hallway, leaning heavily on his black wooden cane. His feet shuffled, his hands shook, and finally 85-year-old Benjamin Share nearly collapsed into a chair in the prison visitation room. Convicted in 2006 for illegally pocketing a quarter of a million in taxpayer money, he struggles with diabetes, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, hypertension and arthritis, which has ravaged his hips and spine. He has undergone kidney dialysis and treatment for cancer on his scalp and scar tissue on his lungs.
September 19, 2013 |
Like the kidnapping at the tortured heart of "Prisoners," once this chilling thriller about a parent's worst nightmare grabs you, it refuses to let go. Even if the film wasn't coming out just months after the May rescue of three kidnapped women in Cleveland, held for a decade by a madman, we know the real world has monsters far more frightening than any Hollywood can manufacture. Reality informs "Prisoners" at every turn. French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski keep the tightly constructed terror twisting by holding it close.
September 23, 2010 |
Informally sketched but deeply felt, Bradley Beesley's documentary "Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo" mingles with the spirited cowgirl inmates who compete in Oklahoma's annual state penitentiary rodeo, a 70-year tradition of Wild West-style showbiz that began to allow females to participate only in 2006. Although there's a queasy tinge of gladiatorial bloodlust in seeing society's punished put themselves in hooves' and horns' way for spectator sport, the tears in one woman's eyes as she describes leaving the correctional facility for an afternoon of outdoor training speak wonders.
September 20, 2013 |
With the big-budget spectacles of summer behind us and the dramas of awards season on the horizon, French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, a foreign-language Oscar nominee for 2010's "Incendies," returns with another dark, weighty film: "Prisoners. " Starring Hugh Jackman as a tormented father whose daughter has been kidnapped and Jake Gyllenhaal as a frustrated detective, the film -- based on a long-admired original script by Aaron Guzikowski -- is earning praise for its fine craftsmanship and strong performances -- although many reviewers add that the experience can be grueling.
January 7, 2014 |
BEIRUT -- An extremist rebel faction operating in Syria is reported to have killed an unknown number of prisoners it abducted near the contested city of Aleppo as its forces came under fire from rival opposition groups, activists said. Many of the victims of the execution-style killings by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the most extreme of the Islamist groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad , were activists and journalists, the reports said.
July 12, 2013
Re "Mass protest sweeps state prisons," July 10, and "The strike against solitary," July 10 The fact that many prisoners in California are treated inhumanely by the state shocks the conscience and haunts the soul. It's not "tough on crime" to keep inmates in solitary confinement or to fail to provide prisoners basic humane services; to the contrary, it contributes to the high recidivism that affects us all. The answer is to get smart on crime and be humane to those incarcerated.