Nathan Schneider

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Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?

by Nathan Schneider 07-18-2011

Behind Bars. Fremantle Prisonphoto © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike to protest "inhumane and torturous conditions" in the Security Housing Unit, which holds inmates in solitary confinement for decades at a time. They're still at it; the state has admitted that as many as 6,600 inmates around the state have participated in the strike. Last week, corrections officials offered the prisoners a proposed deal, which they unanimously rejected.

This comes after a Supreme Court decision in May that ordered California to reduce its prison population, as overcrowding was causing "needless suffering and death."

Part of what's making the standoff worse is the belief that the strike is, in essence, a form of gang activity. For one thing, as Colin Dayan noted in passing in a New York Times op-ed, "How they have managed to communicate with each other is anyone's guess." The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), though, isn't so stumped.

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?

by Nathan Schneider 06-06-2011
One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not.

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?

by Nathan Schneider 02-11-2011
Throughout the coverage of the uprising in Egypt, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their military more than any other pa

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead

by Nathan Schneider 02-01-2011
The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world.

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is

by Nathan Schneider 07-28-2010

It's out: An enormous trove of documents about the war in Afghanistan yesterday appeared on Wikileaks (whose servers currently seem to be overwhelmed by the traffic) together with comprehensive report

Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism

by Nathan Schneider 07-12-2010

Mark Twain's antiwar leanings are already common knowledge (or should be), perhaps best of all through his haunting short story "The War Prayer." But now, as his complete autobiography is being published fo

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade

by Nathan Schneider 06-21-2010
The New York Times reports, "Under intense international pressure after its commandos killed nine activists aboard an http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/02/another-cost-of-the-flotilla-

Nonviolence and the Gaza Freedom Movement

by Nathan Schneider 06-02-2010
Three days have passed since the Israeli navy attacked an international Gaza Freedom Movement "Freedom Flotilla," intent

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