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Yesterday evening the Associated Press reported that hunger strikers were being force-fed at Guantanamo Bay.
Huff Post Impact picked up the story today titled “Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Being Force-Fed.”
AP’s Ben Fox writes:
The U.S. government has begun notifying lawyers of Guantanamo Bay prisoners if the men they represent are being force-fed to prevent them from starving to death in a hunger strike that has dragged on for more than two months, though its extent remains in dispute.
Cori Crider, a lawyer for Yemeni prisoner Samir Mukbel, said she received notification from the Department of Justice late last week that her client was being force-fed and was permitted to speak with him by phone Monday to confirm the report.
Today the Associated Press published an article titled “Defiant Iran inaugurates 2 nuclear-linked projects.”
The article reads:
Iran announced two key nuclear-related projects on Tuesday that expand the country’s ability to extract and process uranium, which can be enriched for reactor fuel but also potentially for atomic weapons.
The development came just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit Tehran’s atomic program ended in a stalemate.
IN OTHER NEWS
We’re going to end our show today with an op-ed article published on The Advocate titled “Fixing The NYPD’s LGBT Problem.”
The article’s author Amos Toh writes:
Recent studies show that gay men of color are particularly vulnerable to stop-and-frisk and other forms of police harassment and intimidation. Transgender women are routinely profiled for prostitution and other sex-related offenses, while queer youth are twice as likely as their straight counterparts to report negative contact with the police. Not long ago, the department also drew sharp criticism for entrapping dozens of gay men in public spaces.
To address concerns about these types of police interactions, Speaker Quinn, working with the NYPD, created the LGBT Advisory Panel. This group of community leaders considered the concerns of the LGBT community and recommended changes, some of which were incorporated into the NYPD Patrol Guide. The police were given long overdue guidance on how officers should address, process, search and house gender non-conforming individuals.
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