Obama Family in Nelson Mandela's prison cell.

Obama, Mandela, and Guantanamo Bay

As the President so poignantly commemorates Madiba, I want to urge him to remember another group of political prisoners who are wrongly imprisoned: More than half of the 166 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have been cleared to be released by the United States’ own reckoning. it is an opportunity to go down as corrected one of the great wrongs of recent American history. It’s the right thing to do, and it would earn him–and the United States–a massive amount of good will. And who knows…one of those released prisoners may well turn out to be the next Mandela.
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Guantanamo Bay prisoners courtesy Wikipedia

Hunger Strikes and Forced Feeding Inside Guantanamo Bay

The Guardian has published a harrowing video. This video depicts what it’s like to be one of the over a hundred prisoners inside Guantanamo Bay on hunger strikes who are being forcibly fed to keep them alive. The rapper/actor Mos Def (who now goes by Yasiin Bey) agreed to have these tubes inserted down his nose, and have it be video-taped to publicize the experience of the Guantanamo prisoners. He describes the unbearable pain of this experience.

RNS photo courtesy The Miss America Organization

Miss America has a faith-based platform for kids of prisoners

AUSTIN, Tex. (RNS) Laura Kaeppeler travels nonstop, wears stylish new outfits daily and attracts TV crews in every city she visits as the reigning Miss America. But the glamorous appearances go for a most unglamorous cause: a faith-based platform for the 2.7 million kids who have an incarcerated parent. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.

Photo by Steve Wewerka.

Study offers view of religious life behind prison walls

WASHINGTON (RNS) Behind high walls and barbed wire, the inmates of Muslim and pagan faiths are most likely to have extreme religious views and be the least assisted by religious volunteers, according to a snapshot of how chaplains view religious life behind bars released Thursday (March 22). By Adelle M. Banks.