Majorie Cohn @ Common Dreams - The torture of prisoners in U.S. custody isn’t confined to foreign countries. For more than two weeks, inmates at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison have been on a hunger strike to protest torturous conditions in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) there. Prisoners have been held for years in solitary confinement, which can amount to torture. Thousands of inmates throughout California’s prison system have refused food in solidarity with the Pelican Bay prisoners, bringing the total of hunger strikers to more than 1,700. Read more.
The menace of the Chinese debt trap, which has been rubbished by some African leaders, is threatening the whole sovereignty of Zambia. As Zambia continues to default on repaying Chinese loans, the Chinese are gradually taking over Zambian companies and a whole lot other economic interests. Read more.