Take Two for July 9, 2013

Guantanamo prison asked to stop force feedings during Ramadan fast

Captain Ronald Sollock, Medical Joint Fo, feeding tube

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Guantanamo Bay, CUBA: Captain Ronald Sollock, Medical Joint Force HQ Surgeon holds one of the 'feeding tubes' currently used on three of detainees not eating as a form of protest at Camp Delta 05 December 2006 on the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Approximately 445 enemy combatants from al Qaeda and the Taliban are in various security levels of lock-up here by a US Joint Task Force. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ramadan started this week for Muslims around the world, but what is a solemn time of fasting and reflection has become a flashpoint at the Guantanamo federal prison. There, some inmates on hunger strike are seeking court orders to stop the U.S. government from force-feeding them. 

The inmates' cause has been taken up by rapper Mos Def, who now goes by Yasiin Bey. Yesterday, he released a video of him undergoing a forced feeding that has since gone viral. 

With more on the Guantanamo forcefeeding controversy during Ramadan is Carol Rosenberg, who reports on Guantanamo for the Miami Herald.  
 


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