1,500 Farmers Commit Suicide & Little “Guantanamos”

1,500 Farmers in India Commit Suicide

Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today. The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels.

The crop failures, which took place in the agricultural state of Chattisgarh, were prompted by falling water levels. Nearby forest depletion and poorly planned government dam projects contributed to the falling water level. Combined with the vicious money-lending schemes that are prevalent in the region, many farmers felt that death was the only option in the face of insurmountable debt.

from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mallika-chopra/1500-farmers-in-india-com_b_187457.html

“Little Guantanamo”–Secretive “CMU” Prisons Designed

With little public scrutiny, the Bush administration opened two secretive prisons in Indiana and Illinois known as Communication Management Units, or CMUs, that are designed to severely restrict prisoner communication with family members, the media and the outside world. Dozens of Muslim men are still being held at the CMUs, as well as other prisoners, including environmental and animal rights activists. We speak with attorneys for two men being held there, as well as a reporter covering the story.

excerpt from: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/17/little_guantanamo_secretive_cmu_prisons_designed

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