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23 Mar

Events of Interest and Analyses

 

Britain to expel Israeli diplomat

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Israel’s first line of defence?

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Israel defies US over settlements

Netanyahu says “Jerusalem is not a settlement” and Israel has right to build there.

 

Beijing accuses search giant of breaking promises to abide by Chinese laws.


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Robert King: ‘I’ll fight until the day I die’

Robert King spent decades battling for his release from the ‘hell-hole’ of America’s notorious Angola Prison. Now free, he’s still crusading for its inmates, he tells Simon Usborne

The Independent

Still struggling:  Robert King stands in a replica of the cell he spent three decades in, part of a 2009 exhibition at the Royal College of Art

In The Land of the Free web site

Still struggling: Robert King stands in a replica of the cell he spent three decades in, part of a 2009 exhibition at the Royal College of Art

Working conditions at Angola Prison in Louisiana were so harsh that, in 1952, three dozen inmates hacked through their own Achilles tendons with razor blades in protest. They became known as the Heel String Gang. By the time Robert King first arrived at the former slave plantation, 10 years later, armed convicts were working as guards. Incoming prisoners, or “fresh fish”, were being sold as sex slaves. Some were raped so violently they died of their injuries. But these horrors formed only part of King’s nightmare. For every day of the 29 years he spent in solitary confinement, inside a prison described as the “bloodiest in America”, he knew he was innocent.

“It’s hard to get dipped in shit and not come out stinking,” says King, who walked free in 2001. “But I don’t have time to be angry.” Two men, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace, who were sent down for murder at the same time, still languish in Angola Prison, properly known as the Louisiana State Penitentiary, after 37 years in solitary confinement, the longest period in US history. King, who is now 67, will not rest until they are released: “Will I fight till the day I die? Perhaps I will.”……………………………………………………………….

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