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WARNING: The point of this video is to illuminate an extremely disturbing process.

As many as 40 detainees at Guantánamo Bay Prison are currently engaged in a hunger strike to protest their continued confinement. Rather than letting the strikers die, the U.S. government, as it has on and off for nearly a decade, force-feeds the prisoners using a standard procedure that the UN Human Rights Commission has called torture. The detainees’ lawyers have tried to stop the feeding but the Department of Justice argues that federal courts have no jurisdiction to do so.

To illuminate the procedure — which is only conducted in the evenings to follow the dictates of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan — the UK human rights group Reprieve had rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) experience a force-feeding for a film directed by BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia.

In April, President Obama renewed his call for the closing of Guantánamo Bay Prison. In June, the House voted 236 to 188 to ban the president from transferring the detainees from Guantánamo Bay.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Viktor Orban

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Nobody should still pretend to be shocked that the Conservative Political Action Conference, an entity no longer "conservative" in any meaningful sense, would feature an appearance by an authoritarian leader like Viktor Orban. The Hungarian autocrat is the idol of the international far Right. He has repeatedly enjoyed the bootlicking attentions of Tucker Carlson on Fox News and indeed, CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp led his gang to celebrate Orban in Budapest earlier this year.

What makes Orban so alluring to the American far rightists is his example as an illiberal politician who, unlike their idol former President Donald Trump, has managed to corrupt Hungarian democracy so thoroughly as to guarantee his own continuing rule.

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