Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been on a hunger strike since April 21 to protest her treatment by prison guards. Tymoshenko rose to prime minister during Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution. She ran for president in 2010 but lost to her rival Viktor Yanukovich.
Hunger strikes are the most desperate form of protest and they seem to be growing in number around the world.In Bahrain, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a prominent political activist, has been on a hunger strike for nearly three months to protest his arrest.
The U.S. and the European Union have responded positively to the latest reforms by Burma’s military junta. The U.S. has said it will restore full diplomatic relations; there's also talk of potentially lifting sanctions.
The political field in Ukraine just got less crowded, with the country’s main opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, recently jailed for corruption. However, the case again Tymoshenkso seems to be weakening.
This week, Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council to recognize an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, arguing that they have the necessary infrastructure to sustain themselves as a nation. Both the U.S. and Israel strongly oppose the move. We examine what U.N.