News & Public Affairs

Monday September 22, 2014


Suha Abukhdeir (left) and Tariq Abukhdeir.

photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News.

Tampa teenager beaten up by Israeli police but sentenced to house arrest: "I was so mad"

The Tampa teenager who was beat up by Israeli police last month shortly after his cousin was killed in the West Bank was sentenced to house arrest while recovering from his injuries. I sat down with Tariq Abukhdeir last week at his house and asked what it was like to be sentenced to house arrest.

I asked his mother, Suha Abukhdeir about Tariq’s injuries.

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photo by Brenton Honeywell / WMNF News.

Tampa crowd rallies to support Israel during attacks on Gaza

Supporters of Israel rallied this afternoon in downtown Tampa. Fifty or so people gathered holding signs and playing Israeli music.

Detlef Borges from Sebring says the U.S. is right to keep shipping ammunition to Israel.

Another attendee at the rally, Amy Nash, came from Lakeland to support Israel.

In news from Gaza, Israeli forces are moving deeper into southern Gaza, searching for a soldier who was apparently captured during a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. The forc...

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The Immigration debacle with activist Marisol Marquez

The GOP-led House of Representatives today withdrew an emergency spending measure to address the surge of young Central American migrants at the southern border. Does that mean they will go home without addressing the humanitarian crisis? They have one more day to decide before going on vacation.

While Washington was failing to address the situation, Tampa activist Marisol Marquez and her group Raices in Tampa were holding a demonstration in Ybor City tonight on behalf of the Cental Americ...

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Tampa state Rep criticizes Scott administration over All Aboard Florida

A passenger rail project that would link some of Florida’s biggest cities is coming under fire from an unexpected source – transit advocates.

All Aboard Florida is a private rail line proposed to link towns from Orlando to Miami. But there are connections between the company and Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff. Before word of this private venture, Governor Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail from Tampa to Miami, through Orlando, killing the project.

Tampa state [Rep...

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Josh Ruebner, Policy Director at US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Josh Ruebner, Policy Director at US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Chaim Shacham, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico join Radioactvity

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with guest Josh Ruebner, Policy Director at US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

The group is a national coalition of more than 400 organizations working to end U.S. support for Israel’s illegal 47-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and to change U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to support human rights, international law, and equality.

Josh R...

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"Informants" Al Jazeera Documentary -part 2

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly, hosts a follow-up on last week’s broadcast about the new Al Jazeera Documentary “INFORMANTS”, tracing the use of undercover informants to bring domestic terror cases against Muslim-Americans. The reporter, Trevor Aaronson, says the government is using compromised informants to go after vulnerable people who may never have done anything had they not been targeted and led by federal under covers. Aaronson says that’s what happened to Sami Osmakac, now awaitin...

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PBS Frontline airs new documentary about the failures of the Iraq war

With the situation getting worse in Iraq, today on Radioactivity we’re going to take a look at how the U.S. invasion in 2003 destabilized the country and opened the doors to the conflict that is going on these today.

It’s been two-and-a-half years after the U.S. pulled out of Iraq — a conflict that is projected to cost America more than $2 trillion — Iraq is once again in crisis, with Islamic extremists gaining ground, a deepening civil war and the Obama administration being urged by s...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Crist unveils plan for executive orders to raise wages and prevent discrimination

If he’s elected governor again, Democrat Charlie Crist says he’ll sign five executive orders on inauguration day to do things like prevent workplace discrimination, open government and raise the minimum wage for workers contracting with the state.

Crist announced what he’s calling the “First Day of Fairness” plan Tuesday morning at Enoch Davis Center in South St. Petersburg.

“And the things that I would like to do if I win, right after I get sworn in include the following: make govern...

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Mike Merrill (standing) explains the Policy Leadership Group proposal in a media briefing

Voters could see new Hillsborough transit tax proposal in 2016

A transit policy group wants Hillsborough County residents to be able to vote again on a tax for transportation improvements as soon as 2016.

Tuesday the Policy Leadership Group announced its proposal to connect USF, downtown Tampa, Westshore and Brandon. It wants to aid commuters with bus rapid transit and circulator systems, widening and repaving roads, improving intersections and eventually implementing a rail system. County Administrator Mike Merrill is part of the team that spent ove...

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Mayor and Chief of Police: Saint Petersburg

photo by Samuel Johnson

New St. Pete police chief promises to crack down on drug crimes

Cracking down on drug related crimes will be a major focus of St Petersburg’s new chief of police, Anthony Holloway. Saturday at the St. Petersburg History Museum Anthony Holloway made himself available at informal meet and greet with the public. Both residents and public officials gathered to express their concerns and hopes to the new police chief.

The dust has settled on the drama surrounding the appointment of a new chief of police. Saint Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman has brought Ant...

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