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Wednesday April 16, 2014

THE UNITED STATES: A ROGUE NATION?

Former Reagan administration official Clyde Prestowitz's new book argues that the U.S. should not break treaties or start wars unilaterally because it hurts America's interests in the long term. Prestowitz says that Americans are often oblivious to the way we are perceived by the rest of the world. He says while the U.S. may have good intentions, the results of our foreign policies have many times not been helpful to people in the affected countries. The book: ROGUE NATION published by Basic ...

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CONGRESS DEBATES A NATIONAL ENERGY BILL

Phil Compton of the Florida Consumer Action Network and Susan Glickman of the Union Of Concerned Scientists say that a good goal for Congress to pass would be to require that at least 10% of the energy used in the U.S. be generated by renewable sources. Given the unstable world situation, these conservationists say it would be the logical thing to do.

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THE TAMPA BAY CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL 2003

WMNF is a co-sponsor of this, the tenth annual festival. The event will include food, music, arts and crafts and dancing. One of the organizers, Angela B, a WMNF reggae host, was the guest for this segment. The major event of the festival is an outdoor concert this coming Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

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SAMI AL-ARIAN - Kristen Friend-Weaver

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Judge James Moody told lawyers for former USF professor Sami al Arian this morning that the trial for their client and his co-defenders will take place in January of 2005. Al Arian has been imprisoned since February of this year when he and three other men were arrested for terrorist related offenses, and his attorneys had hoped to begin his trial this summer. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has more…

Lawyers for Al Arian argued that since their client had not w...

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IS EXPANSION OF PHOSPHATE MINING IN HARDEE COUNTY A GOOD IDEA?

There are some twenty gypsum stacks distributed in Polk and Hillsborough counties and thousand upon thousands of acres of unreclaimed mines and "clay settling areas" related to phosphate operations. One former phosphate mine, the Teneroc mine south of Lakeland, is being considered as a possible Superfund clean-up site. But if the EPA designates the Teneroc site as a Superfund site, there is a problem: the EPA estimates that there are 20 more clean-up projects of equal magnitude in central Flo...

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THE INCARCERATION OF DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN

Al-Arian is the fired USF professor charged earlier this year with being the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in North America, a group designated as terrorist by the State Department in 1995. One of his attorneys, Jeffrey Brown, says that the former professor is being held in solitary confinement in a federal prison more than an hour north of Tampa. His attorney says that Al-Arian is frequently strip-searched, denied more than one phone call a week, limited to having just two pencils and ot...

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TEN CHARACTERISTICS OF A FASCIST STATE

Jeffrey Britt has written an article for FREE INQUIRY MAGAZINE about the common characteristics of several fascist governments. . . Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Pinochet's Chile, Indonesia under Suharto. Britt discussed the characteristics on this segment and explained how close the United States has come to resembling this form of government.

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THE ABANDONED PINEY POINT PHOSPHATE PLANT: DOES IT POSE A THREAT TO TAMPA BAY AND THE GULF OF MEXICO?

Two years ago the Mulberry Phosphate Plant went bankrupt -leaving taxpayers holding the bag for environmental cleanup at the company’s Piney Point phosphogypsum waste stack. The stack is nearly overflowing and contains a billion gallons of highly acidic wastewater. State environmental officials fear that if we get heavy rains this summer the plant will overflow - spilling millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into Tampa Bay. The Piney Point Plant is located south of Sun City Cent...

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WHY DO PEOPLE HATE AMERICA?

Author Merryl Wyn Davies on WHY DO PEOPLE HATE AMERICA (Disinformation Company). Davies is an anthropologist who lives in Wales. Her new book documents why so many people around the world dislike the United States' foreign policy, U.S. corporate influence and the lack of knowledge American people have of the situation in other countries.

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INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO SERVED TIME ON DEATH ROW

In the last decade 25 people have been released from Florida's Death Row - people who were determined to be innocent or wrongly convicted. Today we talked with Rudolph Holton, who served 16 and a half years on death row in Starke. He was released after his attorney uncovered testimony and DNA evidence which proved that Holton was not the man who committed the crime. Our other guest was Pete Gallagher, a writer for the Seminole Times, who covered the case of James Richardson, a farm worker who...

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