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Wednesday April 23, 2014

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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COLLECTIVE ACTION SUIT AGAINST LAKELAND DRUM - Kristen Friend-Weaver

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund announced its intentions today to file a collective action labor suit against the local industrial drum recycling facility, Lakeland Drum. MALDEF, a national Latino advocacy group, alleges that Lakeland Drum violated the rights of its predominantly Latino workforce by paying unfair wages and refusing to pay overtime wages even though employees regularly worked overtime hours. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver attended the press confere...

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LIFE AS A FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT

Mark Lee has worked as a war correspondent for several publications including the London Telegraph. He's covered wars in Bosnia, East Timor and Africa. Being a correspondent during wartime presents a variety of problems - including being dependent on the military force you are trying to cover. Lee is also vice president of the international writers' group, PEN. Lee's latest book, CANAL HOUSE discusses the ethical dilemmas facing war correspondents.

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BUSH ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO PRIVATIZE IRAQ'S PUBLIC RESOURCES

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast is hot on the trail of three new stories. We caught up with him as he traveled to the Tampa Bay area, following up on what he says were efforts to undermine black voter participation in the 2000 Election. He told WMNF that he's also uncovered a State Department document which describes plans to privatize much of Iraq's economy - including government-owned oil wells and public land. The third story he is working on involves how George W. Bush got into the Tex...

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