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Saturday July 26, 2014

THE ISRAELI PERSPECTIVE ON THE INTIFADA

Jack Ross is an attorney, a former member of the Israeli Army and a former aide to Israel's Supreme Court. He presented the case for continued U.S. support for Israel's government. He said Israel is a democracy at war; that it does not mistreat Palestinians, that in 1999 it offered a generous peace settlement to the Palestinians, and that Palestinians should have accepted the offer.

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ACORN - Kristen Friend-Weaver

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The Association of Concerned Citizens for Reform Now, a national community organization of low and moderate-income families, began the public phase of their campaign against Wells Fargo today. ACORN is accusing Wells Fargo of participating in predatory lending practices, and is demanding that the corporation begin negotiations to change the way they do business with at-risk borrowers. In at least 10 communities across the country including Tampa, ACORN members and supporters took ...

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SHOULD THE 2000 FLORIDA PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT CARDS BE SAVED?

Retired M.D. Ed Stein had an idea in the days following the controversial 2000 Presidential Election. He took out his microscope and looked at a punch card. He discovered that the styli used to punch votes made a mark on every card, even if the card was a supposed "under vote." The mark, Stein says, shows up even when the vote is not perceptible to the naked eye. He said he suggested to Democrats and election officials that microscopes be used to determine the intent of the voter. No one took...

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THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN IRAQ

Joseph Gerson, editor of "The Sun Never Sets," a book about U.S. military bases worldwide, says tonight's speech by President Bush declaring an end to combat in Iraq will not declare a pull-out of U.S. troops. Gerson is director of the Peace and Economic Security Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He said today: "Behind the rhetoric of 'liberation' and not staying 'a day' longer than needed, the Bush administration is clearly working to create a client government which will al...

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THE ISRAELI PEACE MOVEMENT

Our guests, Pnina Firestone of the Coalition of Women's Organizations for a Just Peace, who lives in Jerusalem; Ora Wise, the daughter of a rabbi, born in Jerusalem; and Gabriella Callender, a spoken word activist from Brooklyn with the Mahina Movement. They discussed their views on the treatment of Palestinians, safety for Israel, the direction of the Likud government and U.S. policy toward the Middle East.

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VANDALIZED MLK STATUE REDEDICATED - Amy Snider

Today at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a Ceremony was held to rededicate a bust of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which had been vandalized, and repaired. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Actuality of student La’Farrah Davis

That was USF student LaFarrah Davis, who welcomed the crowd of about 250 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. bust rededication ceremony at Martin Luther King plaza on USF’s Tampa campus.

USF senior Braulio Colon discussed ...

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE REFORM - Amy Snider

Yesterday the State senate passed a Medical Malpractice reform bill to attempt to cure what is seen as a health care crisis in Florida. Today, the Tampa Bay Tiger Bay Club addressed the issue by pitting a doctor against a lawyer to help outline the issues in this debate. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story.

On one side, was Tampa malpractice attorney Pat Dekle. On the other, Tampa Ear, nose, and throat doctor Dennis Agliano. The two men addressed what is seen as a crisis in Florida and ...

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THE TIKKUN PEACE COMMUNITY

Tikkun magazine founder, Rabbi Michael Lerner, is organizing a network of people devoted to peace and healing in the Middle East. Organizer Robyn Lundy discussed why the peace process is off track, human rights abuses in the region, and why a change is needed in U.S. foreign policy.

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CUBA AND TIGER BAY CLUB

Both debaters admitted that that they are probably as far apart on the issue of US Cuba relations as two people can be. This difference, however, provided an extreme example of the challenges those on both sides of the issue will face in any attempt to construct a unified Cuba policy.

Ralph Fernandez, a Cuba native who left with his parents as a young child, believes that Castro has not changed over the last several decades, and that he still poses a threat to his own people and the rest ...

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THE REAL HOMECOMING FOR VIETNAM VETS

Jerry Lembcke is a professor at Holy Cross College and the author of THE SPITTING IMAGE, a book which looked at the myths and truths surrounding the homecoming given Vietnam Veterans during the 1960s and '70s. Lembcke says it's a myth that many Vietnam Veterans were spat upon when they returned to the States.

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