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Friday July 25, 2014

THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER

The new film THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER will soon premier in Sarasota. Our guest in this segment was the film's director, Eugene Jarecki. The film poses the question: is Henry Kissinger, Nobel Laureate and the most famous diplomat of his generation, also a war criminal? Kissinger has been accused of participating in the coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende, of helping Richard Nixon sabatoge the Vietnam peace talks in Paris just prior to the 1968 presidential election, of en...

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CONTROVERSY OVER THE RAISE FOR USF PRESIDENT JUDY GENSHAFT

The campus of USF was rocked by the news that their president would be getting a 37% pay raise. This comes at a time when worker and professor salaries have been kept to 2% increases for the past few years. At the same time large increases are being proposed in state university tuitions, popular financial aid programs are being threatened with cuts, and other state universities are also sharply increasing pay for their presidents. Our guest, Bill McClelland, president of AFSCME Local 3342 whi...

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PAY INCREASE FOR USF PRESIDENT

Interview with Dr. Susan Greenbaum, Vice President of the faculty Senate at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She commented on the 37% pay increase given to USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft. Greenbaum noted that the pay increase comes at a time of stagnant or near-stagnant wages for USF staff and faculty. At the same time the board of trustees is exercising greater influence on the campus, services to students are being reduced, tuition is being increased and financial aid is being cut.

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INDIA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES

Ambassador Lalat Mansingh is on a visit to Florida. In this interview with WMNF he talked about the tensions between India and Pakistan, India's fear of Islamic terrorism, the possibility of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, and the recent election victory of the conservative Hindu party, the BJP, in last weekend's elections in the state of Gujarat.

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THE CYCLES IN A WOMAN'S LIFE

Dr. Carol Roberts and Rob Lorei interviewed Ellen Kamhi, RN and PhD regarding her new book THE CYCLES OF LIFE. In it Kamhi offers natural health advice on diet, pregnancy, fertility and menopause.

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THE EMERGING DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY

THE EMERGING DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY (Scribner). In this new book authors Ruy Teixeira and John Judis look at the trends which they say point to a political re-alignment in the United States with the Democratic Party emerging as the dominant force in politics. Our guest, Teixeira, is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation. He says that women, white-collar professionals, African Americans, Latinos and union members will make up the grassroots of this coalition. He posits that the GOP's reliance...

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CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE MOVE TO STOP THE WAR WITH IRAQ

Bill Rose, a Tampa retiree and John Worrell of Brimfield, Massachussetts have just returned from a November fact-finding mission to Iraq. Members of the group, Christian Peacemakers, they found the country's medical and sanitation infrastructure decimated by the embargo against that country. They were joined by Jay Alexander of St. Petersburg who is one of the leaders in a movement to try to get the St. Petersburg City Council to pass a resolution against the United States taking unilateral ...

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THE WAR RESISTER'S LEAGUE

John Miller, a staff person at the WRL, one of the nation's oldest, continuous peace groups joined us for a discussion about the possibility of war with Iraq, the cost of wars, and alternatives to military action.

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WHERE DID THE BODIES GO FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR?

Our guest, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Patrick Sloyan reported about the Gulf War for Newsday in the early 1990s. He said that war was unusually bloodless - if you were a news consumer in the United States. He says that the Pentagon and the Bush administration made a concerted effort to keep reporters from the front lines of the war. Sloyan says roadblocks were put up to prevent journalists from depicting casualties on either side. In fact, he says that there is much evidence that thous...

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