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Thursday January 29, 2015

RAISING AWARENESS OF FEDERAL JUDICIAL APPOINTEES

Some of President Bush's appointees to the federal bench have what our guests describe as views far outside the mainstream - on such topics as the environment, civil rights and development. A coalition of groups including ACORN, the Sierra Club, Equality Florida, the SEIU and Planned Parenthood are holding a town hall meeting this coming Monday to dicuss some of the more extreme appointments and why progressives should be concerned. Our guests: David Bookbinder, senior attorney at the Sierra ...

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INCREASING TAMPA EXPORTS TO CUBA - Amy Snider

Representatives of the Tampa Port Authority just returned from a trip to Cuba, where they discussed increasing exports from Tampa to the Communist run country. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story….

A 43 year trade embargo with Cuba, the only Communist country in the Americas, was partially lifted after Hurricane Michelle devastated Cuba in November, 2001. The deadly storm damaged 45,000 homes and destroyed valuable crops. That’s when the US Congress voted to allow certain a...

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THE IMPACT OF THE IRAQ WAR ON U.S. MILITARY FAMILIES

Our guest, Nancy Lessin, is co-founder of Military Families Speak Out. The group is composed of people opposed to the war and who have loved ones in the military. Lessin discussed the changed role of military personnel in Iraq, that service members (for the most part) have no training in police work; that the war has transformed into a very dangerous guerilla-fighting operation, and that many soldiers will need to be screened for psychological problems and Gulf War syndrome when they return. ...

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EX-FELONS STRUGGLING TO SUCCEED

Florida is one of only eight states that do not automatically restore full civil rights for ex-felons who have completed their sentences. Ex-offenders are denied state licenses unless they complete a process to have their rights restored. In the next few weeks the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION and other human rights groups are holding workshops around the state to help people with felony convictions regain their voting and civil rights. Our guests: -Nigel Watson, Florida ACLU -Ramona Merr...

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TERROR IN THE SERVICE OF THE CIA

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS A BRUTAL LEADER WHOSE FOLLOWERS CARRIED OUT THE KILLING, TORTURE AND DISFIGUREMENT OF HIS OPPONENTS. . . BUT BRUTAL TREATMENT OF POLITICAL ENEMIES IS NOT CONFINED TO IRAQ’S FORMER GOVERNMENT. MANY U.S.-BACKED GOVERNMENTS, MILITARY LEADERS AND EVEN EMPLOYEES ARE GUILTY OF THE SAME KIND OF ACTIVITIES. EXAMPLES OF SUMMARY EXECUTION AND TORTURE CAN BE FOUND UNDER U.S.-BACKED GOVERNMENTS IN CHILE, IRAN, BRAZIL, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, SOUTH VIETNAM,...

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NUDITY ORDINANCE DEBATE - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Debate continued today on an ordinance that would ban nudity in any public place in Hillsborough County when David Caton and Joe Redner both spoke at a meeting of the Tiger Bay Club in Tampa. Caton, who is a self-proclaimed family activist, originally brought the issue of a nudity ordinance before the Commission because of what he sees as a link between nudity and incidences of both rape and domestic violence. Redner, who has run for County Commission several times and owns adult establishm...

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POLICE BRUTALITY HEARING - Kim Farley

On Saturday, the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg held a hearing to gather evidence documenting crimes regarding police brutality against African-Americans. This evidence will be taken to the World Tribunal on Reparations for African People in Philadelphia November 15 & 16.

The World Tribunal was first held in 1982. It found that the United States was guilty of breaking international law and owed 4.1 trillion dollars in reparations to people of African descent living in the USA. Around th...

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STRAIGHT, INC. SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT

Straight was a drug treatment program which operated in the Bay area from the late 1970s until 1993. It was an intensive program primarily for teens and young adults. But many survivors of the program say that the “treatment� involved physical, mental and emotional abuse. Straight, Inc. has gone out of business, but similar drug treatment programs still exist. Our guests: Michael Sherman, Bob Patterson, Richard Bradbury and Jeff Herschel are affiliated with S.A.F.E.T.Y. (Survivors ...

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THE WAR ON OUR FREEDOMS

A DISCUSSION OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS DURING THE CURRENT WAR ON TERROR. PULTIZER PRIZE WINNING NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST ANTHONY LEWIS IS A CONTRIBUTOR TO A NEW BOOK ON THE STATE OF OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. HE JOINED US IN THIS SEGMENT TO TALK ABOUT THE PATRIOT ACT AND HABEUS CORPUS. HE COMPARED THIS ERA TO PREVIOUS WARS.

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