News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 1, 2014

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

The Tampa Bay Chapter of AI is celebrating International Human Rights Day this Sunday by holding a benefit concert at Skipper's Smokehouse. A spokesperson for the local chapter, Theresa Goodman, joined us for a discussion about the history of AI, its goals, and some of the activities the local group is engaged in.

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SEXUAL ABUSE IN RELIGIOUS GROUPS AND DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE MILITARY

Dr. Marie Fortune is founder and senior analyst at the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She discussed the dimensions of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests as well as how widespread the problem is in other religions. She also discussed the recent rash of domestic murders by soldiers returning from service overseas.

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HENRY KISSINGER: THE RIGHT MAN TO INVESTIGATE 9/11?

Our guest, investigative reporter Scott Armstrong has been following Kissinger's career since the early 1970s. Armstrong is a former Senate Watergate committee staff member as well as the founder of the National Security Archive. He says that Kissinger has been involved in secrecy and cover-ups in the past and that it's unlikely that the former Nixon advisor will break with that pattern.

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THE NEW FREEDOM BUS TOUR

A multi-racial group of activists is holding a series of actions in St. Petersburg today, seeking people who are homeless, trapped in low-paying jobs and living in substandard housing. The groups (the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, the Tampa Bay Action Group, and the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers) say that the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for all people to have the basics of living. The bus tour is a way of highlighting the fact that many Americans do not have acces...

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BUY NOTHING DAY

For 11 years, the group Adbusters has called on people the world over to buy nothing on the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the largest shopping day of the year in the United States. It's a way to decrease the impact on the environment and to roll back rampant consumerism. Our guest: Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters and one of the creative minds behind Buy Nothing Day.

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NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WAL-MART

More than 100 organizations (labor, civil rights and church groups) have banded together to put pressure on Wal-Mart today. They are calling for the company to institute a living wage, health benefits, respect for labor rights and greater emphasis on safety for customers and employees. Wal-Mart is now the nation's largest private employer and one of the most profitable corporations in history, yet critics say that profit comes at the expense of small business owners and workers. Our guest wa...

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TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS

The Pentagon has begun developing a giant computer database capable of keeping extensive files on every American. There has been little public notice or debate over this system - which will be capable of tracking every transaction: store purchases, bank info, film rentals, travel, magazine subscription, every web site visited, etc. Civil libertarians are up in arms over this program and calling on the Bush administration and Congress to stop it. Mihir Kshirsagar was on this program to explain...

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CONSERVATIVE INTIMIDATION OF PEACE GROUPS?

Bruce Gagnon runs the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space. The small Gainesville-based peace group recently received a letter from the Center for Security Policy, a pro-SDI group based in Washington, DC. The letter demanded the peace group's financial records. Not only was the Gainesville group contacted, the CSP also contacted several other peace organizations around the country. Gagnon says this is an example of pro-military groups trying to intimidate non-violent acti...

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