News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 30, 2014

GARY WILLS - AUTHOR OF" WHY I AM A CATHOLIC"

Gary Wills' book, "Why I Am A Catholic" (Houghton Mifflin) is really a book about the history of democracy inside the Church. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Wills wrote the book before the current pedophile scandal broke out within the Church. But he says the book is relevant because the scandal's roots go back to the nature of power and the lack of democracy inside Roman Catholicism. In this interview he traced the history of the relationship between the Pope, the laity and the clergy. He ...

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SEEDING SPIRIT IN ACTION CONFERENCE

Ann Kramer LMHC discussed the upcoming conference in St. Petersburg, hosted by the Florida Institute for Noetic Sciences. The conference will feature speakers from around the country on topics such as complimentary medicine, the human energy field, biomathematics, and creating livable community.

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SLAVERY IN FLORIDA

At a federal trial two weeks ago in Ft. Pierce, three labor contractors were found guilty on federal charges of holding as many as 600 people in involuntary servitude. The victims were largely immigrant farm workers from Mexico and Guatemala. As they crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona they were offered transportation to "work" on the east coast. But the cost was high. Typically the indentured workers were charged $1,000 by the contractors for the cross country trip. With wages so low...

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PEACE COMMUNITIES IN COLOMBIA

A growing movement of peasants in Colombia is rejecting violence by right-wing paramilitaries, the Colombian Army and left-wing guerillas. Our guest during this segment was Javier Sanchez, a member of the internal council of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community in Northern Colombia. Sanchez says all sides commit violence but that most of the violence he's experienced has been from the paramilitary troops, who are trying to clear peasants from farmland and mineral-rich areas of Colombia. H...

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CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Yesterday the president announced his plans to address the rash of dishonest financial reports filed by large corporations. In this segment we heard President Bush announce his proposal (via a report by Free Speech Radio News reporter Jeff Brady) and Charlie Cray, Director of The Campaign For Corporate Reform for the group CitizenWorks in Washington, DC. Cray says the president should have gone even farther if he wants to restore the public's faith in corporation's balance sheets. Cray says s...

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THE STATE OF CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE U.S.

What's going on with the Bill of Rights protections offered by the Constitution? Today's guests Bruce Howie and Nigel Watson, members of the Pinellas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, dicussed recent events including the federal appellate court decision ruling the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance were unconstitutional, the USSC decision upholding school vouchers, and the U.S. Patriot Act. They warned that the Bush administration was wiping away protections against bi...

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CORPORATE CORRUPTION

How will the current rash of corporate scandals affect the nation's economy? Economists Julianne Malveaux and Dean Baker (Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research) joined us to look at the causes of the recent Enron and WorldComm collapses and how these events will affect workers, their pensions and the future of Social security.

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SURVIVORS OF TORTURE

FLORIDA CENTER FOR SURVIVORS OF TORTURE and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL mark the International Day In Support Of Survivors Of Torture. Janet Blair and Ronnie Bower of the FCST joined Derreck Kayongo, Southern Regional Director of AI to discuss current examples of torture, why it exists, the forms, U.S. policy toward countries which practice torture and how victims are helped at the Center.

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