News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 23, 2014

2001 Women's Peacepower Awards

Interview with six winners of the 2001 Women's Peacepower Awards. Peacepower is an organization dedicated to peaceful social change. The group, headquartered in Dade City, gave out 20 awards this year. Six of the winners were interviewed this hour:

Mandisa Monakali, Capetown, South Africa

In the late 1980's and Capetown was rife with an ungovernable government and widespread civil unrest. Most black townships had strict confinement and curfews. The youth were at the forefront of th...

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Interview with Bradenton defense attorney Mark Lipinski on the Delta Squad scandal. Four Bradenton sherrif's deputies have pleaded guilty to various crimes including robbing, beating suspects; stealing from suspects and planting false evidence.

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Guns As A Consumer Issue?

Our Guests: Sue Peschin, Firearms Project Director at the Consumer Federation of America, and Bill Newton and Lisa Lester of the Florida Consumer Action Network discussed the Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act. This act would give consumer's some federal protection for guns and ammunition that are poorly designed or manufactured. Right now only two products: guns and tobacco are not regulated by the federal government.

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Nazi ties to American Business in the 1930's and 1940's

John Loftus, president of the Florida Holocaust Museum is a former nazi hunter for the U.S. Justice Department. He discussed Prescott Bush's banking fortune and his involvement in aiding the Nazi government during WWII. He also discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reparations for Holocaust survivors, and the discovery of many alleged WWII war criminals in the Tampa Bay area. Loftus is co-author of THE SECRET WAR AGAINST THE JEWS.

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THE DISAPPEARING FEDERAL BUDGET SURPLUS AND SOCIAL SECURITY

Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families discussed the recent news that despite promises of politicians, the federal government is depleting the social security surplus. Zuckerman discussed the future of social security, proposals for partial privatization and the impact of tax cuts on the solvency of the nation's retirement insurance program.

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THE IMPACT OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S REQUEST FOR A 10% INCREASE IN MILITARY SPENDING:

Interview with Chris Hellman, senior policy analyst at the Center for Defense Information. Hellman discussed the proposal to increase spending for an anti-missile shield, the recent reports of the disappearance of 50 Billion dollars in Pentagon purchases, and the scandal involving use of Pentagon-issued credit cards to buy pet supplies, strip-club memberships, DVD players and other non-defense related items.

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CUTS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S INDIGENT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM?

The Hillsborough County Commission has cut the sales tax which funds the county's innovative health care program for the working poor. Because the tax was lowered from one half to one quarter cent backers say the level of health care is in danger of being cut. Dena Gross Leavengood, the immediate past president of the Hillsbrough County League of Women Voters, Mary Ellen Gillette of the Health Care Advisory Board, and Leo Matti of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation.

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THE PACIFICA CRISIS

WMNF's Mitch Perry made a fact finding visit to WBAI-FM in New York City where he investigated the end to official daily broadcasts of Democracy Now from the Pacifica-owned radio stations. Perry reported on what he found including his discussions with WBAI manager Utrice Leid and WBAI music director Mathew Finch as well as his discussions with fired program director Bernard White and ex-programmer Ursula Ruedenberg.

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Is Israel on the brink of war with the Palestinians?

Interview with Hussein Ibish, the Communications director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Ibish described why there is so much anger among Palestinians living in the occupied territories, the restrictions on democratic rights, and what he says is the move in Israel toward a South Africa-like treatment of Palestinians.

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The Explosive Growth in CEO pay

Chris Hartman, the research director at the group UNITED FOR A FAIR ECONOMY discussed the group's new study in which CEO's of corporations that were laying off workers, were being given pay and bonus raises of about 20% in 2000 while salaried and hourly workers on average were getting 3-4% raises. Hartman says this income inequality is excessive, especially in light of the failure of these CEO's to make their businesses profitable.

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