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Thursday October 2, 2014

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT TREATY

Was the U.S. government correct in rejecting the International Criminal Court treaty? Marjorie Cohn, an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, said today: "Ironically, the same day Colin Powell paid tribute to the memory of those killed in the Nazi Holocaust, the U.S. government claimed it is renouncing the International Criminal Court treaty. The stated reason is to prevent other countries from unjustly trying U.S. officials for war crimes. But the ICC, which has...

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THE COMFORT WOMEN

A New exhibit at the Tampa Convention Center will focus on the sexual abuse of 200,000 Asian women by the Japanese Imperial Army during the 1930s and '40s. Our guests today: Ok Sun Lee who was kidnapped and held as a "comfort woman" from 1942-1945; Dongwoo Lee Hahm, a Korean woman who has just taken part in an international conference in North Korea on sexual exploitation during WWII; Saeko Otake is a student at Cornell University who is organizing an international conference on "comfort wom...

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EXPLOITATION OF MEXICAN IMMIGRANT WORKERS

Elsie Allen and Fernando Cuevas of the Central/North Florida Carpenters' Regional Council say that immigrant workers are routinely exploited by employers - from withholding information about worker's compensation, training, and safety to being threatened with deportation. These workers are demanding better treatment.

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THE RISE OF RIGHT WING MOVEMENTS IN EUROPE

Martin Lee, author of THE BEAST REAWAKENS, has just returned from a trip to Europe where he attended conferences on the growing number of right wing political movements on the continent. Lee says that the 18% that National Front leader Jean Marie Le Pen received in the recent presidential elections reflects less support for the far right than it does disenchantment with France's two largest political parties. He also says that Le Pen's followers are anti-immigrant, while recent anti-Semitic i...

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AMERICAN CARBOHYDRATE CONSUMPTION

Barry Sears, PhD. author of THE OMEGA RX ZONE(Harper Collins). Sears says that Americans' high consumption of carbohydrates results in more cases of diabetes, ADD, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer's, obesity and other chronic diseases. He says that his research shows that high doses of fish oil can counteract the results of a high carbohydrate diet. He also says that diets must be put back in balance with equal amounts of low-fat protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits.

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EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE SITUATION IN JENIN

Kathy Kelly is a longtime peace activist with a group called Voices In The Wilderness, along with her co-worker Jeff Guntzel, they travelled to Israel and the occupied territories last month to view the effects of the Israeli military action. Kelly says she saw ample evidence "that the Israeli government ordered Israeli occupying forces to attack and destroy a civilian neighborhood in the jenin refugee camp." Kelly was critical of U.S. military support for the campaign and she said there is a...

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FLORIDA'S CHILD PROTECTION CRISIS

Five year old Rilya Wilson has disappeared from her Miami home. She had been under the protection of Florida's Department of Children and Family Services. On today's show a leading Florida activist on children's issues, Tallahassee attorney Karen Gievers, discussed her long-running battle to improve the state's child protection system.

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THE ISRAELI PEACE MOVEMENT

Neve Gordon teaches politics at Ben-Gurion University in Jerusalem. He is a leading Israeli peace activist and organizer of rallies and humanitarian missions. Gordon says that both the American and Israeli media ignore or prevent news about the peace movement from getting out; that anti-Arab racism is on the rise in Israel; and that there is a strong movement of Israelis and Palestinians calling for dialogue and a peaceful resolution of the current conflict. Gordon also called the current war...

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NATIONAL PRAYER DAY: AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Sid Goetz, the head of the South Pinellas chapter of Americans United For Separation of Church and State discussed his group's opposition to involvementin National Prayer Day by government and elected officials. Goetz charges that the National Day of Prayer Task Force is a vehicle by which our country's conservative religionists seek to inject their particular brand of Christianity into civil government. He says taxpayer support for the day violates the separation of church and state.

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HAS THE WORLD TURNED ITS BACK ON AFRICA SINCE 9/11?

Minister Abdul Akbar Muhammad is the representative of the Nation of Islam to Accra, Ghana. During this interview he said that U.S. support for economic development in Africa has dropped since the terror attacks. Akbar says that Americans should be more involved in helping Africa develop. He'll be speaking in Tampa on 5/5 - this is a preview of his talk.

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