News & Public Affairs

Friday October 24, 2014

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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FOOD SAFETY

Jane Hurley, RD, co-author of RESTAURANT CONFIDENTIAL (Workman Publishing) discussed the dangers of some of the food served at chain restaurants around the country. Hurley is on the staff of the Center For Science In The Public Interest, which has been studying the high levels of calories and saturated fat in the typical restaurant meal. She told of how to choose healthy food at restaurants and why certain foods which may appear healthy are actually dangerous for our cardio-vascular health....

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THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

The incoming president of the Tampa Chamber Of Commerce, Deanne Roberts, discussed a series of public meetings the chamber is holding throughout Hillsborough to discuss the state of transportation (roads, mass transit, etc.) and what the needs are in the future. She said the county's transportation system is heading for a crisis and it's time to plan for future population growth before gridlock gets worse.

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THE ANTI-SWEATSHOP PROTEST AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Two FSU students, Richie Kent and Shahar Sapir, have been protesting the sale of sweatshop-made goods by the FSU athletic teams. They and several FSU institutions (including the faculty senate and student senate) have called on the university to join the Workers' Rights Consortium - a national group which inspects factories here and abroad. Several students have been arrested for conducting a protest on the FSU campus.

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CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALIST SUPPORT FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL

Many of America's conservative Christian leaders are staunch supporters of Israel and its current policy toward the Palestinians. In this interview, author Deanne Stillman described the motives behind that support and the biblical prophecy which the fundamentalists believe shows we are nearing Armageddon. Deanne wrote a piece in The Nation Magazine (May 31, 2002) entitled ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS.

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