News & Public Affairs

Saturday October 25, 2014

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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THE UNITED STATES SENATE PREPARES TO DEBATE APPROVAL OF THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE FACILITY

In this segment, two guests: David Pred of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, and Daphne Sorensen of the Florida Public Interest Research Group discussed the environmental drawbacks of shipping radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The guests also pointed out that the state of Nevada government along with the native Americans who own title to the land object to the storage plan.

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HAS THE THREAT OF OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE BIG CYPRESS PRESERVE ENDED?

Ginger Perlman, the Offshore Drilling Issue Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club says that the recently announced deal by the Bush administration to buy up drilling rights will not result in complete protection of the eastern Gulf or the preserve. She says the Bush administration plans to go ahead with more lease sales this summer, indication it does not oppose all drilling. She warned that unless there is a ban on further lease sales, Florida's coastal environment remains in dange...

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THE LEGACY OF STRAIGHT, INC.

A popular drug treatment program in the Bay area during the 1970s, '80s and '90s was Straight, Inc. Several alumni of the program were the guests on today's program. They tell of what they describe as abuse, sexual violations and inhumane treatment they experienced as clients of the program. Several alumni experienced severe depression and by some accounts there was a high suicide rate among Straight graduates. Our Guests: Wes Fager, the son of a Straight, Inc. client; and former clients Sama...

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GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD

Jason Boehk, co-founder of Florida Alliance for Safe Foods. The FASF has launched a public awareness campaign about the possible dangers of genetically engineered foods. In Europe most GE foods are banned and Boehk says that there is no requirement that GE foods be tested on animals or humans before they are okayed for sale. The group is asking the Publix supermarket chain to refrain from selling GE foods.

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