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TEN CHARACTERISTICS OF A FASCIST STATE

06/03/03

Jeffrey Britt has written an article for FREE INQUIRY MAGAZINE about the common characteristics of several fascist governments. . . Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Pinochet's Chile, Indonesia under Suharto. Britt discussed the characteristics on this segment and explained how close the United States has come to resembling this form of government.

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THE ABANDONED PINEY POINT PHOSPHATE PLANT: DOES IT POSE A THREAT TO TAMPA BAY AND THE GULF OF MEXICO?

06/03/03

Two years ago the Mulberry Phosphate Plant went bankrupt -leaving taxpayers holding the bag for environmental cleanup at the company’s Piney Point phosphogypsum waste stack. The stack is nearly overflowing and contains a billion gallons of highly acidic wastewater. State environmental officials fear that if we get heavy rains this summer the plant will overflow - spilling millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into Tampa Bay. The Piney Point Plant is located south of Sun City Center an...

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WHY DO PEOPLE HATE AMERICA?

05/29/03

Author Merryl Wyn Davies on WHY DO PEOPLE HATE AMERICA (Disinformation Company). Davies is an anthropologist who lives in Wales. Her new book documents why so many people around the world dislike the United States' foreign policy, U.S. corporate influence and the lack of knowledge American people have of the situation in other countries.

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INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO SERVED TIME ON DEATH ROW

05/28/03

In the last decade 25 people have been released from Florida's Death Row - people who were determined to be innocent or wrongly convicted. Today we talked with Rudolph Holton, who served 16 and a half years on death row in Starke. He was released after his attorney uncovered testimony and DNA evidence which proved that Holton was not the man who committed the crime. Our other guest was Pete Gallagher, a writer for the Seminole Times, who covered the case of James Richardson, a farm worker who...

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COLLECTIVE ACTION SUIT AGAINST LAKELAND DRUM - Kristen Friend-Weaver

05/28/03

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund announced its intentions today to file a collective action labor suit against the local industrial drum recycling facility, Lakeland Drum. MALDEF, a national Latino advocacy group, alleges that Lakeland Drum violated the rights of its predominantly Latino workforce by paying unfair wages and refusing to pay overtime wages even though employees regularly worked overtime hours. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver attended the press conference t...

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LIFE AS A FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT

05/27/03

Mark Lee has worked as a war correspondent for several publications including the London Telegraph. He's covered wars in Bosnia, East Timor and Africa. Being a correspondent during wartime presents a variety of problems - including being dependent on the military force you are trying to cover. Lee is also vice president of the international writers' group, PEN. Lee's latest book, CANAL HOUSE discusses the ethical dilemmas facing war correspondents.

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BUSH ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO PRIVATIZE IRAQ'S PUBLIC RESOURCES

05/27/03

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast is hot on the trail of three new stories. We caught up with him as he traveled to the Tampa Bay area, following up on what he says were efforts to undermine black voter participation in the 2000 Election. He told WMNF that he's also uncovered a State Department document which describes plans to privatize much of Iraq's economy - including government-owned oil wells and public land. The third story he is working on involves how George W. Bush got into the Tex...

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GROUPS AGAINST MEDIA MERGER PROPOSALS - Amy Snider

05/27/03

Representatives of Common Cause and Move On.org met with Tampa Congressman Jim Davis today to voice their opposition to media merger proposals to be voted on by the Federal Communications Commission on June 2. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story.

What do rock group Pearl Jam, the National Rifle Association, and the National Associations of Black and Hispanic Broadcasters have in common? They all oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to lift bans which currently limit the ...

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THE GOVERNOR SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL MODIFICATION TO EVERGLADES FOREVER ACT

05/22/03

Governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill that environmentalists say will delay the cleanup of the Everglades. The governor says this bill is the next logical step in the cleanup process. Our guest, Eric Draper, who is a lobbyist for the Audubon Society says that the bill is a bad idea and a victory of the sugar industry over the environment. Draper says that runoff from sugar cane fields is largely responsible for the phosphorous overload which is causing an explosion of non-indigenous plants to c...

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COMPANY INVOLVED IN CORPORATE FRAUD GIVEN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

05/22/03

COMPANY INVOLVED IN CORPORATE FRAUD GIVEN 750 MILLION DOLLARS IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS INCLUDING CONTRACT TO BUILD MOBILE PHONE SYSTEM IN IRAQ. The Gray Panthers have called for a congressional investigation into the granting of federal contracts to MCI/WorldCom. The Panthers say that seniors lost billions of retirement dollars by investing in MCI/WorldCom in the 1990s. But as a result of accounting fraud, much of that money was lost. The Panthers want MCI/WorldCom to be barred from receiving ...

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