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Tampa Peace House group uses comedy to combat Islamophobia listen

05/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: islam, Islamophobia, Muslim, Peace House, peace, humor, satire, comedy, Muzzies


(update: in June Peace House posted a new video, scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch it)

A new group in Tampa is using humor to fight Islamophobia.

A couple of weeks ago the daycare section of a mosque in Tampa caught fire. When news of the fire was posted on television websites the string of angry, mean and downright Islamophobic responses flooded in.

But a new group in Tampa, called Peace House, i...

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Local progressive Muslim activist speaks out on tragic shooting in France. listen

01/08/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Charlie Hebdo, France, Paris, Laila Abdelaziz, islam, Muslim


Today, we hear local responses to yesterday's horrific massacre of 12 people in Paris at the offices of french satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by suspected radical islamists. We first listen to reports of the shootings from French government-run television service France 24. Laila Abdelaziz, local progressive activist and Muslim-American, then offers her perspective on the tragedy and answers listeners' questions.

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Palestinian supporters in Tampa come out in droves to protest Israeli invasion listen

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Muslim, War, Gaza, West Bank


Hundreds of people from the Muslim community and their supporters crowded the corner of The Fowler Avenue and 56th St.

Mohammad Joseph Salamaeh was one of the first to arrive to the large protest near USF Tampa. The group waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading, “Palestine Under Attack” and “You don’t need to be Palestinian to stand with Palestinians.” Another sign said, “Stand with Israel with a slash through Israel and the Star of David.

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Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, Avni Osmakac, terrorism, FBI, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Jared Hamil, Samantha Bowden, Muslim, islam, Sami Al Arian


The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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Listeners respond to WMNF's Ahmed Bedier loss of his brother to bloodshed in Egypt

08/16/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Security and health officials say 60 people have been killed across Egypt after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.

As military helicopters circled overhead, residents pelted the Brotherhood protesters with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles.

Police in uniform were nowhere to be seen as civilians fir...

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Muslim Legal Fund for America seeks justice for disenfranchised Americans listen

12/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When many Muslims-Americans are accused of heinous acts such as terrorism and aiding militant groups, some are deprived of their rights to a fair trial, and others are even held captive indefinitely in places like Guantanamo Bay. Sunday the Muslim Legal Fund for America held a benefit luncheon in Tampa. Khalil Meek is their executive director.

The Muslim Legal Fund for America (MLFA) isn’t a law firm, but it aims to...

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Tampa man says PricewaterhouseCoopers discriminated against him for his Arab/Muslim background

08/17/11 Sean Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Our guest today was Issam Azziz. He is suing the auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers for employment discrimination. He was fired in July 2009 from his position as senior audit manager in their Tampa office. Azziz says he was let go because he is an Arab, a Muslim, and was critical of PricewaterhouseCooper’s diversity hiring practices. He sued last week in U.S. District Court and wants his job back, plus back pay, and compensation for emotional suffering and humiliation. Our other guest ...

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Keith Ellison interview - Part 2 listen

11/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In 2006, Minnesota’s Keith Ellison became the first Muslim ever elected to the U.S. Congress. WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with him on Saturday, before the Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet in Tampa. The second half of the interview begins with Rep. Ellison responding to Barack Obama’s first move as president-elect. Obama chose Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff. Emanuel is strongly pro-Israel.

“[I've met with Dr. Al-Arian's family] and I’ll be happy to meet with them again ...

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