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CAIR wants investigation to see whether FBI violated civil rights by killing Todashev listen

05/30/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The father of an immigrant killed in Orlando last week while being interrogated by the FBI said Thursday that the U.S. agents killed his son "execution-style."

At news conference in Moscow, Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head.

The FBI says Ibragim Todashev was killed last week during a violent confrontation in his home while an FBI agent...

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Racially and religiously driven attack fuels Muslim advocacy group listen

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR today called on the FBI to investigate a shooting attack in which a man perceived as "Middle Eastern" and Muslim was shot in the face at least twice with a pellet gun.

CAIR officials said the man attacked was harassed with racial slurs as he was leaving a Walmart at 3 this morning. A police report indicates that the shooting victim was asked if he is Middle Eastern and whether he is Muslim. He reportedly answered "...

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Racially and religiously driven attack fuels Muslim advocacy group listen

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: CAIR, Hassan Shibly

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR today called on the FBI to investigate a shooting attack in which a man perceived as "Middle Eastern" and Muslim was shot in the face at least twice with a pellet gun.

CAIR officials said the man attacked was harassed with racial slurs as he was leaving a Walmart at 3 this morning. A police report indicates that the shooting victim was asked if he is Middle Eastern and whether he is Muslim. He reportedly answered "...

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Republican Al Higginbotham reelected to Hillsborough County Commission listen

11/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two Hillsborough County Commissioners won reelection Tuesday.

Democrat Kevin Beckner defeated Republican challenger Margaret Iuculano.

Republican Al Higginbotham held off two challengers, Democrat Mark Nash and Joy Green who is not affiliated with any party. At the Republican Party of Florida election night reception in Tampa, Higginbotham said he was able to win despite the Democratic wave that swept Hillsborough County because of the effort of his campaign workers.

"We have work...

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Holy Land Five awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision to see if their appeal will be heard listen

10/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: 29 October 2012 - The Supreme Court will not hear arguments in this case.

Today, the United States Supreme Court will decide whether to hear arguments in a case against five people from the Holy Land Foundation jailed for giving humanitarian aid to a group alleged to have ties to terrorism. Yesterday a small contingent of local activists waved signs on a street corner near USF Tampa to protest the conviction of the Holy Land Five.

[The Holy Land Foundation](http://freedomtogi...

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CAIR's Hassan Shibly on death of US Ambassador to Libya listen

09/12/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The day after Tuesday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya we spoke with Hassan Shibly. He’s executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Four Americans have died, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, following riots by Libyans upset at a low-budget film critical of Islam.

We heard audio of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) suggesting Al-Qaeda could be responsible for the attack.

We also touched on the ongoing effort by conserv...

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Activists call on Florida Department of Law Enforcement to ditch anti-Muslim training contractor listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Thirty Muslim groups are asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to sever ties with one of their counter-terrorism trainers. Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said Sam Kharoba teaches law enforcement officers to unfairly stereotype Muslims.

“Kharoba claims radicals can be identified by ten to twelve physical markers such as headbands, types of facial hair or a prayer bump on the forehead from frequent contact with a prayer mat. One...

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Anti-CAIR advocates disappointed in Hillsborough School Board decision to leave guest speaker policy as-is listen

04/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite weeks of lobbying by anti-Muslim groups, the Hillsborough County School Board has chosen not to change the county's school policy on public speakers. Supporters of the Islamic advocacy group CAIR are declaring it a win for civil rights.

Last school year, conservative activist David Caton lashed out at the Hillsborough County School Board for allowing Hassan Shibly to speak to a group of high school history students. Shibly is the director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on Am...

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Religious leaders warn against crossing the fine line between faith and politics listen

03/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Americans are in the midst of a heated election year, a group of interfaith leaders is concerned about religious views being incorporated into politics. At a panel discussion at St. Petersburg College in Seminole this month, each member expressed devout religious views, but none supported basing political decisions on theological beliefs.

Abhi Janamanchi is a minister with the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. His church doesn’t endorse and particula...

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Muslim advocacy leader reacts to state Senator's vow to revive anti-Sharia bill listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill that died in the Florida legislature this year would have outlawed the use of foreign laws in courtrooms. But the bill’s sponsor has said he will reintroduce the initiative next year if he is reelected. The leader of a Muslim advocacy group isn’t happy about the message that sends.

“Shame on Mr. Hays. Shame on him for promoting division in a time when our country needs unity. Shame on him for promoting legislation that marginalizes minorities; that attacks particular faith...

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