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Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly worried Baghdad will be the next Benghazi listen

06/16/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: David Jolly, Bowe Bergdahl, Veteran's Administration, Iraq, terrorists, Taliban, Tiger Bay, Baghdad

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Congress member David Jolly doesn’t want Baghdad to be the next Benghazi. During a political forum in St. Petersburg Monday the Pinellas County Republican fielded questions about the Sunni insurgency that has taken control of parts of northern Iraq.

“We have thousands of Americans at the Baghdad embassy right now in Iraq that is being marched on and the president should recognize the danger and threat that is posed to them and should afford enough intervention to protect their lives just ...

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Surge of Syrian refugees to U.S. could pick up in late 2015 listen

06/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: World Refugee Day, Syria, Iraq, Department of State, immigration

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Nearly 30,000 refugees come into Florida every year from countries all over the world.

With ongoing violence in Syria, Simon Henshaw from the State Department says very few Syrian refugees have arrived in the U.S., but that’s about to change.

“We have pledged to take a significant number and we will start interviewing Syrian refugees soon. But it takes about 18-24 months for someone to run through our system. So, we will not, as a country, see a significant amount of Syrian refugees c...

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Tampa activist receives thank-you letter from Bradley Manning; direct action planned at MacDill AFB listen

05/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Tampa supporters of Private Bradley Manning are planning direct action outside MacDill Air Force base on June 1. MacDill is the home of U.S. Central Command. It’s part of a nationwide coordinated day of action and is being organized locally by the Tampa Bay Bradley Manning Support Network.

From his prison cell, Manning recently thanked an active member...

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A Better Path for the U.S. in the Middle East? And the Green Shadow Cabinet

04/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Rohde about his new book BEYOND WAR: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East (Viking). Rhode has covered U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia. He was held captive by the Taliban for seven months beginning in 2009.

Later we'll talk with Kevin Zeese who is the Attorney General in a new project-...

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Peace activists deliver varied anti-war messages at USF Tampa listen

04/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As part of a national anti-war initiative called April Days of Action Against Drones and Occupation, some USF students and community activists are reaching out for peace. During a rally today representatives from different groups passed out literature to students on the Tampa campus. Tampa Bay Bradley Manning Support Network’s Bill Livsey defended whistle-blowing by drawing attention to Manning’s prosecution.

“What we can do to honor his sacrifice and bravery by releasing this inf...

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Syria, Obama in Isreal and the 10-year anniversary of Iraq with former Ambassador Dennis Jett

03/21/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Dennis Jett was the U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique and Peru in the 1990's. He's now a professor of Intl. Relations at Penn State, and he spoke about President Obama's trip to Israel, what the U.S. may do if Syria is found to have used chemical weapons, and his thoughts on the Iraq war.

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Protesters near MacDill AFB bash military for spending to much money on Iraq War and lying listen

03/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Ten years ago, the United States invaded Iraq under the pretense that the nation was harboring Al-Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction. Tuesday, fifteen peace activists including Veterans for Peace organizer Jay D. Alexander protested the invasion and occupation just a mile and a half from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

“We staged an immoral and illegal invasion of that country ten years ago.”

He wasn’t the only who felt deceived by the actions of the U.S. military. Walt See...

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A local peace activist looks back at ten years of war on Iraq listen

03/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Ten years ago this week, the U.S.-led coalition began the bombing campaign on Iraq, branded Shock and Awe.

Early in the morning of March 20, 2003, hundreds of missiles began raining down on Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. It was the evening of March 19 in the United States, so Tuesday is commonly recognized as the anniversary.

We look back at the peace movement in 2003 and in the decade since in this conversation with anti-war activist Chris Ernesto from St. Pete for Peace.

Tuesday...

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Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Speaks About Her Son's Death, Iraq, and Military Spending

01/03/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of the program we'll speak with peace activist Cindy Sheehan who will be speaking in Sarasota this Saturday. But first one listener comment about yesterday's show on which we talked about the fiscal cliff budget deal. Here's what one listener had to say.

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Cindy Sheehan became a peace activist after her son Casey- who as a member of the Army's First Cavalry Division- was killed in 2004 during the US i...

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Dozens honor fallen Tampa soldier, some want troops home now listen

07/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan are being honored this week in Tampa. Today, a police motorcade escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Ricardo Seija and his family from MacDill Air Force Base through the streets of Tampa. Along Bayshore Boulevard dozens of supporters lined the road with American flags. The procession was a reminder of the high price of war. But Bruce Hockensmith with the Lutz Patriots said the event this morning was about respect, not politics.

“If they came home tom...

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