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Rally for Israel listen

04/26/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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We have to understand we’re in the Middle of World War III. So far, the only one that doesn’t get it is the White House.

Bob Kunst spoke to a group of Israel supporters beside the statue of the World War II sailor kissing his sweetheart. The rally was to show love and support for America and Israel, and against the Obama politics threatening to divide [Jerusalem](http://www.jerusalem.muni.il/jer_main/defaultnew.asp?l...

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Juan Cole on Wahhabism listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In University of Michigan professor Juan Cole’s new book, Engaging the Muslim World, he writes about Wahhabism, the distinctive form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. He writes that it has generated a great deal of concern among outsiders.

Many western observers, in explaining everything with reference to a single religious tradition, ultimately reduce Saudi Arabia to a caricature, he says. In our interview conducted with him last week, WMNF asked Cole about Wahhabism and Saudi Arab...

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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Keith Ellison interview, Part 1 listen

11/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In 2006, Keith Ellison was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Minnesota. When he took office in January 2007, he became the first Muslim to ever serve in Congress. In the first half of this interview recorded on Saturday in Tampa, WMNF began by asking Ellison about his background.

“… I’m very proud of my country right now – it’s not the first time I’ve been proud of my country, but it is one of those times I’ve been really honored to be an America...

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CAIR urges Muslims to define themselves listen

11/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its 6th annual banquet Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center. Speakers included Georgetown University professor John Esposito and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress.

Following prayers, about 600 people gathered to hear about the theme American Muslims: Defining Ourselves. Ellison said that during the recent presidential campaign, others groups attempted to define Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Many even tried...

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Judge postpones Al-Arian trial

08/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The next trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian has been postponed after a judge raised new doubts about the validity of the prosecution.

Al-Arian had been scheduled to go on trial next week in Virginia on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about a case unrelated to his original terrorist related charges. But today, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overruled prosecutors' objections and postponed the trial indefinitely. In doing so, she questioned w...

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Al-Arian finally closer to freedom? listen

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, order Sami Al-Arian released on his criminal contempt charges, but refused to block immigration authorities from detaining him before he is to be deported.

The U.S. government agreed to "expeditiously" deport Al-Arian in 2006, once he finished serving his criminal sentence in a terrorism support case. He was arrested in 2003.

But over the past couple of years, as he served his time for pleading guilty to one charge of materially suppor...

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Al-Arian ends hunger strike listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former USF engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian suspended his most recent hunger strike on Monday and has since been moved from solitary confinement to the general population of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Al-Arian has been in jail for more than five years; he completed his sentence last month yet he remains in jail awaiting the deportation called for in his plea agreement, said Mel Underbakke, who is with Friends of Human Rights.

Al-Arian ended his hung...

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Groups file suit over citizenship delays listen

02/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center announced they were filing federal lawsuits challenging lengthy delays in processing the citizenship applications of Florida Muslims.

Jamila Baraka, with the Tampa chapter of CAIR, discussed the suit.

“We’ve recently filed one set of what we expect will be many waves of class-action lawsuits related to naturalization delays thr...

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