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War correspondent talks about covering Afghanistan and Pakistan

03/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Our first guest today is Kim Barker, author of the new book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE. She chronicles the years she spent reporting on the forgotten war, doing the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan after the U.S. military had decamped for Iraq. Barker was an unlikely foreign correspondent—she did not own a passport, spoke only English, and knew little to nothing about Osama bin Laden or Islam. But, in the wake of 9/11, h...

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Veterans for Common Sense calls for end to wars in Afghanistan and more humane treatment for veterans

01/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with Gene Jones and Dennis Plews with the group Florida Veterans For Common Sense. They'll discuss a resolution their group has issued calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They'll also discuss veteran's diversion courts - a new way to deal with veterans who come into the criminal justice system. Veterans for Common Sense will celebrate Commnon S...

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USF students and faculty fast to raise funds for charity listen

11/11/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Go hungry for a day so another won't have to- this was the pledge some USF students and faculty took when they participated to the Fast- A-Thon organized by the Muslim Students Association at USF on November 10. This year, the event raised more than $5,000 for charity. The funds were donated to a local food pantry, a free health care clinic and for flood victims in Pakistan.

No food, no water for 12 hours for a good cause - this was the pledge that student Avan ...

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Afghanistan and Pakistan Symposium listen

03/29/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Adnan Mazarei, assistant director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), spoke at USF today. USF officials said IMF policy did not permit his address to be recorded.

In a question-and-answer period that followed, Stan talked unofficially and gave only his first name. He works as a South Asia analyst for the United States Central Command, and gave his assessment.

*We m...

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USF Symposium Offers New Insights on Pakistan/Afghanistan Policy listen

03/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s a big week for dialogue between US and two countries that have borne the brunt of the “War on Terror.” Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it’s too early to let Afghanistan fend for itself against the Taliban. This comes as a large delegation of Pakistani leaders is meeting with the Obama Administration. Meanwhile, peace talks have begun in that country between a Taliban leader and Afghan President Hahmad Karzai. Closer to home, the University of South Florida held the firs...

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General David Petraeus admits US presence in Pakistan listen

02/04/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There’s confirmation today that US soldiers are operating in Pakistan.

Yesterday three U.S. troops were killed by a suicide car bomb in Pakistan, revealing a secret U.S. operation in the country.

This is in contrast to claims last year from U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, who maintained that there were no U.S. troops in Pakistan.

A spokesperson for U.S. Army Central Command has now confirmed 200 troops are in Pakistan. Head of U.S. Central Comma...

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CentCom official: Pakistan is Pentagon's biggest concern listen

05/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This week the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan will be coming to the White House to discuss the increasingly tenuous security situation in their countries.

According to one U.S. Central Command leader who spoke in Tampa on Saturday, the Taliban’s gains in Pakistan are now the number one concern of the Pentagon.

Rear Admiral Mike Franken, U.S. Navy Deputy Director of Strategy Plans & Policy for Central Command, spoke over the weekend at the Westshore Marriott Hotel, at a Toastsmaste...

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Journalist discusses Afghanistan-Pakistan situation listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Intelligence officials in Pakistan say two alleged militants and a civilian have been killed in a suspected U.S. missile strike.

It happened in the tribal region of northwestern Pakistan, according to officials citing informants and agents in the field. They say a drone came under fire from people in a car. The missile hit the car and also damaged some shops, wounding at least five villagers and killing one.

It comes a day after the New York Times reports that the U.S. Special Envoy t...

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Bill Nelson speaks at Tiger Bay listen

02/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, spoke at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg this afternoon.

Nelson said that because the race for the Democratic nomination for president is so close, there are two potential train wrecks because of the way the party selects its nominee. One involves superdelegates, also known as unpledged delegates, people who can vote at the convention for any candidate, regardless of who the people of their state supported in the primary or caucus...

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Bhutto memorial held in Tampa listen

12/31/07 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Senator Ronda Storms led a memorial vigil for former Pakistan Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto last Friday in Tampa.

As news of Bhutto’s assassination last Thursday spread throughout the country, anger and revenge led to riots throughout Pakistan. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf blamed Islamic militants: associates of Bhutto accused Musharraf of playing a role by not giving Bhutto adequate protection.

Hundreds of thousands attended Bhutto’s funeral in Pakistan, while a ...

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