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Syria Debate Intensifies at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

09/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei continues the discussion on Syria and speaks with author Gareth Porter, who recently wrote an article for Truth-out.org about how the intelligence community was mislead to support an attack on Syria. Later, we play a segment from a heated debate between Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican Senator Rand Paul in a Senate hearing over Syria. Listen to the full show above.

Gareth Porter's Article: [How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an ...

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Obama gains support for military intervention in Syria listen

09/03/13 Associated Press
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that what he calls punitive action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last week could unleash more turmoil and bloodshed in that nation's civil war. Ban also cautioned nations such as the United States and France that may be considering such strikes that they are legal only in self-defense under the U.N. Charter or if approved by the U.N. Security Council.

President Barack Obama says he's confident he'll be able to work...

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Peace activists plan No War With Syria rally in Tampa Saturday listen

08/30/13 Samar Jarrah, Rob Lorei, Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Peace activists are planning a No War With Syria demonstration in South Tampa Saturday at 6 p.m. They’re gathering at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

One of the organizers from St. Pete for Peace was on the WMNF program True Talk Friday morning. Host Samar Jarrah is in Jordan but used Skype to interview Chris Ernesto, who was in the studio with Rob Lorei.

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Florida Rep. Alan Grayson speaks out against American Intervention in Syria

08/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei plays a segment from a CNN interview with Florida Rep. Alan Grayson who is against air strikes in Syria. Later, listeners weigh in on American intervention in the Syrian war. Listen to the full show above.

Dem Congressman Alan Grayson On Syria: Obama "Giving Only One Side Of The Story"

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Should U.S. Military Intervene in Syria?

08/28/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei talks about the recent escalation in tensions between the US and Syria. The Associated press is reporting that Anti-regime activists in Syria say members of a U.N. team of chemical weapons experts have been working today in a large Damascus suburb that was affected by last week's alleged chemical attack. Today's visit is the second by the U.N. inspectors to areas that were said to have been targeted by the attack. The visit comes as the U.N.'s envoy to Syria s...

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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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Governor Rick Scott signs bill restricting major FL contracts with Cuba or Syria

05/01/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 959, "An act relating to state and local government relations with Cuba or Syria."

In a statement, the Governor's office wrote:

House Bill 959 lays the groundwork to prevent state and local governments from entering contracts worth $1 million or more with businesses operating in Cuba and Syria.

“The records of the Castro and Assad governments are undeniably oppressive, and have worked in ways that are counter to American interests,” ...

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Amnesty: Syrian forces routinely torture detainees listen

03/14/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama says the prospect of international military intervention in Syria is premature and could lead to a civil war.

Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama says military intervention could lead to more deaths in Syria. The U.N. estimates that more than 7,500 people have been killed in a year-long struggle between Bashar Al-Assad's regime and opposition forces.

Meanwhile French President Nicolas Sarkozy is urging humanitarian corridors for Syria and says its lea...

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Defense Secretary Panetta: doesn't make sense for U.S. to take unilateral action in Syria listen

03/07/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is pushing back against fresh demands for U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it doesn't make sense for the U.S. to take unilateral action right now.

This week the panel's top Republican, John McCain, urged the U.S. to lead airstrikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Two other senators are also calling for the U.S. military to step in on behalf of Syrian rebels.

A Syrian Red Crescent off...

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University of MA professor emeritus Naseer Aruri discusses the Syrian conflict

03/02/12 Lisa Marzilli, Alvaro Montealegre
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we departed from our typical state/national focus to talk about the escalating violence in Syria.

It’s been hard to verify information coming out of Syria due to the restricted access of foreign journalists but some things are very clear; many people have already been killed and many are now without food, water or medicine. Today a Red Cross aid convoy seeking to deliver food an...

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