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Student-activist Laila Abdelaziz on youth voting, and on the latest conflict in the Middle East

11/15/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Laila Abdelaziz is the Florida Field Director for Emerge USA, a group involved with boosting the civic culture of Muslim, South Asian and Arab American communities. They were very involved in participating in the recent 2012 election.

As a student at USF, Leila talked about youth's involvement in political life as well. And as a Palestinian-American (she is also Russian), she provided her perspective on the events in the Middle East t...

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Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah criticizes Israeli assassination of Ahmad Jabari listen

11/14/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Wednesday Israel launched air strikes against targets in the Gaza strip, killing Hamas' Ahmad Jabari. Our guest is Ali Abunimah, the founder of the Electronic Intifada website.

Israel struck the Gaza strip by air and sea. Gaza's health minister said 10 people were killed; two of them young children, but that number appears to be climbing.

It’s the worst barrage on the Palestinian territory in about four years. That’s despite a truce that ended a weekend of violence in which seven Pa...

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New book tells varied stories of immigration; and prominent local neurosurgeon offers free medical care in Gaza

02/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we’ll talk with the author of a new book which tells the stories of 50 immigrants to the US.

Later we’ll talk with a prominent local neurosurgeon who has given up his private practice and is now concentrating on international and health care policy. He’ll be giving a talk tonight at the University of Tampa on why we should be paying attention to what is happening in Gaza — the Palestinian territory next to Israel.

First up—the author of the new book GREEN CARD ...

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Former Religious Right leader Frank Schaeffer on his new book Sex Mom and God

08/26/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we’ll talk with a former leader in the Religious Right movement in the U.S., Frank Schaeffer. We’ll get his views on the current crop of Republican presidential contenders.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about wealth distribution in the US. Here’s what three listeners had to say.

Frank Schaeffer grew up in Switzerland in the 1960's in a Christian community run by his parents- Eva...


French Free Gaza boat boarded and brought to port by Israeli military listen

07/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Israeli military says its commandos have taken control of a French ship that was part of the Freedom Flotilla 2 on its way to the Gaza Strip. But individuals in the Free Gaza Movement say the ship was in International waters and should not have been interfered with by Israel. Huwaida Arraf is with the Free Gaza Movement, one of the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla.

After this interview, the Israeli website [reported](,7340,L-409757...

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Boat of US activists sets sail for Gaza, but turned back by Greek Coast Guard listen

07/01/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. boat in an aid flotilla bound for Gaza was turned back by Greek commandos today. The boat, the Audacity of Hope, set sail without permission today, but according to Tweets from journalists on board, was stopped in open waters by the Greek Coast Guard. The boat’s captain attempted to negotiate with the Coast Guard, who wanted the ship to return to port. But the captain was reluctant because at least two boats in the flotilla have been sabotaged in Greek port, presumably by Israeli a...

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Tens of thousands rally in Gaza and West Bank for a united Palestine listen

03/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tunisia-inspired youth-led uprisings spiked today in Palestine. National Public Radio reports that 4,000 people demonstrated in the West Bank, and tens of thousands gathered in the Gaza Strip. WMNF’s reporter in Gaza, Pam Bailey, tells us, the protesters want a unified Palestinian government and an end to quarrels between Fatah and Hamas. We spoke with her several hours ago – she was on a mobile phone at one of the demonstrations.

"They are rallying because they want unity. They want ...


Gadhafi troops and rebel forces trade victories listen

03/14/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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West of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, government tanks and artillery bombarded an opposition-held town near the Tunisian border. A resident in Zwara says at least four rebel fighters were killed in the barrage.

In the east, opposition forces have slowed the government's offensive at the oil port of Brega. While Gadhafi's troops used superior firepower to drive the rebels out of the city yesterday, they've been unable to hold it. Rebels pushed back into Brega last night and claim to have cap...

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Nonviolent revolution in Egypt - Mubarak steps down listen

02/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nonviolent revolution in Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak stepped down today. It was announced by newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman on State TV, and was translated on Al Jazeera English.

After 29 years in power, Mubarak handed control to the military. Crowds in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in jubilation for minutes and minutes, which was captured on Al Jazeera English.

One opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, told the Associated Press it...


Israeli air strikes target Gaza listen

02/09/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Israel launched a series of air strikes against the Gaza Strip early this morning. The Associated Press reports that eight residents were injured. But WMNF’s reporter in the northern Gaza Strip, Pam Bailey, tells us there were more injuries than that and a child was killed.

AP report on bombings

IMEMC report on bombings


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