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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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Former Reagan Official: House members who read the US Constitution yesterday do not understand it

01/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Yesterday on the floor of the House, members of Congress read the US Constitution.

Here to comment is Bruce Fein, He was Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan and is author of the new book "American Empire: Before the Fall." He recently wrote a piece titled "Ten Congressional Commandments," which states:

"The Constitution exclusively empowers Congress to authorize the initiation of war under Article I, Section ...

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Former NYT Reporter Chris Hedges on the Death of the Liberal Class

12/07/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest today is Chris Hedges.

From his Wikipedia bio:

"Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002). A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug."

"Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City.[6] He ...

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Stop-loss payments available for some military vets listen

09/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Over the weekend the Washington Post reported that more than 90,000 members of the U.S. military haven’t claimed money accrued during involuntary extensions of their service. Today U.S. ember of Congress Kathy Castor is urging residents of the Tampa Bay area to spread the word.

Two-thirds of veterans and beneficiaries eligible for retroactive stop-loss payments haven’t collected on money the government owes them. An average of three to four thousand dollars is owed to service members...

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Experts Talk About Afghanistan's Medical Shortfalls listen

03/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While the battle rages in the United States over how much access everyone should have to health care, many in Afghanistan are living with few ways of getting the care they need. On the final day of the USF Symposium on Afghanistan and Pakistan, experts tackled the question of how to provide quality care in that country, and it appears there are no easy answers.

Dr. Vincent Berkley says he’s an army of one. The assistant surgeon general...

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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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Kathy Castor on Afghanistan listen

12/04/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tuesday, President Obama revealed his plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion this year. Obama says the surge will begin to pull out in July of 2011.

Congresswoman Kathy Castor served on the Armed Services Committee during her first two years in congress. There, Castor says she saw a lack of resources available to forces fighting in Afghanistan.

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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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Michelle Goldberg on controversial Afghan marriage law listen

04/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, hundreds of Afghan women protested in front of the Parliament building calling on the government to modify the controversial law on marital life of Shiite women.

However, as the protesting women carried banners inscribed with slogans in favor of equality between men and women, a group of men began pelting stones at protesters in an attempt to disperse them. Police cordoned off the protestors to enable them dispersing peacefully.

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