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Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders listen

05/19/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel's prime minister has rejected that, saying return to the borders before Israel occupied the Palestinian territories would spell disaster for the Jewish state.

Obama outlined U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa in a speech today.

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Violence continues in Libya as US and others mull intervention listen

03/01/11 wire services
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Residents of the rebel-held city closest to Libya's capital are celebrating after fighters repelled an overnight attack by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Witnesses say the pro-Gadhafi forces battled the rebels for six hours, but couldn't take control of Zawiya.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Congress today that the U.S. must lead an international response to the crisis, including a no-fly zone.

Clinton says the Obama administration may seek the prosecution o...

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Tampa Pension board to divest from Iran, Sudan listen

09/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Following the lead of numerous city and state governments, Tampa’s General Employee Pension Board decided today to do away with indirect investments in Iran and Sudan. Lawyer and city council candidate Seth Nelson says he applauds the board.

The state passed the Protecting Florida’s Investment Act in 2007. The Tampa Police and Fire Pension Board voted to follow state guidelines last month. Nelson says the sectors affected are petroleum, military, and energy production. The Obama Admin...

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Author Stephen Kinzer On The Reasons The US Should Improve Relations With Iran And Turkey

07/01/10 Robert Lorei
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In his new book Reset (Times Books), award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer argues that the two countries in the Middle East that will be America’s logical partners in the 21st century are Iran and Turkey. They share strategic interests, like a stable Iraq, stable Afghanistan, and stable Pakistan; and their people also share a desire for democratic values. He also recommends that the United States reshape relations with its two traditional Middle East allies, Israel and Saud...

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Veterans from Operation Free want less dependence on foreign oil listen

05/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A small group of military veterans is traveling the country and taking out television ads to convince Americans to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Robin Eckstein and Matt Victoriano from Operation Free are in Tampa to stress how climate change threatens national security.

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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.

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Condoleezza Rice Speaks in Sarasota and Criticized by Local Group listen

02/08/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former US Secretary of State under the Bush Administration, Condoleezza Rice, spoke at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota this morning. She addressed several contemporary issues including the economy, terrorism and ongoing wars.

Hundreds filled the auditorium to hear the 66th Secretary of the State speak. One of the first topics Rice tackled was terrorism. She said each and every day terrorists plot to attack the United States.

The Van Wezel would not allow Rice’s spee...

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UN inspectors set to visit Iran nuclear site listen

10/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives of the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia, and Germany met with Iranian officials about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.

Following the meeting, President Barack Obama said that Iran has two weeks to permit international officials inspect a nuclear plant that was revealed last week.

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Keith Ellison on House resolution on Iran listen

06/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution today that supports "all Iranians who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law."

The resolution was approved by 405 lawmakers. Texas Republican Ron Paul voted against the measure; two Democrats, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana and Dave Loebsack of Iowa, voted 'present'.

Arizona Senator John McCain introduced a similar resolution in the Senate, but said it was ‘unfortunate’ that ...

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Analyst discusses the Iranian election listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Muhammed Sahimi is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California and a blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications.

He says that Iran will see real change if the challenger in tonight’s election, Hossein Mousavi, is victorious.

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