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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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What to do in Iran and Syria? U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor answers listen

02/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, WMNF caught up with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor to find out what she thought about military intervention in Iran and Syria. Castor hopes problems in both nations can be solved without violence. As U.S. officials continue to view Iran as a nuclear threat, she’s staking some of that hope on tightening financial sanctions.

“The military and civilian lead...

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In Temple Terrace, opponents of Assad regime differ on intervention needed for Syria listen

02/20/12 Alvaro Montealegre
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria. ICRC spokesperson Carla Haddad says the group is discussing several possibilities with all those concerned and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas.

More than 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the 11-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad.

On Saturday in Temple Terrace, about 45 people demonstrated against the Assad reg...

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Occupy Tampa honors fallen Syrian protesters; wary of US intervention listen

02/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The UN estimates more than 5,000 Syrians have died during the country’s nearly year-long uprising. In response, a handful of Occupy Tampa members honored the fallen last night with a candlelight vigil at downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. They all want to see an end to the bloodshed, but they don’t necessarily agree on how involved the U.S. should be.

Michael Fernandez lit candle...

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Meeting This Weekend To Combat Genocide

02/08/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of the program we’ll talk with Cameron Hudson who is a senior advisor to the Committee of Conscience of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Formerly he was chief of staff to the President’s special envy for Sudan. He’ll be speaking This Sunday at 2PM in Sarasota at the 6th annual Take A Stand Against Genocide Conference at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota. The event is sponsored by Humanit...

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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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Robin Wright on Middle East - Part I listen

03/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Journalist Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries in her career. She most recently covered foreign policy for the Washington Post.

Her latest book, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, has just been published in paperback.

WMNF spoke with Wright yesterday, and asked her about U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement that two top State Department officials will travel to Damascus to hold a series of meetings with Syrian officials this w...

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