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St. Pete activist organizes Tampa rally to end occupation of Afghanistan listen

06/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S.-led war and occupation of Afghanistan has gone on for nearly a decade and many Americans are fed up with the carnage. One St. Petersburg activist has even formed a new group to gather support for ending the war. Kofi Hunt’s organization, Project O.A.T.H. is organizing an anti-war rally tomorrow in South Tampa. The "Bring the Troops Home" rally tomorrow is between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

"This Saturday I'm having an event I'm calling "Bring the Troops Home". It's a rally at the corner...

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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.

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Attacks on Libya have cost U.S. taxpayers $550 million so far listen

03/29/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A U.S. defense official says U.S. ships and submarines unleashed a barrage of cruise missiles at Libyan missile storage facilities in the Tripoli area late yesterday and early today.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military details, said 22 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from the Mediterranean - the most in at least several days.

The Pentagon says the military intervention in Libya has cost the United States about $550 million so far, beyond what it ...

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US to lead attacks on Libya until at least Saturday listen

03/23/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is ruling out a land invasion of Libya to force Moammar Gadhafi out. Obama told the television network Univision that an invasion is absolutely out of the question.

"What this is is a very specific military action that's time limited, that is in support of an international effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Libya. And to establish a no-fly zone so that Gadhafi cannot use his forces against his own people. We've been successful in pushing his forces back so t...

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Both crew from US fighter jet that crashed over Libya have been rescued but civilians may have been killed listen

03/22/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Heavy anti-aircraft fire is lighting up the skies over Tripoli and the sound of loud explosions is echoing through the Libyan capital after nightfall.

A U.S. official says both the crew of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed yesterday in Libya are safe and back in American hands.

The official said a Marine Corps Osprey search and rescue aircraft retrieved the pilot. He says the second crew member, a weapon's officer, was recovered by Libyan rebel forces and is now in U.S hands.

The cras...

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US led coalition bombs targets inside Libya for a third straight day listen

03/21/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The U.S. commander in Africa says coalition jets fired 12 more cruise missiles at Libyan missile, command and air defense sites as they continued to press a no-fly zone over the North African nation.

The attacks today followed a weekend of punishing air strikes aimed at preventing Moammar Gadhafi's forces from killing civilians seeking his ouster.

General Carter Ham said not much was known about Gadhafi’s whereabouts. Speaking by video conference from his headquarters in Germany, Ham ...

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. will help its allies enforce a no-fly zone over parts of Libya listen

03/18/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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President Barack Obama says the U.S. will help its allies enforce a no-fly zone over parts of Libya if Moammar Gadhafi does not immediately cease military actions against rebels.

Obama told reporters at the White House that thousands of Libyans could die if Gadhafi is not forced to pull his troops back from rebel strongholds. He said humanitarian aid must reach those in need.

Last night the U.N. Security Council approved possible military action against Gadhafi.

Earlier today, Libyaâ...

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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 ...

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On Dale Mabry, peaceful protesters ask for an end to the Wars listen

01/17/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The signs read everything from Bring them home to, how is the war economy working for you. Two kilometers away from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the current wars’ central command, Peaceful protesters held a vigil to bring home the troops fighting overseas.

“This is somebody else’s war, its sure not ours anymore.”

Bud Holly is an 82-year-old veteran who has been protesting Iraq’s occupation from the beginning.

“When I started this I was going to DC on the weekends a...

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