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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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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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Mortin Halperin describes Pentagon Papers, not WikiLeaks, as “courageous act” listen

02/11/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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WikiLeaks has made waves around the world with the release of tens of thousands of classified State Department and Defense Department documents. About 20 Tampa Bay Area residents came to Sarasota Monday night to hear from Mortin Halperin, a Senior Advisor to George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, about his analysis on the release of the secret information.

Mortin Halperin was responsible for the writing of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a study of the American political and military inv...

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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.

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IMEMC report on bombings

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Some Gazans fear another war is around the corner listen

02/08/11 Pam Bailey
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two years ago, Israel bombarded the Gaza strip: about 1300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. But Pam Bailey reports, Gazans fear a new war could be around the corner.

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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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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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