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Holy Land Five awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision to see if their appeal will be heard listen

10/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: 29 October 2012 - The Supreme Court will not hear arguments in this case.

Today, the United States Supreme Court will decide whether to hear arguments in a case against five people from the Holy Land Foundation jailed for giving humanitarian aid to a group alleged to have ties to terrorism. Yesterday a small contingent of local activists waved signs on a street corner near USF Tampa to protest the conviction of the Holy Land Five.

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Listeners react to controversial changes to Democratic Party platform listen

09/05/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The Democratic National Convention is going on this week in Charlotte. We’d spoke about listener's thoughts about the speeches, the protests, or their experiences in Tampa during last week’s Republican convention.

Just before going to air, the Democrats passes two amendments to their party platform in a controversial voice vote.

The amendments put two provisions back into the platform that had be...

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Anyone can be targeted because of Yemen; Olives

05/25/12 Samar Jarrah
True Talk
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True Talk spoke to IBRAHAM QATABI who is a Yemeni-American human rights activist and a legal worker with Center for Constitutional Rights specializing in Yemen. He spoke about President Obama’s executive order giving the Treasury Department authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone who ‘obstructs’ implementation of the administration-backed political transition in Yemen. Qatabi insisted that The USG isn’t naming groups or people who it’s illegal to work with, so any sensi...

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In Tampa gathering United Methodist Church rejects divestment from Israel listen

05/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Late yesterday in Tampa the general conference of the United Methodist Church rejected a measure to divest from three companies that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Supporters of divestment said it failed because delegates did not have all of the information.

After holding out hope for a week and a half, some supporters of the Kairos Response that called on divestment from Israel cried. But most of them marched through the Tampa Convention Center chanting their ...


Invest in Palestine or divest from companies supporting Israeli occupation, that's the question before United Methodist Church listen

05/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Delegates of the United Methodist Church are considering divesting from three companies who provide products to Israel which aid the occupation of Palestine. A final vote on the measure is expected sometime this week at the church’s general conference at the Tampa Convention Center. The petition, presented by an inter-faith group, has been heard in two committees already, but the version recommended for a final vote has been altered considerably by a series of amendments. David Wildman, ...

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Parents of Rachel Corrie in Tampa to get United Methodists to divest from Caterpillar

04/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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My Last Call guests are Cindy and Craig Corrie; in March 2003 their daughter, Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip when she was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer being driven by a member of the Israeli military.

They’re in Tampa this week to attend the United Methodist Church General Conference. A group called United Methodist Kairos Response will be asking the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in Tampa to [divest](http://www.wmnf.o...

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Inter-faith group calls on the United Methodists to divest from 3 major companies doing business with Israel listen

04/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today is the first day of the United Methodist Church’s general conference in Tampa. Some church members and other human rights activists are asking the denomination to pull investments from companies whose products aide in Israeli violence against Palestinians. About 30 supporters wore yellow to a press conference at a downtown Tampa hotel this morning to symbolize hope for the end of suffering in Palestine. Opponents of the divestment measure argue that positive investments should be use...


At Tampa conference, United Methodist Church may consider withdrawing investments supporting Israeli military listen

04/23/12 Mike Madison
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite decades of conflict, there's still now settlement in the territorial conflict between Israel and Palestine. Some members of a major Christian denomination meeting in Tampa this week are trying to get the church to withdraw investments from major companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

The United Methodist Church holds a conference every four years to determine policy for its 12 million members. Thousands of leaders will discuss the church’s stances on s...


Obama to Netanyahu: U.S. has Israel's back listen

03/05/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite their sometimes public disagreements, leaders of the U.S. and Israel are showing some unity today on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

As he started several hours of meetings at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama said the U.S. and Israel agree that diplomacy and sanctions are the best ways to resolve the crisis with Iran.

But Obama added that the U.S. will consider all options in confronting the future possibility of an Iran...

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New book tells varied stories of immigration; and prominent local neurosurgeon offers free medical care in Gaza

02/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we’ll talk with the author of a new book which tells the stories of 50 immigrants to the US.

Later we’ll talk with a prominent local neurosurgeon who has given up his private practice and is now concentrating on international and health care policy. He’ll be giving a talk tonight at the University of Tampa on why we should be paying attention to what is happening in Gaza — the Palestinian territory next to Israel.

First up—the author of the new book GREEN CARD ...

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