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Two views on the Palestinian bid for an independent state

09/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to request that the United Nations recognize Palestine as a full member of the organization in his scheduled speech tomorrow before the UN. If the UN accepts his proposal Palestine will become an independent state, receiving the full rights that other member countries enjoy. The new Palestinian state would be based on the borders Israel and Palestine shred before the Six Day War in 1967. We'll hear two differing views on whether Abbas' request i...

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With or without Palestinian statehood, "Is Peace Possible?" listen

09/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last Sunday the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and donor nations gave their support to a Palestinian bid for statehood. But the United States plans to use its standing on the UN Security Council to veto their resolution.

In the past, President Barack Obama has voiced his support for a two-state solution to the ongoing...


Former Religious Right leader Frank Schaeffer on his new book Sex Mom and God

08/26/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we’ll talk with a former leader in the Religious Right movement in the U.S., Frank Schaeffer. We’ll get his views on the current crop of Republican presidential contenders.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about wealth distribution in the US. Here’s what three listeners had to say.

Frank Schaeffer grew up in Switzerland in the 1960's in a Christian community run by his parents- Eva...


French Free Gaza boat boarded and brought to port by Israeli military listen

07/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Israeli military says its commandos have taken control of a French ship that was part of the Freedom Flotilla 2 on its way to the Gaza Strip. But individuals in the Free Gaza Movement say the ship was in International waters and should not have been interfered with by Israel. Huwaida Arraf is with the Free Gaza Movement, one of the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla.

After this interview, the Israeli website [reported](,7340,L-409757...

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In speech to Congress, Netanyahu says Palestinian refugees can't return home listen

05/24/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress today. Many of his positions on an eventual Palestinian state are in opposition to those laid out last week by President Barack Obama. Netanyahu reiterated Israel would not use its pre-1967 borders as a starting point in negotiations. In 1967 Israel seized the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem during the six-day war. But Netanyahu said Israel would not give back any part of Jerusalem and would maint...


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.



Matthew Cassel eyewitness to Sunday's conflict on Israel-Lebanon border

05/17/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Lebanon has submitted a complaint to the United Nation's Security Council in the wake of the killing of ten Palestinians at the border with Israel on Sunday. ... In addition to the refugees killed, the Israeli military wounded more than 100 others. ... The protesters were challenging their families displacement from Israel in 1948 ... they want the right to return to their families land. .... Lebanon called on the Security Council to hol...


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 ...


Gadhafi troops and rebel forces trade victories listen

03/14/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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West of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, government tanks and artillery bombarded an opposition-held town near the Tunisian border. A resident in Zwara says at least four rebel fighters were killed in the barrage.

In the east, opposition forces have slowed the government's offensive at the oil port of Brega. While Gadhafi's troops used superior firepower to drive the rebels out of the city yesterday, they've been unable to hold it. Rebels pushed back into Brega last night and claim to have cap...

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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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