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Peace coalition will protest "war profiteering" at Raytheon in Largo listen

10/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete for Peace, Raytheon, Syria, Iraq, War, peace

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Tampa Peace activists opposed to more war in southwest Asia have demonstrated outside MacDill Air Force Base several times in the last few months as the U.S. escalated its wars in Iraq and Syria; but Friday there will be a new location for their anti-war protest: a Raytheon plant in Largo.

It begins at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Bryan Dairy Road and Belcher Road and is being organized by St. Pete For Peace.

For a preview, I spoke with...

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Uhurus oppose Pinellas Schools plan for assault rifles for school police listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Uhurus, Chimurenga Waller, Pinellas County Schools, War, weapons, guns, police

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A plan by the Pinellas County School District to acquire assault rifles for campus police is coming under fire from the black community.

Friday morning the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held a press conference in front of the Pinellas County School Board building to criticize further weaponizing schools.

Afterward, WMNF spoke by phone with their local president, Chimurenga Waller.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces resolution to permit U.S. strikes inside Syria listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Syria, Iraq, War, Bill Nelson, ISIS, ISIL, IS, Islamic State

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Late Monday afternoon, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson filed a joint resolution with the Senate to allow the president to make airstrikes on Islamic State militants inside Syria.

“I describe ISIS as a snake. If the head of the snake is in Syria -- which it is -- a lot of their organization, a lot of their leadership is there, then we ought to go after the snake where the head is and decapitate the snake. In doing that we’re going to have to go into Syria. Now, I believe that t...

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Senator Bill Nelson calls for more U.S. military attacks inside Syria and Iraq listen

08/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Bill Nelson, Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, War

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The Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have made three more airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the Mosul Dam, including a machine gun position that was firing on Iraqi forces.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday provided by his office, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he met with the president of the Free Syrian Army in Turkey. Nelson says there should be more U.S. military actions inside Syria and Iraq.

"Well, we're not gonna put boots on the ground. The American pub...

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Tampa crowd rallies to support Israel during attacks on Gaza listen

08/01/14 Brenton Honeywell and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, Tampa, Gaza, War, militarism

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Supporters of Israel rallied this afternoon in downtown Tampa. Fifty or so people gathered holding signs and playing Israeli music.

Detlef Borges from Sebring says the U.S. is right to keep shipping ammunition to Israel.

Another attendee at the rally, Amy Nash, came from Lakeland to support Israel.

In news from Gaza, Israeli forces are moving deeper into southern Gaza, searching for a soldier who was apparently captured during a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. The forc...

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Palestinian supporters in Tampa come out in droves to protest Israeli invasion listen

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Muslim, War, Gaza, West Bank

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Hundreds of people from the Muslim community and their supporters crowded the corner of The Fowler Avenue and 56th St.

Mohammad Joseph Salamaeh was one of the first to arrive to the large protest near USF Tampa. The group waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading, “Palestine Under Attack” and “You don’t need to be Palestinian to stand with Palestinians.” Another sign said, “Stand with Israel with a slash through Israel and the Star of David.

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Peace activists to demonstrate against action in Iraq Friday at MacDill listen

06/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Iraq, CENTCOM, MacDill, Macdill AFB, St. Pete for Peace, peace, War

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Local peace groups will protest possible U.S. military actions in Iraq this week near the Tampa command center for southwest Asia.

United States Central Command is housed at South Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and for years, anti-war demonstrations have used the location to oppose military strikes.

During a forum on Iraq in St. Petersburg Monday night hosted by St. Pete for Peace, participants decided to [protest outside MacDill this Friday at 4 p.m.](htt...

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Tampa turns into mock war zone for Mayor's "rescue" listen

05/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: military, special forces, special operations, War, militarization, Bob Buckhorn, Macdill AFB

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Hundreds of spectators lined the Harbor Island Bridge in downtown Tampa to watch a full scale military demo. Wednesday afternoon, an international group made up of special ops experts from 16 countries including the U.S. had one mission – rescue Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn.

“They just let me shoot the guns.”

Matt Allen is a Lt. Commander with Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force base.

“Part of the exercise is to have somebody to be a hostage, some bad actors. In this cas...

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Protesters near MacDill AFB bash military for spending to much money on Iraq War and lying listen

03/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Ten years ago, the United States invaded Iraq under the pretense that the nation was harboring Al-Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction. Tuesday, fifteen peace activists including Veterans for Peace organizer Jay D. Alexander protested the invasion and occupation just a mile and a half from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

“We staged an immoral and illegal invasion of that country ten years ago.”

He wasn’t the only who felt deceived by the actions of the U.S. military. Walt See...

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A local peace activist looks back at ten years of war on Iraq listen

03/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Ten years ago this week, the U.S.-led coalition began the bombing campaign on Iraq, branded Shock and Awe.

Early in the morning of March 20, 2003, hundreds of missiles began raining down on Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. It was the evening of March 19 in the United States, so Tuesday is commonly recognized as the anniversary.

We look back at the peace movement in 2003 and in the decade since in this conversation with anti-war activist Chris Ernesto from St. Pete for Peace.

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