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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.

Tuesday...

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St. Pete for Peace celebrates "10 years of resistance" listen

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One of the most active anti-war groups in the Tampa Bay area is celebrating ten years of resistance Saturday.

We spoke with Chris Ernesto, a co-founder of St. Pete for Peace, about what they've done since 2003 and what's to come for the anti-war and social justice group.

At the anniversary celebration hey will debut a film about their ten years of activism.

It's at 7 p.m. Saturday March 9 at L-Train, 900 Central Ave. in St. Pete.

"Ten years ago befor...

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Helen Benedict talks about the Pentagon lifting the ban on women serving in combat

01/31/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Helen Benedict is a professor of journalism at Columbia University who won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice in 2008. Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent non-fiction book THE LONELY SOLDIER: THE PRIVATE WAR OF WOMEN SERVING IN IRAQ (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press) won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and was the inspiration for the award winning and Oscar nominate...

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Memorial Day thoughts from NATO to drones with Medea Benjamin

05/24/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Medea Benjamin who co-founded both Code Pink and Global Exchange discussed the recent protest she attended in Chicago with the NATO meetings. She gave a synopsis of what happened in both the inside of the conference and the outside.With her long time involvement in activist causes and peace demonstrations, she gave a very insightful analysis. We then discussed her latest book DRONE WARFARE with a forward by Barbara Erenhreich. Medea believes that that we were all aware that we had turned a v...

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USF ponders the politics of the Armenian Genocide listen

11/07/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When a country deals with a dark chapter in its past, like genocide, there are questions about reparations for people directly and indirectly affected. At the USF Library, Taner Akcam gave the keynote speech in a symposium hosted by USF libraries Holocaust and Genocide center on the denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Turkish national security policy of Turkey.

Akcam is a professor of Armenian g...

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