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Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, Avni Osmakac, terrorism, FBI, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Jared Hamil, Samantha Bowden, Muslim, islam, Sami Al Arian

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The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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Activist decries Florida Senate passing bill forbidding use of foreign law in state's courts listen

04/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: islam, Muslims, Florida Legislature, Laila Abdelaziz

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Florida would become the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state's courts under a bill passed by the Senate Monday. But opponents contend the action is unnecessary and targets Muslims. The bill is sponsored by Senator Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla

Not everyone agrees with Senator Hays.

Laila Abdelaziz is Tampa Bay regional director for Emerge USA, a non-profit, non-partisan group with the goal to engage Muslim Americans in the political process.

"Senate b...

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Conservative Terry Kemple appointed to Hillsborough County diversity council listen

10/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: LGBT, Muslims, Hillsborough County Commission, Terry Kemple, Kevin Beckner, Les Miller, islam, Victor Crist, diversity

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Hillsborough County Commissioners created a Diversity Advisory Council Wednesday morning and unanimously appointed conservative Christian Terry Kemple as one of its members. That’s despite the push from some commissioners in the past to exclude him because they say he has anti-diversity views including against Muslims and gays. Openly gay Commissioner Kevin Beckner said his change of heart came from something Pope Francis said this summer.

"Actually was a response to, when he was asked of...

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Listeners respond to WMNF's Ahmed Bedier loss of his brother to bloodshed in Egypt

08/16/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Security and health officials say 60 people have been killed across Egypt after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.

As military helicopters circled overhead, residents pelted the Brotherhood protesters with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles.

Police in uniform were nowhere to be seen as civilians fir...

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Boston Bombing

04/19/13 Ahmed Bedier
True Talk
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Discussion and opinion on the latest updates on the Boston bombing.

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Racially and religiously driven attack fuels Muslim advocacy group listen

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: CAIR, Hassan Shibly

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR today called on the FBI to investigate a shooting attack in which a man perceived as "Middle Eastern" and Muslim was shot in the face at least twice with a pellet gun.

CAIR officials said the man attacked was harassed with racial slurs as he was leaving a Walmart at 3 this morning. A police report indicates that the shooting victim was asked if he is Middle Eastern and whether he is Muslim. He reportedly answered "...

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Reaction to death of U.S. Ambassador in Libya listen

09/12/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador.

Today Obama said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He says "no acts of terror" will shake America's resolve.

Obama said the U.S. rejects any efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but says there is "absolutely no justification" for viole...

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CAIR's Hassan Shibly on death of US Ambassador to Libya listen

09/12/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The day after Tuesday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya we spoke with Hassan Shibly. He’s executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Four Americans have died, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, following riots by Libyans upset at a low-budget film critical of Islam.

We heard audio of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) suggesting Al-Qaeda could be responsible for the attack.

We also touched on the ongoing effort by conserv...

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9/11 remembered by peace activists for resulting in more violence listen

09/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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While groups around the country are remembering the victims of 9/11, other groups are marking the day for a different reason. A group of Peace activists rallied at USF and downtown Tampa today to remind people that American lives weren’t the only ones lost as a result of the attacks that day. Gonzalo Valdes with the group Tampa Against the War on Terror said more people were lost post 9/11.

“9/11 was the beginning of this war on terror. That’s when the world changed. I personall...

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Debate: The Enemy Is Not Islam?

07/16/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, Welcome to Radioctivity. I’m Rob Lorei

Thanks to you if you donated last week during our membership drive. We did come up a little short and there is still time to donate—by going online to wmnf.org and selecting the “Give Now” button.

Today we’ll feature a debate that promises to be very spirited. Earlier this year Chris Ingram who is a contributing columnist for the Tampa Tribune and a Republican political analyst at Bay News Nine wrote a [column in May “I...

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