It's free-form Friday on Leid Stories! Listeners give their take on major stories of the week.
The Catholic Church and the U.S. government have blood on their hands for continuing to support murderous right-wing regimes in Central and South America, says a former U.S. Navy officer and Purple Heart recipient who became a Maryknoll priest and peace activist 44 years ago. Father Roy Bourgeois takes on the Vatican for cooperating with repressive regimes in targeting liberation theologists in the region. And he is committed more than ever, he says, to shutting down the Fort Benning, Ga.-based U.S. Army School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation-WHINSEC) that, since 1946, has been training the military of many developing countries in what he calls "the fine art of repression and terrorism."
Lawrence Guyot, an organizer-member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, fully immersed himself in the struggle for civil and voting rights in his home state of Mississippi. As chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, he worked with Fannie Lou Hamer and others to desegregate the Democratic Party at its national convention in 1964. On Leid Stories, Guyot discusses voter and civil rights, third-party politics, America's racial divide, and the transformative power of grassroots movements.
The third and final round of political thrust and parry concluded last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. And now, an all-out effort by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to woo newly converted voters into their respective camps. In this neck-and-neck race, every vote counts. Will the "undecideds" now commit? Will many of the "decideds" jump ship? Will third-party voters stay their course? Listener-analysts have their say.
It's the third and final faceoff -- at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. --between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, for the nation's top job. U.S. foreign policy, the focus of tonight's debate, could very well give either candidate much-need yardage ahead of his competitor in what polls are calling a virtual dead heat.
But do the candidates really differ on the aims and objectives of U.S. foreign policy? I call it like I see it -- as does Michael Scheuer, author and former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit.
Fisher vs University of Texas, the affirmative-action case being deliberated by the U.S. Supreme Court, brings into sharp focus the still-unresolved question: How is racial inequity in the United States to be resolved? Critical race theorist Ian Haney Lopez, a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, guides us through the full dimensions of this question.
Leid Stories picks up from we left off yesterday, with listeners having they say about the presidential election and related matters.
Listeners weigh in on what still is not being said by presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. With the second of three scheduled debates concluded, what's increasingly clear is not the presidential contenders' philosophical differences but their shared devotion to corporate-driven economic policies and practices that are at the root of much of what ails America.
What's going on in political life today? Your thoughts and opinions.