Leid Stories Stories and news that affect us all

March 29, 2013  

Leid Stories conducts an on-air “people’s symposium” on fundamental questions and issues that are painfully evident in the current national crisis in education.  All ideas and considered opinions are welcome in this exchange, which seeks to link public discourse on the subject with empowered advocacy and action.

In Part 3, the government’s role in education is discussed.

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March 28, 2013  

Leid Stories conducts an on-air “people’s symposium” on fundamental questions and issues that are painfully evident in the current national crisis in education.  All ideas and considered opinions are welcome in this exchange, which seeks to link public discourse on the subject with empowered advocacy and action.

In Part 2, we begin to examine the role of education as an effective tool of social, political and economic control.

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March 27, 2013  

Leid Stories conducts an on-air “people’s symposium” on fundamental questions and issues that are painfully evident in the current national crisis in education.  All ideas and considered opinions are welcome in this exchange, which seeks to link public discourse on the subject with empowered advocacy and action.

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March 26, 2013  

All across America, especially in major metropolitan areas, public schools in African American and Latino communities are being shut down at an alarming rate.  City administrations are giving all kinds of explanations – budget issues, declines in enrollment, parental preferences for charter schools, etc. But overwhelmingly it’s because the targeted schools are failing, they say.

Dr. Pedro Noguera the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and an expert on school reform, contends that federal mandates not only are at the root of the problem, they all but guarantee failure at every level. The Obama administration’s “Race to the Top,” a stylized redux of Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program, is wrongheaded and just plain bad educational policy, he says, offering instead a “Broader, Bolder Approach to Education” in this edition of Leid Stories.

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March 25, 2013  

On the same day that his home city, Chicago, announced the closing of 54 public schools allegedly to contain costs over the next 10 years, President Obama was in Israel assuring its war-fixated government of billions of dollars in military and economic support. Zero-sum thinking not only has become Obama’s standard approach to policy making, it seems not to bother him that it is his political base that ends up with the zero, not the sum. Leid Stories details some of Obama’s mounting offenses and makes the case that his political base would be well within its right to respond in kind to him and the Democratic Party in upcoming elections.

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March 21, 2013  

He was a young Secret Service agent in Chicago in 1960 when he was asked by President John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. Abraham Bolden by then had been the first African American in several law-enforcement positions he’d held; this was a dream come true. But soon, Bolden found himself at odds with sketchy security practices and made it known. When Kennedy was assassinated, he tried to expose the agency’s negligence, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that affects his life even to this day.

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March 20, 2013  

He was a young Secret Service agent in Chicago in 1960 when he was asked by President John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. Abraham Bolden by then had been the first African American in several law-enforcement positions he’d held; this was a dream come true. But soon, Bolden found himself at odds with sketchy security practices and made it known. When Kennedy was assassinated, he tried to expose the agency’s negligence, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that affects his life even to this day.

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March 19, 2013  

The trial of a class-action federal lawsuit could bring a long-sought-after end to the controversial stop-and-frisk police practice that overwhelmingly targets African American and Latino males.

The trial venue is New York City, where men of color accounted for 83% of more than 531,000 such actions last year alone. But city governments and police departments across the nation are closely monitoring the case.

The Center for Constitutional Rights and Latino Justice PRLDEF, which are representing the interests of the plaintiffs in David Floyd v. City of New York, discuss with Leid Stories the salient issues in the case and the efforts by civil-rights organizations to curb escalating instances of unchecked police power.

And a retired captain reveals that many in the law enforcement community oppose the stop-and-frisk practice, even though top brass and the city administration sanction it as a deterrent to crime.

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March 18, 2013  

It’s democracy, says William Blum, whose obsession since leaving the State Department in 1967 has been chronicling and exposing the seamy underside of U.S. foreign policy. In a wide-ranging interview with Leid Stories, Blum expounds on the theme of his latest book—that America’s superpower status is directly linked to actions it undertakes against other countries that are so antidemocratic, wrongheaded and deadly, they make the regimes of so-called “rogue” nations look like amateurs. Blum publishes the online newsletter Anti-Empire Reports and is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and the controversial bestseller Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower. His newest tome is America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy—The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else.

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March 15, 2013  

A class-action lawsuit alleging widespread, routine civil-rights violations of men of color by New York City police comes to trial in federal court next week. The NYPD will have to explain why, in one year alone, police made 685,724 stops of Black and Latino males under its stop-and-frisk “anti-crime” tactics when more than 90 percent of them were baseless. Leid Stories examines the psychological impact of the stop-and-frisk program on innocent victims – the focus of an in-depth report that will be introduced at trial.

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