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February 27, 2018  

The stock market is humming and all’s well on Wall Street, if we are to believe herds of financial analysts and forecasters. There’ll be an occasional dip, of course, but when has there never been a dip, they say. The market is only responding to dynamic, momentary shifts that occur in markets all over the world, and things are steady, they say.

But Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street banker who in recent years has turned his attention to charity fraud, says don’t believe the hype. He warned Leid Stories two years ago to prepare for a major stock market eruption, and today he says it’s closer than he expected.

Eleven years ago, Ortel not only sounded the alarm, but pinpointed where, why and how it would happen. General Electric, he said, would be the eye of the storm .

Ortel joins us today to further explain what he says is about to happen.

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February 26, 2018  

The students, faculty and administrators of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are expected to put in a full day today. It’s the first day since an ex-student with an array of discipline and mental-health went on a killing spree at the school problems on Valentine’s Day, killing 17 and injuring dozens more with a military-style assault rifle.

Politicians and officials were quick to offer up “thoughts and prayers” in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy—which was warned about a month before it happened—but now everyone is expected to return to school and resume life as if nothing happened.

On so many levels, says Leid Stories, this is unacceptable and wrong.

 
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February 23, 2018  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and it’s all about speaking your mind. Why? Because to speak your mind is to free your mind.

You take the conversation wherever you want it to go. Call 888-874-4888 and tell us what’s on your mind.

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February 22, 2018  

Dr. Gerald Horne, one of the most prolific historian-authors of our time, discusses the role of history in a society and, in particular, whether history can be relied upon as a true and impartial account of anything.

Horne’s work (more than 30 books and hundreds of articles and commentaries) relentlessly peels away the veneer of authenticity that mainstream history widely enjoys. Horne invests heavily as a scholar in presenting dimensions to historical issues and events that otherwise would let stand unchallenged the history-is-the-story-of-the-world’s-power-elite model. Horne wants the record to reflect the full fight.

 

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February 20, 2018  

It’s already one for the movie record books. The weekend opening of Black Panther in the United States and Canada alone raked in an estimated $235 million, while international ticket sales, not including major markets like China, Japan and Russia, added another $169 million to the film’s debut total.

On the one hand, Black Panther’s spectacular box office success validates longstanding arguments that the industry, at its own financial peril, has clung to the racist status quo instead of pursuing available new markets and demographics with new products relevant to them. On the other hand, is the aggressive pursuit of new audiences—in the way Black Panther has gone about it—fraught with too many risks that the industry is simply recalibrating itself until it finds a new racist equilibrium?

 
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February 16, 2018  

Leid Stories invites you to our weekly open forum, “Free Your Mind Friday,” our growing community of thinkers whose freewheeling opinions and ideas are the show’s stock in trade.

We are kind, mannerly folk and we appreciate a sense of humor.

Come join us for some thoughtful, unscripted discussion and debate. Call 888-874-4888 and chime in!

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February 15, 2018  

A former student who reportedly had been expelled from a high school in well-to-do Parkland, Fla., for behavioral problems returned to the school armed with an assault rifle yesterday and killed 17 people before he was apprehended by police.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, also injured more than a dozen others during his murderous rampage, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said, adding that Cruz was arrested in an adjacent neighborhood as he tried to flee.

The worst mass school shooting since lone gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six school employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 14, 2012, yesterday’s mass attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School raised once again the national debate about ways to stop this kind of extreme violence. But are important clues being missed in understanding the problem?

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February 14, 2018  

On June 4, 1962—two years after a plebiscite ratified a new constitution and Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was elected the first prime minister and president of the Republic of Ghana, a Conference of African Freedom Fighters was held in Accra, the nation’s capital.
Nkrumah had led Ghana, formerly known as The Gold Coast, to independence from Britain in 1957. He titled his speech, “Step to Freedom.”
The aim of the conference was to bring together freedom fighters in independent and still-colonized states to map out strategies for a united Africa and avoid re-colonization by enemies who, he warned, would not let go of the African territories they controlled through imperialist and colonialist wars and other external pressures that would keep the continent politically divided and economically devastated.
Nkrumah, the acknowledged “Father of Pan-Africanism,” saw African unity as a global endeavor, consolidating the power, interests and wealth of all African nations.
Leid Stories shares Nkrumah’s powerful and prescient address.

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February 13, 2018  

We delve deeper into yesterday’s question: What is the purpose of Black history? As callers discovered, it is a deceptively simple question.

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February 12, 2018  

Seems like a simple question, but not the way Leid Stories asks it of listeners on today’s program.

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