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June 14, 2013  

A Public Discussion of Secret Plans

On the Leid Stories agenda today:

The American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, a three-pronged legal attack against the          U.S. government’s expansive covert surveillance of citizens;

Israel’s plan to deport 60,000 African refugees (the state calls them “infiltrators”), most of them from Eritrea and Sudan, to undisclosed third countries;

President Obama’s decision to arm rebels seeking to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria again brings Benghazi into focus—since the purpose of the U.S. “diplomatic compound and annex” that were attacked last Sept. 11, claiming the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were said to have been operating covertly as a CIA transshipment point for weapons to rebel groups in Syria.

June 13, 2013  

It’s Open Forum! Unleash Your Inner Pundit!

Have an angle on a news issue you’d like to share? Want to introduce us to new ideas or ways of thinking? Need to express an opinion that you have all bottled up inside?

Well, now’s your chance! It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories, and you get to take the conversation where you want it to go.

But be warned: The savviest audience on the planet will be listening, so expect to be challenged—with great love and respect, of course.

June 12, 2013  

Nelson R. Mandela: A Contemporary View of His Global Impact

What? Gov’t Is Spying on Citizens? That’s Old News to Black Folk!
Noted historian, political scientist and author Dr. Gerald Horne places the protracted freedom struggle in South Africa in the larger context of similar struggles in the Black world against colonialism, imperialism, fascism and racism. In this perspective, Nelson Mandela is to be seen not as a singular hero (although he does deserve great praise), but as a soldier in the continuum of struggle.

Reports last week that the National Security Agency allegedly is mining the databases of major telephone and Internet providers for the communications records of private citizens have caused a torrent of outrage, shock and awe. Leid Stories explains it’s been standard operating procedure against African Americans since the days of slavery.

June 11, 2013  

Taking On the Vatican and Other Unholy Alliances

Excommunicated from the Catholic Church and expelled, after 46 years, from the Maryknoll order of priests by the Vatican for championing the ordination of women and leadership involvement in other human-rights causes, the now-laicized Roy Bourgeois returns to Leid Stories for an in-depth update.

The former U.S. Navy officer and Purple Heart recipient (he returned the medal in protest of the Viet Nam War) discusses, among other things, the Church’s continuing support of murderous right-wing regimes; the Vatican’s war against liberation theologists; the havoc created by U.S. foreign and immigration policies in Central and South America; and his efforts to shut down the Fort Benning, Ga.-based Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (he calls it “the School of the Assassins”), which since 1946 has been training the military elite of many developing countries in what he calls "the fine art of repression and terrorism."

June 10, 2013  

McCain Talks War; Snowed by Snowden; Zimmerman’s Real Claim Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushes for U.S. “intervention” in Syria to deal a fatal blow to Bashar al Assad’s regime. But a fellow Republican lays bare his error in judgment. Is Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old defense contractor who leaked classified documents on two U.S. government surveillance programs to the London-based Guardian newspaper, driven by a moral imperative to do the right thing? They had dropped the “stand-your-ground” claim as their defense of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but his lawyers will revive it and disguise it at trial, Leid Stories predicts.

June 7, 2013  

Immigration Reform: Will Marco Rubio Quit ‘Gang of Eight?’

Lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s Family Voices Concerns As Trial Starts Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the politically ambitious wunderkind of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, is showing all the signs of a defector. He’d been credited with bringing the stodgy set far along on so-called immigration reform and enjoyed the warm glow of media attention, but he’s become downright disenchanted with his cohorts. Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette explains why. In the second half of the program, Benjamin L. Crump, the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, registers his concerns as prosecutors begin their second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman in Seminole County, Fla., on June 10.

June 6, 2013  

Recent Study: Immigration-Reform Objectives All Wrong; Nine Justices, But Any Justice At U.S. Supreme Court?

Predictions of a done deal on immigration reform by the end of July may be overstated, as opposition mounts in the Republican-controlled House against the Senate’s version of the bill. Dr. Steven Camarota, director of research for a study on immigration that is gaining traction with the opposition, says the assumptions and projections of the Senate bill are dead wrong.

In the second half of the program, Dr. Gerald Hebert, executive director and director of litigation at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., discusses the importance of cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court that will affect current protections under federal voting-rights, affirmative-action and reasonable-search-and-seizure laws.

June 4, 2013  
It’s the Court of Public Opinion; Your Take Rules!
It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories. Listeners offer their observations and on news issues and events—or anything else they deem worthy of consideration, for that matter.
Of course, your views are your own, but be prepared to defend them, for you will be challenged—with great love and respect, of course!
June 3, 2013  
Alienation Or Alien Nation?: The Racial Hustle Behind Immigration Reforms

Five years into planned, spite-driven legislative gridlock in Washington, the nation is encouraged to rejoice that, finally, there’s a bipartisan effort to get on with the people’s business. The pull-and-tug on immigration policies currently is feeding the illusion that Congress and the White House are locked in healthy, open debate on this very important issue. But as Leid Stories argues in this edition, Republicans, Democrats and President Obama all have as the principal motive and task of immigration reform the preservation at all costs of the “natural social order” in United States of America.

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