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November 30, 2015  

Laquan McDonald Killing: Protest, Yes, But Political Punishment Is Needed

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order

The indictment last week of Chicago Policer Jason Van Dyke on first-degree-murder charges for shooting to death 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20 last year has ignited a renewed groundswell of grassroots protest against police brutality and the double standard of justice that favors rogue cops when prosecuting such cases. Leid Stories in a commentary explains why vigorous protest not only is appropriate, it should include organized political punishment—of the Democratic Party in particular.

Jury selection begins today in Baltimore City Circuit Court in the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, 26, who died on April 19, a week after suffering traumatic injuries while being transported to a stationhouse in a police van. “Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who has litigated several precedent-setting police-brutality cases in New York, discusses key issues with the prosecution of Porter and Gray’s other alleged killers.

November 27, 2015  

It’s Time. Free Your Mind.

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, an open forum for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas. Listeners share their thoughts about the issues of the day—or any subject worthy of further discussion or debate.

November 25, 2015  

Protests Over Police Killing in Chicago Met with Platitudes

Want Justice? Hold On to Your Cash This Holiday Season!

A police cruiser’s dashcam videotape that showed the brutal killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by former Chicago Police Department cop Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20 last year touched off a new round of protest yesterday after its court-ordered release. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy were quick to call for calm and order, but local activists are demanding accountability and long-overdue justice in the case.

Leid Stories proposes a way that everyone can contribute to the cause of justice in our society: Hold on to your cash this holiday season.

November 24, 2015  

In Chicago, A Year to File Charges Against Killer Cop

Feeling the Bern? Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ (Part 2)

A year to the day that St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCullough announced that a grand jury found no reason to charge then-Officer Darren Wilson with any crimes related to his killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be formally charged with the first-degree murder of Laquan McDonald, 17, in a similar case in Chicago.

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, listeners continue to dissect “democratic socialism,” the political philosophy extolled by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

November 23, 2015  

Auto Workers Approve New Four-Year Contract with the Big Three

Feeling the Bern? Rating Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’

Late Friday, workers at Ford Motor Company voted to approve a new four-year contract, bringing to a close a tense round of negotiations between the Big Three (including General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and the United Auto Workers union, which represents more than 141,000 workers in the industryAlex Wassel, a member of UAW’s Local 869, discusses key aspects of the new contract.

What’s this “democratic socialism” that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders keeps talking about? Leid Stories takes on Sanders’ own definition of the term.

November 20, 2015  

Talk It Up, Talk It Out, Talk It Through! It’s ‘Free Your Mind’ Friday!

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. Listeners take charge of the net waves, voicing their views on issues and events of the day or about matters warranting further discussion and debate.

Add your own unique flavor to this full-bodied intellectual soup. Call 888-874-4888 to free your mind!

November 19, 2015  

Across the U.S., Police-Killing Cases Extremely Slow to Justice  

Six 'Debates,' But Are They Talking About What Really Matters?

Developments in several cases involving police killings point to a historic problem and pattern—the inordinately long time such cases take to investigate and prosecute, and the unusually high failure rate in securing indictments and convictions.

The Republicans have had four of them; the Democrats, two. But are the superhyped Q&A sessions (Leid Stories refuses to call them "debates"), hosted by various media entities, really educating the public about what's at stake in the 2016 presidential election? Listeners cast their votes on the issue.

November 18, 2015  

Terror, Terrorism, Terrorists: The State and Race-Based Psychological Warfare

Election 2016: Six 'Debates' and What Do We Know About What Really Matters?

It is indisputable, and universally agreed, that last Friday's multi-location attacks in Paris that left more than 130 people dead and hundreds of others wounded was an act of terror. It is also indisputable, however, that not all acts of terror are classified as such, and yet we seem to "know" what a terrorist is and what qualifies as an act of terrorism. How is this done? Leid Stories explains.

The Republicans have had four of them; the Democrats, two. But are the superhyped Q&A sessions (Leid Stories refuses to call them "debates"), hosted by various media entities, really educating the public about what's at stake in the 2016 presidential election? Listeners cast their votes on the issue.

November 17, 2015  

Backlash: Terrorist Attacks in Paris Unleash Islamophobia in U.S.

Tariq Ali: A Prescient Lecture on What We Can Learn from Terrorists

It didn’t take long. Just four days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, and anti-Muslim sentiment has taken hold in the United States, with high-profile politicians leading the backlash.

Activist, polemicist and author Tariq Ali offers a prescient overview of terrorism and what we can learn from it.

November 16, 2015  

Terrorist Attacks in Paris and the Rise of the Orwellian State;

Democratic 2016 Candidates Go Blank on Foreign Policy and Rise of ISIS

French journalist Gilbert Mercier, cofounder and editor in chief of the independent online magazine News Junkie Post, says that Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris that claimed the lives of more than 130 people will be used by France and other global powers to justify unprecedented authoritarian rule. Mercier recently published The Orwellian Empire.

The second Q&A session (not “debate”) with Democratic presidential hopefuls Saturday—featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley—astutely avoided making any connection between U.S. foreign policy and the rise of ISIS.  

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