Leid Stories Stories and news that affect us all

September 29, 2017  
September 28, 2017  

When disaster or tragedy strikes, the natural, human reaction is to help—no questions asked, no means tests, no prequalifiers. The only concern is helping to improve or solve a dire situation as quickly as possible so that those affected can resume a somewhat normal life.

That’s not what we’re seeing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. territories torn to shreds and left practically inoperable by Hurricane Maria. They are not the only islands ravaged by the hurricane, but as U.S. territories they surely should be assured of the help they need by now.

Leid Stories likens the relationship between imperialist countries and their satellites in the Caribbean to being in the claws of dragons.  

September 27, 2017  

Hillary Clinton sees an opportunity to sink an embattled Donald Trump and she’s hell-bent on taking it. She’s re-inserted herself in the political fray and is making nice with media outlets that are giving her some slack this time around, since she hasn’t yet declared her motives. And she’s moved out of her secret Wall Street bunker where she commingled activities related to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and her political

Charles Ortel, a financial investigator who has been looking into the business-cum-charity dealings of the Clintons, discusses his discoveries in what he calls “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history.”

September 26, 2017  

Taking only a few moments away from his catalog of NFL tweets, President Donald Trump finally got around to responding to the massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shredded the island Sept. 20.

In an 8:45 p.m. tweet last night, Trump responded to the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million people. “… It’s an old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape. Was devastated. Much of the island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities—and doing well.”

What? Leid Stories calls Trump out on his Hurricane Katrina-like response to a pressing problem.

September 25, 2017  

The response by the United States and Britain, principally, to current or former territories in the Caribbean that have been devastated by the recent spate of hurricanes tells a story that goes far beyond the matter of humanitarian aid.

A tale of two protests. Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s one-man protest against white supremacy and injustice got a huge boost this weekend as several professionals in the sport and other high-profile people stood with him and bought in. Meanwhile, students at Howard University were in vigorous protest Friday against HU’s decision to have fired FBI director James Comey deliver the keynote address at its opening convocation. Last month, HU announced that Comey will be its King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.

September 22, 2017  

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September 21, 2017  

Donald Trump, basking in the glory of his speech of reprimands to UN member-nations and threats of war against U.S. enemies the previous day, held a “working luncheon” at the Palace Hotel yesterday with a handful of African leaders, several of whom he met for the first time. Essentially, it was a crass, one-sided sales pitch to open up African markets so that U.S. companies and wealthy individuals can make more money.

Supercharged U.S. capitalism was on the menu, but Trump’s guests appeared to have little or no appetite for it.

September 20, 2017  

Maria is the latest hurricane this season to take dead aim at the Caribbean basin, sparing practically no island from major human tragedy, severe damage or, like Barbuda, total ruin, with no inhabitants for the first time in 300 years. The hurricanes have bested the islands’ capacity to respond, but still they try, even though they clearly cannot meet the demand for help. We must make our voices heard about the need for urgent help to the region.

President Donald Trump yesterday made his debut at the United Nations General Assembly as a head of state. He wasted no time conveying to the U.N.’s 192 other   member-states that he is king of kings and lord or lords, and America rules the world.

September 19, 2017  

Life is great for ex-President Barack Obama. Fresh from an extended vacation, he’s adjusting well to his new life as a recently minted, self-branded multimillionaire entrepreneur, and wife Michelle is racking up multimillion-dollar contracts and high-paying engagements of her own.

A top priority now, Obama says, is getting the Barack Obama Presidential Center built on Chicago’s South Side, and raising the money to capitalize the $500-million project. Also, millions more will be needed to fund a range of programs the center will pioneer, he says.

Naturally, Charles Ortel’s ears perked up. Having exposed the Clinton Foundation as “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history,” the Wall Street banker turned financial investigator began looking into the Obama project. Today Ortel reports his findings exclusively on Leid Stories.

Ortel’s self-initiated investigation proved that several Wall Street-traded companies had been overvaluing their stocks by billions of dollars during the time of the 2008-2009 stock market crash.

September 18, 2017  

Recent social, political and economic developments have been pointing up a long-held fact of life in America: It continues to be the land of the great divide.

The televised Emmys awards show still took top billing over real-time protests  against police killings of fellow Americans.

Leid Stories asks listeners: What [else] must be done to make racial and economic justice a priority in the United States? 

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