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April 16, 2018  

At an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, proudly relayed a message from President Donald Trump: U.S., British and French forces earlier that morning had launched airstrikes that “crippled Syria’s chemical-weapons program,” and the U.S was “locked and loaded” to strike again.

The Security Council was meeting to de-escalate a situation that had become a crisis. The early-morning strikes were in retaliation for an April 7 chemical attack in Douma, a city outside Damascus, in which more than 40 people were killed. But Trump and his allies say Syria illegally maintains a chemical-weapons program as a hedge against rebel groups in the war-torn country.

The airstrikes over the weekend have broadened and deepened East-West tensions, and most particularly with Russia, which has shown extraordinary restraint. But make no mistake about it, we’re still on the brink of war.

April 13, 2018  

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April 12, 2018  

Leid Stories follows up on two controversial police killings—the killing of Stephon Clark, 22, by two Sacramento Police Department officers on March 8, and the killing of Saheed Vassell, 34, by four New York Police Department officers in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on April 4.

The families of both men contacted well-known civil-rights leader the Rev. Alfred Sharpton in their time of grief and he and noted attorney Benjamin Crump are once again teamed up as advisors helping the grieving families deal with the complexities of the unexpected tragedies in their lives and the expected resistance of the local police departments to fully cooperate in the families’ independent probes.

Leid Stories says the time has come for key players in tragedies like these to change their tactics with respect to dealing with police killings.

April 11, 2018  

An administration still not yet fully formed and functional, and with a revolving door almost off its hinges. Nepotism, cronyism and corruption abound under an inexperienced leader whose ego needs supplant the needs of a nation that worries about the constant threat of war, an uncertain future, the rising tide of hatred, and the emergence of a fascistic national mindset that is meant to redefine what it means to be American. And everywhere, the constant is chaos and crisis—President Donald Trump’s natural—and preferred—habitat.

Leid Stories says we cannot function “normally” as a nation when the leader has shown time and again that he isn’t.  

April 10, 2018  

Special Counsel Robert Muller’s hardball legal tactics in sanctioning an FBI raid yesterday on the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, has set off a legal bomb that could blow several federal probes apart.

Muller, using broad authority as special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and related matters, made a referral to federal prosecutors in Manhattan who then obtained a search warrant to collect certain documents and information from Cohen’s office. There is wide speculation that Muller is looking into whether Cohen was Trump’s go-between for arranging hush-money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels for keeping quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump.

But other issues have come to light as a result of the raid. Of particular interest are large donations presidential candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton received through their respective foundations from Ukrainian steel mogul Victor Pinchuk.

Charles, who has been unraveling the mysteries and operations of The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on Leid Stories, walks us through the impact of Muller’s raid and the Trump-Clinton Ukrainian connection.

April 9, 2018  

Leid Stories discusses the myriad ways in which we are compelled to, and even choose to, accept the excesses of government in what we are told is a “democratic” society.

April 6, 2018  

It’s been quite a week. Lots to talk about. Get it said on “Free Your Mind Friday,” the best open forum on the planet.

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April 5, 2018  

He was “on the job” in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, rallying support for some 1,300 Black city sanitation workers two months into a tension-filled strike over unequal pay and poor and unsafe working conditions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was to be the featured speaker at a church that evening, but King and a small group that came with him to Memphis would first have dinner.

A courtesy car was waiting downstairs, and moments after King came out his second-floor room, a sniper-assassin’s bullet took him down.

Leid Stories commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the sober reminder that his work can be kept alive, if we make it so.

April 3, 2018  

Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who died yesterday afternoon at a hospital in Johannesburg after a long illness, will be honored with a state funeral on April 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced yesterday. The announcement touched off new waves of emotion over whether such an honor should be bestowed on the nation’s former first lady, a freedom fighter who came to be known as the “Mother of the Nation,” but who also emerged as a central figure in several major plots to grab power and ruthlessly target political enemies.

However history sees Winnie Mandela, it cannot erase her role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and beyond its borders. Leid Stories, conceding that we do not know all there is to know about Winnie Mandela, discuss her place in modern history.

April 2, 2018  

Of the 20 shots fired at 22-year-old Stephon Clark by two Sacramento police officers on March 18, eight ripped through his body, almost all of them through his back, a forensic pathologist said at a news conference on Friday, a day after Clark’s funeral.

Dr. Bennet Omalu also found that bullets Struck Clarke in the neck and thigh, breaking bones, piercing a lung, and caused him to “bleed massively,” although death was “not instantaneous.” It took between three and 10 minutes before Clark died of his wounds, Omalu said. Clarke received no medical helpduring that time,

Omalu’s report added fire to the community’s red-hot fury over the officers’ killing of Clark. But except for a few reports of minor confrontations between protesters and police, the tone of news coverage has been conciliatory.

This means that serious “negotiations” have begun. But with what objectives? Once again, the troubling question arises: Will there be justice or a settlement?

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