Leid Stories Stories and news that affect us all

January 22, 2019  
Kim Ives, investigative reporter,  independent documentarian and editor of the English-language editions of Haïti Liberté, updates his report on Haiti's fuel crisis, which has added to the turmoil in the debt-ridden nation.
 
The Trump administration says Venezuela is not a "real" democracy and is actively encouraging the ouster of the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, saying his recent reelection was rigged and therefore illegitimate.
Leid Stories asks: Are the U.S.'s involvement and actions regarding Venezuela legitimate?
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January 21, 2019  
He was born on Jan. 15, 1929, but a nationwide (and international) push to honor the life, work and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resulted in the designation of the third Monday of January as a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 
Leid Stories is encouraging all of us to give real meaning to this day. 
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January 18, 2019  

It's "Free Your Mind Friday," our weekly free-form open forum in which we trade in information, opinions and ideas, and you take the conversation where you want it to go.

Prove you aren't falling for their games. Call 888-874-4888 and join us in freeing our minds. 

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January 17, 2019  
In the surreal "Twilight Zone" of a Donald J. Trump presidency and administration that we've been living in for the past two years, we can see how pervasive and acute institutional dysfunction has added to our burdens. 
 
Leid Stories asks: Have we abdicated our roles and responsibilities as partners in creating and maintaining a democratic society?
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January 16, 2019  
As a nation, we seem to be going through a mysterious phase--a "Twilight Zone," as we'd discussed before, in which the familiar is strange, chaos is the order of the day, and not much jars the senses or shocks the conscience because we lost these to "the way life is" some time ago.
Is this truly what we're becoming or have become? 
 
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January 15, 2019  

As keynote speaker at the National Conference for New Politics (held at Palmer House in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend in 1967), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. minced no words as he laid bare multipronged systems of oppression that activists in the  United  States  and  all over the world confront in the course of their advocacy work.

Less than a year later, on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of a black-owned Memphis motel that served as the local headquarters for planning and coordinating support for hundreds of black sanitation workers who went on strike over inequitable pay and dangerous working conditions.

On April 8, a silent march by King's widow, Coretta Scott King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and more than 40,000 people forced the city to concede to the sanitation  workers' demands.

Leid Stories asks: Why the refusal, even by people of color, to acknowledge that King's life's work went beyond "civil rights?"

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January 14, 2019  

Like the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, President Donald Trump's extreme nearsightedness predictably causes  chaos, mayhem and catastrophe--for unsuspecting and innocent people--in almost everything he does. 

Leid Stories looks at the Magoo effect in news stories and issues that now dominate the headlines.

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January 11, 2019  

Your point of view can do double duty today. You can add to this week's discussions with your own insights, or present an entirely new topic that takes us on a brand-new learning adventure.

Call 888-874-4888 and help us all free our minds!

 
 
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January 10, 2019  

Immigration. It's the hot-button issue that riles many countries, big and small, and in most cases there without satisfactory resolution.

But what is its purpose? And  why is it causing so much trouble?

Perhaps Leid Stories listeners can answer these and related questions.

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January 9, 2019  

Historian and prolific author Dr. Gerald Horne conducts a people's tour of significant issues and developments for 2018.

Horne holds the John J and Rebecca Moores chair of history and African American studies at the University of Houston. He has written dozens of books and hundreds of articles,  commentaries and s scholarly papers on struggles against imperialism, colonialism, fascism and racism.

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