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July 20, 2018  

What a mind-numbing week! The propaganda machine was in hyper drive, trying to make us as hapless as President Donald Trump in the clutches of some mind-altering force. Luckily, we had Leid Stories to keep us grounded.

And so, we round off the week with “Free Your Mind Friday,” our weekly antidote against mind games. We share our thoughts about the issues of the day and other subjects worthy of further discussion and debate.

Let’s hear what you’re thinking. Call 888-874-4888.

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July 19, 2018  

Leid Stories listeners continue our media-literacy exercise, decoding coverage of the Trump-Putin Helsinki “summit” and its aftermath.

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July 18, 2018  

Leid Stories listeners continue our media-literacy exercise, decoding coverage of the Trump-Putin Helsinki “summit” and its aftermath.

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July 17, 2018  

It didn’t go well for President Donald Trump in Helsinki yesterday. His ill-timed, ill-advised one-on-one “summit” meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin set off a series of political and policy bombs that have left Trump badly wounded and mostly himself to blame.

The major media are furiously working the story, but that doesn’t mean they’re telling what we really need to know. As yet another exercise in our ongoing series on media literacy, Leid Stories listeners decode coverage of the Trump-Putin “summit” and its aftermath.

  

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July 16, 2018  

Few were surprised by the resignation Saturday of Haiti’s prime minister, Jack Guy Lafontant, after widespread rebellion and a two-day general strike over the government’s foiled plan to impose steep hikes in fuel prices. Indeed, Leid Stories predicted Lafontant’s downfall. But if it is meant to appease Haitians, Lafontant’s exit is only part of their much broader demand: An entire coterie of corrupt government officials must make their exit, too.

Veteran journalist Kim Ives, a prizewinning documentarian and editor of the English edition of the news weekly Haïti Liberté, provides an update on the still-fluid situation in Haiti. He also updates his report about Haitians in Central and South America facing monumental hardships in their bid to return home.

 

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and U.S.A.’s Donald Trump meet today at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Their seconds, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will meet separately, also at the palace. They’ll talk (we don’t know what’s on their respective agendas), then there’ll be lunch and a news conference, and everybody goes home.

Leid Stories listeners discuss what they consider to be the most unusual aspects of the superpower “summit.”

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July 13, 2018  

It’s been a bruiser of a week on the home front. Add what’s happening around the globe to the mix and it’s more than enough to drive you over the edge.

Don’t panic, all’s not lost. But it is time for a major mind cleanse. Leid Stories is here to help you free your mind.

Bring your best to “the gathering place for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas” and engage with others in vigorous discussion and debate. Add your voice, your perspective, to an unscripted, ongoing dialogue about issues and events that matter to us all. Gain new insights as you help others to do the same.

Call in (888-874-4888) and let’s hear what you have to say.

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July 12, 2018  

Radical historian and political scientist Dr. Gerald Horne brings his unique perspective to several contemporary issues around the world.

Horne holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. A prolific author, he has written more than 30 books and 100 scholarly papers on struggles against imperialism, colonialism, fascism and racism. 

His most recent works include: Paul Robeson: The Artist as RevolutionaryThe Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow ParadoxStorming the Heavens: African Americans and the Early Struggle for the Right to FlyFacing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity; and The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy and Capitalism in Seventeenth Century North America and the Caribbean.

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July 11, 2018  

We update the situation in Haiti, where President Jovenel Moise’s steep hike in the cost of fuel—to comply with International Monetary Fund austerity measures—set off a violent rebellion, now in its second week. Although Moise backed off the fuel hikes, the people’s discontent with a corrupt and incompetent government continues to fuel their rage. They want Moise out.

Kim Ives, veteran journalist, prizewinning documentarian and editor of the English edition of the news weekly Haïti Liberté, gives us an update on the fluid situation in Haiti.

This Sunday, June 15, brings an end to one of the world’s greatest sporting events—the FIFA World Cup. Hosted by Russia at a cost of $14.2 billion, it is the most expensive World Cup ever, and the most successful and most popular. It also has been quite political, tinged by the impact of immigration.

Soccer/football /World Cup fan Gilbert Mercier, filmmaker, cofounder and editor-in-chief of News Junkie Post and author of The Orwellian Empire, touched on the subject in a conversation Leid Stories had with him yesterday. We add to the discussion--on this and related issues--today.

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July 10, 2018  

And so, with his nomination yesterday of Brett Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald J. Trump has revved up his campaign to swing the court to the right. If confirmed, Kavanaugh will join Justice Neil Gorsuch on the court. They both were law clerks to Kennedy early in their legal careers.

The Democrats have vowed to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but that will depend on whether they can muster up the votes.

Meanwhile, showman Trump is in his element, using the brewing Supreme Court battle as a main event to draw the people’s attention while he dims the lights on other battles that haven’t gone so well. But the people shouldn’t be fooled, says Leid Stories. This is not our fight. Our fight is in the lower courts.

Also, we look at the Democrats’ “Maxine Waters dilemma,” with the party leadership being accused of failing to “protect” the California congresswoman against charges that she advocated violence against Trump administration officials who approved of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy that separated thousands of families seeking legal entry into the United States and kept them in internment camps without due process.

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July 6, 2018  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, the best open forum on the planet. Bring your insights, thoughts and opinions about the issues of the day, or any interesting subject, and share them with our growing community of thinkers.

Choose your own topic, then call in (888-874-4888) and tell us what we ought to know. You might get challenged, but we’re well-mannered, friendly folk.

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