Jiggs Casey

Vanquishing the deceivers
Paul Wellstone

In Memoriam: Paul Wellstone

A lot of attention has been given recently to Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for finally displaying acts of conscience in defiance of an increasingly erratic and reactionary White House. One former Senator who never waited around to speak out was Paul Wellstone.Wellstone was described by some as “the conscience of the Read More

North Carolina

Tar Heeled: SCOTUS Tosses Gerrymandered NC Districts

When the conservatives on the US Supreme Court keep concluding that race-based gerrymandering policies were at play in red and purple states, it’s probably time to admit that, yes, racism is an ongoing factor adversely affecting our democracy. In a clear victory for black voters in the Tar Heel State, the nation’s highest court last Read More

World Economic Forum

Davos: Crises in Energy and Capitalism

Declarations from this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, sure are throwing ice cold water on the prospects of healthy global growth in the years to come.It’s the kind of sobering forecast that fervent agents of bubbled world markets are having an increasingly difficult time trying to spin.On Tuesday, Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser Read More

John Kerry

Leaked Kerry Audio Shows Hidden Syria Backstory

It appears CNN and The New York Times gave the public a sanitized report on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Syrian opposition leaders back in September. Unlike those two media giants, Wikileaks released the full, unscrubbed audio of the 35-minute conversation this week. Included was the revelation that the White House knew Read More

Climate Aggreement

Big Oil Taking Tepid First Steps to Fight Climate Change

Apparently kicking and screaming the whole way, some of the world’s oil giants are finally taking some small steps to get on board with the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce climate-warming emissions.Chief executives of seven major producers — none of them based in the US — have agreed to join forces “to create Read More

Bernie Sanders

Sanders Takes the Sting Out of Wikileaks Revelations

In any other presidential election, the files released by Wikileaks would likely have had a major impact on the race. It’s not necessarily that they directly tied Hillary Clinton to any wrongdoing, but that the inner workings of a campaign must seem odious to any voter still buying into the notion that politics is not Read More

Colin Kaepernick

Expect Much Wider Anthem Protest on NFL Sunday

If flag-draped super patriots thought they could effectively shame NFL players into conformity in the wake of recent national anthem protests, they were sorely mistaken.When the NFL regular season goes into high gear with a full slate of games Sunday afternoon, this uncomfortable issue will be front and center, with players from across the league standing – or kneeling Read More