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Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Strange Attractors

On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Torture’s Legacy

If one administration can get away with confining detainees in coffinlike boxes and torturing them in myriad other ways, why shouldn’t a later one go unpunished for, to take but one example, putting migrant children in cages?

February 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis

Donald Trump would rather demonize desperate people than deploy the resources needed to attend to their claims in a timely way — or in any way at all.

August 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: I Had an Abortion and Now I’m Not Ashamed

At this moment in the age of Trump, it’s long past time for people like me to go public about our abortions. Efforts to deny women abortion access (not to mention contraception) have only accelerated as the president seeks to appease his right-wing Christian supporters.

July 21, 2019 · 4 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Turning Our Backs on Nuremberg

Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it’s easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! … Continue reading

March 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives.

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Uses of a Well-Regulated Militia by an Unregulated President

Where Will the National Guard Be Sent in 2019?  A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard. She’s a world-class athlete, but also a working-class woman from … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Confronting “Alternative Facts”

This popular belief that nobody really does or can know anything is the perfect soil for an authoritarian leader to take root.

January 11, 2019 · 3 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Making Atrocities Great Again

War Crimes and War Criminals, Old and (Potentially) New. A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Take Your Tiny Fingers Off the Button, Trump

Nuclear Nightmares Past and Present Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

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