Extorting Ukraine is Bad Enough, But Trump Has Done Much Worse

by Rebecca Gordon Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, “I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?” “Well,” I… Continue Reading  

What Happens in El Norte Doesn’t Stay in El Norte

by Rebecca Gordon It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his… Continue Reading  

Of Crimes and Pardons

by Rebecca Gordon Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all. There was substantial evidence that he was planning to use the yearly moment honoring the country’s war dead to grant executive… Continue Reading  

Bolton and Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court

by Rebecca Gordon 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! Gone! The Senate agrees… Continue Reading  

Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East

by Rebecca Gordon My father and I always had a tacit agreement: “We will never speak of That Part of the World.” He’d grown up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Norfolk, Virginia. His own father, a refugee from early-twentieth-century… Continue Reading