We Need to Talk About the Middle East
My father and I always had a tacit agreement. We would 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-20th-century pogroms in what is now Ukraine, had been the president of his... Read more
Nicaragua at the Barricades
On April 19, 2018, university students in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, exploded onto the streets. Their initial demand? A more effective government response to wildfires burning out of control in the country’s most precious repository of biodiversity. Soon, a social wildfire took hold in Managua and then spread across the... Read more
Donald Trump Drones On
They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around the world — in the Middle East, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Africa... Read more
Making Atrocities Great Again
A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20, 2018. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war crime of the 21st century — the unprovoked, aggressive invasion of Iraq. The New York Times, which didn’t exactly cover itself in glory in the run-up to... Read more
The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?
I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center. It was the second meeting of “The Communist Manifesto for Seminarians,” a course for my fellow graduate students. By the time I got to class, both towers had collapsed. A few hours later, Building 7 came down,... Read more
America’s President Plays With Matches
“I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because “my mom has M.S. She and my dad got the call to evacuate after midnight last night. They were able to... Read more
The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Still a War Criminal
He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates. He published a “runaway” bestselling autobiography. Last February, a lavishly produced book celebrating his paintings of Americans who served in the military was, as Timeput it, “burning up the Amazon charts.” Still, the liberal media wasn’t ready... Read more
Donald Trump’s Nuclear Dreams
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 and incompetent president is shoving all of us — especially the people of Asia — ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn’t... Read more
When All the World’s a War
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have deployed to distant lands. Real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used. Real cruise missiles have been launched. The first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been... Read more
To Many Americans, War Doesn’t Seem Real
There are so many wars and rumors of war involving the United States these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for many Americans, it’s long been that way. For them, the meaning of war is closer to... Read more

Rebecca Gordon

Lecturer of philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

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