Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon is the author of the new book American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes and previously, Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States. She teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras collective. You can contact her through the Mainstreaming Torture website.

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"It does make me sad that, after all this time, #MeToo notwithstanding, women in this country seem to have made so little progress towards loving our astonishingly beautiful bodies, ourselves." (Photo: Screenshot/https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/) Views
Thursday, March 07, 2019
From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh
I’ll never forget the first time I saw my own menstrual period start. I was seated on the floor in a circle of women, legs bent in front of me, soles facing each other, a mirror resting on my feet. The flashlight directed at the mirror illuminated my vagina, which was held open by a plastic...
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Monday, February 11, 2019
The Uses of a Well-Regulated Militia by an Unregulated President
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 a rural background competing in a rich person’s sport. Between seasons, she works for a local farm and auctioneer to put together the money for equipment and...
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 In January 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted that Trump had drawn “the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”(Photo:  Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Confronting "Alternative Facts": A Twenty-First-Century Incredibility Chasm
In one of the Bible stories about the death of Jesus, local collaborators with the Roman Empire haul him before Pontius Pilate, the imperial governor of Palestine. Although the situation is dire for one of them, the two engage in a bit of epistemological banter. Jesus allows that his work is about...
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The crazy keeps piling up. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Life at Trump Speed: On Mental Whiplash and Forgotten Outrages
I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college. That little white pill -- Dexedrine -- was a revelation. It made whatever I was doing absolutely fascinating. Amphetamine sharpened my focus and banished all appetites except a hunger for knowledge. I spent that entire night...
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They’ve taken a leave of absence from their jobs as cooks, casino workers, hotel housekeepers, and airport catering workers to help elect Jacky Rosen senator and Steve Sisolak governor. (Photo: www.rosenfornevada.com) Views
Thursday, October 11, 2018
All Eyes on Nevada: A Chance to Swing the Senate
It’s what campaigners say every November, I know, but this year’s election really is as important as it gets. Will U.S. voters choose to halt the progress of Donald J. Trump’s slow-motion coup? Or will the tide just continue rolling over us? So much depends on what happens in Nevada -- a state that...
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It was for Guantánamo that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved multiple torture methods, including among others excruciating stress positions, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation, and enforced nudity. (Photo: Justin Norman/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, September 10, 2018
Holding the Line on Torture
Sometimes the good guys do win. That’s what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The APA’s decision is...
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"That Part of the World knows – and what it knows is devastating." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East
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 pogroms in what is now Ukraine, had been the president of his local Zionist...
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Monday, June 25, 2018
Nicaragua at the Barricades... And a Crossroads
On April 19th, 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...
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"George W. Bush launched the CIA’s drone assassination program and that was just the beginning." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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 , even the...
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Sunday, April 29, 2018
Can Bean Counters Save the World From Trump?
They call people like us “bean counters”—the soulless ones beavering away in some windowless accounting department, the living calculators who don’t care about desperation or aspirations, who just want you to turn in your expense report on time and explain those perfectly legitimate charges on the...
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