Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular, teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes (Hot Books, April 2016). Her previous books include Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States and Letters from Nicaragua.

Donald Trump Has a Passionate Desire to Bring Back Torture

Donald Trump Has a Passionate Desire to Bring Back Torture Donald Trump Has a Passionate Desire to Bring Back Torture

And that should be no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention.

Apr 6, 2017 / Rebecca Gordon

Trump Doesn’t Realize These Are Wars We Cannot Win

Trump Doesn’t Realize These Are Wars We Cannot Win Trump Doesn’t Realize These Are Wars We Cannot Win

From Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII to today’s Afghanistan, America has developed a dangerous obsession with “winning.”

Mar 7, 2017 / Rebecca Gordon

If We Want to Fight Against Trump, We Have to Know What We’re Fighting For

If We Want to Fight Against Trump, We Have to Know What We’re Fighting For If We Want to Fight Against Trump, We Have to Know What We’re Fighting For

Defending against fascism is good—but having a vision for what kind of society we actually desire is even better.

Jan 10, 2017 / Rebecca Gordon

Yemen Cluster Bomb

Under Obama, the United States Has Sold More Than $115 Billion in Weapons to Saudi Arabia Under Obama, the United States Has Sold More Than $115 Billion in Weapons to Saudi Arabia

And that includes cluster bombs, an explosive that’s been outlawed by 119 countries. 

Dec 12, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

Utah Protesters

Resisting the New Normal of a Trump Presidency Resisting the New Normal of a Trump Presidency

A professor sees hope in her students and youth everywhere.

Nov 21, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

Democracy Spring Protesters

It’s Time for the Left to Claim a Few Victories It’s Time for the Left to Claim a Few Victories

The country is shunning Trump, Hillary Clinton said “systemic racism,” and the Paris climate agreement goes into effect in three weeks.

Oct 17, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

Alcatraz prison

The Case Against Prisons The Case Against Prisons

Alternatives to imprisonment are working around the world—so why isn’t the United States on board?

Sep 26, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

Donald Trump flag

Should We Trust the Republicans Who Published a Letter Denouncing Trump? Should We Trust the Republicans Who Published a Letter Denouncing Trump?

They may be the enemies of our enemy. But they’re also war criminals.

Aug 22, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

Drone in Afghanistan

How the US Military Came to Embrace Extrajudicial Killings How the US Military Came to Embrace Extrajudicial Killings

It’s easy when war is a video game.

Jul 18, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

Guantanamo Bay protest

How Should American War Crimes Be Punished? How Should American War Crimes Be Punished?

The question of “justice” is anything but simple when it comes to torture.

Jun 7, 2016 / Rebecca Gordon

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