The conservatives’ war on women

After the election of President Donald J. Trump, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian classic, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” found a new audience, surging once again to popularity with a reappearance on best-seller lists and adaptations as a television drama and an opera. Little wonder. The novel is set in a not-too-distant future in which fertile women are […]

The Russians are coming!

Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, a foreign adversary conducted a devastating attack on the United States. It was stealthy, strategic and effective. Russian agents, likely acting under orders from President Vladimir Putin, managed to boost the campaign of Donald J. Trump; to further polarize, anger and embitter American voters; and to weaken democratic […]

Mueller reveals what we already knew

Attorney General William Barr delivered a shameful performance on Thursday, just a few hours before releasing a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. While the attorney general is appointed by the president of the United States, his job is to uphold the U.S. Constitution, to defend […]

The costs of that climate ‘hoax’

A week ago, a series of tornadoes ripped through eastern Alabama and western Georgia, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. A rural area of Lee County, Al. — the county is also home to my alma mater, Auburn University — caught the brunt of the killer storms, which left 23 people […]

Lessons of NYPD’s “friendly fire”

The death of New York City police Detective Brian Simonsen, who was fatally wounded Feb. 12 in a “friendly fire” incident, is tragic. The officers whose shots struck their fellow officers — not only killing Simonsen but also wounding another, Sgt. Matthew Gorman — are unlikely to ever fully recover emotionally and psychologically. They killed […]

Little hope for Peace on Earth

Even if humankind lasts another 100,000 years, which seems unlikely, we may never have peace on earth. Human beings seem wired for conflict, for envy of the neighbor, for hatred of the other. Besides, experts predict that climate change will bring on ever more strife as the hard-pressed and unlucky — residents of low-lying island […]

Christmas, Christians and a wall

The conservative media axis is aflame with anger and resentment over President Donald J. Trump’s failure so far to procure funding for his wall across the southern border. It seems an odd preoccupation in a moment of a teetering economy, a chaotic White House, numerous foreign conflagrations and multiple investigations into a corrupt administration, but […]