Asylum Is Dead. The Myth of American Decency Died With It.

“Donald Trump took a broken system and turned it into a machine of unchecked cruelty.”

Author: Ian Gordon
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Oct 26, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

The Crazy Story of the Professor Who Came to Stay—and Wouldn’t Leave

It’s not easy to evict someone in California. Usually that’s a good thing. (And also, don’t mess with Judith Butler.)

Author: Ian Gordon
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Dec 29, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,061 words)

The Fierce Life and Too-Soon Death of My Unlikely Cuban Friends

As the diplomatic freeze comes to an end, Ian Gordon reflects on his unlikely friendship with two Cuban men.

Author: Ian Gordon
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Dec 18, 2014
Length: 8 minutes (2,189 words)

70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?

Officials have been stunned by a “surge” of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

Although some have traveled from as far away as Sri Lanka and Tanzania, the bulk are minors from Mexico and from Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle—Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, which together account for 74 percent of the surge. Long plagued by instability and unrest, these countries have grown especially dangerous in recent years: Honduras imploded following a military coup in 2009 and now has the world’s highest murder rate. El Salvador has the second-highest, despite the 2012 gang truce between Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18. Guatemala, new territory for the Zetas cartel, has the fifth-highest murder rate; meanwhile, the cost of tortillas has doubled as corn prices have skyrocketed due to increased American ethanol production (Guatemala imports half of its corn) and the conversion of farmland to sugarcane and oil palm for biofuel.

Author: Ian Gordon
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Jul 1, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2,878 words)