SPOTLIGHT is our political column by writer Maria Behan.
SPOTLIGHT shines Maria’s sharp political eye and keen wit on the political landscape—especially the dystopia that is America under Donald Trump. In 2016, Maria also wrote The Wild Word‘s PROGRESSIVE PUNCH column, a no-holds-barred look at the last election.
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Maria Behan writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Huffington Post, and Northern California Best Places.
Maria Behan on America in free-fall, the rise of the MAGA right and the urgent need to save American democracy
Maria Behan on the dark mind of Vladimir Putin and the need to unite against him for a better world
Maria Behan on the changing political landscape of California’s wine country and fear-mongering sold as freedom
Maria Behan on memories of September 11th and the lessons of its aftermath
Maria Behan on the devastation of the climate crisis from the front lines in California
Maria Behan on clearing the devastation of the Trump presidency for a brighter future for America
Maria Behan on the toll of pre-election anxiety in the US and daring to hope that Americans will rise up to vote out Trump
Maria Behan on Trump’s war on democracy, the inspiration of RBG, and America’s chance to redeem itself on Nov 3rd
Maria Behan on white America’s moment of reckoning and the hard work of fighting systemic racism
Maria Behan on the growing imperative for us to change our attitude to eating meat
Maria Behan on how Trump’s ineptitude and ego in the coronavirus crisis are going to cost American lives
Maria Behan on Bernie Sanders and the forces in the Democratic establishment that are wrestling with his candidacy
Maria Behan on J. Lo and Shakira at the Superbowl and the line between sexualised performance and self-objectification
Maria Behan on the impeachment of Donald Trump and the hope in the growing resistance to his administration
Maria Behan on why the US must now subject Trump to the rule of law and depose him