Rekha Basu, Duluth News Tribune

Rekha Basu

Duluth News Tribune

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Rekha:

National View: Biden can make this a teachable moment

I believe Lucy Flores.I also believe Joe Biden.Those are the easy parts, since the facts about what happened between them in 2014, when Biden was helping Flores campaign for lieutenant governor of Nevada, aren't in dispute. Biden says he doesn't remember, but neither does he deny her claims. → Read More

Honduran migrants in Iowa show the folly of Trump's border wall

While federal workers and others suffer from government shutdown, migrants who have reached Iowa show why the disputed border wall is wrong-headed. → Read More

A fetus isn't a 'person' just because state's lawyer says so. Rhetoric isn't fact.

An attorney defending Iowa's fetal heartbeat law spent most of his time in court making the unproven assertion that a fetus is a person. → Read More

Reflections on roadkill, life's meaning illuminate Ed Fallon's walk against climate change

Activist and former Iowa Rep. Ed Fallon led walkers across America to highlight the perils of climate change. He did some soul-searching along the way → Read More

Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view

As a candidate for Senate in 2014, Matt Whitaker said he would only support federal judges to had a Biblical view. → Read More

Steve King's base shows cracks over his rhetoric on immigrants, Kavanaugh investigation

King's hallmark insults about other groups once attracted voters. But it's driving some millennials away. → Read More

Farewell Younkers; thanks for the memories, the shoes, dresses, sheets, pots, and retail therapy

Not much is made to last anymore, but Younkers endured for 162 years. Which makes its closing that much harder. → Read More

Mollie Tibbetts' death exposes ugly fault lines over illegal immigration, toxic masculinity

What if tragedies like Tibbetts' murder forced us to sit down and have thoughtful conversations about the broader issues involved? → Read More

Don't blame immigration for Mollie Tibbetts' death, blame misogyny

Threats to safety are a growing fact of life for everyone, but are an integral part of the way women experience the world. → Read More

U.S. attorney general, Supreme Court justice say they don't play politics but others do

At a federal judicial conference in Des Moines, top players in their respective branches of justice maintain they never play politics. → Read More

Iowa farmers benefit when makers of hazardous weed, insect killers are held responsible

The human health hazards of farm chemicals used on GMOs are finally getting recognized in court, if not by governments. → Read More

How I learned to be black in America: Clemen Wilcox

Clemen Wilcox didn't know what it meant to be black before she came to America. Here, she learned. → Read More

How far one Iowan went to make friends in a foreign land

When you're as desperate to make friends as Elle was, it's easy to miss even the most obvious of signs of danger. → Read More

Iowa DHS ignores qualified family's pleas to adopt their grandchild, favoring strangers

After a baby's young parents didn't care for her properly, doting grandparents tried to step in. But Iowa DHS gave her to another couple to adopt. → Read More

Dreamer's death sparks emotion: 'I can't believe this is happening in the country I love!'

Through its past actions, the U.S. has affected conditions in immigrants' nations of origin. Now it has some responsibility to them. → Read More

DREAMer was killed weeks after being 'escorted' back to Mexico by ICE

Manuel Cano Pacheco was brought to America at 3, sent back to Mexico at 19 and within a month, was slain in a country riddled with gang violence. → Read More

Sent back to Mexico's violence, Des Moines student dies within weeks

Des Moines' Manuel Cano was brought to America at 3, sent back to Mexico at 19 and within a month, he'd been slain in a country riddled with gang violence. → Read More

Even the dead can't escape the ferocity of homeless evictions

J.D. Skidmore returnedto his encampment to find all his possessions cleared away. The most precious of those was an urn containing his father's ashes. → Read More

These 'Blended' storytellers don't fit into any one box

Many of the storytellers for the June 7 Storytellers event told their coaches they didn’t fit into the boxes that people wanted them to. → Read More

Iowan exposes his own mental illness and encourages others to 'come out'

It took years for Ross Trowbridge to find the courage to disclose his mental illness. Now his advocacy gives him a purpose and builds awareness. → Read More