John Feffer

 John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (Seven Stories, 2003) among other books.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:30am
The Plague: ISIS and Ebola Thrive on the Breakdown of the Existing Order
In his novel The Plague , Albert Camus describes how death comes to an ugly French port in Algeria. Thanks to an infestation of rats and the fleas they carry, the bubonic plague descends upon the city in the spring and intensifies during the hot summer. After a short period of denial, the residents...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:15am
Bombing the Caliphate
The last Islamic caliphate ended in 1924. Claimed by the Ottoman Empire in the 15 th century, the caliphate saw its fortunes rise and fall with those of its imperial protectors. When the Ottoman Empire expired at the end of World War I, the caliphate’s days were numbered. Never recognized in far-...
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:15pm
Obama Gets "Into" Africa: An Ugly Scramble for Oil, Minerals, and Markets
President Obama is definitely “into” Africa. As much as possible in a world riven by multiple crises, the president has made the continent a focus of his policymaking. Turning his own Kenyan heritage into a personal bridge to the region, he has visited Africa three times as president – in 2009,...
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The United States is not Atlas, and the U.S. president is not a Helmsman. (Photo: Wikipedia) Views
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:45am
Is Obama Really Adrift in the World?
For all the hands shaken and hamburgers eaten, President Obama has never quite shaken his reputation for detachment. He is the “cool” president who doesn’t lose his temper even when he should. He is the former constitutional law professor who is too “academic” for the Oval Office. He uses his brain...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:00pm
MH17: Cold War Replay?
The most bizarre conspiracy theory surrounding the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine comes from a leading pro-Russian separatist, Igor Girkin. Relying on second-hand information, Girkin asserted that many of the passengers from the crash had already been dead before the plane had...
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:00pm
Mowing the Lawn in Gaza
The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments. Like the Algerians in 1990 and the Egyptians in 2012, Gazans went to...
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Hillary Clinton will abandon her knee-jerk America Firstism only if she is pushed in that direction by those of us who realize that America the over-armed and under-cooperative doesn’t cut it for the 21st century. (Image: “Vote Different”) Views
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 7:00am
Disrupting Hillary: Will She Abandon Her Knee-Jerk America Firstism?
In one of the most enduring images from the lead-up to the 2008 Democratic primaries, frontrunner Hillary Clinton appeared in a rogue political ad as Big Brother. It was a take-off on the infamous 1984 Super Bowl commercial that pitted upstart Apple against Big Blue (IBM) and urged consumers to “...
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If we can have zero tolerance for poverty, surely we can mobilize the public behind zero tolerance for assault weapons. (Photo: Rob Marquardt / Flickr) Views
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 7:30am
Guys with Guns
Back in the 1950s, the far right-wing John Birch Society worried that Communists were secretly behind the fluoridation of the American drinking water. This particular conspiracy theory probably would have vanished into collective amnesia if it hadn’t been so pointedly satirized—and thus...
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In the new public-private surveillance state, we’re so at home with Big Brother that we’re not just passively watched–we actively display ourselves. (Photo: ‘Pong / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 1:45pm
Participatory Totalitarianism
According to the Chinese zodiac, the heavens circle around every 12 years. The Year of the Snake, the creature that sheds its skin to emerge anew, marks a time of great transformation. Indeed, for the last quarter century, the world has experienced three profound shifts at 12-year intervals,...
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In the last year alone, military coups have shaken governments in Thailand, Libya, Egypt, and the Central African Republic. Views
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:30pm
Coup Fever
It’s chaos these days in Libya. Rival militias have carved up the country and the major cities. The security situation has deteriorated to such an extent that legislators in Tripoli recently had to abandon their parliament building for a former royal palace. There they managed to elect a new prime...
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