John Feffer

John Feffer

splinterlands_cover_small.jpgJohn Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and a TomDispatch regular. Feffer is the author of the new dystopian novel, Splinterlands (a Dispatch Books original with Haymarket Books), which Publishers Weekly hails as "a chilling, thoughtful, and intuitive warning."

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 9:45am
Pulling the Lever for Doomsday
I didn’t vote in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of November, I was in Antarctica’s Allan Hills taking ice core samples with a hand augur. The pictures I have from that time show my team drilling deep into the blue ice, but what we were...
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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 10:30am
Trump the Predictable
Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could end the conflict. It just required a bit of unpredictability. “I want the North Vietnamese to believe I’ve reached the point where I might...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 2:00pm
Bartleby the American
In my senior year of college, my Russian teacher pulled me aside. He told me that the CIA was recruiting on campus. I should consider applying for a job. It was 1986. Mikhail Gorbachev had taken the helm of the Soviet Union, but the Cold War was still very much in place. “The CIA?” I said. “Really...
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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 1:45pm
Hillary Clinton and the Neocons
Much has been made of the swing in political allegiances of neoconservatives in favor of Hillary Clinton. As a group, Washington’s neocons are generally terrified of Trump’s unpredictability and his flirtation with the alt-right. They also support Clinton’s more assertive foreign policy (not to...
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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:45am
Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings
When Barack Obama was running for office in 2008, he was determined to redirect U.S. military efforts away from the “bad war” in Iraq and toward the “good war” in Afghanistan. This commitment to extricate the U.S. military from the dismal aftermath of a botched exercise in regime change earned...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 2:30pm
Trump the Arsonist
The world according to Donald Trump is very dark indeed. The American economy has tanked. Mexico has sent a horde of criminals over the border to steal jobs and rape women. The Islamic State, cofounded by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is taking over the globe. “Our country’s going to hell,” he...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 1:00pm
The Lost Language of Integration
In a recent This American Life episode , investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses the perils of America’s segregated school system. She points out that there has been only one proven way to narrow the performance gap between African-American and white schoolchildren, and it has...
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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?
The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime in Damascus. It’s a nightmare...
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Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:30am
YOLO Economics: Growth on a Burning Planet
The economy, we have been taught, is a cat with considerably more than nine lives. The bottom might drop out of the stock market, but it will rebound — again and again. The Chinese were on top of the world, economically, for a thousand years or more, but then the colonial powers cut the country...
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Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 9:15am
Trump and the Transformation of Politics
The history of political parties is rather boring. Not much has changed since the French Revolution, which produced the the terms “Left” and “Right” to reflect where people sat in the National Assembly. The early 20 th century saw the rise of Communist parties on the far left. Shortly later,...
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