John Feffer

John Feffer

John Feffer is the author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands and the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His new novel, Frostlands, a Dispatch Books original and book two of his Splinterlands series, has just been published. His podcast is available here.

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School strike for climate in Melbourne (Photo: Julian Meehan via Flickr) Views
Thursday, October 03, 2019
The New Age of Protest
Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protestors chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the EPA and Trump...
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Trump relishes the role of an underdog, persecuted by the powerful. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, September 26, 2019
For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home
A month after he won the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump gave a speech in North Carolina where he declared that "we will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with." It's still commonplace for foreign policy analysts of the left ,...
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An illustration of the burning Amazon rainforest. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Burning Down the House
Doesn’t idiocy ever take a vacation? As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend to...
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Perhaps slowbalization is exactly what the planet needs right now. (Robert Thomson via Wikimedia Commons) Views
Thursday, August 15, 2019
'Slowbalization': Is the Slowing Global Economy a Boon or Bane?
A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax, and enjoy your meal. The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near the Spanish...
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The president who claims to be saving the United States is out there patrolling the firebreak, but with lighter fluid in hand. (Photo: Pixabay) Views
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Trump: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre?
Afghanistan has long been touted as the “graveyard of empires.” The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan over a two-decade period as a critical...
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Lifeboat Earth
At its best, the earth was once likened to a spaceship that sails through the heavens with a crew working together for the common good. Thanks to climate change, this metaphor no longer works. Our planet is now more like a lifeboat that’s sprung a major leak. People onboard are beginning to panic...
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo: Nottheviewsofmyemployer/Flickr/creative commons) Views
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Boris Johnson and the New Battle of Britain
All eyes are focused these days on Boris Johnson, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom. But that’s not the most important news this month out of Britain. The Labor Party has finally come around to opposing the country’s exit from the European Union, though it’s possibly a case of “too...
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U.S. foreign policy has become concentrated in the hands of the president, with considerably less input from the State Department, the National Security Council, and the intelligence agencies. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy
It was not very long ago that Donald Trump was calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man” and threatening to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korea. In response, Kim called Trump a “dotard” and promised an equally fiery attack on the United States. But now, two summits, the...
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Jordan Peele’s deep fake version of Barack Obama, produced by BuzzFeed. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Could 'Deepfakes' Help Swing the 2020 Election?
Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to being ashamed to be an American, confesses that the United States is a malevolent force in the world, and promises to open...
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Monday, May 13, 2019
Steve Bannon's Archipelago and the Rise of the Global Populist Right
In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain , the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia,...
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