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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 "Today, thousands of refugees face grave harm if they return to their countries of origin. And yet the United States, Turkey, Israel, China, and others blithely return these refugees as part of a worldwide crackdown on “illegal” immigration." (Photo: UNHCR Photo Unit / Flickr) Views
Friday, June 22, 2018
World to Refugees: Go to Hell
It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well as a 1994 opera. This history is not forgotten. Yet so many unfortunate people around the world...
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"Trump treats world affairs like it’s an elementary school club." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Call It ‘Unileaderism’: Trump’s Foreign Policy of One
In the wake of the disastrous G7 meeting in Canada and the successful summit in Singapore, it’s hard to know what to call U.S. foreign policy these days. It’s not just unilateralism, where Washington acts alone and allies be damned. Nor is it merely unipolarism, in which the United States targets...
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"In gaining Trump’s support, the two Koreas have indeed, however paradoxically, neutralized the United States as an actor in the drama of inter-Korean relations."(Photo: Ju Peng/Xinhua via Associated Press) Views
Monday, May 21, 2018
Playing Trump for Peace
When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance:...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Bolton Administration Has Already Begun
For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN spent much of the last decade consolidating his political base through stints at right-wing...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
The Banality of Haspel
Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former CIA directors, three former directors...
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"Compared to the prospect of world war, a much better outcome of the collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would be if Iran quickly acquired nuclear weapons. Then it could deter an Israeli and U.S. attack." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East
The president giveth and he taketh away. Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his “chosen people.” Indeed, he even flirts with ending the world if he doesn’t receive due respect and the requisite number of burnt offerings...
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"Trump doesn’t care about diplomacy or North Korea. He only wants to one-up Obama." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Korea and the Geopolitics of the Impossible
In geopolitics, everything is impossible — until, suddenly, it isn‘t. Wars that no one ever believed could happen flare into existence, and stable societies descend into chaos. On the other side of spectrum, peace agreements that only Pollyannas thought possible are suddenly on the table after...
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"As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to “bomb the shit” out of the Islamic State and he’s been as good as his word." (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 26, 2018
Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead
Donald Trump has a plan to solve America’s drug crisis: kill the drug dealers. "We have pushers and drugs dealers, they are killing hundreds and hundreds of people," Trump said at a recent White House summit on opioid abuse. "Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty —...
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Trump, Terrorism, and the Politics of Witch Hunts
Five hundred years ago, a popular test to flush out witches was called “ordeal by water.” Dunk an alleged witch into a lake. If she sinks, she’s innocent. If she floats, her guilt is plain for all to see and she can be safely burned at the stake. By this ancient form of waterboarding, witch hunters...
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Friday, March 02, 2018
Oh Magog! Apocalyptic Christianity Returns to U.S. Foreign Policy
Welcome back, Gog and Magog. I can’t say that I’ve missed you. You might remember the Gog and Magog story from 2003, when George W. Bush was making plans to invade Iraq and assembling a “coalition of the willing.” French President Jacques Chirac was quite unwilling, so Bush went to great lengths to...
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