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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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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Arms control has become more important than ever before, given that a new nuclear arms race beckons. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, May 02, 2019
A Farewell to Arms Control?
My first trip to Washington, DC to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which brings young people to the nation’s capital to work on arms control and disarmament. It was 1987, around the time that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail...
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Trump, too, has an apocalyptic view of the world: American carnage, international chaos. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right
If Donald Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services, for instance on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day . Otherwise, the president seems to worship regularly only at the Church of the...
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Progressives need to join with lots of other political actors in the United States to capitalize on the widespread fear that Donald Trump — or someone very much like him — could win the presidential election in 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
After Trump
Donald Trump has shaken up U.S. foreign policy. Most of what he has done has been disastrous, like pulling America out of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He has been erratic, unprincipled, aggressive, and unilateral. And yet, he has also created some interesting opportunities,...
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