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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"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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Donald Trump and Dr. Evil (Photo mashup by TooFab.com) Views
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Trump Isn’t Just Incompetent and His Agenda Isn’t Just Bad. It’s Evil.
Evil is a popular topic in Hollywood, from The Evil Dead franchise to Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. But evil makes only the occasional cameo in the U.S. policy realm. In the early 1990s, the topic of evil became buzz-worthy in the wake of the Cold War’s collapse as pundits and policymakers...
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"If you think of a country as a civilized place, it’s very difficult to bomb it back to the Stone Age." (Photo: Afghanistan Pashtunistan / Flickr) Views
Friday, January 19, 2018
The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes for Decades
The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some U.S. diplomats have referred to the country as “shithole” — because the food’s rather bland and the nightlife rather staid — but the important thing...
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"That the protests have resulted at least in part from U.S. policies to squeeze Iran is immaterial to Trump and his supporters in Congress." (Photo: Hamed Saber / Flickr) Views
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About
The last time Iranians went out onto the streets in large numbers, they were protesting what they thought was a stolen election. It was 2009, and hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had convincingly won the presidency with roughly 63 percent to reformer Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s approximately 34 percent...
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The DMZ from the North Korean side (courtesy of yeowatzup / Flickr) Views
Thursday, December 14, 2017
North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated
Donald Trump is contemplating wars that would dwarf anything that his immediate predecessors ever considered. He has dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan, and he’s considering the mother of all wars in the Middle East. He is abetting Saudi Arabia’s devastating war in Yemen. Many...
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Saturday, December 09, 2017
If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One
Don’t kid yourself: 2016 was a revolutionary year in the United States. Yes, I know, the United States is a deeply conservative country. Americans don’t engage in periodic attempts to overthrow the system. There is no viable political party that threatens the status quo. When protesters gather in...
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"If anti-Trump forces here don’t address persistent voter disgust with the status quo, the Eastern European example offers a grim glimpse of a possible American future as right-wing libertarians, intolerant nationalists, and alt-right extremists secure their lock on the policy apparatus." Views
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe?
He was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president. In 1990, when Donald Trump was still beyond the furthest outskirts of American politics, Stanislaw Tyminski was trying to become the new president of post-communist...
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Trump’s performance in Beijing went beyond even the man-crush he seems to develop with any autocrat who exercises the free rein of power that the president so desperately craves. Views
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Trump’s New Blame Game
As a candidate, Donald Trump rallied voters against a variety of enemies. He vilified Mexicans. He stereotyped Muslims. And he went after the Chinese for “raping” the United States. President Trump still wants to build that wall along the border with Mexico. He’s still trying to keep out Muslim...
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