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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The new right has set about reordering the political landscape. Mainstream parties have lost credibility. Politics have become even more polarized. Not just liberalism but democracy itself is under attack. (Photo: The Battle for Another World / Institute for Policy Studies) Views
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Inside the Battle for Another World
A succession of social upheavals over the last decade has radically realigned political power throughout the world. As a result of these tectonic shifts, what had once been on the furthest fringes of the right has now moved toward the center while the left has been pushed to the margins. “Things...
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?
One of the hallmarks of a democratic political system is that voters change their minds. In North Korea, 100 percent of voters support the ruling party coalition in election after election. In South Korea since 1998, voters backed 10 years of progressive candidates followed by 10 years of...
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As Trump’s latest interventions into the military justice process suggest, he is determined to keep these attacks on civilians beyond prosecution. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home
It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.” This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, Billy the Kid . But the speaker, sheriff William Donovan, is one of the bad guys, using...
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Donald Trump with former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, November 08, 2019
Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine
In fantasy sports, participants draft their own dream teams out of the rosters of existing players. That’s what Donald Trump has done with Ukraine. He and his advisors have created a fantasy team involving a number of key players, including the Ukrainian president, the former U.S. ambassador, and...
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U.S. Border Patrol agents process immigrants from Central America while taking them into custody on August 17, 2016 near Roma, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 21, 2019
The Far Right's War on the World
The far right is on a roll. Just a few years ago, liberals and conservatives would have considered its recent political victories a nightmare scenario. Right-wing extremists have won elections in the United States, Brazil, Hungary, India, and Poland. They pushed through the Brexit referendum in the...
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Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about them. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Trump’s Endless Wars
Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes. But like the old saw about the weather, Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about...
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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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