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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Tear gas is only the latest indignity visited upon the people waiting in Mexico for safe passage out of the horror that had become their lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
It’s a Borderful World
Nation-states: what a quaint notion. As a means of organizing territory, they seem to be a brief transition period between large empires and an even larger, borderless world. Sure, nation-states might live on in the form of anthems and flags and independence days, but the idea of fixed borders just...
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All of this has been met with deafening silence in the United States. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
Is Korea’s Cold War About to End?
Remarkable changes are taking place on the Korean peninsula. The two Koreas are actually starting to demilitarize the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Just in the last couple weeks, they have taken down 22 guard posts , demined the Joint Security Area, and established a no-fly-zone about the peninsula’s...
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They know the odds. They understand that they’re already living in a dystopia. (Photo: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room
The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact. Meanwhile, the campaigns barely touched on the most important issues of our time: war, climate change, and the fracturing of the international community. So, let’s...
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A still from Trump’s racist caravan ad, which was too much even for Fox News. (Photo: Snapshot) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism
In the week before the mid-term elections, Donald Trump returned to his bread-and-butter issue: immigration. He knows that the only thing that will turn out his base, and possibly swing some independents over to his side, is fear. Economic indicators are in reasonably good shape (for now). Hillary...
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Friday, October 19, 2018
The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders
Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia are the latest members of a select international club. Assassins Without Borders has roots that go back, in the modern era at least, to the policies of the Soviet Union, Chile, Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. All of these countries share a single trait...
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Jair Bolsonaro has criticized monsters such as Chile’s Pinochet and Peru’s Fujimori – for not slaughtering more domestic opponents.(Photo: Fabio Teixeira/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Views
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?
Less than a month ago, the candidate leading in the polls in the Brazilian presidential election was a jailed ex-politician who technically couldn’t even run for office. It gets even weirder. Brazilian voters have put corruption near the top of the list of their concerns this political season. Yet...
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Those guardrails of democracy were faulty long before Trump came along and some of the adults in the room are scarier than the squalling infant.(Photo: Common Dreams) Views
Monday, September 24, 2018
Trump’s New Normal: Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance
During a lifetime of make-believe, Donald Trump has never pretended to be a conventional politician. When he finally decided to make a serious bid for office, he built his presidential aspirations on the flimsiest of foundations: a wild conspiracy theory about Barack Obama’s birthplace. His...
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Despite all the notoriety he received for standing up to Donald Trump, McCain generally supported this most disgraceful of presidents. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, September 07, 2018
Who Was the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?
John McCain was an American politician. That sums up his best and worst qualities. He was not a maverick. As a rather conventional politician, he wasn’t even particularly courageous or much of a straight talker. He represented establishment values as the establishment tilted ever rightward. And yet...
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
The Case for Imposing Sanctions on Donald Trump and His US-Based Business Empire
It’s embarrassing enough to have Donald Trump as president. But now American citizens have to endure the additional pain of the sanctions that other countries are imposing on the United States. Doesn’t the world realize that we’re suffering enough as it is? That seems so grossly unfair. Oh, but...
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John Bolton have been pushing for war with Iran for years. Views
Thursday, August 02, 2018
The War Before the Iran War
Tucker Carlson has impeccable conservative credentials. He started out as a low-level staffer at the Heritage Foundation and now he hosts a popular show on Fox News. In between were stints at The Weekly Standard and the on-line publication he co-founded, The Daily Caller . His often contentious...
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