John Feffer

John Feffer

John Feffer is the author of the dystopian novel "Splinterlands" (2016) and the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His new novel, "Frostlands" (2018) is book two of his Splinterlands trilogy. Splinterlands book three "Songlands" will be published in 2021. His podcast is available here.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, March 07, 2021
The Talented Mr. Bin Salman
Mohammed bin Salman is a charming fellow. The tall, dark, and handsome Saudi prince known as MbS has seduced world leaders and eager pundits left and right. To his supporters, MbS became first in line to the Saudi throne by championing reform in a deeply conservative Gulf kingdom, taking on...
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U.S. Senate Committee Hearing Room (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 18, 2021
What About Eliminating the Senate Altogether?
Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn ostentatiously, and...
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The Proud Boys is a far-right, neo-fascist and male-only political organization. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, February 12, 2021
It’s Time To Resurrect a Global Anti-Fascist Consensus To Name, Shame, and Throw These Guys Out of the Game
After four years of shock, confusion, and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the deplatforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...
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Former Vice President and presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses reporters on November 5, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 08, 2021
The World Welcomes Biden But Hedges Its Bets
The nightmare is over. The vanquished beast has crawled back to Mar-a-Lago to lick his wounds. The heroes are hard at work repairing the damage. As America returns to the international stage, the world heaves a collective sigh of relief. That, at least, is the story the incoming Biden...
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pporters of US President Donald Trump rally at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2020. Supporters are backing Trump's claim that the November 3 election was fraudulent. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 18, 2020
America’s Destructive Denialisms
The presidential election wasn't close. Joe Biden won the popular vote by more than 7 million votes, which translates to a margin of 4.5%. His Electoral College victory was larger than either of George W. Bush's. Yet, Donald Trump still refuses to concede. The soon-to-be-ex-president tried to...
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Everything that Hillary Clinton faced during her hypothetical first term in office will apply to Joe Biden in his very real first term. (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
Biden Rushes in Where Clinton Failed to Tread
Imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election in 2016. Imagine, in other words, that the "blue wall" of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania had held firm four years ago. Claiming election fraud, Donald Trump would have insisted on a recount and Election Day would...
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Let’s face it: The democracy that Donald Trump dropped on the floor suffered a great deal from the experience. It’s going to take more than an election to put it right. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
U.S. Democracy: The Four-Year Rule?
You know about the five-second rule. According to conventional wisdom, food that has dropped on the floor can be safely eaten if retrieved within five seconds. Some scientists have even set up experiments to confirm this folk saying. Of course, all bets are off if your toast falls on the floor...
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Sunday, November 01, 2020
This Election Is About Trump's Pandemic Failures. But What Happens Next?
In 2008, Americans voted for hope and change. In 2016, they voted for fire and fury—and change. In 2020, the vote for change comes from an entirely different quarter. Americans are rightly upset that their country, with only 4% of the world's population, has suffered 20% of the world's deaths. The...
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Sunday, October 04, 2020
Donald Trump Makes the Swamp Bigger
Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, DC. Instead, he not only brought his own corruption and that of his family to the nation’s capital. He also opened the door of his administration to a whole slew of influence-peddlers, scam artists, and sleazy lobbyists. Here...
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The Proud Boys, a right-wing pro-Trump group, are heavily armed with military weapons gather with their allies in a rally called âEnd Domestic Terrorismâ against Antifa in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The Mobster-in-Chief
The white mobs didn’t care whom they killed as long as the victims were Black. They murdered people in public with guns and rocks. They set fire to houses and slaughtered families trying to escape the flames. In East St. Louis in July 1917 , white vigilantes lynched Blacks with impunity. It was the...
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