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 Space Force is a huge white elephant, worse than the Reagan-era missile defense system dubbed Star Wars. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Trump's Space Force Means Trump Not Satisfied Being Terrible Only on This Planet
With a stroke of a pen, Donald Trump created an entirely new branch of the armed forces last year. It’s the first new branch of the U.S. military since 1947. The Space Force is not exactly a new idea. It’s a revival of a Reagan-era initiative that had been set up to oversee missile defense, which...
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The administration justified the killing of Soleimani by suggesting that he and Iran’s surrogates throughout the region were on the verge of attacks that threatened U.S. soldiers. It has not provided evidence for these imminent attacks.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 09, 2020
The Endless War With Iran
The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Just like the cold war with the Soviet Union, the conflict between Washington and Tehran has been fought largely through proxies: in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq. Iranian-aligned organizations like Hezbollah have attacked U.S. targets, such as...
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It would be a different matter if the U.S. military were plotting to unseat Trump and replace him with a four-star general.(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Whose Coups?
Coups have been one of the greatest threats to democracy. The people elect a daring leader willing to take on the status quo. And then, as in Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973, the military pushes the leader aside to take control. Sometimes the generals remain in power; sometimes they restore a royal...
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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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