John Feffer

John Feffer

John 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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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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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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"The information that could bring down Trump — and that presumably Robert Mueller is trying to obtain — may be somewhere in the Deutsche Bank files." (Photo: by HomeArt/Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Trump’s Dirty Money
Marty Byrde has a problem. His partner at the financial services firm has been skimming off the top of the money-laundering service they’re providing a Mexican narcotrafficker. The drug dealer responds by killing Marty’s partner. He’s just about to put a bullet into Marty as well when, in...
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Secretary of the Treasury William H Crawford, Attorney General William Wirt, Secretary of War John Caldwell Calhoun (1782 - 1850), Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard and Postmaster General John McLean discuss the Monroe Doctrine. (Original Artwork: Painted by Clyde Deland (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 23, 2018
The Flight 93 Doctrine
As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine. It’s often a quixotic quest, since presidents rarely boil down their foreign-policy visions -- if they even have them -- to some pithy essence. Then there’s Donald Trump. Conjuring...
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Anti-Trump protesters float a giant “baby Trump” in London. (Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
What’s Behind Trump’s Assault on Europe
Donald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series of extraordinary statements that have effectively turned U.S. foreign policy upside down. He...
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"Can these global Bernies turn the Trump tide?" (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, June 29, 2018
Next Stop for the Global ‘Bernie’ Movement: Mexico?
Right-wing populists are all the rage these days. Donald Trump and his spleen control the White House, while his counterparts have taken over in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, India, and elsewhere. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former Svengali, hopes to inspire a worldwide revolution of nationalism-...
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