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John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy In Focus.
America Could Have Been One Giant Sweden -- Instead It Looks a Lot Like the Soviet Union
Posted on: May 26, 2015, Source: TomDispatch
Instead of Scandinavian socialism, America looks a lot more like authoritarian regimes of the past -- and present.
Why a Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is the Right Choice
Posted on: Apr 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet
This deal has the potential to be a historic step forward.
European Union Is Teetering on the Brink of Collapse
Posted on: Jan 27, 2015, Source: TomDispatch
This now-tenuous project is dealing with issues such as Islamophobia, austerity and growing inequality.
A Neanderthal Foreign Policy
Posted on: Jan 24, 2015, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
What the humble Neanderthal can teach us about war, peace, climate, and getting along.
With More of Us Crowding a Warming Planet, We Need Agricultural Change
Posted on: Oct 2, 2014, Source: Other Words
Up to one-third of all the carbon emissions responsible for climate change come from farming.
Meet the Polish Activists on the Cutting Edge of a Possible Left Resurgence in Eastern Europe
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Can Krytyka Polityczna, activist-intellectuals steal the thunder from the right and appeal to millions of Europeans orphaned by the economic crisis?
Guys With Guns Are Spilling Blood Around the Globe
Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
The U.S. government should be making it more difficult to sell weapons—at home as well as abroad.
How All of Us Are Helping Build a Participatory Totalitarianism
Posted on: Jun 5, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
We are not passive objects of the surveillance state. We are active subjects of our own YouTube channels.
The War Party's Plans For Permanent Conflict
Posted on: May 14, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
Hyping threats from Russia, China, and the rest of the world, hawks are gearing up to reassert American power.
How the Senate's Anti-Iran Bullyboys Picked a Pointless Fight
Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
Chuck Schumer and Ted Cruz forget that Iranians have a right to choose whomever they want to represent them at the UN.
How the World's Only Superpower Is Vulnerable to Catastrophe
Posted on: Apr 11, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus, The Nation
The U.S. is poised to collapse with self-inflicted wounds.
NATO On Viagra: Ukraine Crisis Boosts Aging Military Alliance
Posted on: Apr 11, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
At 65, NATO should get off its new meds and act its age. It’s time for downsizing and memoir-writing, not new military conflicts.
Brownshirts Are the New Black: Fascism's Comeback
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
Fashions come and go. And this year, across the broad swath of Eurasia, fascism is in.
Getting to the Bottom of Why Zombies Are Showing Up Everywhere in Our Culture Right Now
Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
Explaining our blossoming relationship with the undead.
How America Is Like the Serial Killer in Dexter
Posted on: May 18, 2012, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
Dexter is all about U.S. foreign policy and the moral calculus of a superpower.
North Korea's Failed Fireworks
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012, Source: Inter Press Service
North Korea has created a furor with its recent satellite launch.
The Right Wing's Election-Year Islamophobia Fuels a New Smear Campaign Against Obama
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com
In an election in which racist slogans are off the table, the Islamophobic accusation of "acting Muslim" remains a politically acceptable chauvinism.
Is North Korea Really Ready to Deal?
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012, Source: IPS News
The 'leap day' deal between the US and North Korea indicates that the two longstanding adversaries are on the verge of a thaw in relations.
Can Killer Drones Be Turned on America? 50 Countries Are Trying to Get Their Hands on Military Drone Technology -- What Will They Do With It?
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
China, Iran and even non-state actors are buying or developing drone systems.
Trouble in Paradise: The Militarisation of Jeju Island
Posted on: Nov 11, 2011, Source: IPS News
Will South Korea's environmental jewel be transformed from a favorite honeymoon destination into a massive naval base?
The U.S. Can Kiss its Political Power in the Pacific Goodbye: Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com
The U.S. has reached the high-water mark of its Pacific presence and influence. The geopolitical map is about to be redrawn.
7 Billion People By October: How Are We Going to Feed Ourselves?
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
As population rates skyrocket, millions of mouths to feed increase pressure on the world's farmers to squeeze more and more food from less and less arable land.
Conservatives Are Still Fighting the Crusades -- We Must Overcome Their Destructive Islamophobia
Posted on: Nov 7, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com
The increased power of GOP militants in Congress suggests that we'll be living with Islamophobia for some time. Let's hope Crusades 2.0 have a shorter lifespan than the original.
We Have to Trim the Bloated Pentagon Budget and Use the Cash for a 'Green Dividend' to Create Good Jobs
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet
How can we come out of this recession with a manufacturing sector and a workforce that are globally competitive, that produce things that people need in the new green economy?
What the Tea Parties Miss: Some Regulation Is Key to a Well-Functioning Society
Posted on: Jul 5, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
We might quibble about this or that traffic rule. But we must recognize that the traffic system saves us from the law of the jungle -- might makes right.
Stealth Superpower: How Turkey Is Chasing China in Bid to Become the Next Big Thing
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com
Turkey has ambitions beyond the Middle East and the means to get there.
Western Jihad: Yes, We Have Suicide Bombers, Too, We Just Call Them 'Heroes'
Posted on: Aug 6, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com
We have our own rich tradition of suicide bombers -- and our own unfortunate tendency to kill civilians in our military campaigns.
Piracy and Empire
Posted on: Apr 27, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
With the world's maritime chokepoints at risk, pirates are emerging as the latest non-state threat: the terrorists of the seas.
Apocalypse Later: Looking Back at 2008 from the Future
Posted on: Aug 21, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com
A futurologist looks back at the public complacency of 2008 that led to disaster from the year 2016.
How to Survive the Triple Whammy of Energy, Food and Climate Crises
Posted on: Aug 4, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
To survive we need to recognize that these threats are not separate problems, and they must be addressed as one major crisis.
China Could Rebuild Earthquake-Damaged Wenchuan as a Model 21st Century Eco-City
Posted on: Jun 16, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
It would be the diametric opposite of 'disaster capitalism.'
Asia's Hidden Arms Race
Posted on: Feb 15, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com
Six countries talk peace while preparing for war.
Can We Pursue Terrorists Without Becoming Like Them?
Posted on: Jul 31, 2007, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
From torture to warrantless wiretapping, the Bush administration's approach to terrorism has defied legal standards at all levels.
American Foreign Policy Is Broken; Time for a New Approach
Posted on: Jun 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet
The bipartisan push to protect American empire has served us poorly in the post-Cold War era. A group of progressive analysts offer a rethink.
Bringing a Living Wage to the Farm
Posted on: Jul 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet
A few courageous individuals who want Americans to radically rethink the food on their plates are trying to boost farmworker wages.
GM Food Goes on Trial
Posted on: Feb 15, 2006, Source: AlterNet
The global jury is still out on whether GMOs are a boon or a bust.<br /><br />
Posted on: Nov 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet
Americans remain largely oblivious to the intrusions of the pharmaceutical industry into our kitchens. Across the pond, however, the Europeans are wising up.
The Soul of New Fast Food
Posted on: Oct 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet
No matter how many salads you find on the menus of McDonald's and Burger King, the oversized hamburger will always be what fast-food customers reach for first.
The Legacy of Lee Kyung Hae
Posted on: Aug 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet
South Korea's agricultural crisis -- hiding in plain sight -- is what led this farmer to commit suicide at Cancun's 2003 WTO meeting.
The Evolution of Frankenfoods?
Posted on: Jul 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet
The multibillion-dollar nanotech industry wants to change what you eat at the molecular level.
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