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The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes for Decades

Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of U.S. foreign policy are worse.
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North Korea Is Walking Back War — And Pundits Are Strangely Disappointed

Pundits seem more concerned about the North driving a "wedge" between the U.S. and the South than about preventing nuclear war.
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Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About

Iranians are protesting conditions worsened by U.S. policies, but Washington’s hawks see only an opportunity for regime change.
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North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated

Even a limited war with North Korea would kill millions, devastate the environment, and bankrupt the U.S.
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If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One

The increased tempo of the GOP's snatch and grab in recent days suggests that they're feeling a certain desperation.
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

What Happens When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy?

The anti-war movement needs money, and the Koch brothers have it. But it comes with strings attached.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel

Thousands of Arab Bedouins in Israel's Negev desert are denied power, water, sewage, and roads by the state. And their villages are under constant threat of demolition.
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If Asia Leads on Climate, the World Will Follow

China and South Korea could be game changers on climate — and create a more peaceful region in the process.
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VIDEO: The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth.

The president's over-the-top threats have made war seem like a real possibility. And war would be catastrophic.
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The Fall of the House of ISIS

ISIS is on the decline, but the catastrophic political divisions in Iraq and Syria that gave rise to it are no closer to being mended.
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The Dangerous Trend Threatening the Future of the Nation-State

When it comes to demagogues and divisiveness, Trump has plenty of competition — in Europe, the Middle East, and all over our splintering planet.
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Trump’s Enablers Should Be Shamed Out of Public Life

The evidence is in: The "adults in the room" at the White House have enabled Trump's worst impulses, not checked them.
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‘De-certifying’ the Iran Deal May Be Trump’s Most Reckless Decision Yet

Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. Trump, on the other hand, is risking a war — and torching U.S. credibility.
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Trump Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy

From his feud with Bob Corker to his plans to renege on the Iran deal, Trump's mood swings mean a dangerous new era of foreign policy.
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Germany and the Rise of a ‘Fascist International’

Germany funds foundations for its political parties. If the far right gets one, we're one step closer to globalizing the alt-right.
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Regions from Catalonia to Kurdistan are Clamoring for Their Own States

But what good is being a state anymore?

How to Successfully Engage North Korea On Human Rights

Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights.
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Muslim Nations Are Rallying to Protect the Rohingya. What About the Rest of Us?

If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation.
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The President Is a Ponzi Scheme

Here and abroad, Trump's wealthy backers understand that his populist rhetoric is a masquerade.
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The War on Terror Has Targeted Muslims Almost Exclusively

The war on terror was supposed to be about making our country safer. As a Muslim American, I don’t feel safer at all.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

Foreign Policy in Focus, OtherWords

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John Feffer

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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Trump To Duterte: ‘You’re Just Like Me’

The Huffington Post | June 1, 2017

Winning By A Bye

Outlook India | May 15, 2017

Trump Rattles Saber Against North Korea

Rising Up with Sonali | April 14, 2017

Filipino Immigrants Are Caught Between Trump And Duterte

Rising Up with Sonali | March 14, 2017

A Defensive Wall Against an Illiberal Regime

Counterpunch | February 27, 2017

America is “Hard-wired” to Globalism

Global Research | January 27, 2017

Chilling Vision Of A Barbaric New World Order

The Morning Star | January 25, 2017

Hillary Clinton and the Neocons

Fair Observer | November 5, 2016

The Double Standards of America's Exceptionalism

Sputnik International | October 27, 2016

Cape Ann Forum to host John Feffer

Wicked Local Manchester | September 15, 2016