Juan Cole

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st. He is also the author of Engaging the Muslim World and Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (both Palgrave Macmillan). He has appeared widely on television, radio and on op-ed pages as a commentator on Middle East affairs, and has a regular column at Salon.com. He has written, edited, or translated 14 books and has authored 60 journal articles. His weblog on the contemporary Middle East is Informed Comment.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8:30am
Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for 2nd Class Citizens and Religious Legislation
The Guardian reports that “A controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people has been approved by cabinet despite warnings that the move risks undermining the country’s democratic character. Opponents, including some cabinet ministers, said the new...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:30am
Is Another War Coming to the Occupied West Bank?
Observers of the evolution of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians have long argued that there are only two likely outcomes of the alternating violence and diplomacy between the two sides that has gone on nearly 70 years now. One is a “two-state solution” wherein Israel accepts a...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:30pm
Top 5 Disasters If GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks
The Republican Party is already conniving at ways to derail the US-Iran negotiations over Tehran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program . When they take over the senate in January, the GOP senators will be in a good position to deep-six the talks and deny President Obama a diplomatic breakthrough...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:30am
A Day Late, Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals
The good news is that US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Linping have reached an agreement on limiting carbon emissions in their two countries. The US puts out 5.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, and China does 7 – 9 billion. The US did 5 billion metric tons in 1990...
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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:00pm
Ferguson & Israel? Netanyahu Calls for Stripping Palestinian-Israelis of Citizenship
On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he was looking into whether Israel could strip citizenship from those who speak out against the continued statelessness of the Palestinians. (There are millions of stateless Palestinians outside Israel. Netanyahu began his political career as...
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Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:30am
When Will US Admit Boots on Ground in Iraq (3000 Troops)?
President Obama’s announcement that he will send 1500 more troops to Iraq was made on a Friday, a day usually reserved in Washington for the release of bad or embarrassing news that officials hope won’t still be fresh enough for Monday’s newspapers and so will quietly sink. That these troops will...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:15am
American Weapons, Provided to Syrian rebels, Fall into Hands of al-Qaeda
The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the Resolute . The Movement of the Resolute (Harakat al-Hazm) represented itself as secular, but had its roots...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:30am
The Last Days of Kobani Loom as ISIL Closes in on Syrian Kurds
ISIL fighters have advanced into the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobane (`Ayn al-`Arab) , with fighting in the streets as Kurds resist, according to the pan-Arab daily, al-Hayat [Life]. Kobane, a city ordinarily of about 50,000, is the third biggest town in the Kurdish part of Syria (the far northeast...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:45am
Congress Cuts $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps, But Finds $22 Billion to Fight ISIS
It was all the way back in February, so the memory of this headline has faded: ” Congress passes $8.7 billion food stamp cut By Ned Resnikoff It’s official: 850,000 households across the country are set to lose an average of $90 per month in food stamp benefits. The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-32 to...
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 9:45am
US Strikes ISIL Oil Fields in Quest to Defund it: But Will it Replace Oil With Fracking?
Sawt al-Iraq [Voice of Iraq] reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attacks small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by ISIL in Deir Ezzor. the day before yesterday the allies struck 12 refineries that ISIL had been in...
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