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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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:30am
Why the Israeli-Hizbullah Tit for Tat Probably Won’t Turn to War
Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hizbullah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side. These outposts were not in fact bordering Israel or likely aimed at Israel, but...
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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:45am
Top 7 Things to Know about Belgium Police Operation That Left 2 Dead
Belgian police launched a counter-terrorism operation on Thursday in the eastern city of Verviers (pop. 56,000) near the German border. Verviers is one of the towns in Belgium that has a large number of Muslims, with many of the young men in that community being unemployed. Belgium is a country of...
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Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 12:30pm
President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015
Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the US out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim. 2014 was the year in which he failed decisively at these objectives. He has had to keep 10,000 US military personnel in Afghanistan, given...
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Friday, January 2, 2015 - 9:30am
What Would Happen If the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?
If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002 . Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:45am
In Peshawar Attack, A Desperate Pakistani Taliban On Display
On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar The Pakistani military counter-attacked, with early reports of dozens killed and wounded in the cross fire. Some of the Taliban were...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 8:15am
The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s other Hostage Crisis, of 1984
IC doesn’t usually cover hostage-taking, since it is an artificial and manipulative criminal act. Any two-bit thug can grab someone off the street and push them into a car, and subsequently kill them. It doesn’t take intelligence or any other admirable quality, just brutishness. One’s heart goes...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:30am
Why the Founding Fathers Thought Banning Torture Foundational to the US Constitution
I have argued on many occasions that the language of patriotism and appeal to the Founding Fathers and the constitution must not be allowed to be appropriated by the political right wing in contemporary America, since for the most part right wing principles (privileging religion, exaltation of ‘...
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Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 3:30pm
Cairo Erupts as Mubarak, Adly Declared Innocent in Deaths of Protesters
An Egyptian court on Saturday found found deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister Habib Adly not guilty (or rather just dropped the charges) the killing of nearly 900 young protesters by police in January-February 2011. Downtown Cairo and some provincial towns erupted in...
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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:15am
Iran Leader Khamenei: We are not Opposed to Nuclear Talks, Will Accept Just Deal
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the clerical Leader of Iran, told an assemblage of volunteer paramilitary (Basij) forces on Thursday that he is not opposed to nuclear talks with the P5 +1 and would accept a just and reasonable deal. I said that a breakdown in the talks, which have been extended for a...
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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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