Juan Cole

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, February 13, 2017 - 10:00am
After Miller’s Mega-Lies, Time to Rev Back Up the Reality Based Community
Stephen Miller, a snot-nosed kid with a bad attitude, advertised as White House senior policy adviser, delivered himself of some stern jeremiads on Sunday on Meet the Press, along with many Big Lies of which Josef Goebbels would be jealous. It is dreary to see a Republican White House once again...
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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
'This Land': The Pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Guthrie at Half-Time
By beginning with Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and then switching to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is your Land,” Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta, 30) engaged in a subtle but very radical critique of the immigration and other policies of Donald J. Trump. Her switch at the end to quoting the...
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Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:00am
Trump Spokespeople's Ca-r-ra-a-zy Fake News: From Iran to Bowling Green
So I was watching Chris Matthews’ Hardball on MSNBC Thursday evening and Matthews had Kellyanne Conway on to defend Trump’s disastrous first two weeks. For some reason, Matthews declines to challenge her when she flat-out lies, although he is quick to get in the face of most other guests. He used...
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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 9:00am
German Ambassador 1933: "Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at 'Immigrants'"
Here are two newspaper articles from spring, 1933. They concern the issue of early Nazi policy toward Germany’s Jews. In the first, the German ambassador to the UK maintains that the issue isn’t Jews but Immigrants. In the second, it is clear that only a few weeks later German Jews with citizenship...
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:30am
Torture Works...to Produce Fake News (And That’s How We Got Into Iraq)
I told this story back in 2005 but it is a good story, has held up, and bears repeating now that President Trump is again promoting torture as “effective.” Torture is a good way to get people to tell you what they think you want to hear so that you will stop torturing them. That is, torture may...
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A sign held up at the protest of Trump supporters' "DeploraBall" gala on January 19 in Washington, D.C. Views
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 11:30am
Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech From the Original German
Donald Trump’s inaugural speech , like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe. So here is a...
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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 8:00am
All the President’s Deniers
This week, we’ve seen a parade of Donald J. Trump’s far-right cabinet appointees attempting to tone themselves down (with help from pliant GOP senators) for the general public with half-truths and evasions. They were not challenged on some key issues. Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, didn’t admit...
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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:45am
Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe Speech Is So Important in the Trump Era
Occasionally entertainment and politics intersect, often hitting a false note. You never want your screenplay to be, as they say in Hollywood, “on the nose.” You have to step sideways away from ordinary news and address some dimension of the human condition to make art. But in moments of national...
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Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:30am
Top 4 Ways Bush Even More Outrageously Dissed the Intelligence Community
Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency counter-terrorist center and FBI National Security Branch, has been on CNN maintaining that there was a big difference between how the intelligence agencies were treated by the Bush administration and how the PEOTUS is treating...
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Monday, January 2, 2017 - 12:45pm
Preparing for the Normalization of a Neofascist White House
It is 2017, and shortly the White House will be inhabited by an unscrupulous, corrupt narcissist who has shamelessly mobilized the Neo-Nazi fringe of the Republican Party to get into power. Despite all the cries of ‘no’ to normalization on the left, Trump will be normalized by the same corporate...
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