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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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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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:00am
Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine
I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation , which is that President Obama should recognize Palestine before he goes out of office. For different but related reasons, Jimmy Carter made a similar plea last month . One of the arguments often heard is that Israel cannot...
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Friday, December 16, 2016 - 9:45am
Demonization of Putin as "Personally" Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique
The leaked allegations supposedly from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally” directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism. I have already said that the allegations of effective Russian interference in the...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Is Jimmy Carter Right That Obama Should Recognize Palestine?
Jimmy Carter wrote and NYT op-ed yesterday in which he called on Barack Obama to arrange for the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine and pass resolutions reaffirming the illegality of Israeli squatting on Palestinian land in the West Bank. Carter points out that there are 600,000 such...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 8:45am
The Presidential Debate That Did Not Really Happen
Regular readers will know that in my view the 2016 presidential election did not happen. Likewise, the first debate between the two candidates did not take place. There was no debate as the word is usually understood, where the two take turns setting out policy positions. A debate on policy would...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00pm
Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading Toward 6,000
The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:15am
Clinton: No US Ground Troops in Iraq, Syria; Trump: Steal Iraqi Oil
The NBC Candidates Forum continued the shameful corporate coverage of the Great American Meltdown that is our election season. That season has given us a Faux Cable News that runs clips of only one side and pays out hush money to cover up how its blonde anchors were not so much hired as trafficked...
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