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Why are the billionaires laughing?

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Juan Cole

Juan Cole

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His newest book, "Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires" was published in 2020. He is also the author of  "The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East" (2015) and "Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East" (2008).  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 He has written, edited, or translated 14 books and has authored 60 journal articles. 

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Palestinian Parties, Organizations Greet Abbas' Pledge to Take Israel to ICC as 'Historic'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to take Israel to the International Criminal Court if its squatter-settlements aren't withdrawn within a year.

Juan Cole ·

US Admits Strike Killing 10 in Kabul Was a 'Mistake'—But It Is Not a New Problem

The incident underlines the dangers of conducting counterterrorism remotely with missile and drone strikes.

Juan Cole ·

Contrasting US Withdrawal From Afghanistan With Trump's Abrupt Departure From Syria

President Joe Biden has evacuated about 117,000 Afghans; two years ago, Trump left Kurdish allies to face the Turkish invasion.

Juan Cole ·

Deadly Attacks Proves Why US Withdrawal Is Only Course

Rather than arguing for the U.S. going back into Afghanistan, the ISIL-K—Taliban Civil War that just broke out again is an incontrovertible argument for the US departure from that country.

Juan Cole ·

US Empire's Afghan Ponzi Scheme Comes to Ignoble End

You can't win a war if you don't have a clear objective. The war is lost before it begins.

Juan Cole ·

For First Time on Record, US Renewables Generated More Electricity Than Either Coal or Nuclear in 2020

"About half of U.S. clean energy now comes from solar and wind, and the other half from hydroelectric power."

Juan Cole ·

Only Electric Cars Can Save the Planet

A new study shows that for Europe and North America, in only 10 years electric cars will be as much as three-fourths less carbon intensive over their life-cycle than internal combustion automobiles.

Juan Cole ·

UN Expert Says Illegal Israeli Settlements Amount to War Crimes

"It is a tragic paradox that, while the Israeli settlements are clearly prohibited by international law, the international community has been remarkably reluctant to enforce its own laws."

Juan Cole ·

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