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, August 17, 2018
If You Put an Old W. Bush Crony in Charge of Iran Policy, Doesn’t It Signal a War-Like Intention?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed Brian H. Hook , the State Department director of policy planning, to head a coordinated “Iran Action Group.” Hook served in several important posts in the George W. Bush administration, indicating his support for lying the country into war with Iraq and...
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Trump Wouldn’t Have Let Her in the Country, But Ilhan Omar Is Likely Joining Congress
Ilhan Omar, a refugee and a Somali-heritage Muslim woman who veils, has won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s Fifth District congressional seat, hoping to succeed Keith Ellison. The district, which includes Minneapolis, typically votes heavily Democratic, so she has a good shot at winning the...
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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Trump's "Space Force": More "Whitey on the Moon"
Trump and Pence want to spend $8 billion to establish a new branch of the U.S. armed forces, the Space Force. I have enormous respect of the U.S. military. My father was a 20-year man. Two of my uncles served in WWII. We think an ancestor on the McIlwee side, spelling it Mucklewee, served in the...
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"Laura Ingraham’s maternal grandparents were immigrants from Poland." (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Views
Friday, August 10, 2018
US Editorials Called the Polish Immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’
Professional bigot Laura Ingraham, ensconced in the primo 10 pm slot at Fox Cable News, has delivered herself of one of her typical Know-Nothing pronouncements on immigration to the US. Laura Ingraham: "The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been...
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Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner speaks on stage during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Views
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Jared Kushner Tries to Strip Refugee Status, Aid from Millions of Displaced Palestinians
According to Jared Kushner and other hard line Zionists, the Palestinian people don’t exist. Ever since they ethnically cleansed the majority of Palestinians, the Israelis have been hoping that they will just go away. They look out on Galilee, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, and Lebanon, and ask, “why...
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 Pompeo is a paid up member of the Christian Taliban, the tribe in the US that most steadfastly supports Donald Trump. (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
“Hypocritical Clergymen”- How the Trump-Pompeo Slam of Iran Backfires
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rant against Iran on Sunday accused the leadership of that country of hoarding the country’s wealth, behaving like a mafia, and being hypocritical clergymen. While these allegations are not without basis in fact, Pompeo’s own record undermines the critique. The...
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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Top Three Ways London’s Sadiq Khan Is a Better Leader than Donald Trump
Sadiq Khan as mayor of London is the opposite of Trump in every way. Trump was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Khan is a second-generation emigrant whose father drove a bus. Trump hates immigrants and Muslims (though of course there is a sense in which Trump is a 2nd-generation immigrant as...
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Friday, July 13, 2018
Trump Threatens Iran With “Escalation;” Could it Spin Out of Control?
Both Trump and his hyperactive but ineffectual secretary of state, Mike Pompeo , ratcheted up their rhetoric on Iran on Thursday. In fact, Pompeo has been more or less threatening acts of war for the past week. Trump said at a NATO news conference, “I would say there might be an escalation between...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
No, Trump is Not Going to Save UK or Theresa May From Economic Consequences of Brexit
Most observers are puzzled as to why British Prime Minister Theresa May is hosting a Trump visit to her country, a visit that is likely to put a couple hundred thousand protesters in the streets of London alone and to offer opportunities for serial embarrassment to all concerned. Some 45% of the...
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"We now have a pretty solid estimate for the beginning of the end of oil: 2030 at the latest." (Photo: mariordo59/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 09, 2018
Will the Price of Oil Collapse Within a Decade, Driven Off Cliff By Electric Vehicles?
One of the reasons that Saudi Arabia’s plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on its ARAMCO oil have not actually materialized is that investors are not dummies. Saudi Arabia’s oil is an asset with no future value, and the future in which its price collapses is nearer than the oil companies...
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