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 Salon.com. He has written, edited, or translated 14 books and has authored 60 journal articles. 

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Ms. Hathloul was produced in court on Wednesday. She has been imprisoned for two years, during which she was allegedly tortured and subjected to sexual abuse. (Photo: Loujain al-Hathloul) Views
Friday, November 27, 2020
Hyper-Patriarchal Saudi Arabia Equates Mild Feminism With Terrorism, as Sen. Murphy Calls on Biden To Review Ties With Kingdom
Al Jazeera points to the call by Senator Chris Murphy addressed to the incoming Biden administration urging a review of US ties with Saudi Arabia, given the kingdom’s miserable human rights record, including its mistreatment of feminist dissident Lujjain Hathloul, 31. Ms. Hathloul was produced in...
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Saturday, November 21, 2020
At G20, Only India Is On Track to Meet Goals for Keeping Global Heating to 3.6° F
The 2020 Climate Transparency report finds that India is on track to meeting the carbon dioxide emissions levels that, if all countries on earth did the same, would keep global heating to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees centigrade). The bad news? Of all the top 20 economies in the world (i.e. the...
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They say that vice president Mike Pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen. Mark Milley all sought to dissuade Trump from this course of action. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Trump's Requested Strike on Iran Could Kill More People Than Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki
Eric Schmitt, Maggie Haberman, David E. Sanger, Helene Cooper and Lara Jakes at the New York Times get the scoop. Their sources in the White House tell them that last Thursday, in a meeting with his senior advisers, Trump abruptly asked them if there were options for a US strike on Iran’s civilian...
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Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). (Photo by Toni L. Sandys-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 13, 2020
Georgia Sen. David Perdue Ready to Save His Ocean-Front Mansion From Rising Seas While Voting to Burn More Oil and Gas
Republican Senator David Perdue of Georgia, facing a run-off against Jon Ossof, has an opulent six-room beach-front mansion that has been protected with newly built, pricey jetties and sea walls against sea level rise, storm surges and coastal erosion. Why, it is as if Perdue thinks the climate...
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Trump 2017 tax break for corporations and the wealthy has encouraged them to move further offshore, taking jobs overseas. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 02, 2020
Top 5 Ways Trump Failed You Too Epically to Ever Be Reelected
1. Environment. This is the biggest single issue. Trump is a real-life world-destroying Thanos from the Avengers, and is trying his best to commit planeticide. His policies with kill the earth. The human race has a window of about 20 years to avoid the worst impacts of the climate emergency. We...
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Multiple videos were shared on social media of vehicles with Trump flags boxing in a Biden bus on a road in Texas. (Photo: Randi Ceh/Facebook via NowThis) Views
Sunday, November 01, 2020
The Real Cancel Culture: Trump Rallies Sicken 30,000, Kill 700, and Trump Train Prevents Biden Gathering in Texas
A talking point for the cult of Trump is the deleterious effects of "cancel culture." What they mean by that is that they want pundits and politicians to be able to say offensive things and utter slurs against minorities and women without suffering any negative consequences for their careers. This...
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So, really, there is only one thing to do if we want to preserve our jobs and our wealth. That is to invest in getting off fossil fuels as soon as humanly possible. (Photo: Julian Meehan via Takver/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Black Hole of Depressions: Doing Nothing About Climate Emergency Could Cost More Than All the Wealth in the World
A study in Nature Communications has found that if you add in variability to calculations of the impact of climate change, the upper range of the damage it could do to property is $563 trillion.* That is in the worst case scenario where the world does virtually nothing to stop carbon dioxide and...
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Adelaide Convention Center. (Photo: Wikipedia) Views
Monday, October 26, 2020
South Australia to Go 100% Solar as Sun Power Offers World's Cheapest Energy
The state of South Australia is the future. For one hour, on October 11, all of its electricity was generated by solar power, the first time this feat was achieved by any major jurisdiction in the world. So reports Richard Davies of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. October is a spring month...
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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Donald Trump, the Mr. Magoo of Geopolitics, Incites Warfare Between Egypt and Ethiopia
Donald Trump, the Mr. Magoo of geopolitics, has shot his big mouth off again and incited warfare between Egypt and Ethiopia. Trump said, according to the BBC, that Egypt cannot accept the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that is being built on the Blue Nile, which the government of Abdel Fattah al-...
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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe arrives for briefing in the Capitol with the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on allegations of Russian links to the Taliban on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 22, 2020
DNI John Ratcliffe, a Trumpie Wingnut, Hilariously Blames Iran for Pro-Trump Proud Boy Email Spoof
I don’t know what it is about being in official Washington that degrades basic critical faculties. Like the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, they start saying, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” The US Establishment believed that Iraq in 2002 was near...
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