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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Bin Salman is using his willingness to throw the Palestinians under the bus as a way of bonding with Kushner and getting the latter’s support in the Trump White House. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, December 10, 2018
Is Kushner Covering for Bin Salman Murder Charge so Israel can Usurp Palestinian West Bank?
The New York Times (h/t Mother Jones ) has reported from one Saudi source and several sources in US intelligence that Jared Kushner has been corresponding over Whatsapp with Saudi crown prince and world-renowned axe murderer, Mohammed Bin Salman. Kushner, the Times reporting concludes has “offered...
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Chief of Staff John Kelly Views
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Top 8 Ways John Kelly Was an Embarrassment as White House Chief of Staff
Trump announced Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, will leave at the end of the month. It has been reported that the two men are not speaking. Kelly was often seen as a force for stability in the Trump administration, but as I warned when he first came in, he shared many of Trump’s crackpot far rightwing ideas and therefore was not in fact a source of stability for the country.
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Haspel and her CIA analysts, in contrast, appear to believe that Bin Salman is a major threat to US interests in the Middle East because he is unbalanced and a brutal murderer. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Congressional Noose May Tighten Around Saudi Crown Prince as Haspel Testifies
The Trump administration was so annoyed by the line of the Central Intelligence Agency that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi that it appears to have kept director Gina Haspel from testifying to Congress last week alongside...
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Marc Lamont Hill speaking on CNN Views
Saturday, December 01, 2018
The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing
CNN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here. You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site . And here is a link to his book, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint...
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Much of the country of some 28 million is now food insecure, that is, about 10 million Yemenis are one economic setback away from starving. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Bowing to Saudi Pressure, Trump Stops UN Yemen Ceasefire
CNN reports that the Trump administration has turned against a UN Security Council resolution calling for a Yemen ceasefire and is now blocking it. The five permanent members of the UNSC have the ability to veto resolutions, so US hostility to it is fatal for the measure. Saudi Arabia and its ally...
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Saturday, November 24, 2018
3 Charts: What Trump Doesn't Want You to Know About the Climate Emergency
The Trump administration dropped the 1,000-page second volume of a congressionally-mandated study of the impact of the climate crisis on the United States late on Friday of Thanksgiving weekend in order to bury it. This sort of move is designed to make sure the report is not headline news on the...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Top 5 Ways Trump Put America Last with Whitewash of Saudi Prince
Trump’s statement on his policy toward Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder in Istanbul of dissident Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi brought a profound shame on the United States that will, as FDR put it, live in infamy. Trump began by saying he was putting America first, but that was...
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It matters for the health of the planet and for the billions of human beings and more billions of animals of other species. (Photo: Waleed Shahid/Twitter) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
Is the Green New Deal our Civil Rights Movement? John Lewis Joins
Veteran Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis (D-GA) has joined the Green New Deal proposed by the Sunrise Movement and endorsed by newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Here is a video of his remarks, among them that the people “have a right to know what we are...
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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Is CIA Leak of Bin Salman’s Guilt in Khashoggi Murder Aimed at Kushner, or Trump Himself?
The CIA has leaked against Jared Kushner and Trump that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the Saudi crown prince, ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. President Trump had asked the CIA to do an assessment of the murder. Apparently, from the leak to the US press, part...
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Trump’s desperate ploy, finally to shut Erdogan up about the crown prince and let the whole controversy die down if possible, so as to preserve Bin Salman as quarterback of the White House Middle East game. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
Trump Said Considering Extradition of Turkish Cleric to Quiet Erdogan on Khashoggi Murder
NBC News maintains that four sources in US government agencies (probably the FBI and the State Department) told its reporters that the Trump White House is seeking ways to expel Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gulen. But the kicker is that Trump apparently is exploring the extradition as a bribe...
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