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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Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has often been critical of Trump, who in turn has viciously attacked the newspaper and its owner. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Did Saudi Prince Bin Salman Personally Hack Jeff Bezos’s Phone, Vacuuming Up Secrets? What About Jared Kushner?
We’ve long known that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked. Large amounts of data were taken off of it, including intimate photographs and evidence of a romantic affair, which then showed up in The National Enquirer . The tabloid’s publication of this private material led to Bezos’s divorce and...
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Drastically reducing our energy use and implementing vast amounts of wind and solar are the best hopes for stopping coal. (Photo: AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Despite Trump Vows, Coal Industry Falling as Wind Power Surges in US and Worldwide
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, and humanity needs to ban it yesterday if we are to keep the earth from becoming a hellhole. Among all the horrible things Trump has done, trying to stand in the way of a rapid transition to green energy is probably the most consequential for future generations...
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo(R) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, D.C., January 8, 2020. Views
Monday, January 13, 2020
Trump's "WMD" Scandal? Was the Charge of "Imminent" Soleimani Attack Just Made Up?
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Trump administration’s claims that it assassinated Gen. Qasem Soleimani because he posed an imminent threat to American lives and was coming to Baghdad to launch an immediate attack the US embassy there have fallen apart. Commentators are suggesting that the “...
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Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani Views
Saturday, January 11, 2020
All the Times the US Allied With Soleimani Against Common Enemies, Giving Him Air Support at Tikrit
Since the U.S. political establishment and press has been demonizing Gen. Qasem Soleimani since he was rubbed out by Trump, it is perhaps worth complicating the story—especially now that Trump is accusing him of having targeted not one but four U.S. embassies.
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Al-Zamili continued, saying that “our ranks must be closed, because the enemy is preparing to eradicate and eliminate us, and we must not give in to the United States but rather must draw up plans confront it.” (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Views
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Provoked by Trump’s Crazed Attack, Shiite Militias Threaten US Military
According to al-Bina’ , Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (the Movement of the Nobles of the Party of God), led by Akram al-Kaabi, thanked Iran because it “once again helped Iraq to regain its sovereignty and prestige by targeting the bases of the evil occupying American forces on the usurped lands of...
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No country would accept this economic strangulation at the hands of another without striking back in some way, and Iran’s replies to Trump’s fingers around its wind pipe have brought us to this pass. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Trump Has Conducted a War on Iran for 19 Months; Iran Finally Hit Back
The Iranian government replied to Trump’s assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani on Tuesday by firing some 15 ballistic missiles at Ain al-Assad base in al-Anbar Province and at another Iraqi base at Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. The bases are Iraqi and mainly house members of the...
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Abdulmahdi’s account makes nonsense of everything Trump and Pompeo and Esper are saying about the circumstances of the murder of Soleimani. (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Views
Monday, January 06, 2020
Iraqi Parliament Resolves to Kick Out US Troops, and Trump Threatens Mother of All Sanctions
By a simple majority , the Iraqi parliament in an extraordinary session on Sunday passed a resolution requiring the executive to take steps to preserve Iraqi sovereignty by expelling US troops from the country. The Sunni and Kurdish parties made themselves scarce, and there was only just barely a...
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Saturday, January 04, 2020
Trump Unites Iran and Iraq... Against the United States
As is always the way with Western colonialists, Trump administration figures such as secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave it out on Friday that the people of Iran are dying for the United States to invade and occupy them, and are just tickled pick that the US assassinated Gen. Qasem Soleimani. There...
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By murdering Qasem Soleimani (2nd R), the head of the Jerusalem (Qods) Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Trump has brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran. (Photo by IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 03, 2020
Trump, Troll-in-Chief, Wags the Impeachment Dog By Going to War With Iran
The madman in the White House has been sulking and raging for weeks about his impeachment proceedings, tweeting manically on some days more than 100 times. With the release by JustSecurity.org of unredacted emails on the Ukraine scandal showing that Trump personally (and illegally) withheld...
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As 2019 began, Saad Hariri was prime minister of Lebanon. On 17 October small street protests broke out against corruption, gridlock, lack of services, failure to collect garbage, lack of electricity, sectarianism and new taxes on the Whatsapp messaging program. (Photo: Javier Barrera/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 26, 2019
While Americans Slept in 2019, Uprisings Reshaped Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Algeria
In 2019, the Middle East was shaken by a new round of street revolts. As the year began, Abdelaziz Bouteflika had announced a fifth run for the presidency of Algeria. Then the peaceful “revolution of Smiles” broke out and by April he had resigned. A small elite has for decades monopolized Algeria’s...
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