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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Demostrators with the Poor People's Campaign rally in Sacramento, Calif. on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, June 23, 2018
The American March to Inequality: Why the UN Alston Report Alarms the Trump Plutocrats
It is no surprise that flacks for the plutocrats in charge of the US like Nikki Haley are squawking about the report on American poverty just issued by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston . It throws loads of light on how unequal a society America is, how it is marching rapidly toward even greater...
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"From Oct. 15 to present, 2017-2018, only 15,383 refugees were legally admitted to the US."(Photo: Masha George / Washington, DC) Views
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Not Only Is Trump’s Refugee Policy Morally Wrong, it Is Illegal in US and Int’l Law
The Family Separation Policy that Trump has “temporarily” set aside (in favor of indefinite detention of entire families) has in some ways obscured what is really going on in Trump’s refugee policy overall. In essence, the Trump administration is attempting gradually to abolish the acceptance by...
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"This crew are psychopaths and, as their attempt to blame the Democrats for their own policy shows, unrepentant professional prevaricators." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
It’s All About the Midterms: Trump Took Those Children Hostage to Stoke His Base
Journalists have almost certainly misunderstood the Trump White House when they pen this morning’s flurry of articles and television commentary about the White House abruptly being “worried” about the fall-out of the Family Separation Policy announced in May by John Kelly and reaffirmed this month...
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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Americans Will Only "Sit Up" for Trump When He's Handcuffed and Frog-Marched Out of the White House
President Donald Trump on Friday added to the astronomic tally of his bizarre brainfarts by saying of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un: "He speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same."
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
If Obama Had Met with Kim Jong Un, the Republican Party Would Have Had a Cow
The depths of hypocrisy of the Republican Party in supporting Trump’s meeting with the North Korean dictator in Singapore are hard to plumb. This is a party whose leading members adopted the Ostrich Foreign Policy Principle for decades. If you don’t like a country’s government or political and...
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"N. Korea doesn’t trust Trump at all and is not planning to make any deal with him to give up its nuclear weapons entirely." (Photo: KCNA via Reuters) Views
Monday, June 11, 2018
After What Trump Did to Iran and Canada, Why Should N Korea Trust Talks With Him?
On the face of it, Trump’s erratic behavior with allies and his violation of the 2015 accord on Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program ought to give North Korea pause about negotiating with him. It does not. The Iran deal in particular was closely negotiated over the course of years. Iran gave...
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Saturday, June 09, 2018
Anthony Bourdain: The Only Mensch on Gaza
Anthony Bourdain was the only major American celebrity who succeeded in depicting publicly the Palestinians as rational, caring human beings rather than as irrationally angry “inciters” to violence. He was the anti-Bernard Lewis. Lewis smeared the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims with the charge of “...
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"What Macron is saying is that the G7 could become the G6 if the other members decided to exclude Trump." (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
G7 Views Trump’s US as Rogue State, as France Threatens a “G6” Memo
Trump’s 17th century mercantilist trade policies are making the United States the skunk at the party at the G7 meet in Quebec on Friday. Trump will skip the session on climate change. Trump has been needling Justin Trudeau, the PM of Canada, and Emmanuel Macron, the French president. Macron is...
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Monday, May 28, 2018
On Memorial Day, US Troops Still Dying in Afghanistan but Half the Country Is Lost
The Afghanistan government controls only about half of Afghanistan , 229 of 407 districts. Maybe because it is a bad news story, our Afghanistan War, the longest in our history, keeps slipping our minds, along with thoughts of the Americans still fighting there. The Special Inspector General for...
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U.S. Warns Syria That Ceasefire Violations Will Be Met With ‘Firm’ Measures Views
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Legal? Despite Withdrawal Pledge, Trump’s Massive Mission Creep in Syria
The US is warning Syria against attempting to recover lands lost to rebels south of Damascus. Some of those rebels are ISIL or affiliated in some way to al-Qaeda. That is, the US is now doing the opposite of what it said it was going in to Syria to do. It is often alleged that US military presence...
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