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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Worshippers chant as they hold Palestinian flags after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, as Palestinians call for a "day of rage" in response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters) Views
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Muslim Countries Call For E. Jerusalem As Palestine Capital, Reject US As Honest Broker
The Organization of the Islamic Conference, a regular meeting of the foreign ministers of 57 Muslim-majority countries, held an extraordinary session in Istanbul on Wednesday, in which they rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a communique they...
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Why Aren’t Americans Celebrating Fall of ISIL State? It Is A Bogeyman
Other people are celebrating the defeat of Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on the battlefield and its destruction as a territorial state. Russia issued an announcement last week that ISIL has been wiped out in Syria. Iraqi prime minister Haydar al-Abadi said Saturday that Iraq had been completely liberated from...
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Friday, December 01, 2017
Trump ‘Working Visit’ to Britain Has to be Cancelled After He Outrages All 65 Million Britons
You can’t take him anywhere. And, he is leaving a trail of US diplomatic catastrophes even with close allies. In the aftermath of massive and almost unanimous British outrage at Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim hate videos (one phony and two irrelevant to Muslims in general) posted by the Neo-Nazi...
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"The legislation involves forgiveness for a major chunk of Puerto Rico’s $70 bn in debt, which impedes its recovery." Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sanders Pushes Marshall Plan, Renewables, For Puerto Rico As Trump Tries To Lower Own Taxes
Trump went to Puerto Rico and told the hurricane victims there that they were inconvenient since the disaster that left them without potable water or electricity (nearly half still lack it) had put a crimp in the GOP budget. It later emerged that the GOP budget is a large-scale embezzlement scheme...
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Friday, November 24, 2017
As Flynn Cuts Off WH, Top 4 Alleged Crimes He Could Sink Trump With
Ret. 3-star general Michael Flynn, under investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, has ceased sharing information on his case with the Trump White House. Analysts think that this move may be a sign that Flynn is turning state’s evidence and may provide information damning to Trump. Flynn...
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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Remembering Puerto Rican–Americans on Thanksgiving
Many Puerto Ricans are spending Thanksgiving on the mainland, away from home and family and friends, as climate refugees. I guess this catastrophe is something that should be on our minds on this day of feasting. Thanksgiving was a northern, regional holiday until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln...
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Saudi-US War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day and Other Bleak Statistics
The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in early 2015. By March-April, Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad Bin Salman, now the crown prince, had ordered...
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Wind Powered All of Scotland in October and Other Renewable Success Stories
Wind and solar keep falling in price— each fell 6 percent in 2016. That fall was not as big as the two previous years, but there is every reason to expect price drops much bigger in coming years, as new technology makes the move from basic science to implementation. The Trump strategy of slapping...
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Top 5 reasons Roy Moore Could Still Win, Despite Sexual Assault Allegations
Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for senate in Alabama, was rocked by scandal this week, as a woman accused him of initiating sexual contact with her when she was only 14. Moore was twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow the constitution, and he has...
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"Trump had announced on June 1 that the US will exit the climate agreement, signed in Paris in 2015. Since the terms of the original agreement state that a country must wait three years after signing to withdraw, the US can’t actually get out of it until 2020." Views
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Trump Only President Not Invited To Paris Climate Summit
Europe1 is reporting that French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that “for the moment” US head of state Donald J. Trump is not invited to the international conference on the climate to be held in Paris in the wake of COP23 in Berlin on 17 November. The summit in Paris to be held on December...
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