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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Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Trump's Daily Dog and Pony Show Is Getting More Dangerous by the Day
Trump’s daily dog and pony show, which he holds at 6-8 pm every evening to catch audiences tuning in for the day’s news and reach families after supper, took a dire turn on Monday. The big cable news networks irresponsibly just turn their screens over to Trump, who spews a litany of falsehoods that...
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The Iraqi parliament voted to require the prime minister to expel US troops from Iraq, but Trump refuses to leave. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, March 13, 2020
As Trump Stumbles in War on Coronavirus at Home, He Bombs Shiites in Shiite-Ruled Iraq
US fighter jets bombed bases of the Kata’ib Hizbullah (“Brigades of the Party of God”) militia in Iraq on Thursday in retaliation for a deadly attack on US troops that left two dead and killed a British soldier as well. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that Trump had greenlighted the action,...
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Views
Saturday, March 07, 2020
It Seems That Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince MBS Is Continuing His Purge of Potential Rival Princes
Glen Carey and Vivian Nereim at Bloomberg report that the Saudi government has arrested former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, his brother Nawwaf, and the brother of King Salman, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. They say their Saudi sources intimated that the three are accused of plotting to...
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Fire fighters and municipality workers with protective suits disinfect the streets, buses and taxies as a precaution to the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tehran, Iran on March 06, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 06, 2020
Exactly How Many People in Iran Will Die of Coronavirus Because of Trump's Inhumane Sanctions?
Babak Dehghanpisheh at Reuters reports that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Thursday that the coronavirus Covid-19 has spread to nearly all of the 31 provinces of the huge country (Iran is as big geographically as Spain, France and Germany combined, and its population rivals that of...
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Biden’s approach will also leave millions without proper health care, which is unacceptable in a civilized society. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
The Real Losers on Super Tuesday: Urgent Climate Action and Medicare for All. The Winner: Plutocracy
Primaries can be long drawn-out affairs. The Obama-Clinton struggle of spring-summer 2008 went down to the wire, still being contested in June. As I write Tuesday evening, the delegate count for Super Tuesday is still not known, and the actual count for California could take a long time to nail...
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Radio personality and CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish came under fire Saturday—along with the network—for "casually" portraying the surging prospects of Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders as comparable to the threat of the infectious coronavirus which continues to spread in the United States and around the world. (Photo: YouTube Screengrab/TRN Show/David Doel) Views
Sunday, March 01, 2020
The Plutocracy Strikes Back: CNN Compares Bernie Sanders to Coronavirus
On Saturday morning CNN host Michael Smerconish compared Sen. Bernie Sanders to the coronavirus , asking if anything could stop either one. CNN has apologized. Smerconish is a lifelong Republican who left the party in 2008 in part over George W. Bush’s inability to kill Osama Bin Laden and he voted...
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More refugees from Syria are expected to enter Turkey as a result of the air strike in Syria yesterday that killed nearly 3 dozen Turkish soldiers. (Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, February 28, 2020
Turkey Mobilizes for War With Syria and Russia as Nearly 3 Dozen Turkish Troops Killed in Airstrike
Al Jazeera reports that nearly three dozen Turkish soldiers in a barracks in Syria were killed Friday by an air strike. Although most reports say that the bombing was carried out by the Syrian Air Force, some Syria experts that it was instead done by the Russian Aerospace Forces, which are giving...
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Monday, February 24, 2020
MSNBC's Chris Matthews Epitomizes Corporate Democrats' Bernie Derangement Syndrome
I was watching MSNBC Saturday afternoon during the voting at the Nevada caucuses. I did a little channel surfing, checking in at CNN and at the real news on Al Jazeera. But mostly I had MSNBC on. And I nearly fell off my chair when I saw Chris Matthews compare Bernie Sanders’ victory to the Nazi...
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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Why the Russian Petro-State Is Actually Terrified of a Bernie Sanders Presidency: The Green New Deal
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused by Western intelligence agencies of seeking to interfere in the 2020 US elections in favor of Donald Trump on the right and in favor of Bernie Sanders on the left. But guess what, Russia doesn’t actually want Bernie to win. At all. Moscow just wants...
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Russia Wants Trump Reelected, and May Be Making a Bet That Bernie Sanders Can't Defeat Him (They're Wrong)
Julia Arciga at The Daily Beast writes that the Bernie Sanders campaign is convinced that notorious far right wing internet troll Richard Grenell, whom Trump wants to make acting Director of National Intelligence, is the source of the leak that Russia is backing the Sanders campaign. At the same...
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