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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"The Knesset roundly rejected the bill, with both the Likud-led far-right coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Blue and White bloc of his foreign minister and sometime rival, Benny Gantz, voting against it." (Photo: Ben Amos Gershom/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/israelipm/33602313503/in/album-72157681408718530/">Prime Minister of Israel</a>)</p> Views
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Affirming Jim Crow, Israeli Parliament Votes Down Bill Guaranteeing Equality for Palestinian-Israelis
The London pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi ( Arab Jerusalem ) reports that the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted down a proposed basic law introduced by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of the Joint List. It aimed at altering the constitutional basis of the Israeli state, requiring democratic...
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Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looks on as Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) speaks to the media following their weekly policy luncheon on April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images/adjusted with filter) Views
Saturday, September 19, 2020
If McConnell Packs the Court on Behalf of Minority Rule, Dems Must Expand and Reform It
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked what he would do if there was a vacancy on the Supreme Court in 2020. He smirked like a mischievous turtle, and said unhesitatingly, "We'll fill it." By "we" he meant not the American people but the unrepresentative Republicans in the Senate. Russell...
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US President Donald Trump speaks during the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives in Washington, DC, September 17, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 18, 2020
Trump Doesn’t Understand History Any More Than He Understands Epidemics
Trump has a long history of proclaiming that he understands things better than the people who are experts in those things. When Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, testified to Congress that mask-wearing is even more effective against Covid-19 than a vaccine is likely...
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A Copernicus Sentinel-2 image captured on July 24, 2020 shows a segment of the largest ice shelf in the Arctic break up. (Photo: European Space Agency) Views
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Arctic Heat Wave: Block of Ice Twice as Big as Manhattan Breaks off Greenland’s Largest Ice Shelf, Goes Into Ocean
A 42 square mile block of ice has just hived off from the Arctic’s largest ice shelf, in northeast Greenland, alarming climate scientists. That is the size of Santa Barbara, California. It is ginormous. Danish scientists are speaking ominously of “glacier disintegration.” The Geological Survey of...
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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Climate Emergency Overdrive: Our Age of Compound Disasters as 10% of Oregon Is Evacuated, California Burns, and Louisiana Sinks
It is astonishing to me that we still have 287 million gasoline vehicles on our roads and that 20 percent of our electricity comes from burning dirty coal. We just go on blithely pumping over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, a powerful and dangerous heat-trapping gas, into the atmosphere...
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President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with industry executives at the White House on April 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. At the time, Trump told the American that Covid-19 was "gonna go, it's gonna leave" just months after predicting in February that the virus would disappear "like a miracle" by April. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 07, 2020
Here's a Labor Day Reminder That Trump's Covid-19 Mismanagement Left 27 Million Unemployed, 189,000 Dead, and Food Banks Overwhelmed
It is a sad Labor Day, in the shadow of the Trump Pandemic. Over a fourth of workers are afraid of losing their jobs because of the pandemic, up from 15% last year this time, according to Gallup. That is, the anxiety over joblessness as almost doubled. Many are much more worried, as well, about...
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This battle scene was painted in 1919 by artist Frank Schoonover of the Battle of Belleau Wood Views
Friday, September 04, 2020
What Was the Battle of Belleau Wood, the Slain Marines at Which Trump Called "Losers" and "Suckers"?
Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic reported yesterday on what he was told by four members of Trump’s entourage about the president’s 2018 visit to France. He had been scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris, but it was raining and he made excuses. Goldberg’s sources told him...
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"Out of 194 countries in the world, only 10 have had a worst per capita death rate than the United States," writes Cole. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 31, 2020
6 Million Stricken With COVID-19: Trump Has Turned the US Into a Sh*thole Country
The US reported its sixth million coronavirus case, and deaths are headed toward 200,000. It is hard to explain just how bad the US death rate under Trump from the novel coronavirus is. It isn’t only that it is worse than other industrialized democracies. It certainly is that. In South Korea, 324...
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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Chadwick Boseman’s Wakanda: Afro-Futurism Is in the Present
Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death at the all too young age of 43 from colorectal cancer has been weighing on me the past couple of days. I am a fan. But I also am battling cancer, and I think I understand his incredible productivity in his last years, as he knew he was fighting for his life. He was...
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The LNU Lightning Complex fire continues to burn in the ridges near Chemise Road in Healdsburg, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
As Party of Climate Denial Meets, Wildfires Rage and Hurricanes Target Gulf Coast
One of the speakers at the Republican National Convention on Monday evening was Nikki Haley, formerly Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, who helped usher the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords and who slammed Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal. Haley when pressed will admit that the climate...
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