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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Friday, October 20, 2017
George W. Bush & GOP Lack Standing to Bash Trump for Racism
George W. Bush gave a speech on Thursday widely interpreted as an attack on Trump in which he deplored the rise of white nationalism and bigotry in the past year. “Bigotry,” he lamented, “seems emboldened.” George W. Bush may or may not personally be a nice guy. People used to say he was the sort...
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Demonstrators gathered in front of the White House on Oct. 12, 2017 for a rally to stop a war with Iran. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal Like Run-up to Iraq War
The Trump administration (actually UN Ambassador and far right Evangelical Nikki Haley) has decertified Iran from compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or Nuclear Deal of 2015. It would be interesting to know how many of Haley’s stupid and inaccurate talking points were provided by...
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The atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. (Courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima) Views
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Trump Wants 10-fold Increase In Atom Bombs But Is After Iran, Which Has None
As far as I can figure, the US presently has about 6,800 nuclear warheads, though it aims at going down to 4018 once it dismantles those scheduled to be decommissioned, by 2023. The Russian Federation has about 7,000 nuclear warheads, though it aims at going down to 4,300 once it dismantles those...
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A Scott Pruitt puppet seen at the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. in April 2017 Views
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
As Trump & Pruitt Unleash Climate Demons, Scientists Dream of Atlantic Wind Farm
The debate over whether Donald Trump or Rex Tillerson has the higher IQ, provoked by a Trump tweet that he now says was a joke, actually raises a serious question. Why would someone deliberately sabotage our air, water and climate? The science needed for understanding that some gases are heat-...
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In the industrialized world, Denmark will be the vanguard of renewable energy by 2022 Views
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Top Ten Renewable Energy Surprises in New IEA Report
A new International Energy Agency report contains some startling findings about solar energy dominance and its future. 1. Renewables comprised 66% of all new net electricity capacity additions in 2016. Two-thirds of added capacity, in other words, consisted of photovoltaic solar cells, wind...
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Saturday, October 07, 2017
Plummeting in Polls, Will Trump 'Wag the Dog' With Iran, North Korea?
The Voice of America reports that on Thursday, Trump met with US military leaders to discuss Iran and North Korea, then staged a photo opportunity with them. He asked the journalists, “You guys know what this represents? . . . Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” What storm? “You’ll find out.”...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
Top 5 Signs Donald Trump Might Be an Effing Moron
Carol E. Lee at NBC reported Wednesday that last summer Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, called Trump a “f*cking moron.” The remark came after a number of incidents in which Trump had contradicted Tillerson on policy, and directly after Trump made salacious remarks to a crowed of boy scouts...
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017
26 Gun murders (equiv. 130) in England vs. *11,004* in US Annually
There have been 1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days in the United States. You’ll note you don’t hear about mass shootings in Australia, Japan or for the most part the United Kingdom, or other civilized countries whose politicians have not been bought by 10 major gun manufacturers . The United States...
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Sunday, October 01, 2017
Trump’s Billionaire Cronies Feed at Public Trough as he Disses Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans are drowning or dying in part because the Trump administration watched the hurricane head for the island for five days and did not swing into action to prepare for the aftermath.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
If Trump Were Really President, He’d Forgive Puerto Rico’s Debts and Rescue It
I’m not sure what Donald Trump thinks the job of president consists of. One task is to swing into action when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out...
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