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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Sunday, July 09, 2017
G19 Outmaneuvers Climate Rogue Trump, Ignores Donald and Ivanka
German Chancellor Angela Merkel ran rings around Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg, where pictures show Donald sitting alone and being ignored by other heads of state when he bothered to show up (he sent Ivanka to sit in for him at one session). Trump abruptly and mysteriously disappeared toward...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017
RIP Internal Combustion Gasoline Engine: Volvo Goes Electric
The Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo, owned by the Chinese automotive corporation Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd, has abruptly decided to produce only electric, plug-in hybrid and “mild hybrid” vehicles by 2019, only two years from now, AP reports . Le Monde called the announcement “a coup...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera
In a bid completely to return the Middle East to the old system of strict government media censorship, four countries have demanded that Qatar close down the Aljazeera television channel. Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made the demands formally via Kuwait, which is...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
London Mosque Attack: Did Trump’s Tweets Embolden Bigots?
A man driving a white van swerved just after midnight early Monday morning into a crowd of Muslims coming out of Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, severely injuring British Musiims. The Muslim Council of Britain called it a “violent manifestation of Islamophbia.” The organization asked for more...
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Monday, June 05, 2017
How Trump Should Have Responded to London Attacks If He Were Normal
Donald J. Trump 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue/ Mar-a-Lago Florida (Golf Course) Dear Prime Minister May and Mayor Khan : I was devastated to learn that so many people were killed or wounded on London Bridge Saturday night. The special relationship between my country and the United Kingdom is such that...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester 2017 and 1996
Manchester, UK, was hit with the deadliest bomb attack on Monday since a June Saturday morning in 1996, when a massive 3000 lb. Provisional Irish Republican Army blast leveled the city center shopping district to rubble and left 200 wounded. The toll at the Ariana Grande concert so far this morning...
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
NSAgate: Trump Was Warned (by Yates and Obama), and Yet He Persisted
The Trump administration is running as hard and fast as it can away from Michael Flynn, whom Trump briefly appointed National Security adviser. But the facts of this case implicate Trump and his high officials (likely Steve Bannon was somehow involved, for instance). I was attending to this scandal...
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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Trump’s Real Sin in DC Is Not Distinguishing Between "Good" and "Bad" Dictators
Donald J. Trump’s peculiar comments about and relationship with dictators and loonies among foreign leaders have upset a range of observers, from sincere human rights activists to cold-blooded Think Tank Rats. First he welcomed the Philippines’ demagogue and possibly cold-blooded murderer Rodrigo...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
For First Time, a US President Backs a Fascist France
While she is highly unlikely to win the run-off presidential election on May 7 against the Bill Clinton of France, Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen managed to come in second in the first round on Sunday. She came ahead of the leaders of both major French political parties, the Socialists and the...
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Friday, April 14, 2017
In Three Months, Trump has Charged into Four Mideast Wars, to No Avail
In his less than three months in office, Donald Trump has escalated four wars, and all of his escalations have been failures. To be fair, Trump inherited all 4 wars from Barack Obama—Afghanistan, Iraq v. ISIL, Leftist Kurds v. ISIL in Syria, and targeting support and tactical advice to Saudi Arabia...
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