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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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Top Six Reasons Mike Pompeo Should Not Be Secretary of State
NBC is reporting that Mike Pompeo lacks the votes in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to have his nomination to be Secretary of State be favorably reported out of committee on Monday night. Democrats on the committee have expressed fears that Pompeo, a warmonger, will reinforce the worst...
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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Iraq on Syria Strikes: We've Seen This Movie and It Doesn't End Well
Iraq’s foreign ministry came out strongly against the US, British and French missile strikes on Syria. In a statement issued Saturday, the ministry called the attacks “an extremely dangerous step”that could result in a weakening of regional security. Spokesman Ahmad Mahjub said, “The ministry...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Protests Won’t Stop Trump Derailing Mueller Inquiry; Putting the Left in Congress Will
The broad hints Trump gave Monday that the search of his personal attorney’s offices on a tip from Robert Mueller might lead him to fire deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has galvanized the American left, which is pledging massive public rallies in response. Public protests and rallies are...
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"The incoming president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, says he is going to decarbonize the transportation sector, making electric cars and trucks standard in the country." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, April 06, 2018
Three Countries Show How Near a 100% Green Grid Is
The aspiration for a 100% green electricity grid is no longer a dream. It is regularly being achieved in the real world for weeks or months on end. This development is absolutely crucial, since burning fossil fuels at the rate we are burning them is rapidly changing the climate in ways that...
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"It may be objected that Israel is not a dictatorship like that of Yemen or Syria. But for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, that is precisely what it is." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, April 02, 2018
Shooting Protesters in Cold Blood: How Israel Became a Typical Middle Eastern Dictatorship
The Israeli army snipers who were ordered to shoot unarmed Palestinian protesters last Friday at the Gaza border, killing 17 outright and wounding hundreds of others, were acting according to the contemporary script of Middle Eastern dictators. The Israeli army initially admitted in a tweet that...
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"MbS would be better not to open his mouth on the subject until Christmas can be celebrated at a church in Riyadh." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Ultimate Hypocrisy: Saudi Crown Prince Touts Religious Tolerance in NYC
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s charm offensive in New York allegedly involved meeting Oprah Winfrey, which may be the only canny thing I’ve ever heard of him doing. He also had some religious leaders over to his condominium in NYC to stress the importance of religious tolerance. MbS may...
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Friday, March 23, 2018
Let's Call Bolton What He Is: A War Criminal with Terrorist Ties, Not Just "Hawkish"
John Bolton helped lie our country into an illegal war of aggression that killed several hundred thousand Iraqis, wounded over a million, and displaced 4 million from their homes, helped deliver Baghdad into the hands of Iran, and helped create ISIL, which blew up Paris. In a just world, Bolton...
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Cambridge Analytica as the Matrix: Information Dominance and the Next Level of Fake News
The 1999 film “The Matrix,” written by Lana Wachowski (formerly Laurence “Larry” Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (formerly Andrew Paul “Andy” Wachowski), depicts a future in which human beings have been imprisoned by machines in capsules that siphon off their heat and energy and which create the...
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Trump, McCabe, and Our Permanent Constitutional Crisis
Trump’s conviction that being president means never having to say you are sorry, and being able to do whatever the hell you please, is likely to cause him legal trouble sooner or later. "If Mueller works up an obstruction case against Trump over the Comey firing, then it is possible that the McCabe...
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Friday, March 02, 2018
Pence’s White Nationalist Exclusion of Syrian Refugees Struck Down by Court
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has struck down former Indiana governor and present vice president Mike Pence’s attempt to stop Syrian refugees from settling in the state of Indiana. At the time he had cited terrorism concerns. Pence’s stunt, one shared in by some 16 governors, all but one...
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