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 parents of these women were blue collar or service workers, and that is the real point. That’s 85% of the country. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Top 4 Ways the Squad of Young Congresswomen Represent More Americans Than Trump
Trump is again making a spectacle of himself, quite deliberately, in attacking the four congresswomen known as “the Squad.” They champion progressive principles like the Green New Deal, describe themselves as socialists or don’t object to the term, and most useful for our neo-Nazi president, they...
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta listens to President DonaldTrump at the White House May 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Views
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Top 5 Trump Officials Who Resigned Because of Shocking Scandals
The resignation of Trump's Labor secretary, Alex Acosta, is only the most recent in a string of such scandals for Trump. In fact, what with all the things Trump himself has done plus those around him, his is surely the most scandal-ridden presidency in history. Let us just review the record,...
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Iranian men monitor the stock market at Tehran Stock Exchange on July 1, 2019. - Iran's stock market is thriving, despite US sanctions which have battered its economy and an uncertain future as geopolitical tensions soar in the Gulf. Its main index, TEDPIX, has steadily risen over the last 12 months, accelerating in the most recent quarter to hit a historic high of 248,577 last week—more than twice its level a year ago. (Photo: Atta Kenare /AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
Trump’s Economic War on Iran: 88% Reduction in Oil Exports, 6% Shrinkage of Economy
The United States is already at war with Iran, squeezing its economy down to nothingness. If another country tried to do this to the US just on a whim and with no UN or international-law basis, the US would certainly launch a war over it. Iran’s choices are much more limited because it is a small,...
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Saturday, July 06, 2019
If Trump's Steampunk History of Revolutionary War Airbases Isn't Grounds for Impeachment, What Is?
Trump's steampunk daydreams, broadcast as part of his white-nationalist Fascist Fourth of July campaign rally, signal more clearly than ever before the danger he poses to the Republic.
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We are doing this to ourselves. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
June Hottest Month on Record, As Antarctica Melts: Top 3 Signs We are Cooking the Planet . . .and Ourselves
1. A European Union satellite has confirmed that June, 2019, was the hottest month on earth since scientific record-keeping began around 1850. In fact, if you take the averages of 1850-1900, June was 5.4 degrees F.warmer (3 degrees C.) Some parts of Europe were actually 10 degrees C. (18 degrees F...
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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Dear Trump: CO2 Is Polluting Our Atmosphere and Acidifying Our Water. They Aren't the 'Cleanest'
In remarks to the press at the G20 meeting in Osaka , Trump was asked about climate change. He replied that taking steps to combat climate change would be too heavy a burden for the US economy. Trump said, “We have the cleanest air we’ve ever had, but I’m not willing to sacrifice the tremendous...
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If any of this makes you angry, there are ways to fight back against Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, June 28, 2019
Saudi Arabia Erases Science, Blocks Progress at Bonn Climate Summit, Pushing Dirty Oil
Saudi Arabia actively blocked sinking island nations and other small countries facing climate catastrophe from foregrounding their problems at the Bonn climate summit that just wrapped up. Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists has been attending the summit and wrote, “During the...
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US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 22, 2019, as he travels to Camp David, Maryland. - Trump said Iran was very wise not to shoot down the manned plane when it downed the drone and we appreciate that move. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Dear Trump (and the US Media): Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program
Julian Borger at The Guardian reports that Trump said Saturday to reporters, “They’re not going to have a nuclear weapon. We’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon. When they agree to that, they’re going to have a wealthy country. They’re going to be so happy, and I’m going to be their...
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Friday, June 21, 2019
Trump Brings US and Iran to Brink of War With Crisis He Created
The warmongers on Trump’s national security team apparently convinced him to set in motion an aerial strike against Iran Thursday in retaliation for the downing of a US drone over waters claimed by Iran. Then at the last minute—according to reporting by Michael D. Shear, Eric Schmitt, Michael...
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We should just call the Occupied Palestinian Territories in general Trumpland, a fraud and form of robbery like his “university” and “steaks” and "airline." (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 17, 2019
Trump Heights on Stolen Golan an Indictment of Colonial White Privilege
In a publicity stunt Trumpian in its iniquity and emptiness, the government of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu put up a sign in the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights, saying “Trump Heights.” There isn’t really any settlement there yet, just a sign, just as there isn’t any reality to Trump...
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