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 Houthis have the most motive of any of these actors, since the Saudis have dropped thousands of bombs on them for nearly four and a half years. (Photo: Saudi Aramco plant in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia/Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters/Screenshot) Views
Monday, September 16, 2019
Trump Awaits Orders From Saudis; and Why the Houthis Could Have Done It
Trump’s bizarre infatuation with strongmen and dictators was on full display in his response to Saturday’s drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. As our foremost Gulf expert, Kristian Ulrichsen, noted, The way you phrase it sounds like you are waiting for the Saudis to tell you what to do...
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Friday, September 13, 2019
Looks Like Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cell Phones and Trump Was Fine With It
Daniel Lipmann at Politico dropped the bombshell that mysterious electronic spying devices placed throughout Washington, D.C. and close to the White House and the Capitol were traced by the FBI to Israel. The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell...
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The Taliban have made further advances this year, even this month. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 09, 2019
Trump-Taliban Talks Like Those With N. Korea—A Photo Op on the Deck of the Titanic
The Afghanistan government has been miffed and apprehensive for some time that the Trump administration has been talking to the Taliban in Qatar without any representation from Kabul. Government officials were therefore happy about Trump’s abrupt cancellation of what he depicted as a summit with...
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"Historians belong in this debate," writes the University of Michigan professor, "because our moment is world-historical, and only historians can set it in context." (Photo: University of Michigan) Views
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Failing Breitbart Comes for Juan Cole on Climate History and It Won’t Go Well
I understand that the far, far rightwing reused toilet paper that is Breitbart ran a hit piece on me today for daring question the record of Florida’s Saint DeSantis on doing nothing about carbon dioxide emissions that are sinking his state. Breitbart’s offices are in Los Angeles, which is itself...
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Monday, September 02, 2019
This Labor Day, US Workers One-Third Poorer Than in 2003—While Top 1% Now Two-Times Richer
On Labor Day, American workers have little to celebrate. That’s alright. The September Labor Day, while initially proposed by some workers in the 1880s, was backed by conservative President Grover Cleveland over May 1, which he associated with radicalism (i.e. with workers who would demand their...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Views
Saturday, August 31, 2019
As Hurricane Dorian Threatens Florida, Gov. DeSantis and Trump—Who Haven't Curbed CO2 Emissions—Should Resign
Hurricane Dorian has gathered strength from the freakishly warm waters of the Caribbean to become a category 4. It is already raging with 130 mph winds, but is expected now to become even stronger. It is menacing the Bahamas, from which tourists can afford to flee, but what about the people who...
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Netanyahu leads the most militarily powerful state in the Middle East, but is dedicated to further settler colonialism in the Palestinian West Bank, and needs the bogey man of Iran to wag the dog of international diplomacy in favor of Israel. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) Views
Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Saudi Axis and Israel’s Drone War on the Shiite Crescent
In the past week, Linah al-Saafin at Al Jazeera English points out , an Israeli drone hit a Hizbullah target in Lebanon, Israeli fighter jets bombed a base in Syria with Iranian personnel, and Israel somehow hit bases of a Shiite militia in Iraq, including one on the Syria-Iraq border, killing a...
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Trump breached the Iran deal in 2017, slapped severe sanctions on Iran and then went around the world strong-arming countries not to buy Iran’s petroleum.(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, August 26, 2019
France Upstages Trump at G7 by Inviting Iran to Salvage Nuclear Deal
In a surprise development, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif suddenly flew to Biarritz on Sunday for meetings on the sidelines of the G7 summit. He clearly was invited at the instance of French President Emannuel Macron, who is still attempting to salvage what he can of the 2015 Iran nuclear...
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It will only succeed if the public rallies to it, urgently seeking to limit the damage to their children’s and grandchildren’s lives done by carbon dioxide, methane, and the rest. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, August 23, 2019
Bernie Sanders’ Manhattan Project: The Game-Changing Green New Deal
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ breathtaking Green New Deal , with an advertised price tag of $16.3 trillion, is aimed at nothing less than saving the planet from the worst consequences of global heating. The plan aims to create 20 million new, well-paying jobs. It should be noted that one possible outcome of...
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Sunday, August 18, 2019
America as a Company Town: Royal Dutch Shell Workers in Pennsylvania Coerced to Show Up for Trump
Anya Litvak at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a contractor handling the Trump appearance at the Royal Dutch Shell plant instructed the workers not to yell or protest and informed them that they would not to be paid that day unless they came to the Trump event. Their attendance was worth...
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