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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 Trump was acting as judge, jury and executioner and arbitrarily killing someone he didn’t like the looks of. (Photo: CC) Views
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
UN Special Rapporteur: US Drone Strike Killing Iranian Gen. Soleimani Was Unlawful
Agnes Callamard , the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has concluded in a new report that the Trump administration’s killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport on January 3 was unlawful. Callamard has the...
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Soleimani was certainly murdered. (Photo: Tasnim News Agency / Wikimedia/CC) Views
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Iran Seeks Interpol Red Notice on Trump for Soleimani Murder
Mehr News Service reports that Tehran prosecutor Ali al-Qasi Mehr issued an arrest notice with Interpol on Monday for President Donald Trump and 35 other American officials. The request was for Interpol to issue a “red notice” for an act of murder and terrorism, to wit, the assassination on January...
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African Muslims have been central to American history and American success. Ilhan Omar has been an American citizen longer than Melania Trump, and stands in a tradition of contributing to this country. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 22, 2020
Top 6 Reasons Trump’s Racist Attack on Ilhan Omar at Empty Stadium Is a Lie
In his typically unhinged rant to a nearly empty stadium in Tulsa, OK, Trump attempted to use Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to denigrate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. He said, according to the WaPo , "Likewise, Representative Ilhan Omar is going to be very much involved in a Biden government...
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President Donald Trump pretends to take a Covid-19 test while holding a swab during his visit of the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford, Maine on June 5, 2020. Views
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Trump at Tulsa as 21st Century Typhoid Mary, as Fauci Warns on Rally, Science-Bashing
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Scientists know the story of Typhoid Mary , an immigrant from Ireland to the US in the late 19th century. She had typhoid, but refused to admit it, and was hired as a maid, and by 1907 some 3,000 New Yorkers had typhoid, and she was the super-spreader. Typhoid Mary...
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One reason large numbers of American’s won’t wear a mask is that they are following Trump’s lead. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Trump Willing to Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Americans in Effort to Win Election
Trump and Pence on Monday were busy trying to spread the Big Lie that the only reason the US coronavirus numbers are spiking is increased testing. Trump is embarrassed because our situation is so dire, and it is in some large part his fault. More and more of it will be his fault if he goes around...
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President Donald Trump and United States Military Academy superintendent Darryl A. Williams salute alongside graduating cadets as the national anthem is played during commencement ceremonies at Plain Parade Field at the United States Military Academy on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York. Trump addressed the graduating class of 1,107 cadets during a socially-distanced ceremony held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 14, 2020
All the Lies Trump Told the West Point Graduates About American Militarism
It was bad enough that Trump endangered the health of the graduating class at West Point for the purposes of a photo op for his reelection campaign by insisting on bringing them back to campus. It was bad enough that he gave an alarming performance in which some observers saw an advancing dementia...
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Qatar is a small peninsula sticking up from Arabia into the Gulf.  (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Chump: Before Trump Fell for Antifa Conspiracy Theory, He Fell for Saudi Blockade of US Ally Qatar
Trump produced widespread disgust on Tuesday by accusing a 75-year-old peace activist in Buffalo New York who was put in the emergency room by police of being an Antifa plant. It is a lie. The man is part of the pacifist Catholic Worker movement, there is no Antifa (anti-Fascist) organization in...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Palestinian Lives Matter: Huge Jewish-Arab Rally in Tel Aviv Decries Netanyahu's Plan to Annex 1/3 of West Bank
Arab48 reports that some 6,000 Israelis gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest the Netanyahu government's plan to annex one third of the Palestinian West Bank. The gathering was addressed via video by US Senator Bernie Sanders, who said, It has never been more important to...
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Bush’s war of aggression contained within itself the accumulated evil of the whole, and now that evil is spreading out to turn us all into Fallujans. (Photo:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
From Fallujah to Minneapolis: Trump Brings the US Military 'Battlespace' Home
The Bush administration’s war of aggression on and military occupation of Iraq that began in 2003 shifted the United States to a militaristic society. Some 2.7 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, an astonishing number. The Bush administration began the practice of sending to...
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Palestinians are still under the security control of the Occupying Israeli military. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 29, 2020
Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Netanyahu Calls Palestinians Future "Subjects" as Annexation Looms
In an interview with corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s free newspaper, Israel ha-Yom, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the quiet parts out loud. Although he did not use the word, he described an Apartheid regime in the Israeli-controlled Palestinian West Bank. He openly referred...
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