Juan Cole

Juan Cole

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His newest book, "Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires" was published in 2020. He is also the author of  "The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East" (2015) and "Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East" (2008).  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. 

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Smoke and flames rise from a tower building destroyed by Israeli air strikes amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence in Gaza City. Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba in the regions most intense hostilities in years. (Photo: Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 14, 2021
Shooting Fish in a Barrel: Israel Bombs Palestinian Refugees From Israel in Gaza, 50% Of Them Children
Steve Hendrix, Shira Rubin and Michael E. Miller at WaPo report that Israeli air strikes on the densely populated urban areas of the Gaza Strip had by Thursday evening killed 109 Palestinians, among them 28 children, and had wounded 621 persons. The Israeli Air Force deliberately destroyed some of...
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Israeli security forces scuffle with Palestinian protesters outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on May 9, 2021. Israel vowed to restore order in Jerusalem after hundreds of Palestinian protesters were wounded in a weekend of clashes with Israeli security forces, as a key court hearing on a flashpoint property dispute was postponed. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 10, 2021
By Supporting Trump's Move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Biden Enabled Israeli Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians
The post of U.S. ambassador to Israel is still vacant, but the charge d'affaires, Jonathan Shrier, sent over some objections to caretaker Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last month complaining about the Israeli construction of squatter settlements on Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. The "Green...
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 In recent years, massive US bombing raids have been killing more civilians than have attacks by the Taliban. The US did not kill all those people, but created the conditions in which they were killed.(Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, April 19, 2021
We Could Have Greened Half the US Electrical Grid With $2.26 Wasted on Afghan War
The Costs of War Project at Brown University has just brought out a new report on Afghanistan. The September 11, 2001 attacks were launched from Khost and Qandahar in Afghanistan by al-Qaeda, though it is not clear that this organization of Arab expatriates informed their Taliban hosts of what they...
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The DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas allows for rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of transformative wind energy technology, with specific emphasis on improving wind plant performance. (Photo: Lloyd Wilson/Sandia Labs/Flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, April 18, 2021
New Wind and Solar Up 50% Globally in 2020, as China Beats US by Over 4 to 1
The new report on 2020 by the International Renewable Energy Agency reveals that the world's renewable energy generation capacity increased by an astonishing 10.3% in 2020 despite the global economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic. It beats the previous record for an annual increase in...
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) attends a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the Biden administration's ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. (Photo: Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 16, 2021
Anti-Science Republicans Like Jim Jordan Have Blood on Their Hands
Ohio Republican congressman Jim Jordan chomped on to Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday like a rabid dog and spewed foam and spittle while prattling on about people being deprived of "liberty" during the pandemic. He also managed to show complete disrespect to the chairman of the session, Rep. Jim...
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Wind turbines of the Block Island Wind Farm tower over the water on October 14, 2016 off the shores of Block Island, Rhode Island. Views
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Greening Earth and Creating Jobs, Biden to Slash Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Extend Wind, Solar Credits
Reuters reports that President Biden intends to slash tax subsidies for fossil fuels like coal and petroleum and to use taxes instead to encourage renewable energy. Since jobs in the coal industry are plummeting, and since job growth in renewable electricity is over 3 percent a year, Biden’s plans...
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Unlike coal, gas and nuclear, which use pricey fuels, solar panels convert free sunlight into electricity. (Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Solar Power That Led to Teacher Bonuses in Arkansas Exemplify Green New Deal
Climate Wire reported last fall on a remarkable story about the way renewable energy not only saves the earth from the destructive climate emergency but can at the same time improve our lives and those of our children. Our hero is Michael Hester, who some years ago became the superintendent of the...
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"The coal plant isn't worth what the Department of Energy or Wall Street thinks it is. It is worth much, much less. This is true of natural gas plants, too," Cole writes. Views
Sunday, March 14, 2021
As Solar, Wind Costs Plummet, Coal, Gas Vastly Over-Priced in Bubble That Could Burst Worse Than 2008
A new report by RethinkX , a think tank using the ideas of Tony Seba , who teaches Business at Stanford University, demonstrates that the value of fossil fuels and of the electric plants they fuel is vastly overstated by government agencies and financial analysts. Seba and his colleagues point out...
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Beauport Hotel with wind turbines behind in Gloucester, Massachusetts, New England, USA. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Biden Overturns Trump Policy, Pushes Massive 84-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm to Power All Southern Massachusetts
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is finished its environmental impact review of a wind farm in federal waters off Massachusetts. According to AP , the company that wants to install the turbines, Vineyard Wind, had withdrawn its application last summer for fear Trump would reject it...
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Saturday, March 06, 2021
Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s Lifting of Covid Restrictions
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week lifted the Texas mask mandate and allowed businesses freely to open. Roughly half the deaths and severe illness owing to Covid-19 are among minorities, including African-Americans and Latinos, even though those two groups make up less...
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