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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Sunday, October 14, 2018
On Not Writing Recommendation Letters for the Occupiers in Palestinian Territories
An Open Letter to the University of Michigan on Palestine – My colleague John Cheney-Lippold in the American Culture Department of the University of Michigan has been disciplined by the Colleges of Letters, Sciences and Arts for declining to write a recommendation letter for a student to do summer...
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The kaleidoscope of geopolitics and Islamophobia is now spinning so fast that it should make our heads spin. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
How Muslims Became the Enemy
These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of...
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
55% of GOP Say Sexual Assault Not Disqualifying for SCOTUS; What Is *Wrong* With Them?
What in the world is wrong with self-identified Republicans in the United States. I mean, look, I’m a historian and a world traveler. I get that different people have different ways of looking at the world, different norms and customs. It is to be expected. But the blatant amorality of GOP voters,...
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"Perhaps what with being a senator and lawmaker and elite and all, Sen. Graham could do something about the high rates of violence against women in his state," Cole writes. Views
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Lindsey Graham Disregards Violence Toward Women, and His State Is a Women's Murder Capital
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made it abundantly clear in the hearing on Thursday that he cares more about Republican Party control of the Supreme Court than about rape victims. He implied that the charges of sexual assault that have surfaced against Brett Kavanaugh are a Democratic Party plot to...
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
How Rosenstein’s Firing Could Lead to Trumpian Martial Law and Blood in the Streets
The New York Times reports that deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about wearing a wire to record Trump’s insane prattering, and spoke of invoking the 25th amendment, which allows the cabinet to remove the president if he is incapacitated. Rosenstein’s office says that the remarks were...
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I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 17, 2018
Kavanaugh: Dr. Christine Blasey Seeks to Forestall a Trauma to the Nation That Was Inflicted on Her
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of Psychiatry at Palo Alto University and an affiliate at Stanford University, gave a harrowing interview in the Washington Post Sunday accusing a young, drunk Brett Kavanaugh of having attempted to rape her. He tore, she alleges, at the bathing suit she was...
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Bolton strongly supports and enables a whole range of war crimes of the Likud regime in Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people, above all keeping them in a condition of abject statelessness and continually stealing their property. (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Top 3 Charges on Which John Bolton Should Be Tried at Int’l Criminal Court
National Security Adviser John Bolton appears to be spiraling down into the same miasma of madness that possesses other members of the Trump administration– perhaps caused by a microbe carried in Trump’s sniffle. This week he threatened justices of the International Criminal Court in the Hague with...
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Saturday, September 08, 2018
Why the Midterm Elections Can't Be Counted on to End Our Constitutional Crisis
The country is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. Asked about its resolution, former Secretary of State John Kerry urged that the solution is to elect a Democratic Congress, and if possible, Senate—the solution is for voters to vote. It is true that U.S. voter participation rates are...
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They are managing and manipulating the idiot president and achieving their fondest goals of looting the country. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Trump’s Enablers Boast of Saving Nation But Reveal They’re Looting the Nation
The anonymous op-ed in the New York Times Wednesday that described a White House in meltdown was not an act of courage. It was a piece of moral cowardice of the worst sort. The writer wanted to assure us that there are “adults in the room” around Trump who are reining in his worst plans and quietly...
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 "Presumably because Puerto Ricans are Spanish-speaking Americans, their deaths did not preoccupy our newspapers of record day after day the way the 9/11 victims did." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Storm Death Toll in Puerto Rico Rivals 9/11: But Where Is War on Climate Change?
A team of researchers at George Washington University has estimated that excess deaths of Americans in Puerto Rico during and after last year’s Hurricane Maria reached almost 3,000, a number accepted by the governor. In his visit to the island after the hurricane struck, Trump was insufferable. He...
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