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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Monday, September 11, 2017
On 9/11: How We Slighted the Real Threat, Climate Change, and Hyped Terrorism
The US is commemorating the victims of September 11 today at the same time it is mourning the serial devastation that struck Texas and Florida. Both are key moments in our history. The problem is that we over-did our response to 9/11 and have ignored the really big threat, man-made global heating...
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Friday, September 08, 2017
People With Electric Cars Aren’t Trapped in Miami Beach With No Gasoline
Some people in South Florida are finding it difficult to flee Irma because they cannot fill their tanks up with gasoline. Many gas stations are shuttered. Others have extremely long lines. But people with electric cars such as a Chevy Bolt or Tesla 3 do not need gasoline. At least until the...
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Monday, September 04, 2017
Green Energy Jobs: Top 7 Pieces of Rare Good News for US Workers on Labor Day
1. The Christian Science Monitor says that in 2016, US solar businesses employed 260,077 workers – up 25 percent from 2015. 2. That is, the solar energy sector alone employs more people than Apple, Google, and Facebook combined! 3. Solar also employs more people in US electricity generation than...
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Wind turbines in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo: Lloyd Wilson via Sandia Labs/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Texas Wind Turbines Went Right on Turning Under Harvey’s Impact, as Refineries Shut Down
Extreme weather is in our future. Caribbean hurricanes of the future will be more and more violent and destructive because of manmade global heating. Sea level rise will open the coast to bigger storm surges. The number of coastal floods has already doubled since the 1980s because of people driving...
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Top 5 Ways Man-Made Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Much Worse
The images from Houston and its environs are heart-breaking and we at IC wish all those affected a speedy and safe return to normality. Extreme weather events are associated with climate change, and whenever they occur, they raise the question of their relationship to that process. Human-induced...
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Trump Exploits Harvey Victims in Stealth Pardon of Arpaio
Eminent climate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State noticed not one but two horrible things about Friday evening. You never want to see a Hurricane that looks like this at landfall. I fear #Harvey will take a heavy toll. Be safe folks. pic.twitter.com/1r0CXvhghm — Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann)...
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"But Exxon-Mobil and the Koch brothers and other oil, gas and coal interests worth billions of dollars are paying people to muddy the waters." Views
Monday, August 21, 2017
Why No Eclipse Denialists? The Same Science Predicts Global Heating
Eminent physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s tweet pointing out that there are no eclipse denialists the way there are dedicated climate change denialists went viral: Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it. — Neil...
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"Bannon wanted to cut N. Korea loose, so as to have a clear shot at China," Cole writes. Views
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Trump Fires Bannon: Who Are the Winners and Losers Globally?
Steve Bannon by his own admission promoted the Breitbart webzine as a mouthpiece of white supremacism, in an attempt to create a new, well-educated and well-dressed version of seedy racism. The Republican Party had since the Nixon Strategy of the 1970s played on a soft version of white resentment,...
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When they start talking shock and awe in Washington, friends, it is time to hunker down for the long haul. Views
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
“Fire & Fury” or “Shock and Awe”: It Is Always the Start of a Quagmire
If we weren’t talking about two nuclear-armed states with unhinged leaders, the war of words between the US and North Korea would be hilarious. Trump’s threat Tuesday that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never...
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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact Before Trump can Suppress it
A draft report on the current impact of global heating on the United States, produced by 13 Federal agencies, has been leaked to the New York Times . The scientists who leaked it are afraid that the anti-science Trump administration will suppress the findings to help its friends in Big Oil. One of...
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