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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Is Jimmy Carter Right That Obama Should Recognize Palestine?
Jimmy Carter wrote and NYT op-ed yesterday in which he called on Barack Obama to arrange for the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine and pass resolutions reaffirming the illegality of Israeli squatting on Palestinian land in the West Bank. Carter points out that there are 600,000 such...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 8:45am
The Presidential Debate That Did Not Really Happen
Regular readers will know that in my view the 2016 presidential election did not happen. Likewise, the first debate between the two candidates did not take place. There was no debate as the word is usually understood, where the two take turns setting out policy positions. A debate on policy would...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00pm
Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading Toward 6,000
The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:15am
Clinton: No US Ground Troops in Iraq, Syria; Trump: Steal Iraqi Oil
The NBC Candidates Forum continued the shameful corporate coverage of the Great American Meltdown that is our election season. That season has given us a Faux Cable News that runs clips of only one side and pays out hush money to cover up how its blonde anchors were not so much hired as trafficked...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 8:45am
Rep. Stephen King, White People and ‘Civilization’
Rep. Stephen King objected to a comment during a cable news discussion at MSNBC that this will be the last election dominated by old white people. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) offered an unusual defense of the racial homogeneity of his party during a panel on MSNBC Monday evening. The group, led by...
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Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 9:15am
Clintonites in Democratic Party Back Settler Colonialism (Not a 1905 Headline)
The Clinton loyalists debating the Democratic Party platform have defeated an amendment that would have called for an end to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and condemned Israeli squatter settlements illegal. The Democratic Party, in other words, backs the principle of colonialism no less than...
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 9:00am
Clinton and Snowden: Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly attacked Ed Snowden for being careless with government information. So it is ironic that she has been found guilty of being . . . careless with government information. She, of course, will suffer no consequences, since she is part of the ruling class. Here’s an ironic...
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Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 8:45am
Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal
President Obama in Hiroshima gave an anti-war speech. He said, “But among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them. We may not realize this goal in my lifetime, but persistent effort can roll back...
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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 1:45pm
Can Iran Sue the US for Coup and Supporting Saddam in Iran-Iraq War?
Iranian members of parliament have approved the details of a bill that insists US compensate Iran for its crimes against that country. The bill comes as a result of a $2 billion judgment against Iran entered by a US court and backed by an act of the US Congress, on behalf of the families of Marines...
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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:45am
The Bernie Sanders Miracle: American Crowd in Brooklyn Cheers Palestinian Dignity
The Democratic debate in Brooklyn last night took an unusual turn when a grumpy old Jewish American upbraided a slightly younger Illinois Methodist for not respecting the dignity of the Palestinian people. BLITZER [ Used to work for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby ] : . . ...
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