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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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 1:15pm
In Retrospect: A Year of Sharpening Contradictions
Reprint, revised Note: The horrific murder of 12 persons and the wounding of 11 in the attack on the staff of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo by terrorists on January 7 this year was followed on the evening of 13 November by six coordinated attacks, killing 130 people, including 89 at the...
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 7:45am
Top 5 Things for Which We Should be Grateful to Arabic Writing
When a teacher in rural Augusta county, Virginia, decided to expose her students to the Arabic script (a piece of calligraphy writing out the Muslim profession of faith), the backlash from some furious parents so hinted at violence that county schools had to be closed for a day. I am guessing that...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 10:30am
Is Corporate Media a Danger to Society? Coverage of Trump v. Sanders
ABC World News has given one minute to Bernie Sanders this year (actually, it is just 20 seconds). It has given 81 minutes to Donald Trump. Bernie is taking on corporations, and it is the corporations that are reporting on him, or rather blacking him out. Trump is a corporation, and is a true...
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Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 12:00pm
Roof, Dear and Tashfeen Malik: The Double Standard of "Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf Terrorists"
Federal officials are now investigating the San Bernardino massacre as an “act of terrorism” rather than just workplace violence. But when Dylann Roof allegedly shot nine persons dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, there was strong resistance on the part of...
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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 8:45am
Trump’s Call for Spying on US Muslims Recalls FBI Bugging of MLK, Black Churches
As Donald Trump supporters beat a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protester at his rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the dark days when a paranoid J. Edgar Hoover had the FBI monitor the Rev. Martin Luther King and black Churches of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Trump...
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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:15am
If Trump Can Track Muslims, Close Mosques, What Can He Do To You?
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, having said earlier that he might seek to close down mosques if he were president, on Thursday went further and said he would implement a registration and tracking database for Muslim-Americans. Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance pointed out that the...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:00am
Top 10 Reasons Governors are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees
Some half of US governors have announced their opposition to their states taking in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. Although they can bother refugees, they can’t actually dictate to people who are here legally where they can live. But anyway, here are the reasons for which these...
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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00am
Paris at Midnight: Attempt to Push France out of Anti-ISIL Coalition in Syria?
Paris was hit by at least two well-trained and -equipped terrorist cells in a coordinated attack on 6 or 7 soft targets on Friday night. The attack that took the most lives, over 120 according to a high French official, was the assault on the audience for a musical performance by the Eagles of...
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Monday, October 26, 2015 - 8:15am
Bush Lapdog Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East
Former British PM Tony Blair reiterated on Sunday some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003. Blair’s “apologies” always take the form of the little boy who, when instructed to apologize for calling a lady fat, says, “Lady, I’m sorry...
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Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 11:00am
Top Five Things Congress Should Investigate Instead of Benghazi
The fruitless carnival barking that was the GOP Benghazi inquisition did the nation the disservice of taking focus off the things really wrong with US policies, and places there really was wrongdoing. So here are some suggestions for real investigations: 1. We still don’t know why Bush-Cheney...
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