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, 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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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:30pm
How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks
1. Stop calling Daesh “the Islamic State.” They are manipulating you. They aren’t a state and they aren’t Islamic. If some fringe cult took over some villages in Mexico and called itself “The Vatican,” then committed terrorism, would journalists blithely say on air “Today, the Vatican killed 39 and...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 9:30am
Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians
I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as US policy toward the Mideast doesn’t change much. She was still a senator then. Much of the audience was Middle East experts, who could barely keep themselves from gagging. Clinton used her speech to...
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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 8:15am
GOP Debate Civil? Candidates Urged Torture, Child-Murder, Backing Bloody Dictatorships
The headlines Friday about the GOP debate in Miami stressed how relatively civil it was, with less name-calling and pissing matches among the remaining candidates. Those editors have a weird definition of civility. So here is Marco Rubio: “Let me give you an example of a Muslim for example, we...
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 8:30am
Don’t Be Fooled: Lindsey Graham & GOP Establishment Just as Crazy as Trump
Lindsey Graham has been posing as the voice of reason in the Republican Party for the past few weeks, warning Tuesday that if Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic standard-bearer, then “crazy loses to dishonest” in the public’s eye. There isn’t any real...
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