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, December 16, 2014 - 7:45am
In Peshawar Attack, A Desperate Pakistani Taliban On Display
On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar The Pakistani military counter-attacked, with early reports of dozens killed and wounded in the cross fire. Some of the Taliban were...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 8:15am
The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s other Hostage Crisis, of 1984
IC doesn’t usually cover hostage-taking, since it is an artificial and manipulative criminal act. Any two-bit thug can grab someone off the street and push them into a car, and subsequently kill them. It doesn’t take intelligence or any other admirable quality, just brutishness. One’s heart goes...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:30am
Why the Founding Fathers Thought Banning Torture Foundational to the US Constitution
I have argued on many occasions that the language of patriotism and appeal to the Founding Fathers and the constitution must not be allowed to be appropriated by the political right wing in contemporary America, since for the most part right wing principles (privileging religion, exaltation of ‘...
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Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 3:30pm
Cairo Erupts as Mubarak, Adly Declared Innocent in Deaths of Protesters
An Egyptian court on Saturday found found deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister Habib Adly not guilty (or rather just dropped the charges) the killing of nearly 900 young protesters by police in January-February 2011. Downtown Cairo and some provincial towns erupted in...
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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:15am
Iran Leader Khamenei: We are not Opposed to Nuclear Talks, Will Accept Just Deal
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the clerical Leader of Iran, told an assemblage of volunteer paramilitary (Basij) forces on Thursday that he is not opposed to nuclear talks with the P5 +1 and would accept a just and reasonable deal. I said that a breakdown in the talks, which have been extended for a...
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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8:30am
Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for 2nd Class Citizens and Religious Legislation
The Guardian reports that “A controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people has been approved by cabinet despite warnings that the move risks undermining the country’s democratic character. Opponents, including some cabinet ministers, said the new...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:30am
Is Another War Coming to the Occupied West Bank?
Observers of the evolution of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians have long argued that there are only two likely outcomes of the alternating violence and diplomacy between the two sides that has gone on nearly 70 years now. One is a “two-state solution” wherein Israel accepts a...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:30pm
Top 5 Disasters If GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks
The Republican Party is already conniving at ways to derail the US-Iran negotiations over Tehran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program . When they take over the senate in January, the GOP senators will be in a good position to deep-six the talks and deny President Obama a diplomatic breakthrough...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:30am
A Day Late, Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals
The good news is that US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Linping have reached an agreement on limiting carbon emissions in their two countries. The US puts out 5.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, and China does 7 – 9 billion. The US did 5 billion metric tons in 1990...
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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:00pm
Ferguson & Israel? Netanyahu Calls for Stripping Palestinian-Israelis of Citizenship
On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he was looking into whether Israel could strip citizenship from those who speak out against the continued statelessness of the Palestinians. (There are millions of stateless Palestinians outside Israel. Netanyahu began his political career as...
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