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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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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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 8:45am
Kerry Warns of Break Up of Syria; But Is That Realistic?
Amid ongoing talks in Geneva around a cessation of hostilities in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday night in a joint telephone call with other diplomats, “It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer.” The ‘cessation of hostilities’ worked out by diplomats...
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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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