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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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 8:00am
US Kneejerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoes UN Disarmament Talks
After four weeks of negotiations, a revised UN treaty on nuclear disarmament has been torpedoed by the United States, leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years. Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington and also fearful that in the absence of an agreement...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 2:45pm
Washington Asks, 'Who Lost Ramadi?' But Washington Never Had Ramadi
The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality. Republican talking points blame Barack Obama for withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2011, as though Daesh suddenly began in 2012...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:15am
Did Jeb Bush Just Commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?
Jeb Bush’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly in which he said that even if he knew then what we all know now, he would have launched the war on Iraq in 2003. It is true that he doesn’t seem to have been very clear-headed in his answer. He blamed “the...
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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 4:15pm
Israel’s Government Ratchets even Further Right: Great Moments in Colonialism
Binyamin Netanyahu has succeeded in putting together a shaky coalition of parties that would give him 61 seats in the 120-member Israeli parliament. In such fragile coalitions, each small party has enormous power, since if it left, it would cause the government to fall and provoke new elections...
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 9:00am
“Killing Me Softly” in Palestine: Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert under BDS Pressure
In another sign that Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s far-right nationalism is turning Israel into a pariah state, pop star Lauryn Hill has cancelled a planned concert outside Tel Aviv . She was subjected to a great deal of pressure from fans on social media to withdraw the appearance,...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:45am
Iran Calls for Nuclear Disarmament by US, Israel, World
At a summit on Monday, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif turned the tables on the countries demanding that Iran keep its nuclear program for solely civilian, electricity generation. Zarif called for all countries to give up nuclear weapons, including Israel and the US. Iran does not...
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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:30am
Anger Translation: Why Obama was Ranting against GOP Climate Policy at Press Dinner
The Comedy Central show, Key and Peele, made famous a bit by Keegan-Michael Key on Obama called the “Luther, the anger translator,” which plays on the president’s laid back approach to controversial issues. But at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner, Obama outdid “Luther” in ranting...
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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00am
Khamenei: US Invented Nuclear Myth; Iran Will Never Invade Another Country
The clerical leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, gave a speech on Sunday in which he urged that Iran maintain its military readiness in order to fend off any hostile invasion or attack. But, he said, “Iran has never invaded a country and never will.” He also called US charges that Iran is seeking a...
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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 8:15am
US History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama's Outreach to Iran, Latin American Left
President Obama met with Cuban President Raoul Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations. Before the meeting, Obama said , “I think that after 50 years of policy that had not changed on the part of the United States, it was my belief that it...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:00am
Netanyahu Slips, Reveals Reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
US television news isn’t very good and it has clearly gotten worse over the past 20 years. In the aftermath of the Kerry-Zarif initial framework deal on nuclear energy in Iran, it seems obvious that an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would be newsworthy. But to my...
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