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, October 8, 2014 - 7:30am
The Last Days of Kobani Loom as ISIL Closes in on Syrian Kurds
ISIL fighters have advanced into the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobane (`Ayn al-`Arab) , with fighting in the streets as Kurds resist, according to the pan-Arab daily, al-Hayat [Life]. Kobane, a city ordinarily of about 50,000, is the third biggest town in the Kurdish part of Syria (the far northeast...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:45am
Congress Cuts $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps, But Finds $22 Billion to Fight ISIS
It was all the way back in February, so the memory of this headline has faded: ” Congress passes $8.7 billion food stamp cut By Ned Resnikoff It’s official: 850,000 households across the country are set to lose an average of $90 per month in food stamp benefits. The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-32 to...
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 9:45am
US Strikes ISIL Oil Fields in Quest to Defund it: But Will it Replace Oil With Fracking?
Sawt al-Iraq [Voice of Iraq] reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attacks small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by ISIL in Deir Ezzor. the day before yesterday the allies struck 12 refineries that ISIL had been in...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:30am
Media, Politicians should stop Letting ISIL Manipulate them
Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaeda could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”) has taken captives and has beheaded them on film. It was doing this in 2004...
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Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00am
Middle East “Allies” Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against ISIL
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with ten Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique on Friday, but little more. The regional states promised to do more to stop the transit across their territory of volunteer vigilantes seeking to join the so-called “Islamic State” of...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:45am
3 Years War? Obama to Bomb Syria in Fight Against ISIL
Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura at WaPo report on a Monday evening dinner at the White House attended by foreign policy experts, in which President Obama expressed confidence that he had the authority to bomb ISIL positions in Syria. In other reports, Obama officials have leaked that they think...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 7:15am
What the Hackers Did To Celebs? The NSA Has Been Doing That To Us For Years
There has been a lot of justifiable outrage about the invasion of privacy of celebrities and the posting of their private, nude photos at 4Chan by hackers who apparently got into their cloud accounts. It seems odd to me that the discussion of this issue has been completely unconnected to the...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:15am
Open-Ended Ceasefire reached in Israel/ Gaza: But how Long will it Last?
Israel on the one side and Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the other have announced an open-ended cease-fire brokered by Egypt, the terms of which are similar to those of 2012. Mass celebrations broke out among war-weary Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians could argue that they have won...
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 11:00am
Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ Is Not Enough
When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. In World War II, the US wanted to defeat Germany militarily, but then to help it return to democracy and to economic health. By 1947 the US would actually be spending a lot of money on Germany’s well-being via the Marshall Plan. Israel has no...
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:15pm
Falluja and Gaza: Why Counter-Terrorism Fails When the Problem is Political
There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support. It may well be that such groups can be defeated by counter-terrorism operations. Other so-called terrorist groups are more organic, growing out of the profound suffering and...
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