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, August 30, 2015 - 11:00am
Palestine Overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants
If there were a Palestinian Donald Trump, he’d be fulminating against illegal immigrants swamping the Palestinian West Bank. And he’d be complaining that fully 1 in 6 of these undocumented squatters are Americans . Since Americans have trouble understanding the basic facts of the situation, it is...
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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:45am
Ghoul’s Glossary: “Migrants” or “Refugees” or “Anchor Babies”?
Migrants : Those who voluntarily go to another country to live and work, seeking a better life. Refugees: Those who are forced out of their homes, because of political persecution or natural disaster or a chronically bad economy. and have no choice but to try to make a new life elsewhere. Illegals...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 8:30am
Defying Saudis and Iran: Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change
Attendees at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul from 20 countries produced, and 60 of them signed, a declaration this week warning of the dangers of climate change and urging urgent action to curb carbon dioxide emissions. But, I fear the press reporting on this meeting...
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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 7:15am
Game of Groans: How focus on Trump Taunts Hides GOP War on Middle Class, Workers
The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class. Last Thursday we had 10 rich white males on a debate stage seeking to represent the billionaire class (some 536 individuals in US, who have more wealth than the bottom half of the US population)...
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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00am
Top Cringe Worthy Foreign Policy Moments in GOP Debate
Well we had the primetime GOP debate , so the 2016 election season has formally begun. Trump declared himself more or less an independent. When Megyn Kelly pressed him on his history of misogyny and putting down women, he threatened not to be nice to her any more. The pattern with Trump is that if...
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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:45am
Obama: Opponents of Iran Deal are Warmongers
Lame duck Obama pulls no punches. In his major address Wednesday on the Vienna deal reached with Iran, Obama let his critics have it. I take it he has done the math and knows that the Republicans in the House and possibly the Senate will reject his Iran deal, but that they do not have the votes to...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:30am
How Likely Are the GOP Presidential Candidates Top 10 to Drag Us Into War?
Fox Cable News announced its pick for the 10 Republican presidential candidates it will allow in its Thursday debate. These are candidates who are getting at least 3% support in a basket of opinion polls, including one commissioned by Fox itself. CNN will follow a similar procedure for the debate...
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Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 4:45pm
Turkey’s New “War on Terror” Mainly Targeting Kurds
What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead . It is being alleged that the Turkish Air Force launched dozens of strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party over the border in...
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Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 3:15pm
Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics
President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it does also have a geopolitical and economic dimension. Kenya is a country of roughly 46 million people, about the same as Spain. But its nominal gross domestic product...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:15am
South Carolina Removes the Physical Flag: Can It Remove the Spiritual Illness of Racial Discrimination?
The South Carolina legislature has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse. It was put there in 1961 as a show of defiance against the Civil Rights movement, i.e. against the demand that the system of legally-imposed segregation of African-Americans cease. But, as I...
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