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Juan Cole
Juan Cole

Juan R.I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf and South Asia and has given numerous media interviews on the war on terrorism and the Iraq War. He lived in...

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How a Republican Congress Could Entangle the U.S. Further in the Middle East

It is not surprising that the GOP gained control of the Senate, but how will the change affect foreign policy?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014



Big Setback for the Obama Administration’s Syria Policy as Moderate Stronghold Falls to al-Qaeda

The al-Qaeda affiliate Succor Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) took the town of Deir Sunbul and its environs this weekend away from the Syria Revolutionaries Front, a relatively secular-minded group viewed as “moderates” by the United States.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014



U.S. Dismayed That Iraq’s Shiite Government Hasn’t Armed Sunni Tribes Fighting Islamic State

Members of the al-Anbar provincial council say they have met with American officials who are “disgusted” at the slowness of Baghdad to arm the Sunni Arab tribes fighting Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014



Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani and Chuck Hagel Call for the Arming of the Sunni Tribes of al-Anbar

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is calling, just as is U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, for the arming of Sunni tribes in al-Anbar Province to fight Islamic State in Iraq.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014



Far-Right Extremist Avigdor Lieberman Says Swedish Recognition of Palestine Will Bolster Extremism

There was a time when people like Avigdor Lieberman were not welcome in Israeli politics, or, indeed, in Jewish circles in the United States.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014



Israeli Firm Sodastream Leaves Palestinian West Bank Under Boycott Pressure (Video)

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014



Turkey Allows Kurdish Peshmerga Paramilitary Troops to Cross to Kobane

Turkish intelligence is facilitating the crossing of a couple hundred paramilitary troops (Peshmerga) from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish town of Suruç, 16 kilometers from the Syrian border.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014



Is the Sunni-Shiite Slaughter at Jurf al-Sakhr in Iraq Really a U.S. Victory?

Apparent good news was announced on Sunday in the fight against the extremist Islamic State organization: The Iraqi army, backed by fundamentalist Shiite militias, managed to take the village of Jurf al-Sakhr, southwest of Baghdad, from IS fighters.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014



Why Aren’t Europe and the U.S. Doing More to Support Tunisia’s Transition Into Democracy?

Fears that the historic vote on Sunday in Tunisia might be marred by violence committed by the country’s tiny lunatic fringe were not borne out.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014



Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola

The odd hysteria about ebola is being driven more by a media frenzy than the actual public health risks.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014



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