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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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Germany Seeks Talks With Russia Over Syria as Putin Conducts Naval Maneuvers Off Tartous (Video)

Cypriot officials are reporting that Russia has asked them to alter airline routes this week because it is planning naval military maneuvers off the Syrian coast near its leased naval base, Tartous.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

U.S. Intel Chief Admits Iraq and Syria May Not Survive as States (Video)

Public remarks by the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and by CIA Director John Brennan suggest that Washington may be starting to accept the possibility of a breakup of both Syria and Iraq. But that’s not necessarily how things will turn out.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015

14 Years After 9/11, the U.S. and Israel Are Tempted to Ally With al-Qaida in Syria (Video)

Maybe I’m just funny that way, but I object to allying with allies of al-Qaida—the group responsible for killing nearly 3,000 Americans in a single day.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015

The Top 5 Reasons Obama Beat the GOP and Israel Lobby’s Effort to Kill the Iran Deal (Video)

Forty Democratic senators and two independent senators stood with President Obama on Thursday, preventing any congressional condemnation of the U.N. Security Council’s Vienna agreement with Iran over its civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015

VIDEO: Is Russia Ramping Up Its Military Involvement in Syria?

Reuters reports, based on sources in Beirut, that Russia is increasing its involvement in Syria, backing the military of beleaguered dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015

VIDEO: What if Kim Davis Refused to License Marriages of Interracial Couples?

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis’ release from jail was turned into a circus by Mike Huckabee, seeking a way to kick-start his presidential campaign. But would Huckabee be defending her if she was denying licenses to interracial couples who want to marry?

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

Unlike Israel’s Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia Now Says It Supports the Iran Deal

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on the meeting Friday between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Obama and their top foreign policy and security teams.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015

On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015

Pope Francis’ Call to Host Refugees Contrasts With America’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Religious Right’

Not all American Christian leaders have covered themselves in glory when it comes to the issue of Syrian refugees being accepted by the U.S.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015

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