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Juan Cole
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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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The Muslims’ War on Terror: Yes, They’re Condemning the Paris Attacks

When American commentators complain that Muslim authorities have not sufficiently denounced the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, they show a profound ignorance of the current situation in the Middle East.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015



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Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015



Why al-Qaida Attacked Charlie Hebdo Satirists in Paris

The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015



Why Was 2014 Hottest Year on Record? The Humans Did It

A Japanese team has confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Moreover, ten of the warmest years have occurred since 1998.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015



Whatever Happened to Besieged Kurdish City of Kobane, Syria?

Kurdish forces, supported by Free Syrian Army troops and coalition air strikes, have largely recovered Kobane from rule by Daesh (called Islamic State in the West).

Posted on Jan 6, 2015



Wind Supplied 98 Percent of Scotland’s 2014 Household Power and Other Amazing Green Energy Stories

Scotland is well on its way to getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015



How Iran’s President Hasan Rowhani Plans to Sidestep Hard-Liners With a Referendum

President Hasan Rowhani, a reformer, is worried about being stymied in his economic and diplomatic initiatives by regime hard-liners.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015



What Would Happen If the International Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015



Why Egypt’s Threat to Arrest Amal Clooney Will Hurt Its Economy

Amal Clooney was threatened with jail by Egyptian authorities last February if she released a report in Cairo on flaws in the Egyptian judiciary that had been commissioned by the International Bar Association.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015



President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015



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