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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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Top Attempts by Dictators to Shut Down Twitter in Mideast (Including Turkey’s PM Erdogan)

Trying to close down social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has been a desperate ploy of dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014



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On Iranian New Year, Russia Hints It May Swing Support to Tehran Over Crimea Sanctions

Iran may have gotten a New Year’s gift via the Crimea crisis, as Russia threatens to play the Iran card over proposed U.S. sanctions.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014



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Russian Annexation of Crimea, Israeli Annexation of Palestine

Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Tuesday is among the few significant territorial acquisitions since the end of World War II by one country from another, more or less by force.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014



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As Putin Recognizes Crimea, His Other Client, Syria, Goes on the Offensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a geopolitical roll these days, despite U.S. and EU sanctions against some of his closest associates.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014



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Will the Crimea Vote Create a Domino Effect in Eurasia?

Will Russia’s rush to referendum and the outcome affect other populations that want to secede throughout the world? Will it destabilize the current world order?

Posted on Mar 17, 2014



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Israelis Slam Kerry Over ‘Jewish State’ Remarks as Abbas Rejects Demand

Right-wing Israeli officials over the weekend expressed rage at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should “drop” his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014



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Four Reasons Syria Refugees Are a Bigger Story Than Malaysian Air MH 370

The hours and hours of U.S. cable television speculation about the fate of the missing Malaysian Air flight during the past seven days are a “Daily Show” parody waiting to happen.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014



A Russo-Iranian Bloc Against the United States?

There are lots of ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ kinds of deals that Putin could strike with Iran.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014



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Tens of Thousands in Turkey Protest Tyranny of the Majority

Tens of thousands of Turks demonstrated in Istanbul and other cities on Wednesday coming off the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014



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When It Is Feinstein Being Spied On, Suddenly She Squawks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech Tuesday was a chess move in a contest with the CIA, which has played hardball with the California Democrat’s staff.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014



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