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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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Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015



Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015



Shiite Militias Change Ramadi Campaign Name to ‘I’m Here, O Iraq’ After Pentagon Criticism

Shiite militias in Iraq have changed the name of their current campaign to take Ramadi from Islamic State from “I am here, O Husayn” to “I am here, O Iraq,” since the former could have been interpreted as a sign of sectarianism.

Posted on May 28, 2015



Islamic State Blows Up Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Seeking Sectarian Civil War

A suicide bomber with a concealed weapon detonated his payload during Friday prayers at the Ali b. Abi Talib Mosque in Qadif, a suburb of the major Shiite city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Posted on May 27, 2015



Shiite Militias Announce ‘Here I Am, O Husayn’ Campaign for Sunni Ramadi

Shiite militias in Iraq, joined by some Sunni tribal levies, on Tuesday reached a university campus just to the southwest of Ramadi in what is called a “shaping operation” intended to set the stage for an all-out assault.

Posted on May 27, 2015



Is It the U.S. That Isn’t Stepping Up to Fight Islamic State?

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran.

Posted on May 26, 2015



The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015



Did the U.S. Really See the Islamic State as a Strategic Ally Against al-Assad in 2012?

The answer, in a word, is “no.” The rumor is just a click-bait story or an unfounded conspiracy theory.

Posted on May 25, 2015



Islamic State Beheaded Dozens in Palmyra, but How Strategic Is the City?

Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.

Posted on May 23, 2015



Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015



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