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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...

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Massive Protest by Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Against Conscription

Israel’s Haredim, an Eastern European branch of Judaism emphasizing strict religious adherence, were a tiny minority at Israel’s founding in 1948 and were given an exemption from conscription.

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Peeping Toms of the Intel World: Recording Bulk Private Yahoo Webcam Chats

In the same way that pedophiles are attracted to professions where they come into frequent contact with children, peeping Toms surely are attracted to electronic surveillance work.

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Who Favors Gay Newlywed Discrimination? Most Republicans, Old People, Southerners, Evangelicals

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute sheds light on the divisions in the U.S. over gay marriage.

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Dick Cheney Broke U.S. Military, Now Blames Obama for Cuts

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has lambasted the Obama administration for its announcement that it will cut 8 percent out of the military budget and reduce standing army troop levels to their lowest since before World War II.

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Obama Plans for Complete U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan in December

America’s longest war may be over by the end of this year, and it is making Afghans and neighbors like Pakistan nervous.

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Four Darknesses: Internet Being Manipulated, Deceived by Western Intel Trolls

Researchers on online behavior have shown that internet trolls (people who use insincere techniques to disrupt conversations) really are psychopaths, marked by narcissism, sadism, Machiavellianism.

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Not to Reason Why: A New Crimean ‘War’?

The Russian-speaking population of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine is upset by the popular movement in the West of the country that has overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych and is said to be forming militias.

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Juan Cole
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 various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years and continues to travel widely there. He speaks Arabic, Farsi and Urdu.

His most recent book is “Engaging the Muslim World” (2009), and his “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East” was published in 2007.

Cole was the recipient of the Hudson Research Professorship in 2003, the National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1991, and the Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award in 1985-86. In November 2004, he was elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and in 2006 was the recipient of Hunter College’s James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Cole holds a B.A. in history and literature of religions from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Arabic studies/history from American University in Cairo. In 1984 he completed his Ph.D. in Islamic studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 2002, he has published the blog Informed Comment, at http://www.juancole.com.

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