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Juan Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment (juancole.com) which is also syndicated on Truthdig.com.
Monday, April 15, 2019 How Classic Anti-Semitic Tropes are being Marshaled against Ilhan Omar and Muslim-Americans
The attacks on Ilhan Omar are frightening for many reasons, but most of all because they repeat classic anti-Semitic charges made by the Nazis in Germany against Jews. Racism is not that complicated, and is always simple-minded and stupid, and so it is not a surprise that contemporary racists can't come up with new tropes for demeaning minorities.
(4 comments) Saturday, April 13, 2019 Republicans & Rupert Murdoch Created al-Qaeda when Ilhan Omar's Somalia upheld Scientific Socialism
The dishonest smearing of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by the Rupert Murdoch press, including the New York Post and Fox Cable News, on which the despicable Trump piled on, contains more ironies than her defenders for the most part realize. When a white nationalist terrorist shoots down innocent people, we don't blame all white people or demand that white people apologize on behalf of their disreputable cousins.
(3 comments) Thursday, April 4, 2019 Dear Trump: Top 7 Signs Puerto Ricans might be Americans
Trump caused a brouhaha by tweeting that Puerto Rican officials "only take from USA," as though they weren't part of the USA! Then his White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley called Puerto Rico "that country" during an interview on MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson. Puerto Rico has introduced a bill to become a state by 2021. We don't usually let foreign countries become states.
(1 comments) Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Senators Grill Rick Perry on Transfer of Nuclear Info to Saudi Arabia Despite "Troubling Actions"
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry apparently handed out seven authorizations but did not, as he was supposed to according to the Atomic Energy Act, inform the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission, members of which were grilled by Congress this week, as well. They greeted questions about whether they had been informed of the Part 810 authorizations with silence, stunning Congress.
(2 comments) Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Did the Same Saudi Hackers who Trapped Khashoggi Target Amazon's Bezos for Nude Photos?
The Saudi hackers went after Bezos, obtaining photos of him naked, and broke up his marriage, costing him half his fortune, because of the Washington Post's criticism of Trump and possibly because it wouldn't let Khashoggi's murder go. The Washington Post connection links Bezos and Khashoggi. The Saudi connection links Qatar and Kushner, though it cannot be assumed that he was involved in the Bezos gambit.
(1 comments) Thursday, March 28, 2019 How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel
The Trump administration's illegal and unilateral recognition of Israeli annexation of the Syrian is an unfortunate return to the international jungle of the 1930s and 1940s, when Hitler annexed the Sudetenland and Mussolini annexed Nice from France.
Monday, March 25, 2019 We did Trump to Ourselves and Should Own up to It; Mueller and Putin can't Save US
Trump probably did not hatch a plot with Putin. Trump may not be a systematic enough thinker actually to hatch a plot. He seems to have the attention span of a magpie. This is not to say that Putin did not try to put Trump in. He did. as George W. Bush said, fool me twice -- can't get fooled again. That is Bushpeak for "fool me twice, shame on me."
(1 comments) Thursday, March 21, 2019 How Bush's War on Iraq Produced Trumpism, Instability, Refugees and Climate Catastrophe
George W. Bush as the second worst president in American history is burnished by the absolute worst. Trump is, notoriously, a pathological liar who has told thousands of whoppers. So far, at least, Bush's lies were more consequential. Trump lies about having been a good student or about being a billionaire. Bush lied the country into a war for oil.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 3, 2019 Netanyahu to be Indicted on Bribery, Fraud, Press Tampering: Israeli AG
Some Israel watchers are convinced that the indictment will make no difference. Netanyahu's right wing coalition may well win the 61 seats in parliament needed for a majority, and his far right wing Likud Party will likely be the largest party in the coalition. Netanyahu may well be reelected prime minister despite the charges.
(1 comments) Thursday, February 28, 2019 Top Six Pieces of Dirt Cohen Dished on Trump in his Opening Statement
Trump really enjoyed screwing over his subcontractors by underpaying them or even stiffing them entirely. As I remember, Hillary Clinton said this during one of their debates. Trump replied that he didn't pay people who did poor work. Cohen's testimony suggests it was part greed and part sadism.
(1 comments) Monday, February 25, 2019 Not Trump's America: On How the Oscars looked Like the Real America this Year
Trump's America is a thin, diminished slice of the country, the barracuda business classes of Queens in the 1940s before the Dominicans and other minorities came. His is the German and Scottish America of "white" grifters who put down African-Americans and immigrants because they had no other source of self-esteem but the denigration of others.