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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 ( which is also syndicated on

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Al-Aqsa compound, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 22, 2021
Israeli invasion of al-Aqsa Mosque Compound Shows Conflict remains Hot despite Ceasefire, Angers Muslims Worldwide Only half a day after a ceasefire went into effect between the Palestinians in Gaza and the government of Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel, the peace was disturbed in Jerusalem at the flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 15, 2021
Gaza and Israel's Kidnapper's Dilemma: Keeping a Million Children Brutalized in its dark Basement A war is when two antagonists fight one another all-out, until in fairly short order one wins and the other loses. Palestine and Israel cannot have a war because the Palestinians cannot mount a war.
Joe Biden for Israel, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 10, 2021
How Biden Enabled Israeli Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian E. Jerusalem by affirming Trump move of US Embassy There The Israeli plan to make dozens of families homeless in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has raised tensions to a fever pitch. The Israeli government pretends not to recognize the property titles of many families there, and prevents them from making additions to their homes.
Palestinian celebration, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 29, 2021
Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Muslims, and why even the Emirates are Rebuking Israel for Persecuting Palestinians There The Palestinians of East Jerusalem were unhappy about bruited Israeli plans to stop them from voting in the upcoming elections for the Palestine Authority.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 15, 2021
What will be the Mideast Crises facing Biden in the Coming Year? US Intelligence Threat Assessment The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community is out. It has a Middle East section and a report on Afghanistan in the South Asia section.
Tucker Carlson, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 10, 2021
Tucker Carlson touts "Replacement" Conspiracy Theory; but his own Ancestor could have been Lynched Tucker Carlson went on another Fox News show to push his streaming program, and while there was struck with diarrhea of the larynx, oozing amid loud excretions a hateful farrago of antisemitic white supremacy.
Ron Weiser (R) head of the Michigan Republican Party, sits on the Post-election analysis panel., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 29, 2021
University of Michigan Women Deans Decry Regent Weiser's urging that "witch" Gov. Whitmer be "burned at stake" Ron Weiser, a real estate billionaire, is the head of the Michigan Republican Party. He referred to Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and two other top state women leaders (Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel [D] and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson [D]) as the "three witches" and spoke of burning them at the stake.
Benjamin Netanyahu - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 21, 2021
Tens of Thousands Protest "Crime Minister" Netanyahu in Israel as his Political Survival hangs in Balance Thousands of Israelis demonstrated Saturday at various places against Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is being tried for corruption, as the country goes to the polls Tuesday.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 19, 2021
Attacks on Asian Americans are Rooted in over a Century of Racist Exclusion The spine-chilling attacks on Asian-Americans around the country, in San Francisco, New York, and now most bloodily in Atlanta, are manifestations of a white supremacism that has deep roots in American history.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 14, 2021
As Solar, Wind costs Plummet, Coal, Gas vastly Over-priced in Bubble that could Burst worse than 2008 A new report by RethinkX, a think tank using the ideas of Tony Seba, who teaches Business at Stanford University, demonstrates that the value of fossil fuels and of the electric plants they fuel is vastly overstated by government agencies and financial analysts.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 11, 2021
At Last, the End of Austerity: Joe Biden's Really, Really Big COVID Stimulus aims to Jumpstart America Joe Biden has redeemed the sins of the Obama administration, which did not enact a big enough stimulus truly to dig the U.S. economy out of the hole created by the 2008-09 economic crash.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Biden overturns Trump Policy, Pushes Massive 84-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm to power all southern Massachusetts The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is finished -- its environmental impact review of a wind farm in federal waters off Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind, had withdrawn its application last summer for fear Trump would reject it. President Biden, however, encouraged it once he took office and it seems approval has been fast-tracked
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 7, 2021
Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's Lifting of COVID Restrictions Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week lifted the Texas mask mandate and allowed businesses freely to open. He is pretty obviously trying to please retailers and restaurateurs at the expense of vulnerable populations in his state.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 6, 2021
Pope Francis Preaches Tolerance in War Torn Iraq, and Even Militias Welcome Him Pope Francis began his unprecedented trip to Iraq on Friday, his first visit abroad since the beginning of the pandemic.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 26, 2021
Why the US needs to get out of Syria: Biden orders Bombing that kills 17 in Proxy dance with Iran At least 17 fighters were killed in U.S. air strikes on Thursday night on small bases on the Syrian border with Iraq. The US may have vital interests in Iraq, but there is too much bad blood for that relationship to go smoothly. We should get out of there, as well, and leave it to NATO.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2021
President Biden Honors 500K Dead. He didn't say so, but they didn't have to Die President Biden on Monday honored the deaths of 500,000 Americans from COVID-19. It is a very large number, and commentator Sanjay Gupta at CNN had tears in his eyes because, he said, "they didn't have to die."
wind turbine, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 20, 2021
Dear Texas Gov. Abbott: Wind Turbines work fine in Antarctica and Alaska, you're just too Cheap to Winterize them Texas governor Greg Abbott alleged that the massive power outages in his state demonstrated the unwisdom of moving to renewable energy, attempting to blame the crisis on the state's wind turbines.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 17, 2021
From COVID to Power outages in Ice Storms, the Texas Republican Party has created a Failed State The Republican Party has had a lock on Texas politics for over two decades, and has reduced it to a failed state. Millions are without electricity in the midst of one of the state's worse winter storms ever.
Donald Trump Aquitted, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
Who were the Republican Senators afraid of when they Acquitted their own attempted murderer? The odious Trump once smugly observed that "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." When it comes to the Republican base, he was clearly correct.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2021
Federal Court strikes down Arkansas' attempt to Punish proponents of Boycotting Israel over treatment of Palestinians A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has struck down an Arkansas law requiring contractors with the state to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel.

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