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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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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2020
Baghdad Bob on the Potomac: Trump's Hoaxes, from "Disappearing" Covid-19 to Climate to Russiagate Authoritarian regimes breed lies like rotting meat breeds maggots, and as Trump marches the United States into an imperial presidency beyond accountability, his rate of lying has become astronomical.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
What Blocked Netanyahu from Beginning Planned Theft of Swathes of Palestinian West Bank on July 1? Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed to begin the theft of substantial swathes of the Palestinian West Bank on July 1, as he had once pledged, according to UPI.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2020
Trump Likely did Throw US Troops in Afghanistan under the Bus, but Why would the Russians have Targeted Them? the NYT said its sources in US intelligence alleged that Trump was briefed on this intelligence in March and that a menu of options was presented to him, from lodging a diplomatic complaint to specific sanctions (presumably in GRU commanders).
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 26, 2020
Trump's incompetence has Reduced Americans to Lepers whom Europe won't Let in Trump ran for office in 2016 on a platform of denigrating Mexican and Muslim immigrants to the US as criminals and undesirables, and now he has turned Americans into the ones against whom the world is building walls.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2020
Final Defeat of the John Bolton Hawks? Russia and China could humiliate Trump Eve of Election Lifting Iran Arms Embargo Trump is about to go up against China and Russia at the United Nations Security Council over the looming end to the UNSC arms embargo on Iran, and is facing a humiliating defeat that will further harm the US standing in global affairs.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The Ostrich Policy: Trump ready to Kill Hundreds of Thousands to avoid bad Coronavirus Optics for Election Trump and Pence on Monday were busy trying to spread the Big Lie that the only reason the US coronavirus numbers are spiking is increased testing.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 15, 2020
Tucker Carlson Rises to Defense of Confederates who Killed 360,222 Federal Troops, 100x more than Al-Qaeda Last week Sen. Elizabeth Warren led a successful bipartisan effort to amend the National Defense Act this year to require that Confederate symbols be removed from US military bases and that the bases named for horrible people like Braxton Bragg be renamed.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 14, 2020
All the Lies Trump told the West Point Graduates about American Militarism Trump endangered the health of the graduating class at West Point -- for the purposes of a photo op for his reelection campaign by insisting on bringing them back to campus. He gave an alarming performance in which some observers saw an advancing dementia and during which he had difficulty lifting a glass of water.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2020
Another Screw-Up: Iraq announces Gradual US Troop Withdrawal, in Aftermath of Trump's Strike on Local Generals Trump clearly wants to be able to run on having won the war against ISIL in the Fertile Crescent and against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and it is rumored that he wants out of Afghanistan completely by September 1. It remains to be seen if he will decide he wants to be able to boast he got the US out of Iraq, as well.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 8, 2020
George Floyd and Mohamed Bouazizi: What Americans can Learn from Tunisia's Arab Spring If US protesters are going to be as successful as the Tunisian ones, they must get real legislative changes. And the biggest hope for those changes on a national scale is to get Trump out of the White House in November and to take the Senate away from the Republicans.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2020
How American cities were Reduced to Esper's "Battlespace": From Fallujah to Minneapolis Bush's war of aggression contained within itself the accumulated evil of the whole, and now that evil is spreading out to turn us all into Fallujans.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The Second Time as Farce: Donald Trump and James Madison and the Defense of the White House Trump called out the military police to expel protesters illegally from LaFayette Park near the White House, so that he and his imperial coterie could walk to St. John's Episcopal Church, Trump could briefly raise a Bible, and then they could walk back.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 31, 2020
Roots of Anger: Top 3 Reasons African-Americans have Lost Most in the Coronavirus Depression Some of the anger we see in US cities is a revolution of rising expectations. African-Americans were just beginning to experience some wage growth in recent years. That has just been wiped out.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Twitter finally Fact-Checks Trump, but Still Lets him Get Away with Murder (Literally) Neither mail-in voting nor the outrageous accusations against Scarborough is the really urgent issue on Twitter. Trump's inaction in late February on the coronavirus and his push in May for a premature opening of the economy, along with his discouragement of the wearing of face masks are getting large numbers of people killed.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 25, 2020
On Memorial Day: How the US Lost its "Battle of Aqaba" to the Coronavirus On Memorial Day, we have nearly 100,000 dead in the coronavirus pandemic and 38 million abruptly unemployed, we have entire US industries hanging on by a thread.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 23, 2020
Top 4 Reasons Trump is playing to Evangelicals by Demanding Church Reopening at cost of Mass Infection Trump has never been exactly what you would call a church-going man, preferring seedy trysts with porn stars and Playboy bunnies and barging into the dressing rooms of unclothed beauty contestants. So his alleged concern for church openings isn't moved by the holy spirit but more like the lowly spirit.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 21, 2020
The End of the Oslo Accords: Palestinians pull out of Agreements in face of Netanyahu's Sudetenland Moment Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced after a cabinet meeting that his government will move to implement the end of Palestinian cooperation with Israel and the United States and its withdrawal from all agreements it had signed with them.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Did Trump fire State Dept. Inspector to Protect Shady Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia? Trump summarily fired the State Department Inspector General, Steve Linick. While in US law as it now stands, the president has the power to fire pretty much anyone in the executive, if he fired Linick as an act of retaliation for one of Linick's investigations, that could be illegal.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2020
Top 3 Ways Netanyahu's New Gov't in Israel is a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen Israel's leaders have finally formed a government, after three elections that left the country in a political quagmire. The new government is a catastrophe.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 15, 2020
Dr. Bright to Congress: With 85,000 Dead, US Coronavirus Inaction threatens us with "Darkest Winter in Modern History" In his prepared testimony, Bright warned that if the Trump administration continued to mishandle the crisis we could face a second, bigger wave of the novel coronavirus this winter at the same time as flu season hits (flu seems to kill about 35,000 people in the US every winter). He said it could be "the darkest winter in modern history."

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