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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...

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Islamic State Blows Up Historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul


The militant group claims the United States struck the site, but the U.S. Air Force denies it bombed that part of the Iraqi city.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

How Dangerous Is Saudi Arabia’s Change in Royal Succession?


King Salman has ousted his nephew and named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent. Some believe the new crown prince (pictured) is too reckless to hold so much power.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017

Can the U.S. Establish a ‘Deconfliction’ With Russia in Syria?


Tensions are high after the Air Force shot down a Syrian warplane, leading Russia to announce it may shoot down any U.S. aircraft operating in western Syria.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

Do Trump’s Tweets Embolden Violent Bigots?


Islamic State and other extremist groups want us to hate, and the president is one of the chief dupes of that strategy.

Posted on Jun 19, 2017

10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First


Solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than jobs in the general economy. Despite President Trump’s reneging on the Paris climate pact, renewable energy is forging ahead.

Posted on Jun 17, 2017

Why Saudi Extremism Is an Argument for Electric Cars, Wind and Solar Energy


Saudi Arabia has gotten too big for its britches, and the oil-producing Middle East is turning even more unstable. And if you are an American, it is your fault.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

Top 6 Signs Donald Trump Really Doesn’t Like Being Investigated


High-powered investigators appointed to look into the president’s affairs all seem to end up in the unemployment line.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions


The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017

U.K. Election Results in Hung Parliament: Is Trumpism Pushing Europe Left?


The Labour Party’s good showing involved several major components, including Donald Trump’s deep unpopularity in the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017

London Mayor Urges Britain to Disinvite Trump


The president’s shameful and out-of-context attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) have reminded us of how boorish Donald Trump can be. Britain agrees.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

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