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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...

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Putin’s End Game in Syria

Source: Informed Comment

The Syrian press is watching Oliver Stone’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and likes what it sees.

Posted on Jun 18, 2017

Putin offers Comey Asylum, likens him to Snowden

Source: Informed Comment

BBC Monitoring translates the remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin broadcast on Rosiyya 1 TV on Thursday.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

Mattis overrules Trump on Qatari “terrorism,” sells it $12 bn in F-15s

Source: Informed Comment

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis defied his boss Donald Trump on Wednesday and inked a deal with the Qatar government to sell it $12 billion in F-15 fighter jets.

Posted on Jun 15, 2017

Obama’s last Victory: Syrian Democratic Forces hold Parts of ISIL Capital

Source: Informed Comment

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Saturday morning that they had established control over a northwestern neighborhood of Raqqa in Syria, the capital of Daesh. They also launched an attack on a military base north of the city.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Sorry, Trump, Electric Car sales doubled last Year, dooming dirty Fossil fuels

Source: Informed Comment

The number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road doubled worldwide to 2 million in the past year with 40% of EVs being in China.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017

Top 10 Ways Americans judge Trump in the Comey Covfefe

Source: Informed Comment

On the eve of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, Trump seems to be tanking in the polls, and his firing Comey seems to be a big part of the reason why.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017

Trump’s Ally: Saudi Arabia’s drive for Aristocratic Hegemony in the Middle East

Source: Informed Comment

Saudi Arabia is making a drive to become a regional hegemon. It has long used its oil wealth to achieve a great deal of influence among neighbors, of course. But

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

The Other Terrorism: Toxic CO2 Gas Promoted by Trump Budget, Shell

Source: Informed Comment

Terrorism is properly defined as non-state actors using violence against civilians to achieve a political purpose.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017

How Trump should have responded to London Attacks if he were Normal

Source: Informed Comment

I stand amazed and heartened that London police, by dint of years of exacting training were able to respond to the attacks within 8 minutes. I salute their bravery.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017

Who needs Trump: State Policies driving huuje advances in Wind Power

Source: Informed Comment

Anyone who is depressed about Trump’s sabotage of action to halt climate change should take heart from a remarkable development in Kansas..

Posted on Jun 5, 2017

Trump, Paris Accords and the End of the American Century

Source: Informed Comment

As Trump seems likely to pull out of the Paris Climate accord, he will be creating several kinds of leadership vacuum.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017

Allies Furious as Trump w/draws from G7 Climate Commitment, May leave Paris Accord

Source: Informed Comment

Trump bombed at the G7 summit in Italy.

Posted on May 28, 2017

GOP Greatest Single Threat to Mothers on Mother’s Day

Source: https://www.juancole.com/2017/05/greatest-single-mothers.html

I know it is sort of gauche to politicize Mother’s Day. But then politicians politicize family values all the time. And besides, the Republican Party is being mean to moms, and today is when they should be called out for it.

Posted on May 16, 2017

The Sadism of creeping Dictatorship

Source: Informed Comment

One of the classic techniques of dictatorship is humiliation, a manifestation of the sadism of the regime. Most people want to avoid being made the butt of ridicule, and authoritarian personalities calculate that they will even surrender some rights and liberties to avoid it.

Posted on May 11, 2017

NSAgate: Trump was warned (by Yates and Obama), and yet He Persisted

Source: Informed Comment

The Trump administration is running as hard and fast as it can away from Michael Flynn, whom Trump briefly appointed National Security adviser. But the facts of this case implicate Trump and his high officials (likely Steve Bannon was somehow involved, for instance).

Posted on May 9, 2017

NSAgate: Trump was warned

Source: Informed Comment

The Trump administration is running as hard and fast as it can away from Michael Flynn, whom Trump briefly appointed National Security adviser. But the facts of this case implicate Trump and his high officials (likely Steve Bannon was somehow involved, for instance).

Posted on May 9, 2017

Wind Power and the quest for 100% Renewables in age of Trump

Source: Informed Comment

Wind Power and the quest for 100% Renewables in age of Trump

Posted on May 6, 2017

How President Bannon’s Whiteboard Sank Trump

Source: Informed Comment

Trump’s approval ratings are in the toilet compared to any other modern president at this stage of his presidency. At least some of that public disapproval comes from his repeated attempts to issue overly broad or discriminatory or otherwise unconstitutional executive orders. These were promptly blocked by federal courts, although Trump could yet prevail at the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 4, 2017

India’s Electric-Car Plans could Leave Trump & US in Dust

Source: Informed Comment

India’s announcement that it wants to have its automobile fleet go completely electric by 2030 is a bigger deal than it seems on the surface, if in fact the government follows through.

Posted on May 3, 2017

Planet Ravagers: How Trump & GOP are like Aliens in “Independence Day”

Source: Informed Comment

Trump and his cohort are Planet Ravagers. (This is a common Hollywood trope, but they are the real thing). They just want to suck the earth dry, and apparently they don’t in the slightest care what happens to people or even businesses after they go out of office.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

As Millions March for Climate, Stab in Back by EPA & NYT

Source: Informed Comment

At the same time that protests were mounted in cities across the US and the world, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency under denialist, shyster lawyer, and generally miserable human being Scott Pruitt removed its Climate Change web page..

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

ISIL Terror-Trolls French Election, Supporting far Right

Source: Informed Comment

Thursday’s shooting at the Champs Elysee, left one policeman dead, another gravely injured, a third lightly wounded along with a German tourist shot in the heel.

Posted on Apr 22, 2017

AG Jeff Sessions implies Asian-Americans in Hawaii not Real Americans

Source: Informed Comment

If people like Sessions didn’t want Hawaii as a state, all they had to do is not make an illegal coup against the sovereign royal family there in 1893.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Putin joins ranks of Climate Denialists in support of Trump

Source: Informed Comment

Russian President Vladimir Putin has abruptly become a climate-change denialist, apparently under the influence of key figures in the Trump administration, which Putin likely helped install.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017

Michael Flynn Russia’s “primary channel of communication with the Trump team”?

Source: Informed Comment

Former National Security Adviser to president Trump, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, has allegedly offered to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Russia’s role in the US election, on condition that he is granted immunity from prosecution.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

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