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Obama as Unreliable Narrator on Climate Action: From SOTU to NSA Spying at Copenhagen


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When President Obama looked us in the eye and said that the U.S. is not engaged in electronic surveillance for economic reasons, he was lying through his teeth.

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Dovish SOTU: Obama Will Veto AIPAC Iran Sanctions, Pledges Afghanistan Wind-Down


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President Obama’s State of the Union address addressed some key foreign policy issues—Afghanistan and Iran above all—though it was primarily aimed at domestic issues.

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The 18th Brumaire of Gen. al-Sisi in Egypt


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On Monday, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced that Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (also the minister of defense) was free to run for president if his conscience led him to do so.

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Real Irony of Jane Harman Being Interrupted on NSA Spying by Bieber Bulletin


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Former Rep. Jane Harman is both a victim of NSA spying and a big defender of it.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Faces Zionist Racism From Son Dating Norwegian


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught in a firestorm of controversy because his son Yair, 23, is dating a Norwegian woman whom he met while she was studying at a university in Israel.

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Egypt Polarized Between Pro-Military, Anti-Coup on Revolution Anniversary


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January 25 marked the third anniversary of the revolution that overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak, and Egyptians observed it in three distinctively different ways.

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Why Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy Is Succeeding While Egypt Falters


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On Sunday, Tunisia’s parliament will vote on the final text of the new constitution.

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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 various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years and continues to travel widely there. He speaks Arabic, Farsi and Urdu.

His most recent book is “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East” (2014) and his books “Engaging the Muslim World”,  “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East” were published in 2009 and 2007.

Cole was the recipient of the Hudson Research Professorship in 2003, the Award for Research in Turkey in 1999, and the Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award in 1985-86. In November 2004, he was elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and in 2006 was the recipient of Hunter College’s James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. At the University of Michigan, Cole served as director for the center of South Asian studies from 2009- 2012, and served as director for the center for Middle Eastern and North African studies from 2012-2013.

Cole holds a B.A. in history and literature of religions from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Arabic studies/history from American University in Cairo. In 1984 he completed his Ph.D. in Islamic studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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