Stories by Juan Cole

Juan Cole is a professor of history at the University of Michigan and maintains the blog Informed Comment. subscribe to Juan Cole's feed

Posted on: Nov 17, 2015, Source: Informed Comment

Their reasoning is based on political hysteria and not grounded in any rational policy considerations.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2015, Source: Informed Comment

The US government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “PATRIOT Act."

Posted on: Mar 3, 2015, Source:

Israel faces more important security threats -- many of its own creation.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2014, Source: Informed Comment

Steal $2 trillion and you aren’t corrupt, you’re respectable.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2014, Source:

Did you know that 'wise' King Solomon kept 300 sex slaves?

Posted on: Oct 14, 2014, Source: Truthdig

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: Informed Comment

The U.S. denounces the "outside interference" in Libya -- yet it is one of the countries that got involved in the first place.

Posted on: May 26, 2014, Source: Informed Comment

In the wake of the Santa Barbara killings, the U.S. continues to hand out powerful magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants one without background checks.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2013, Source: Informed Comment

Americans are not seen as corrupt because we only deal in the big denominations. Steal $2 trillion and you aren’t corrupt, you’re respectable.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2013, Source: Informed Comment

The Motor City's problems -- deindustrialization, robotification, long-term unemployment, racial division -- are America's problems.

Posted on: May 2, 2013, Source: Informed Comment

Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan show US military intervention in the Middle East doesn't work.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2013, Source:

Islam’s holy book forbids coercing people into adopting any religion. They have to willingly choose it.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2013, Source: Informed Comment

To fight our contemporary pathologies, the tragedy has to be turned to empathy and universal compassion rather than to anger and racial profiling.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2013, Source: Informed Comment

Congress not only has held few or no hearings on the danger of white terrorism, it has actually pressured the DHS not to produce studies on the phenomenon.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2013, Source: Informed Comment

Here's why Clinton grew frustrated at Benghazi hearings yesterday.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

These misconceptions are spread by the American media.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

There's plenty of evidence about what kind of a "direction" Romney might take the country.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

The lies and activities of Mitt's campaign show a contempt for democracy itself.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

Israeli military forced to reveal that Israel calculated the amount of calories Palestinians would need to avoid malnutrition.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

Mitt Romney completely misunderstands the history of the U.S. role in the region, which causes him to misunderstand its present dilemmas.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

The truth about Iran's nuclear designs is almost nowhere to be found in the corporate media.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

Ryan's early roll-out for campaign 2012 has been quite the disaster.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2012, Source: Informed Comment

Not all terrorism is created equal.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2009, Source: Informed Comment

It looks like the election was stolen.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

Faux democracy, with little legitimacy and no sovereignty, doesn't work terribly smoothly.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

Is impeachment off the table over there too?

Posted on: Jul 24, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

John McCain thinks that Iraq borders Pakistan while the troop agreement misses deadline and Mosul, Diyala, and Fallujah experience violence.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

Let's look at what transpired in Lebanon.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

The Bush administration still has not told us why they died.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2007, Source: Informed Comment

The US must insist that the Israeli siege of Gaza must be lifted and more...

Posted on: Dec 27, 2007, Source: Informed Comment

How many times have you heard the war won't matter in the 2008 election? Wrong!

Posted on: Aug 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Juan Cole: The Bush Administration is clueless as to where 190,000 machine guns and pistols went, and believe it or not, that may be one of their smaller problems in Iraq right now.