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: Apr 22, 2016, Source:

Most of us have only a foggy idea of who Harriet Tubman was.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2016, Source: Informed Comment

Despite party leaders' protests, Trump isn't so different, he just expresses opinions others try to hide.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2016, Source: Informed Comment

Networks and newspapers are trying to explain away racism from a prominent GOP candidate.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2016, Source: Informed Comment

Basically everything Ted Cruz said was a lie.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2015, Source: Informed Comment

Putin is attempting to shore up the government of Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey hopes to see it overthrown by Muslim fundamentalist rebels.

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.