Articles from Juan Cole

#Bringbackourgirls: How Trump made the US into Boko Haram

Trump campaigned in 2016 on being tougher against radical Muslim movements such as ISIL, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram. He even went so far as to blame all of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims for these tiny groups (which have largely been defeated by other Muslims).

But one of the horrible practices of these radical groups was stealing children from their parents– especially female children, and making them disappear into social death.

CO2 Catastrophe for Egypt: Rising Seas, Salinization to Displace 5 mn by 2025

Cairo (Middle East Monitor) – The climate change on Egypt’s northern coast is expected to lead to the migration of at least five million people from the Nile Delta if appropriate measures are not taken.

Climate changes on Egypt’s northern coast could force five million people to leave the country’s Nile Delta area, Egypt’s irrigation minister said yesterday.

How Trump’s Executive Order Reversing Family Separation just Makes Things Worse

The executive order includes no provision to reunite the 2,300 separated families and illegally proposes to detain children indefinitely.

Caracas (TeleSur) – United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday after an international outcry over his immigrant family separation policy at the southern border. The event was reported as Trump ending family separations, but that is far from true.

At US Border, Children Still ‘crying and screaming’ for Mothers

El Paso (United States) (AFP) – Children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border “cry and scream” for their mothers, reaching out for them through the chain-link pens where they are being held, a pediatrician who has visited several Texas processing centers said in an interview.

Marsha Griffin, who has monitored conditions on the Texas border with Mexico for a decade, described her horror at what she found.

Approaching one facility, she said she heard what sounded like children playing or laughing.

Police Killings of African-Americans exact Mental Health Toll: The Lancet

Paris (AFP) – The disproportionately high rate at which unarmed black people die at the hands of police in the United States has a corrosive impact on the mental health of black Americans, researchers reported Friday.

The frequency of these killings has been cited as symptomatic of deeply rooted racism, and is in any case perceived as such by most black Americans, they reported in The Lancet, a medical journal.

Not only Is Trump’s Refugee Policy Morally Wrong, it is Illegal in US and Int’l Law

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Family Separation Policy that Trump has “temporarily” set aside (in favor of indefinite detention of entire families) has in some ways obscured what is really going on in Trump’s refugee policy overall. In essence, the Trump administration is attempting gradually to abolish the acceptance by the US of asylees, in stark contravention to US treaty obligations (and hence to domestic US law).

Look Deeper: Child Detention and the US’s Paramilitary Politics Abroad

Southwest Harbor, ME (Informed Comment) – Attorney General Sessions didn’t lose any sleep over those children forcibly separated from their parents. He maintained most of the asylum seekers will be denied because “many of them . . . like to make more money . . .” Unfortunately, however, when children are used as bargaining chips we may never know the conditions these families have experienced.

Are Police Tracking You Using Facial Recognition? (Video)

“AJ+ explores the risks and benefits of facial recognition software. We traveled to the Mexico-US border as Trump vows to complete a US biometric entry-exit system. In an AJ+ documentary series, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin investigates facial recognition at the border, meets men struggling with addiction at a gaming rehab, looks into the harassment women face online, interviews current and former Facebook employees and travels to a Macedonian Fake News farms. When big tech breaks things and asks questions later, it affects everyone. AJ+ looked into what’s broken and how to fix it.”

As Pentagon Encircles China, Does Military Conflict With Beijing Loom?

Northampton, MA ( ) – On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed,the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM).