Articles from Juan Cole

Afghanistan: How a Shrine Bombing in Kabul tells us Trump’s Surge won’t Succeed

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

This year, the merriment of Now-Ruz in Kabul was marred by a suicide bombing that killed at least 33 persons and wounded 68, according to the Afghani Ministry of Health. The perpetrator was allegedly a member of ISIL (which really needs another name, since it isn’t an ‘Islamic State’ and doesn’t hold territory in Iraq or the Levant any more, and just seems to be a franchise for disgruntled terrorists dissatisfied with how moderate the Afghan Taliban are).

Israel: 8 months for slap in teen journalist Ahed Tamimi Plea Bargain

Middle East Monitor | – –

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi is to serve eight months in an Israeli jail after reaching a plea bargain, Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported.

Details have yet to be made public after the court held a closed session today, however the paper reported that Tamimi would plead guilty to four charges of assault and that the agreement must be approved by a military court.

How Racism in the West is Changing: from Exploitation to Competition

By Anne-Ruth Wertheim | ( Joop )

In addition to racism in our parts predominantly taking the guise of Islamophobia in recent decades, now all those moldy myths about differences in IQ between the races people are being dusted off. Not that horror stories about Muslims have vanished or any other prejudices about minority groups.

Buried, altered, silenced: 4 ways government climate information has changed since Trump took office

By Morgan Currie and Britt S. Paris | The Conversation | – –

After Donald Trump won the presidential election, hundreds of volunteers around the U.S. came together to “rescue” federal data on climate change, thought to be at risk under the new administration. “Guerilla archivists,” including ourselves, gathered to archive federal websites and preserve scientific data.

Increasingly Ludicrous WH denial that Austin bombings are “terrorism”

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Two more package bombs were found in Austin and San Antonio Fedex offices on Tuesday, giving evidence of originating with the same person responsible for a string of bombings that have killed two persons and wounded several others. Some of those targeted have been African-Americans from families who have played a prominent role in civil rights activism.

Actor Cynthia Nixon, NY Governor Hopeful, attacked over Israel Boycott

Middle East Monitor | – –

A leading pro-Israel activist is attempting to derail an American actor’s bid to become the governor of New York over her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

A “Serial Bomber” in Austin? Civil Rights Activists Targeted and Trump is Silent

TeleSur | – –

Two of the people who were killed belonged to African-American families with deep roots to city’s Black, religious and civil-rights groups.

After the 4th bomb went off in Austin, Texas, with the latest bombing injuring two men Sunday, investigators have suggested that there could be a possible link between the four bombings, and a possible “serial bomber” on the loose.

The more Computers know about you, the less Free you Are: Is there a Fix?

By Dirk Helbing | (Project Syndicate) | – –

Economic revolutions often bring profound social change, affecting everything from jobs to family size. With the digital revolution now in full swing, humanity must recommit to building more ethical machines, or face a future in which our technologies undermine basic values like human rights and civil liberties.