Articles from Juan Cole

Trump’s Visa Ban, Rhetoric Scare off Foreign Students, Threatening 450K Jobs

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The “Open Doors” annual report of the Institute for International Education on the surface seems to contain good news. There are slightly more foreign students studying at American universities than last year, i.e. slightly over a million.

This is good news because foreign students at US universities bring in $42 billion a year and generate 450,000 jobs. .

Hate Crimes skyrocket for Third Consecutive Year: FBI

Despite a general decrease in violence by 0.2 percent, hate crimes have seen a sharp increase since 2013 in the U.S.

For the third consecutive year in the United States, the rate of hate crimes has increased to 17 percent a new FBI report revealed Tuesday said.

Trump Lashes out at France’s Macron over ‘Nationalism’ as Bromance Dies

By Maggy DONALDSON and Shaun TANDON | –

Washington (AFP) – Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president’s approval rating and lashing him over European defense proposals which enjoyed a crucial new boost from Germany.

On the heels of a rocky trip to Paris to mark the World War I centenary, Trump fired off a caustic series of early-morning tweets against his weekend host and renewed his frequent charge that America’s European allies in NATO spend too little on defense.

Remembering Stan Lee

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – I write today to honor a titan who has passed on, who once did me a great kindness when I was a mere college student. Meeting him was the thrill of a lifetime.

A saying is attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad in the “Path of Eloquence” that “You assert that you are a paltry thing, but within you is enfolded a universe.”

Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza kill 4, destroy TV Station, as Rockets kill 1 in Israel

By Sakher Abou El Oun with Mike Smith in Jerusalem

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Renewed violence in Gaza threatened to thwart efforts to end months of unrest as Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians and destroyed a Hamas TV building while a barrage of rocket fire from the enclave left one dead on Tuesday.

The flare-up came after a deadly Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday that led Hamas to vow revenge.

The ‘Blue Wave’ Was Also a ‘Muslim Wave’

( – In the most Islamophobic election in history, Muslim candidates scored big wins by embracing progressive policies. By Domenica Ghanem | November 7, 2018

With the Muslim Ban, the promotion of torturer Gina Haspel to CIA director, and increases in hate crimes, it’s been a rough year for us Muslims in the United States.

150 Killed in Battle for Yemen’s Hodeida as Millions Face Starvation

Main Author: Khaled Mohammed with Natacha Yazbeck in Dubai

Hodeida (Yemen) (AFP) – At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, medics said Monday, as Britain’s top diplomat visited the Gulf seeking to boost international calls for a ceasefire.

Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Huthi rebels from the strategic Red Sea city, whose docks are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

Macron’s Slam of Nationalism got it Right, but didn’t note Dehumanization

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Emmanuel Macron’s extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump from the podium at the commemoration of the end of World War I was more than mere rhetoric. Macron, an educated man, knows that modern social science distinguishes between patriotism, which is considered healthy, and nationalism, which has a pathological dimension. As Trump admits, he is a nationalist.

Macron said,