Articles from Juan Cole

100% Green Energy is Possible & a Chinese Province Just Proved It

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New clean schemes push the nation further forward as a leader in search for alternative technologies.

Demonstrating that renewables are a viable option for the future, China’s Qinghai Province [, pop. 5.2 mn.] last week ran for seven consecutive days entirely on clean energy.

From June 17 to June 23, Qinghai used only wind, solar and hydropower stations, coordinated by the national State Grid Corporation.

Can Iran, Turkey and Egypt Cooperate to deliver Mideast from Chaos?

Farhang Jahanpour | ( Tehran Times | – –

TEHRAN – Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on the Middle East in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, tells the Tehran Times that Iran, Egypt and Turkey must set aside their differences in order save the the region from “chaos and destruction”.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria—Sleepwalking into a Global Confrontation

By Reese Erlich | (The Progressive) | – –

Syrian President Bashar al Assad claims to have won the war and that he is merely mopping up remaining rebel groups.

With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia.

On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria. On June 17, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian Air Force bomber, asserting that the Syrians threatened the ground positions of Syrian Kurdish allies.

Rate of Sea Level Rise increasing, As Greenland Melts

By John Church, Christopher Watson, Matt King, Xianyao Chen, and Xuebin Zhang | (The Conversation) | – –

Contributions to the rate of global sea-level rise increased by about half between 1993 and 2014, with much of the increase due to an increased contribution from Greenland’s ice, according to our new research.

Trump accuses Syria of Planning Gas attack as Haley attacks Russia, Iran

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

The Trump administration is making noise about striking Syria, on the grounds that Damascus is planning to use poison gas again.

Trump’s Neoconservative ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted:

Trump Son-In-Law did not declare $285m Loan from Deutsche Bank

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Jared Kushner was an adviser to the Trump campaign and an employee at his own real estate company when the firm received the loan.

A real estate company owned by senior adviser to U.S. President, Jared Kushner, received a $285-million loan from a German bank one month before the U.S. election.

According to the Washington Post, the bank has also lent millions of dollars to U.S. President Donald Trump in the past.