Articles from Juan Cole

Refugees, Militias, Sectarianism: Middle East Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

By Baher Kamal | (Inter Press Service) | – –

ROME (IPS) – A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security.

Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Merkel Had To Explain EU Trade To Trump ELEVEN TIMES

Cenk Uygur | (Video News Clip) | – –

“Trump has been bragging about what great chemistry he has with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

During his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, Trump insisted on to negotiating a trade deal between the U.S. and Germany, only to be shut down numerous times. ‘You can’t do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU,’” a senior German official told the Times of London.

No Woman Has Ever Run For Iranian President. Will Azam Taleghani Be The First?

By Golnaz Esfandiari. | ( RFE/RL) | – –

On April 14, a tiny, frail-looking woman wearing a chador and using a walker made her way slowly up the stairs of Iran’s Interior Ministry in Tehran.

Seventy-three-year-old Azam Taleghani was there to register as a candidate in the May 19 vote for Iran’s presidency.

100 Days: How much Damage has Trump already done to the Earth?

By Martin Khor | (Inter Press Service) | – –

PENANG (IPS) – This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President. It’s time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries.

It’s too early to form firm conclusions. But much of what we have seen so far is of serious concern.