Articles from Juan Cole

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).

Yemen’s Huthis vow to fight on after losing Hodeida airport to Saudi-Backed Coalition

Khokha (Yemen) (AFP) – Yemen’s Huthi rebels vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hodeida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step towards retaking the port city following a week-long battle.

Rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi called for reinforcements to repel the advance of the UAE-backed government forces, after ongoing fighting left nearly 350 people dead.

“We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented,” he said via the rebels’ Al-Masirah news outlet.

Climate Terror Stalks us, and We Yawn– 3 Decades Later

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The American (and world) public was informed about the dangers of global heating 30 years ago this week, on June 23, 1988, by climate scientist James Hansen.

It turns out that Big Oil and other hydrocarbon industries were convinced of the dangers privately even before that, but hid their scientists’ findings from the public, causing trillions of dollars of damage to the earth.

$120 bn. in Coastal Property in Jeopardy from CO2-induced Sea-Level Rise

Sarasota (United States) (AFP) – Along sun-splashed shorelines in the US state of Florida, home prices are on the rise, developers are busy building new complexes, and listings just blocks from the beach describe homes that are “not in a flood zone,” meaning no flood insurance is required.

But experts warn that ignoring sea level rise won’t prevent a looming economic crisis caused by water-logged homes that will someday become unsafe, uninhabitable and too costly to insure.

Did You Hear about the Great Afghan Peace March? MSM Ignores Nonviolent Activists

Kabul (AFP) – Dozens of peace protesters arrived in Kabul on Monday after walking hundreds of kilometres across war-battered Afghanistan, as the Taliban ended an unprecedented ceasefire and resumed attacks in several parts of the country.

AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR. Afghan peace activists shout slogans demanding an end to fighting as they arrive in Kabul.