Articles from Juan Cole

Trump’s anti-Iran Warsaw Conference Collapsing, as Russia says Iran should have been Invited

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – A couple of weeks ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a conference on security in the Middle East for February 13-14. Although the theme seemed general, the conclave was clearly intended by Pompeo, Saudi Arabia, and Israel to direct hate against Iran. Poland issued 70 invitations to the countries of the world, including all the European Union members and the Russian Federation.

With World on Precipice of Climate Catastrophe, US CO2 Emissions Skyrocketed in 2018

By Abrahm Lustgarten | –

( ProPublica) – A report by a private research company found that U.S. emissions, which amount to one-sixth of the planet’s, didn’t fall in 2018 but instead skyrocketed. The 3.4 percent jump for 2018, projected by the firm, would be second-largest surge in greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. since Bill Clinton was president.

Health, Poverty, Conflict in Charts: Is the World Better off Today than ever before in History?

By Julius Probst | –

Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder, when the news focuses on reporting catastrophes, terrorist attacks, wars and famines.

We’re on Course to Miss our “Best Chance” of Stopping Runaway Climate Change by 2020

Paris (AFP) – The world is on course to miss its “best chance” of preventing runaway climate change by ensuring global greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2020, researchers warned Tuesday.

Even as Earth is buffeted by superstorms, droughts and flooding made worse by rising seas, and as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise globally, an analysis by the World Resources Institute showed that current efforts to limit temperature increases are falling well short.

Israeli Snipers Killed 180, Injured 23,000 Gaza Protesters with Live Fire since March

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — More than 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army gunfire and over 23,000 were injured since the start of “The Great March of Return” protests in the Gaza Strip on March 30th until the end of last year, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Why Martin Luther King, Jr., would Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, at 29, has become a lightning rod. She was recruited to run against a corporate Democrat by activists of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which has become a significant caucus within the Democratic Party.