Articles from Juan Cole

Trump, McCabe and our Permanent Constitutional Crisis

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Trump’s conviction that being president means never having to say you are sorry, and being able to do whatever the hell you please, is likely to cause him legal trouble sooner or later.

His vindictive firing of deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, just before McCabe could retire and qualify for his pension, is typical of this president. McCabe appears to have been passing on memos on his interactions with Trump to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and the firing may be related to these memos.

From Dead Spies to Dead Syrian Villagers, Russian Denialism on Chemical Attacks

By Brian Whitaker | ( | – –

Russia’s RT links the Skripal poisoning to British jealousy over hosting of the World Cup

There’s something uncannily familiar about Russia’s propaganda antics over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain. We’ve seen them before in Syria where Russia has steadfastly defended the Assad regime against accusations of using chemical weapons.

Facebook Suspends Cambridge Analytica Firm Involved in Trump Campaign

TeleSur | – –

The social media company warned it “will take legal action if necessary to hold them responsible and accountable for any unlawful behavior.”

Social media giant, Facebook, said it on Friday it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for the United States President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, after discovering the firm had violated Facebook’s privacy policies.

Total cost of Owning an Electric Vehicle falling below Gasoline Dinosaurs

Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada | (The Conversation) | – –

Global interest in climate change – its effects on the environment and society more broadly – is probably at an all time high. Countries around the world, with the glaring exception of the US under President Donald Trump, are increasingly acknowledging the shift that’s needed from a fossil fuel-driven economy to one that is sustainable, green and attempts to mitigate climate change.

Israel’s new Jewish state bill ‘institutionalising the apartheid regime’

Middle East Monitor | – –

The Israeli Knesset is fast tracking a “nation-state bill” which opposition groups have denounced as “institutionalising the apartheid regime”. Knesset members approved the final draft of the bill defining Israel exclusively as a nation for Jews.

The “Zionism’s flagship bill”, as it’s been described by Israeli politicians, will permit Jewish-only communities and mark a dangerous turning point for Palestinians whose democratic rights will come under greater threat.

Why Electric SUVs will save the American Car Companies, not China Tariffs

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Joann Muller at Forbes, in a piece on Ford Motor Company’s plans vastly to expand its electric and hybrid offerings, puts her finger on something absolutely crucial.

Ford and other American car companies really, really need electric sport utility vehicles in order to get through the coming years. Some electric sports cars wouldn’t hurt, either.