Articles from Juan Cole

If Cohen and Pecker are Guilty of Campaign Finance Felonies, isn’t Trump?

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The special counsel’s investigation into hush money Trump paid to a Playboy model and a porn star turns out so far to be much more significant than Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s collusion with Russia in 2016.

The law on campaign finance violations, while not air tight, is far clearer than any statutes about ‘collusion.’

When Bin Salman Killed Khashoggi, he Killed his Futuristic Megacity, ‘Neom,’ Too

Doubts have grown over the future of one of Saudi Arabia’s most ambitious projects in the aftermath of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s Consulate in Istanbul. Already reeling from the cancellation the $100 billion initial public offering of state energy giant Saudi Aramco, the Kingdom may now have to part with another one of its flagship projects, the cross-border, high-tech city known as Neom.

In Rebuke to Trump, US Senate will Vote on Ending Military Support for Saudis in Yemen

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The US Senate sent a fresh warning to President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia Wednesday by greenlighting a vote that could end US military support for Riyadh’s war in Yemen.

Anger at the human cost of the war, as well as outrage over the killing of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, have prompted a harder line in Congress about the US military’s role in backing the Saudi-led coalition fighting to bolster the Yemeni government against Huthi rebels.

The rightwing ‘American Spectator’ doesn’t Want you to read my ‘Muhammad: Prophet of Peace ‘

The good news is that The American Spectator reviewed my new book about the beginnings of Islam and the centrality to it of peace, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires. The bad news is that Andrew Harrod, the reviewer, appears not actually to have read the book. He just attended a talk I gave at Georgetown. His remarks are glib and uninformed, but being a teacher I see this as a teachable moment.

Top 6 Reasons Dems shouldn’t Allocate a single Cent for Trump’s Idiotic Wall

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump’s televised badgering of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi was made for cable television, which predictably looped it over and over again on Tuesday and assembled “panels” of “experts” solemnly to parse Trump’s insane meanderings, Schumer’s hamming it up for the cameras, and Pelosi’s pitifully forlorn call for a “fact-based” discussion.

To Save 10 mn Yemenis from Starvation, UN Pushes De-Escalation at Hodeida Port

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The United Nations has submitted proposals for de-escalation in the flashpoint Yemeni port city of Hodeida as well as the country’s third city of Taiz to warring parties at UN-sponsored talks in Sweden.

The Yemeni government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and its military allies, has been battling the Iran-backed Huthi rebels for control of Yemen for nearly four years, spawning what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Where have all the Creatures Gone? Long Time Passing… (Hint: We’ve Killed Them Off)

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( ) – If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up. After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title.

Island Nations facing Rising Seas Demand Action at UN Climate Summit

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Ministers from nations imperilled by rising seas and temperatures on Tuesday called for drastic action at UN climate talks deadlocked over a refusal by big polluters to embrace landmark environmental data.

The COP24 summit in Poland is scheduled to finish at the end of the week but delegates are still worlds apart when it comes to agreeing on a rulebook making good on the promises nailed down in the 2015 Paris climate accord.