Articles from Juan Cole

Burn Pits and Toxins: Are 800 US Bases abroad Scofflaw Polluters?

H. Patricia Hynes

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My nephew, an Army veteran who spent most of his 20 plus years military service as an officer in South Korea, is now a civilian military contractor living on a base in Afghanistan. Our only conversation about US military pollution in South Korea was something of a non-starter.

Tunisia: Austerity Protests roil Birthplace of Arab Spring

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Protests have been taking place across the North African country over the past several nights in protest against government austerity measures at the behest of the IMF.

At least one person is dead and 200 people have been arrested during several nights of protests in Tunisia, according to The Guardian.

EVs are Better: Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea could burn for a month

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The stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Reuters on Wednesday, as the blaze raged for a fourth day following a collision with a freight ship.

Dozens of rescue boats battled strong winds, high waves and poisonous fumes to comb a 900-square-nautical-mile (3,100-square-kilometre) area for 31 missing sailors and tame the fire, amid growing concerns the ship may explode or sink.

Neo-Nazi Game of Thrones: Bannon forced out at Breitbart

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Steve Bannon resigned as chief executive of Breitbart News, the right-leaning website said on Tuesday

The resignation occurred after the former White House ex-strategist was attacked by President Donald Trump for criticizing his eldest son.

Why Israel doesn’t run on Solar: Netanyahu’s son boasts of father’s gas deal at strip club

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A recording emerged yesterday of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair boasting that his father had set up a $20 billion business deal for businessman and gas tycoon Kobi Maimon.

Published by the Israel Television News Company, the report has stirred renewed controversy at a time when Netanyahu is being investigated on allegations of corruption.

“Do Kids die, Mom?” Facing the Future With Trepidation in the Age of Trump

Frida Berrigan | ( | – –

As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: it’s getting harder and harder to think about the future — at least in that soaring Whitney Houston fashion. You know the song: “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way…” These days, doesn’t it sound quaint and of another age?

Iran’s Khamenei blames Early English Learning for Unrest, Bans Classes

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Iran’s government has apparently discovered the real reason for the protests that swept its small towns and working class neighborhoods during the past couple of weeks. English was being taught to third graders in some schools.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the clerical Leader of the country, has decreed that studying English will have to wait until high school, so that children are not indoctrinated at an early age into Western decadence.