Articles from Juan Cole

Mystery: Russia & Hizbullah begin withdrawal from Syria

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

al-Hayat [Life], the London pan-Arab daily, reports on the announcement Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would begin withdrawing the greater part of Russian men and equipment from Syria.

And the Best Teacher in the World is . . . a Palestinian

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teacher from the occupied West Bank on Sunday won the Varkey Foundation’s 2016 Global Teacher’s Prize “for her work educating children in Palestine.”

Hanan al-Hroub, from Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, was announced the winner of the competition during the award ceremony in Dubai.

About 8,000 teachers from all over the world had competed for the award.

The American Muslims Trump doesn’t Know About

Bridge Initiative Team | (Bridge) | – –

In an interview with Donald Trump that aired on Wednesday on CNN, Anderson Cooper asked the Republican presidential frontrunner if he thought “Islam is at war with the West.”

“I think Islam hates us,” Trump said, “There’s tremendous hatred there… We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us…”

Syria: More US Weaponry goes to al-Qaeda

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

al-Akhbar (Beirut) reports that al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Levant, also known as the Support Front (jabhat al-Nusra), repeated scenarios it had previously acted out against other “moderate” remnants of the old Free Syrian Army. It launched a massive attack on the headquarters of Division 13 and occupied most of its position in the southern hinterlands of Idlib.

Ankara, Turkey: At least 39 dead after car bombing, Judge Bans Social Media

Euronews | (Video news Report) |

“A car bomb has caused carnage in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara.

The authorities now say at least 3[9] people have died and some 75 have been injured.

The blast happened just before 6.45 p.m. local time at Kizilay Square near the central Guven Park. The area was said to have been crowded at the time – it is near a courthouse and the justice and interior ministries.

The state broadcaster TRT said the car exploded at a major transport hub – several bus stops are located there . . .”

Hypocrisy: Israel’s BDS of Palestinian Companies

Ma’an News Agency | – –

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli troops used tear gas to suppress a march held by five Palestinian food production companies on Sunday near the Israeli Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank.

The companies protested by parking their trucks near the prison, after Israeli authorities banned their products from entering Jerusalem and Israel.

h/t Ma’an Images