Articles from Juan Cole

Egypt arrests Hundreds to Stop Protest, including Journalists, Lawyers

Human Rights Watch | – –

(Beirut) – Egyptian security forces arrested at least 382 people in the days leading up to and during the dispersal of mostly peaceful protests on April 25, 2016. The protests followed a rare mass demonstration against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on April 15.

Globally, deaths from explosive weapons rise 54%, & 3/4s are Civilians

TeleSur | – –

Civilian casualties from explosive weapons rose by 54 percent in 2015 compared to 2011.

More than three-quarters of those harmed by explosive weapons in 2015— bombs, missiles and mortars— were civilians, with 30 of them killed on average every day, according to a new study from Action on Armed Violence or AOAV, a non-governmental organization based in the the United Kingdom.

Trump culture: threat, fear and the tightening of the American mind

By Michele Gelfand and Joshua Conrad Jackson | (The Conversation) | – –

For the past 10 months, Donald Trump has been a political enigma. Against the predictions of journalists, policy wonks and odds makers, a tabloid darling with no political experience and few coherent policies is now poised to be the Republican nominee for president.

Syrian Kurds: True Revolution must Liberate Women

By Rahila Gupta | ( OpenDemocracy )

In less than four years, the women’s umbrella organisation, Kongira Star, has set up an autonomous, grassroots, democratic structure which has resulted in shifting patriarchal mindsets and reversing gender discriminatory laws . . .