Articles from Juan Cole

Over 100 Artists Pen Letter Backing Lorde’s Israel Boycott

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The well-known artists and authors expressed their support for the young singer for canceling her show in Israel after Palestinian calls for boycott.

More than 100 writers and artists signed a letter in support of the New Zealand singer Lorde after she was harshly attacked over her decision not to perform in Israel following calls to boycott the country by pro-Palestinian activists.


AP Archive “Lorde scraps Israel concert amid boycott calls

White Nat’list Trump Adviser Miller Bounced from CNN after Sit-in

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Senior policy advisor for the Trump White House and notorious white supremacist Stephen Miller appeared on Jake Tapper’s Sunday show to defend Trump from the allegations in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”

Miller declined to leave after the train wreck of an interview, in which he accused Tapper of gloating over the revelations in the Wolff book and attempted to portray Tapper as an out of touch East Coast elite journalist unable to understand the discontents of the US working class.

The Five Pillars of Iran: Poetry of Protest

By Nassrine Azimi | (Informed Comment) | – –

Hiroshima—Throughout the massive public demonstrations in 2009, Iranians protesting against the notorious government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were often airing their anger and frustration at the abuses of the regime in rhyme. During this past week, people’s seething discontent has again spilled onto the streets, starting in the holy city of Mashhad and spreading across the country to more than 80 cities. And once again it comes in rhyme.

Protests in Iran – A Different View

Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman | (Informed Comment) | – –

The week-long protests in Iran, starting on December 29, have gradually died down. The Iranian government as well as the international community was caught by surprise, since the protests erupted suddenly, in a rather disorganized and leaderless fashion, in contrast to the 2009 Green Movement, and also petered out leaving behind no specific agenda or time-frame to follow up.

Egypt Promotes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Secret Calls

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The private conversations stand in stark contrast with the government’s public position, in which it has consistently condemned the declaration made by US President Donald Trump.

Four taped phone calls reveal Egyptian intelligence officer Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi telling popular talk-show hosts and one singer to promote a positive view of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to the New York Times.

US Cuts Aid to Pakistan As Trump Ramps Up Blackmail Tactic

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On Wednesday U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the U.S. would withhold US$255 million in assistance to Pakistan.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced Thursday it would freeze nearly all security aid to Pakistan until “the Pakistani government takes decisive action” against terrorist groups.

Civilized UK, rebuking Trump on Coal, now 30% Wind Powered

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Nope, coal is still doomed. Coal is the dirtiest fuel for electricity generation, putting out enormous amounts of carbon dioxide when it is burned. Its use is responsible for a significant amount of global climate change since the late eighteenth century.

And yes, the enormous storm in the Northeast is a climate disaster caused in part by carbon emissions. Climate change is associated with long term trends toward heating but also with moments of extreme weather along the way.