Articles from Juan Cole

Yemen: Will the Battle for Hodeidah Bring a Solution or Disaster?

London ( – In Yemen, the long-expected military assault on the port city of Hodeidah began this morning. Hodeida is currently held by the Houthis who control much of northern Yemen. According to local reports it is being attacked from the south by the Amaliqa (“Giants”) Brigades – a surviving section of Yemen’s national army – with the United Arab Emirates providing air support.

Israeli Lawmaker: Supremacy of ‘Jewish Race’ Explains Support for Netanyahu

A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the “Jewish race” is the smartest in the world and possessing of the “highest human capital,” which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports The Time Of Israel.

Member of the Knesset (Parliament) Miki Zohar made the comments during a radio debate with veteran political journalist Dan Margalit about the corruption investigations in which Netanyahu is either a suspect or has given testimony.

In Quoting Bible on Tearing Children from Parents, Sessions Echoes Israeli Practices

The Trump administration decision to treat all undocumented immigrant families, including asylum seekers, as criminals has led its officials to rip large numbers of children away from their parents and be placed themselves in detention centers. Even the Bush administration had not routinely treated all undocumented immigrants in that way. Children in Federal detention centers at the border typically had been unaccompanied or their parents had committed some serious crime beyond that of trying to get into the US.

Gaza’s Infant Mortality increased in past Decade; 6 Times Israel’s, Twice Jordan’s

Newborn babies are placed in the incubation department at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City

London – In a new report published yesterday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) “warned that infant mortality has not declined for the last decade in Gaza Strip”, reported Xinhua.

Yemen: Huthis Pledge to ‘Confront Tyranny’ as Saudi-Led Forces Kill Dozens in Attack Key Port

With Alison Tahmizian Meuse in Dubai

Al Duraihimi (Yemen) (AFP) – Yemen’s rebel chief urged his forces to fight on against pro-government troops pressing a Saudi-backed offensive to retake the key aid hub of Hodeida, as the UN called for the Red sea port to be kept open.

Heavy fighting left 39 people dead on Thursday, a day after the Saudi-led coalition launched an assault to recapture the city controlled by the Iran-allied Huthi rebels.

The Escalating Tragedy of American Imperial Overstretch

New York ( – Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren’t so grim. If you look, you can find examples of this just about anywhere. Here, for instance, is a passage in the New York Times from a piece on the topsy-turvy Trumpian negotiations that preceded the Singapore summit.

120 Nations Condemn Israel for Gaza Shootings, including Russia, China, France & 11 other European States

In a blow to the Trump administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted, by 120 votes in favor, a resolution introduced by Algeria and Turkey condemning Israel for deploying excessive force against Palestinians at rallies near the border of Gaza.

Saudi & UAE-Backed Forces Attack Key Yemen Port of Hodeida, Risking Humanitarian Disaster

Al Jah (Yemen) (AFP) – Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive Wednesday to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls from the international community for restraint.

Pro-government troops began the assault despite mounting international fears about the humanitarian fallout, pressing toward Hodeida airport south of the city after receiving a “green light” from the coalition.

By Wednesday night, the offensive remained on the outskirts of the rebel-held airport.

Int’l Criminal Court must investigate Top Israeli Officials for Gaza War Crimes: HRW

New York (Human Rights Watch) – Israeli forces’ repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip since March 30, 2018, against Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza and wounded thousands with live ammunition.