Articles from Juan Cole

Global Heating Boosts Hurricane Florence, as Climate Denialist Governors Urge 1.5 Million to Flee

( – The National Weather Service has issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for portions of the coasts of North and South Carolina on September 11, 2018, as extremely dangerous Hurricane “Florence” continues heading toward the East Coast U.S. Landfall is expected between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks on September 13.

The Irrelevance of Trump: America was a Plutocratic Nat’l Security State and Still Is

Boston ( – Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45thU.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months. However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term. Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that’s gone aground, the Trump presidency may already have effectively run its course.

Did Trump almost start WW III with Russia with Proposed Massive Bombing of Syrian AF?

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – According to Bob Woodward’s just-released book, “Fear,” Donald Trump had been pressed to use 200 cruise missiles to destroy the Syrian Air Force in 2017. Knowing that the Russian Aerospace Forces personnel were all over Syrian air bases, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis became alarmed, and shaped a limited response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons at Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017.

Could Massive Solar and Wind Farms make the Sahara Green Again?

By Alona Armstrong | –

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an important and necessary step towards averting climate change. However, in our efforts to go green, we also need to be mindful of other consequences, both intended and unintended – and that includes how a mass deployment of renewable technology might affect its surrounding climate.

Israeli Right: Oslo Peace Process is Dead, and We Packed down the Earth on the Grave

Amichai (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – A panoramic view of mountains and neighbouring Palestinian villages before him, Avichai Boaran thinks back on the Oslo accords first signed off on 25 years ago and happily declares them dead.

“Oslo is buried deep in its grave,” says the 45-year-old resident of Amichai, a new Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, referring to the first of the two accords signed on September 13, 1993.

“And Israelis are jumping on the earth to pack it down hard.”

Islam: Compassion and Positive Peace in the Qur’an

One of the early chapters of the Qur’an is “The City,” chapter 90 in the standard version. It gives us a good idea of the verses being recited by the Prophet Muhammad around 613, three years into his ministry, once he started preaching publicly.

I discuss this period in Chapter 3 of my new book:

In Huge Game-Changer: California commits to 100% Green Electricity within 25 Years

Los Angeles (AFP) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

At least 20 countries and twice as many large cities have made similar pledges, but California — the fifth largest economy in the world — is by far the biggest jurisdiction to do so to date.

“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond,” Brown said at a signing ceremony in state capital Sacramento.

#Plaidshirtguy shows Why Trump likes Mideast Dictators

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The most striking characteristic of the tyrant is pettiness.

Trump as president is dangerous. He is volatile. He shouts that he wants people killed, and apparently in large numbers sometimes (“kill them all,” he appears to have said about the Syrian government, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis just ignored him. What if he fires Mattis and brings in someone willing to kill at will?)

Israeli Minister, Dozens of Settlers Storm 3rd Holiest Islamic Shrine

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli MK and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Yehuda Ariel, along with dozens of Israeli settlers, stormed on Sunday the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the eve of the Jewish new year.

According to local sources, Ariel stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, under heavy protection by the Israeli forces, who were also deployed across the compound since early morning.

Sources added that while in the compound, Ariel gave a speech on the occasion of the Jewish new year.

A Trump War on Iran would destroy that Country, but would it Bring down the US as Well?

To engage in war with Iran, Mr. Trump would need an excuse. He would need to show that Iran is a mortal threat to America, but, at the same time, he and his military establishment need to show that Iran, unlike North Korea and Russia, would be quickly and easily overcome. After all, no one can sell us a war we don’t need. So, first, we should ask, “is Iran a serious danger to the United States?” Simply put, do we need a war?