Articles from Juan Cole

Top 8 Ways John Kelly was an Embarrassment as WH Chief of Staff


By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Trump announced Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, will leave at the end of the month. It has been reported that the two men are not speaking. Kelly was often seen as a force for stability in the Trump administration, but as I warned when he first came in, he shared many of Trump’s crackpot far rightwing ideas and therefore was not in fact a source of stability for the country.

All the Ways Charlottesville Survivors Continue Fight against Racism

Charlottesville, Va | AFP | –

As the jury delivered its guilty verdict against a neo-Nazi accused of murder for ramming his car into a group of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally last year, Wednesday “Al” Bowie burst into tears of joy.

“I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in almost a year and a half,” said Bowie, 28, whose pelvis was shattered into six pieces when James Alex Fields Jr plowed his gray Dodge Challenger into the crowd protesting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017.

Top 5 Must-Know Revelations in Russia Probe

Washington, DC | (AFP) | –

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election — and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials — a “witch hunt”

New filings by federal prosecutors have brought major revelations about Russian efforts to forge links to US President Donald Trump before the 2016 election and about illegal payments he allegedly ordered to bury potential sex scandals.

Trump is now an Unindicted Felon: US Att’y for Southern District of New York

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Mueller sentencing document for Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, is not nearly as important as that from the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Robert Khuzami, Thomas McKay and their colleagues not only laid out 5 major crimes committed by Michael Cohen but they established a basis for charging Donald J. Trump with a felony.

Russian Sought ‘Synergy’ with Trump Campaign in 2015: Mueller

Washington, United States | AFP | –

Russians reached out to President Donald Trump’s then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen in November 2015 seeking to establish cooperation with the Trump’s election campaign, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said

A high-placed Russian offered Donald Trump’s presidential campaign “synergy on a government level” in November 2015, well before previous reported contacts between the two sides, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday.

Red Alert: World will Put out Record 37 bn tons of Heat-Trapping Carbon Dioxide in 2018

By Pep Canadell, Corinne Le Quéré, Glen Peters, Robbie Andrew, and Rob Jackson | –

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise more than 2% (range 1.8% to 3.7%) in 2018, taking global fossil CO₂ emissions to a new record high of 37.1 billion tonnes.

Israeli Gov’t Strong-arms Germany to Boycott Israeli Orgs Calling for Palestinian Rights

London (Middle East Monitor) – Assault on free speech has been a common feature of Israeli governments. This week another example of its efforts to silence critical voices was revealed by the +972 magazine, which reported details of a campaign by the right-wing Netanyahu government to de-fund independent publications and human rights organisations.

Why Gandhi’s ideas on Nonviolence continue to thrive, even in the post-truth era

By Tom Shillam | –

(The Conversation) Gandhi is still relevant – and can inspire a new form of politics today

Seventy years after Gandhi’s assassination on the streets of New Delhi, Ramachandra Guha’s new book, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-48, reopens a familiar debate around his legacy. What was Gandhi’s message? What were his politics? What can we learn from him today? And is he still relevant?