Articles from Juan Cole

If it’s Trump versus Clinton, what does it Mean for Iran and ISIL Policy?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – –

Despite Donald Trump’s big wins on Tuesday, he is still only halfway to the delegate count he needs to win the GOP presidential nomination outright, and his remaining rivals of Kasich and Cruz could siphon off enough delegates to deny him that clear victory. It seems clear that if the Republican convention goes to a second vote, the GOP establishment will attempt to dump Trump. But it is also possible that he will show up in Cleveland in mid-July with the 1237 needed to triumph.

Israel returns to pre-Oslo policy of vast land confiscations

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has reinstated a policy of confiscating vast swathes of Palestinian land for settlement expansion in a trend not seen since the pre-Oslo period in the 1980s, Peace Now reported Tuesday.

The Israeli settlement watchdog pointed chiefly to a vast tract of Palestinian land south of Jericho that was declared “state land” by Israel’s civil administration last week in one of Israel’s largest land grabs in recent years.

Will the Mideast’s Civil Wars Partition it into small Warring States?

By Thalif Deen | (Inter Press Service) | – –

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – As civil wars and cross-border military conflicts continue to escalate in the Middle East, Syria, Iraq and Libya are in danger of breaking up —even as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to make territorial gains in the volatile region.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has already warned that “it may be too late to keep Syria as a whole if we wait much longer.”

Mystery: Russia & Hizbullah begin withdrawal from Syria

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

al-Hayat [Life], the London pan-Arab daily, reports on the announcement Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would begin withdrawing the greater part of Russian men and equipment from Syria.

And the Best Teacher in the World is . . . a Palestinian

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teacher from the occupied West Bank on Sunday won the Varkey Foundation’s 2016 Global Teacher’s Prize “for her work educating children in Palestine.”

Hanan al-Hroub, from Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, was announced the winner of the competition during the award ceremony in Dubai.

About 8,000 teachers from all over the world had competed for the award.