Articles from Juan Cole

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.

Why Turmoil in Iran: Beyond the Fake News and Social Media Hype

By Ali R. Abootalebi |(Informed Comment) | – –


A reporter from Argentina has contacted me via an email, asking my opinion about the recent demonstrations in Iran. He has raised the following questions:

Boston breaks the highest ever recorded tide, followed by frozen floods

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Boston, Massachusetts has officially broken the highest ever recorded tide since 1921 as a major winter storm swept over the region on January 4, 2018. As the storm passed by, the winds shifted and brought viciously-cold winds from the northwest, turning flood water into ice in parts of the city.

Has Iranian regime repression Succeeded?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

News agencies are reporting that on Thursday, Iran’s wave of protests died down.

If so (and for all we know they could start back up again), here are some reasons.

The regime raised the cost of protest, speaking of executing protesters. While that threat might not have deterred the dedicated dissidents, it would peel off the less committed and reduce the amount of people power available to them.

Is US National Security Strategy too Important to Leave to the Generals?

By Ingo Trauschweizer | (The Conversation) | – –

President Donald Trump greeted the new year with an angry tweet about U.S. ally Pakistan.

Among other things, the tweet accuses Pakistan of giving “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.” The Pakistani prime minister responded that the tweet was “completely incomprehensible.”

Bannon Reveals White House Riddled With Conflict, Confusion

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Bannon has spilled out shocking details on the Trump White House and campaign, which he describes as riddled with conflicting interests.

President Donald Trump Wednesday blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as having “lost his mind” in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. in excerpts from a new book.

Trump, who continued to speak privately with Bannon after firing him in August, essentially cut ties with Bannon in a blistering statement issued after Bannon’s comments came to light.

Bannon’s Game: White Supremacist takeover of GOP

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Steve Bannon’s trash-talking of the Trump’s in the interviews he gave in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” are not political suicide and not just pique. Bannon wants to take over the Republican Party.

Nor is Bannon likely to be deterred by Trump’s ‘cease and desist’ defamation order.