Articles from Juan Cole

FBI opened Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties over Comey Firing

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The investigation — a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe — was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the Times said, citing anonymous sources.

The counterintelligence aspect consisted of determining whether Trump was knowingly or unknowingly working for Moscow and whether he was a threat to national security, the newspaper reported.

It added the criminal portion related to Trump’s firing of Comey.

Pompeo’s US Jingoism and Anti-Iran Warmongering Rejected by Mideast Public

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a major and extremely embarrassing foreign policy speech in Cairo on Thursday, which is probably inconsequential since his major talking points departed from the positions of his president, Trump. Also, aside from some generals and kings and princes, nobody in the region agrees with anything he said.

Israel’s Jim Crow Segregated Road-Wall Opens in Occupied Palestinian West Bank

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel has opened Route 4370 in Jerusalem, in the central occupied West Bank, dividing Palestinian and Israeli settlers.

The Haaretz news outlet reported that the highway, which has been called the “Apartheid Road,” is divided in the middle by a high wall; the road’s western side serves Palestinians who cannot enter Jerusalem, whereas its eastern side serves Israeli settlers.

This is the first road to have a wall along its entire length, dividing Palestinian and Israeli drivers, however, the West Bank has many segregated roads.

Climate Emergency: Oceans Hotter than in Recorded History and Getting Hotter

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The world’s oceans are heating up at an accelerating pace as global warming threatens a diverse range of marine life and a major food supply for the planet, researchers said Thursday.

The findings in the US journal Science, led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years.

Not One Network Should Have Aired Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rant

( – The president is going to demonize the media no matter what they do. So why not do the right thing?

Way back in 2014 — a century ago, it feels like — President Barack Obama requested time on major networks for an Oval Office address on immigration reform.

Smoking Gun: Trump Campaign’s Manafort supplied Polling data to Kremlin GRU

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Paul Manafort admitted to sharing US polling data with a Russian during the 2016 presidential race

Two Ukrainian oligarchs were the intended recipients of US polling data President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman admitted to sharing with a Russian during the 2016 presidential race, a CNN report said Wednesday, citing a source close to the matter.

Pro-Russia Ukrainians Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov had paid Paul Manafort millions of dollars over the years for lobbying work.