Articles from Juan Cole

Why are only tinpot War Criminals Punished? What about the Architects of the Iraq War?

By Peter Singer | (Project Syndicate) | – –

It is unlikely that former US President George W. Bush or any member of his administration will ever stand trial for initiating a war of aggression in Iraq. But it is still worth recounting the illegality of that act, not least because it is directly relevant to official US thinking on Iran and North Korea today.

Peace in Islam: Qur’an 73:10 on Patience as Tolerance

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Chapter 73 of the Qur’an, “The Robed” (Al-Muzammil), contains what is probably the earliest Islamic injunction to turn the other cheek.

8. Remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him wholeheartedly–
9. the Lord of the East and the West. There is no god save He, so take him as your defender.
10.Be patient with what they say and take your leave of them graciously.
11.Leave the affluent who impugn you to Me, giving them a respite.

Trump on Syria Chem Attack: Putin responsible for supporting “Animal Assad”

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

On Sunday, Trump responded to the use by the Syrian regime of a chlorine-filled barrel bomb in the rebel enclave of Douma, a district of East Ghouta.

Since Trump had launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shuayrat Air Base last year this time after regime use of poison gas at Khan Sheykhoun, it is not surprising that Trump is threatening Syria with paying a “big price” for the use of gas.

Yemen War: Do We Americans bear a Responsibility to Halt it?

By Olivia Alperstein | ( | – –

American taxpayers are helping to fight someone else’s war in Yemen, and the blood is on our hands.

Since March 2015, the United States has supported a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that’s intervening in a civil war in Yemen. The war has resulted in massive civilian casualties and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Russia says Syrian rebels to be brought out of Douma

Middle East Monitor | – –

Russia’s military said an operation would begin on Sunday to bring fighters of the Jaish al-Islam rebel group out of their besieged enclave of Douma, Interfax reported, after the Syrian government said the group had asked for negotiations.

There was no immediate comment from Jaish al-Islam. The group so far has rejected a Russian offer of safe passage out of Douma, which is near Damascus, to rebel-held areas at the border with Turkey.

Why Electric Cars are Better: Massive Keystone Pipeline Oil Leak Twice as bad as Thought

TeleSur | – –

The spill gave further ammunition to environmental groups and other U.S. opponents of another pipeline the company has proposed, the long-delayed Keystone XL.

The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report said Saturday.

Solar is taking over the World and China is taking over Solar

By Frédéric Simon | | – –

Solar power dominated a global ranking of new renewable energy investments “like never before” last year, with China accounting for more than half of the world’s new capacity, the UN said on Thursday (5 April). Investments in Europe, on the other hand, recorded a massive drop.