Articles from Juan Cole

Are Iran and Saudi Arabia competing for the soul of Iraq?

By Saleem al-Wazzan | ( | – –

Iraqis can now visit a special visa-free zone in neighbouring Iran, over the border from Basra. Some locals see the open border as a cynical economic and political move that helps Iran, but not Iraq. 22.02.2018 | Basra Politics Postcards from Abadan, Iran, in the new visa free zone. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Yemen War: Bernie Sanders et al. Try to get US Out

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) |

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Wednesday proposed a bipartisan resolution to take the US Pentagon back out of the Yemen War. The war was declared by Saudi Arabia and its allies in 2015 when Zaydi Shiites of the Helpers of God (Houthi) movement took over the north and west if the country.

The three-year-long war has left
Nearly 10,000 dead, tens of thousands wounded, 8 million on the verge of starvation and a million cholera victims.

In Proactive Move, Trump to arm Movie Ushers (Satire)


By Reese Erlich | (Informed Comment) | – –

WASHINGTON DC — President Donald Trump announced new plans today to combat mass shootings: arming movie theater ushers.

“When we’ve locked down schools by arming teachers,” he said at a Rose Garden press conference, “mass shooters will inevitably turn to movie theaters. We’ve got to be proactive.”

The New, Hollow Attacks on the Iran Deal

By David Faris | (Informed Comment) | – –

No, Obama couldn’t have settled the Syrian civil war and prevented Iranian breakout

As workers notice no Raise, the Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In

By Josh Hoxie | ( | – –

While billionaires fund a PR push for the tax law, most ordinary workers report seeing no increase in their take-home pay.

It’s no fun being scammed.

I distinctly remember looking for my first big city apartment and finding an ad that looked perfect. Beautiful picture, cheap rent, great location. It sounded too good to be true and, sadly, it was.

Just send a check in the mail, and don’t forget to send over your Social Security number, they said. We’ll mail you a key.

Why is Intel Community Targeting Kushner?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

US intelligence agencies are gunning for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and have leaked charges to the Washington Post that officials in the United Arab Emirates, Israel, China, and Mexico have privately strategized how to use him as a pawn in their power plays with Washington.

Britain may join US strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven

Middle East Monitor | – –

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told BBC radio “If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it.”

Britain would consider joining US military strikes against the Syrian government if there is evidence chemical weapons are being used against civilians, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

Israel takes steps to Criminalize Criticisms of Israeli Military

Telesur | – –

“The only way to stop us is to end the occupation,” said the group being targeted, Breaking the Silence.

The Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of a bill that would prohibit organizations from being critical of the Israeli Army Monday.