Articles from Juan Cole

Danger: Sinclair is advancing its agenda using the public broadcast spectrum

By Amanda Lotz | (The Conversation) | – –

On March 31, Deadspin produced a video showing a chorus of local news anchors delivering the exact same scripted speech to viewers.

The message – denouncing media bias and fake news, calling it a problem that is “neither politically ‘left nor right’” – might seem innocuous enough.

#MeToo? Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer accuses Israeli interrogators of sexual harassment

Middle East Monitor | – –

Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky who is defending Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi has accused investigators of sexual harassment, reported yesterday.

Lasky has filed several complaints against interrogators for verbal and physical sexual harassment but said that no investigations were opened into any of her complaints. She has described this as a “gross violation of the law”.

Russian, Iranian, Turkish Presidents Meet to Discuss Syria, isolate Trump

TeleSur | – –

The meeting signals a shift towards dialogue between what have previously been opposing camps throughout most of Syria’s war.

The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey – Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan – have met in Ankara, Turkey to discuss their nations’ respective roles in Syria.

The meeting culminated in the release of a joint statement pledging cooperation on reconstruction aid, and protection of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against “separatist agendas.”

Top 5 Ways Iran is not very much like Hitler’s Germany

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

In that interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman violated Godwin’s law and compared Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical leader, to Hitler. The comparison is monstrous. Here are a few reasons why.

How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

By Greg Dotson | (The Conversation) | – –

The Trump administration on Monday, April 2, took steps to ease pollution and efficiency rules for new passenger cars and trucks, giving automakers a reprieve from more stringent Obama-era standards. But in the process, the move could yield global leadership in the auto sector to the Chinese.

Is Saudi Crown Prince’s ‘Recognition’ of Israel anything New or Positive?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Former Israeli prison guard at the notorious Ktzi’ot Prison camp for Palestinians and now editor-in-chief of the Atlantic, Cpl. Jeffrey Goldberg, breathlessly reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told him that both the Jews and the Palestinians have a right to their own state.