Articles from Juan Cole

Amnesty International: Israeli ‘Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar in Palestine is a War Crime’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International said, on Tuesday, that the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of occupied Jerusalem, and the displacement of its residents by Israeli forces as part of an illegal Israeli settlement expansion plan is a “war crime.”

Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, denounced Israel’s planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and stressed that “this act is not only heartless and discriminatory, it is illegal.”

France Accuses Iran of Bomb Plot near Paris

by Adam PLOWRIGHT and Valerie LEROUX | –

Paris (AFP) – France has accused Iran’s intelligence ministry of being behind a foiled plot to bomb an exiled opposition group near the French capital in a move that risks straining already complicated ties between Paris and Tehran.

The French government announced Tuesday it was freezing assets belonging to two suspected Iranian intelligence operatives, as well as others belonging to Iran’s ministry of intelligence and security.

Trump says it’s a Scary Time for Young Men; Imagine the Boys detained in his Immigrant Camps

As the Brett Cavanaugh controversy rages on, overlooked is a news item about the tent city set up for the migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. According to the New York Times, in the past few weeks around 1,600 children were rounded up from detention centers and foster homes to be moved into this new version of a concentration camp. The relocations usually occurred at midnight without warning. Could this tent city develop into a new concentration camp?

Saudi Dissident Journalist Khashoggi Visits Saudi Consulate in Istanbul then Disappears

Washington (AFP) – A veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical of the government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

Jamal Khashoggi, who writes opinion pieces for the Post, has not been seen since entering the consulate in the afternoon, according to his fiance who accompanied him but waited outside until it closed, the newspaper said.

Top Five Signs Kavanaugh might have been a mean, Black-out Drunk Capable of Anything

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – George W. Bush is supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. But Bush is more honest than the judge. He was asked by journalists during one of his campaigns if he had ever used cocaine. He made waves when he declined to answer the question.

Saudi: The Banana Republic with very few Bananas

Stockholm ( MENA Tidningen) – The Saudis are feeling offended that another country might criticize their dismal record of human rights. Last August Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted that a Canadian citizen, Raif Badawi, and his sister Samar should be released from a Saudi prison.

Iran fires Ballistics Missiles in Syria for 1st Time, Punishing ISIL for Ahvaz Attack

Co-Author: Amir Havasi | –

Tehran (AFP) – Iran said it struck jihadists on Monday in Syria with ballistic missiles and combat drones in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade, warning the “real punishment” was still to come.

Last month’s shooting in the Iranian city of Ahvaz killed 24 people and was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Legal Center: ‘Israeli snipers continue to target unarmed Palestinians’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army continues killing unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters with snipers and live ammunition in the besieged Gaza Strip, with the approval of Israel’s Supreme Court, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

“We Fell in Love”: The Trump-Kim Jong Un RomCom


Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The genre of the Hollywood Romantic Comedy has fallen on hard times, in part because it became so formulaic (and unrealistic). Trump, however, is attempting to revive it with some twists. You throw a few atomic bombs in, make it part thriller and part P. T. Barnum circus act, and you’ve Made the Romantic Comedy Great Again (MRCGA). Except you can’t really say MRCGA. It would sound like you were throwing up. Oh wait . . .

Eisen calls “Cover-Up” as Charges swirl Trump is Micro-Managing FBI Kavanaugh Inquiry


Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump hit back Sunday at suggestions his administration is trying to “micromanage” the FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accusing opposition Democrats of being interested only in obstruction.

Trump on Friday had ordered the new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, as the Senate delayed a final vote on his confirmation as the key ninth member of the Supreme Court.