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British Authorities Have Been Casting

*British authorities have been casting about for some way to deal with Abu Hamza Misri, the fiery engineer-cum-preacher at Finsbury Park mosque who has preached and written justifications of the September 11…

Ditty on Invading Iraq

Fri Jan 31 02:36:10 2003 To: “[FS]” From: Juan Cole Subject: Re: FW: all sing X-Eudora-Signature: Dear [S]: This is delicious! cheers Juan At 04:20 PM 1/31/03 +1000, you wrote: Sing to…

Question Was Raised On List Of What

*The question was raised on a list of what would happen if the US invaded Iraq and found there were not weapons of mass destruction there. I fear I replied somewhat cynically,…

Iraqi Defectors’ Tales are not Trustworthy

Published from Cole’s private email archives 7/1/2012 Wed Jan 29 11:43:49 2003 To: xxx From: Juan Cole Subject: Re: Fwd: Iraqi defectors? X-Eudora-Signature: Dear xxx: Bush specifically mentioned information from Iraqi defectors…

Iraqi Vice President Tariq Aziz Has

* Iraqi Vice President Tariq Aziz has warned Kuwait that Iraq would not rule out hitting it if it allows US troops to launch an invasion of Iraq from its soil. Such…

Iraq Update

Published from Cole’s private email archives 7/1/2012 Wed Jan 29 02:58:49 2003 To: infoco@yahoogroups.com From: Juan Cole Subject: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 X-Eudora-Signature: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 * Iraqi Vice President Tariq…

Journal Of International Institute

The Journal of the International Institute ( University of Michigan) Winter 2003, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 3 The Risks of Peace and The Costs of War Juan Cole Most discussion of…

Asharq Al Awsat Reporter Abdel Baqi

Asharq al-Awsat reporter Abdel Baqi Khalifa reports from Sarajevo today that retired Yugoslav officers and some politicians are warning Saddam Hussain against repeating the Kosovo scenario in Baghdad. These officers tilted toward…

I Posted On New List H Mideast Politics

I posted on the new list H-Mideast-Politics an inquiry about the lack of grassroots democratic practice in the Middle East. I said that I had read in Asharq al-Awsat last year that…

Major Tiff Has Broken Out Between

A major tiff has broken out between the Pakistani government and the US ambassador in Islamabad, Nancy Powell. Speaking at a dinner for businessmen in Karachi, she called on Pakistan fully to…

Kuwaiti Authorities Are Confirming That

Kuwaiti authorities are confirming that al-Qaeda was behind the attack there Tuesday on two Americans, which killed one and gravely injured the other. They have been interrogating Sami Muhammad Marzuq al-Mutayri (Mutairi),…

Yemen And Bahrain Both Pleaded

Yemen and Bahrain both pleaded yesterday with Washington to employ non-military means to deal with the Iraq crisis. Since both governments are cooperating closely with the US military, it is hard to…

History News Network 1 20 03 Culture

History News Network 1-20-03: Culture Watch Why Are Arch Conservatives Ganging Up on the Middle East Studies Association? By Juan Cole I had never even heard of Stanley Kurtz before he began…

Us Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today sketched out his vision of a post-Saddam Iraq. He said it would be a country that was not attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction.…

Both Colin Powell And Condi Rice Have

* Both Colin Powell and Condi Rice have by now openly come out in favor of the University of Michigan admissions system, which awards points for various factors, including poverty, location (the…

New Bin Laden Letter Muhammad Al Shafii

New Bin Laden Letter? Muhammad al-Shafi`i reports in Asharq al-Awsat today that the newspaper has acquired a copy of a letter purported to be from Usama Bin Laden and signed by him…

French President Jacques Chirac Issued

French President Jacques Chirac issued a blunt and forceful warning today to the Bush administration that for it to launch a unilateral attack on Iraq without a second, explicit UN Security Council…

President Bush Yesterday Came Out

* President Bush yesterday came out against the University of Michigan’s admissions process, calling it a quota system because it takes race into account. What a crock. Obviously quotas are bad, but…

From H Levant Editor Subject Cole On

From: H-LEVANT Editor Subject: Cole on Lewis, _What Went Wrong?_ To: H-LEVANT@H-NET.MSU.EDU Bernard Lewis. What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 172 pp. Index…

Egypts President Husni Mubarak

Egypt’s president Husni Mubarak yesterday conducted a summit with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Riyad, in part over the looming Iraq war. Both expressed grave concerns about the current situation,…

War with Iraq Certain

[published from Cole's private email archives, 6/30/12] From ???@??? Wed Jan 15 02:14:21 2003 X-Sender: jrcole@j.imap.itd.umich.edu X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Version 4.3 To: XXXXX@yahoogroups.com In-Reply-To: From: Juan Cole Date: Wed, 15 Jan…

Thanks To Mm And Others For Reactions

Thanks to [MM] and others for reactions to this posting on the UAE Islamic law conference and the issue of suicide bombings. War is a very messy thing, and attempts to think…

Asharq Al Awsat Reports Today That

Asharq al-Awsat reports today that a contentious debate broke out in the UAE at the 14th Annual conference of the International Congress for Islamic Law concerning the permissibility of suicide bombings. A…

Palestinian Childrens Health Declines

Palestinian Childrens’ Health Declines under Sharon According to Asharq al-Awsat, a just-released Palestinian study reports that 33% of Palestinian elementary school children in the Gaza Strip under Israeli occupation are suffering from…

Did Reagan Administration Give Saddam

Did the Reagan Administration Give Saddam Smallpox Samples? I have a question for the biologically informed. We have all been scratching our heads for some time as to why exactly the hawks…

Koran And Fighting Unbelievers

The Koran and Fighting Unbelievers Professor XXXXX wrote: “It is my turn to be astonished by Prof. Cole. The following link: http://www.geocities.com/pnoak/some.html includes 24 passages from the Koran enjoining believers to fight…

Pakistan Has Arrested 500 Suspected Al

Pakistan has arrested 500 suspected al-Qaida operatives in the past year, and has turned 443 over to the US authorities, according to Pakistani officials, as reported today in the Pakistani press. Now,…

Huge Tiff Is Going On Between India And

A huge tiff is going on between India and Pakistan in the wake of this week’s comments on nuclear war by General Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf said earlier this week that he was…