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Attack on Police Blamed on Pakistani Taliban

Pakistani security forces quickly restored order Monday to the police academy near Lahore that was attacked on Sunday by militants. The Taliban Movement of Pakistan, led by Baitullah Mahsud, is being blamed…

El Mundo: New Governor of Badghis Controversial

The USG Open Source Center translates an article from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo profiling Delbar Jan Arman, a former member of the Hizb-i Islami of Gulbadin Hikmatyar who fought the Soviets,…

Fadl Rebellion against Government is Put Down

It seems fairly clear from McClatchy's account that the slummy Sunni Arab district of al-Fadl in Baghdad went into rebellion against the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday and Sunday,…

Cole in Salon: Obama’s Domino Theory

My column in Salon.com is out, "Obama's domino theory," in which I worry that "The president sounds like he's channeling Cheney or McCain -- or a Cold War hawk afraid of international…
Cole interview at Washington Note

Cole interview at Washington Note

Video of my conversation with Steve Clemons about my new book, Engaging the Muslim World, is up at the Washington Note website. Clemons is a canny observer of US foreign policy and…

Jang on Baluchistan’s Sense of Deprivation

The USG Open Source Center translates an editorial on Baluchistan from the Urdu newspaper "Jang." There is now talk that the Obama administration will extend its Predator drone strikes into the Pakistani…

Gun Battle with Sunni Arabs in Downtown Baghdad

The Shiite government of Iraq arrests Adil Mashhadani, an Awakening Council or Sons of Iraq leader who had turned against the radical Salafi fundamentalists and took a salary from the US to…

World Reactions to Obama Plan for Afghanistan

NATO and Afghan troops raided a bomb-making cell of insurgents in the southern Pushtun province of Helmand, killing 19 guerrillas, it was announced on Saturday. Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai praised President Obama's…

OSC: Cheragh: Obama Plan for Afghanistan Flawed

The USG Open Source Center translates an Afghan editorial criticizing elements of President Obama's new plan for Afghanistan. It displays the gravest doubts that he will find any moderate Taliban with whom…

Predator Strikes Stir anti-US "Hatred"

As the Obama administration announces that it will send 4,000 further troops to Afghanistan to train the Afghan army, the USG Open Source Center translates a talks show from Islamabad that alleges…
Cole Interview with Riz Khan

Cole Interview with Riz Khan

My two-part interview with Riz Khan of Aljazeera English regarding my new book, Engaging the Muslim World, is now available at YouTube.Part I:and Part II of the interview:Engaging the Muslim WorldEnd/ (Not…
News from the Book Tour

News from the Book Tour

Thanks so much to Steve Clemons and the New America Foundation for hosting my talk regarding my new book on Tuesday afternoon. It was live streamed, and I will post links when…
Cole on NPR

Cole on NPR

Listen to my interview with Steven Inskeep of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on myths about Saudi Arabia's puritanical and hyper-Protestant Wahhabi branch of Islam. I argue that there is no statistical…

Obama v. Cheney on Guantanamo, Prosecutions, Torture

President Barack Obama on 60 Minutes Sunday night:' Commenting on former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent assertion that the closure of Guantanamo will make America more vulnerable to attack, Obama said, "I…
Engaging the Muslim World at Firedoglake

Engaging the Muslim World at Firedoglake

Check out the good discussion we had at the Firedoglake Book Salon on Saturday evening of my new book Engaging the Muslim World. Many thanks to Robert Farley for good hosting and…
OSC: Khamenei’s Speech Replying to Obama

OSC: Khamenei’s Speech Replying to Obama

The USG Open Source Center translates Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's response to the Persian New Year's message of US President Barack Obama. For a canny reading of this text, see the blog…

Hixson: Finding a Way Out in Afghanistan

Walter L. Hixson writes in a guest op-ed for IC After receiving his welcoming gifts from the departing Bush administration—a depression and two failed wars—President Barack Obama faces a perhaps unprecedented combination…

Firedoglake Book Salon 5 pm Today

Am doing live Q & A at the Firedoglake book salon Saturday afternoon 3/21 at 5 pm ET. Refresh the page to see the start of it at 5.End/ (Not Continued)

Obama and Now-Ruz

President Barack Obama gave an unprecedented adress to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and to its people on the occasion of the Persian New Year, "Now-Ruz," which is celebrated…
Cole & Colbert Report in the Blogosphere

Cole & Colbert Report in the Blogosphere

Was traveling, but finally getting time tonight to post the video of my appearance on the Colbert Report to promote Engaging the Muslim World, which Comedy Central kindly allows bloggers to embed:The…

Israeli Excesses in Gaza Revealed

A discussion among Israeli veterans of the past winter's military campaign against Gaza has become public, embarrassing the Israeli military and the politicians who launched that attack, which killed many more innocent…
More Reactions to "Engaging the Muslim World"

More Reactions to "Engaging the Muslim World"

With regard to my argument in Engaging the Muslim World that the Iraq War was fomented by an unusual alliance of oil interests (Dick Cheney) and Neoconservative Zionists, M. J. Rosenberg gets…
Blogging Colbert

Blogging Colbert

So I was on the Colbert Report, hosted by Stephen Colbert at Comedy Central, on Wednesday night, to promote my new book, Engaging the Muslim World.The clip is up at the Colbert…

Armstrong on Moyers

Karen Armstrong on Bill Moyers. Moyers says, "BILL MOYERS: While working on a film in Jerusalem, the ancient city where Islam, Judaism and Christianity converge, the connections among that trio of faiths…

Asia Society 7 pm March 17

The Asia Society in New York City will be hosting a live Webcast at 7 pm on today, March 17, of my talk on "Engaging the Muslim World." See you there!End/ (Not…
Cole on Democracy Now!

Cole on Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman interviewed me Tuesday morning for Democracy Now! It was a wide-ranging conversation with a lot of good, sharp questions. Democracy Now! on Engaging the Muslim World.The Mp4 video stream the…

Cheney’s Mission Accomplished

Dick Cheney: "I guess my general sense of where we are with respect to Iraq and at the end of now, what, nearly six years, is that we've accomplished nearly everything we…
Juan’s New Book is Out!

Juan’s New Book is Out!

More news about my new book, Engaging the Muslim World, which is in bookstores starting today. (Barnes and Noble in particular has it on the front table as you enter the store).…

Freeman and the Coming War on Iran

Bob Dreyfuss has a postmortem on the scuttling by the Israel lobbies of the Chas Freeman appointment to the chairmanship of the National Intelligence Council. Dreyfuss shows that well-known figures in the…
Engaging the Muslim World Events & Review

Engaging the Muslim World Events & Review

Updated for Monday: Here are some media advisories for my book tour this week in New York City. Note that media is always a last-minute business and preemptions do occur, but this…

Vet issues and Mesothelioma

I keep seeing those ads on television about victims of mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos, did some googling about the issue. Lo and behold, it has an Iraq and Middle Eastern…

Violent Demonstrations in Lahore

Wire services reporting that Nawaz Sharif defied House arrest and went to a huge rally in Lahore. Thousands of demonstrators broke through a police blockade to demonstrate in front of the Punjab…

Iraqi Refugees

Website for Iraqi Refugees:'Five million Iraqis have been driven from their homes by sectarian terror since Saddam Hussein was overthrown. Security has improved but most still can't go home. If the world…

Stern: Effects of Global Warming Even Worse

Prominent British economist and environmentalist Nicholas Stern, has concluded that the average temperature of the earth could go up as much as about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees centigrade) by 2100. He…

3 Years Sentence on Shoe-Thrower

Iraqi shoe-thrower Muntadhar al-Zaidi was sentenced to 3 years in prison on Thursday, under a statute forbidding assaults on visiting heads of state. The maximum sentence is 15 years, but the judge…

Al-Qaeda Threatens US Embassy

The USG Open Source Center translates from Urdu an article on planned al-Qaeda attacks on on US facilities in Pakistan under cover of turmoil provoked by the long march..Pakistan: Al- Qa'ida Said…

Cole in Harper’s On the Muslim World

Scott Horton at Harper's Magazine asked me six questions about my new book, Engaging the Muslim World, which will be in bookstores March 17 (or in some cases earlier), and which is…

Did Schumer and Emanuel Sink Freeman?

My interpretation of Chas Freeman's withdrawal from appointment as the chairman of the National Intelligence Council is that it was provoked primarily by Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel. Schumer's call to White…

Bomber Kills 32 in Abu Ghraib

The NYT reports that a suicide bomber killed 33 persons and wounded over 60 at Abu Ghraib, striking at a meeting of tribal sheikhs accompanied by military officers. Seven of the dead…

Pakistan Political Crisis Deepens

The Pakistani Taliban are not going to take over the Pakistani government. That worry doesn't keep me up at night. They are small, and operate in a rugged, remote area of the…

Obama Might Save Some of us from Alzheimer’s

George W. Bush set stem cell research back 8 years and violated the principle of the separation of church and state by issuing what was essentially executive-branch legislation that imposed on a…

Cole in Salon: "We’re Really Leaving Iraq"

My column is out in Salon.com, We're really leaving Iraq: Some Iraq war critics are fretting about Obama's speech on Friday, and his plan to stay a little longer. But here's why…
Mixed Message on Iran

Mixed Message on Iran

Someone is not a team player.Screenshot from google.news, 3/1/09 4 pm ET:cf: "Iran Nuclear Program Hyped Again"and"IAEA Inspectors: Iran not Producing Weapons-grade Uranium."End/ (Not Continued)