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The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances

The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances

By Juan Cole al-Quds al-`Arabi [Arab Jerusalem] reports on the appeal of ISIL to Salafi hard line Sunni Muslims. In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called…
Ben Affleck on Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

Ben Affleck on Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

By Juan Cole Bravo to Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristoff for telling Bill Maher off about his chronic case of Muslim-hating bigotry. (He would say he doesn't hate Muslims, only their religion,…
Why Obama underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Why Obama underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq

By Juan Cole President Obama admitted on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday that the US had underestimated the military potential of ISIL. Obama understands that a generational struggle is going on in…
Shock & Awe In Syria:  It never Works

Shock & Awe In Syria: It never Works

By Juan Cole The London pan-Arab daily "Hayat" [Life] reports this morning on the air strikes conducted on ISIL positions in Raqqah, Syria, by the United States and several Arab allies. The…