China defies Trump on Iran big time with $400 bn Belt-and-Road Investment and 5000 Red Army troops

China defies Trump on Iran big time with $400 bn Belt-and-Road Investment and 5000 Red Army troops

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 26, 2019. Photo by IRNA. By Juan Cole September 9, 2019 Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was in Beijing recently for what turns out to […]

Has the Coming Sino-American Conflict Already Begun?

Has the Coming Sino-American Conflict Already Begun?

By Michael T. Klare February 26, 2019 In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war. Comparing the U.S.-Chinese relationship to great-power rivalries all the way back to the Peloponnesian War of the fifth century […]

The Half-Millennium When Rome excluded Jews from Jerusalem and how Iran and Muslims Saved Them

The Half-Millennium When Rome excluded Jews from Jerusalem and how Iran and Muslims Saved Them

  Juan Cole May 14, 2018 The move of the Trump administration of the US embassy to Jerusalem is intended, according to the president, to signal a recognition of the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This move is controversial because Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognized in international law. The 1947 […]

Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World

Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World

    By Juan Cole – Informed Comment February 22, 2018 • Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly “corrupt” always imply that the United States is not corrupt. This year’s report from Transparency International puts the US on a par with Austria, which is ridiculous. All kinds of people […]

Trump Engineered Saudi Soft Coup, attack on Qatar, to Save Self

Trump Engineered Saudi Soft Coup, attack on Qatar, to Save Self

By Juan Cole   Informed Comment, January 7, 2018 Michael Wolff in his new book Fire and Fury makes a number of allegations about Trump’s role in the Gulf crisis that, if true, help explain the mess in that part of the Middle East. Wolff asserts that Trump and his then inner circle – Jared […]

No Normalization: All the Fascist Highlights Trump still Hits

No Normalization: All the Fascist Highlights Trump still Hits

By Juan Cole Fascism as a political ideology is difficult to define, in part because it usually contains a big dose of populism, and the content of populism differs from people to people Via juancole.com In my view Mussolini’s fascism in Italy is a fair exemplar of the phenomenon. One characteristic fascist societies have in […]

Top 5 Signs Trump doesn’t Actually Care about Iranian Protesters

Top 5 Signs Trump doesn’t Actually Care about Iranian Protesters

  By Juan Cole, Informed Comment. Trump has tweeted as though he cares about the welfare of the Iranian protesters in small towns across that country who are upset about reduced government subsidies for commodities such as eggs and gasoline. His administration tried to prosecute protesters for laughing at VP Mike Pence. The scattered rallies, […]