FDL Book Salon Welcomes Juan Cole, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 1:59 pm

In his new book, Professor Cole charts the ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, touching upon Syria and Yemen. He credits the Millennial Generation (those born between 1977 and 2000) as a major force behind the varying attempts to change the status quo. As he wrote, “the millennial generation of young Arabs took to the streets, in the millions, chanting ‘bread, freedom and social justice.’ Basically calling for ‘dignity’ (karama), a sense of personal autonomy and rights to freedom of one’s person and one’s political beliefs that must not be infringed by the security forces of each ‘Republican Monarchy.’” Utilizing the latest social media tools on the internet, the youth were very adept at networking and coordinating the numerous direct actions that rattled the regimes.


The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East – Book Salon Preview

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 8:50 am

“The renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole illuminates the role of today’s Arab youth—who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics.”

Tomgram: Juan Cole: Waiting for the Arab Summer

By: Monday June 30, 2014 7:15 pm

Three and a half years ago, the world was riveted by the massive crowds of youths mobilizing in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand an end to Egypt’s dreary police state. We stared in horror as, at one point, the Interior Ministry mobilized camel drivers to attack the demonstrators. We watched transfixed as the protests spread from one part of Egypt to another and then from country to country across the region. Before it was over, four presidents-for-life would be toppled and others besieged in their palaces.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.

In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andrew J. Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 1:59 pm

Andrew Bacevich’s “Breach of Trust: How Americans failed their Soldiers and their Country” is a post-mortem on the professional standing army that the US has sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bacevich argues that the citizens’ standing army created by the draft in WW II and after had been highly successful militarily in Europe and Korea and had been a profound expression of individual buy-in and shared national sacrifice.

The Two-State Solution is Dead. Long Live the Two-State Solution

By: Monday March 25, 2013 7:35 am

This diary is a preliminary attempt to specify a general conviction of mine that the way forward in the Middle and North Africa region (MENA) is through cooperation between the “democratic” secular movements and the Moderate Islamist movements (Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party, and Hamas in occupied Palestine), and that this understanding is something U.S. progressives should support.

The title refers to one possible element of the specification. Given that the idea of a two-state solution, meaning Israel and a secular Palestine has become a mere fantasy that no longer has a realistic possibility of implementation, perhaps Fatah and Hamas can finally realize that it is vital for them to settle their differences, and come to an understanding on international issues to struggle for, of which one element might be a new two-state proposal.

Romney Not Done Insulting the British – Next Up: King David Hotel Fundraiser

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 8:35 am

Speculation over why GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney originally excluded reporters from his Jerusalem King David Hotel fundraiser is perhaps beside the point. Nobody in the American press is going to center a story around the event upon the fact that this hotel was the scene of an awful act of terrorism, perpetrated upon the British in July, 1946.

Fatster’s News Roundup from May 14, 2012

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster’s news roundup from May 14, with links to stories on Europe, Scott Walker, Jamie Dimon, ICE, Cuba, Bahrain, Juan Cole, coal’s decline, health care, fishing, Mexican drug war, and more.

Late Night FDL: It Ain’t About Religious Freedom

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 8:00 pm

So for the last few days, I’m sure most folks here have seen all the various Beltway Village Idiots pundits and politicians going on about how President Obama’s Birth Control Rule “infringes” on Catholic religious freedom. Today, we had the spectacle of the House Oversight Committee holding a hearing based on this claim, with of course, a member of the USCCB US Pedophile Enablers leading the way.

Investigating Juan Cole Rather than Ahmed Chalabi

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 9:30 am

It would be really great if the Administration spent more time on folks who’ve lied us into war or ordered torture. Instead they seem to be focusing on the folks who are calling them out for those failures. There is something seriously wrong with that.

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