Informed Comment: King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama

Juan Cole with an excellent post on the MLK who was vehemently anti-imperial and keenly aware of the crimes of empires. But there was another King, the critic of the whole history of European colonialism in the global South, who celebrated the independence movements that led to decolonization in the decades after World War II. The anti-imperial King is the Continue Reading

Informed Comment: Ali-Karamali: Of Documentaries and Dehumanization

Juan Cole has a guest Muslim blogger post about the problem of “documentaries” on Islam focusing on conflict and contradiction .  The part I put in bold is where I laughed,  knowing that this is exactly what the Islam-o-phobes do in their own native faith of Christianity’s texts now National Geographic has aired a documentary, Inside the Koran,) which features Continue Reading

MiddleEast Expert Exposes The Obama Middle Name Thing

Juan Cole with an article exposing the problems with the shameful backhanded “scare” tactics aimed at leveraging “Muslim” phobias.  Hussein is a COMMON surname.  NOT Muslim,  but ethnic.  It ranks amongst the worst sort of racial/ethnic profiling. I want to say something about Barack Hussein Obama’s name. It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is Continue Reading