Steven A. Cook

From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

by Steven A. Cook
Comedian Bill Maher - 89th Academy Awards - Oscars Vanity Fair Party - Beverly Hills, California (Danny Moloshok/Reuters).

This article, which I wrote with my good friend Michael Brooks—co-host of the award-winning independent political talk show The Majority Report and co-host of the trends and business podcast 2 Dope Boys & a Podcast—originally appeared here on Salon.com on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Read more »

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by Steven A. Cook

egypt israel muslim brotherhood syriaShi’ite pilgrims pray at Imam Abbas shrine in the holy city of Kerbala in Iraq. Shi’ite Muslims are commemorating Ashura, the most important day in the Shi’ite calendar which remembers the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. Read more »