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Joseph Dana

Joseph Dana is editor-in-chief of emerge85, a lab that explores change in emerging markets and its global impact. He was previously Monocle's Istanbul bureau chief, among other writing positions he has held in the Middle East. Dana's work has appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation and GQ. His reporting and analysis focus on the collision of culture, urbanism, economics and politics. Dana has an MA in European history and philosophy from the Central European University in Budapest.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Raises Concerns as Much as Expectations of Benefit in the Middle East By Joseph Dana - Jul 3, 2018

China is building a counterweight to the Western-led financial architecture that has governed the global economy since the end of Second World War. Whether Beijing will be successful is a matter of debate, but the fact remains that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is already shifting the global economic order. This will have a … Continue reading “China’s Belt and Road Initiative Raises Concerns as Much as Expectations of Benefit in the Middle East”

Unarmed Palestinian Protesters with Cameras are Israel’s Greatest Enemy By Joseph Dana - Jun 6, 2018

Before Twitter and smartphones revolutionized the way political struggles are documented and understood, Palestinians used hand-held video cameras to capture the daily reality of life under Israeli occupation. Unsurprisingly, Israel never looked favorably on having any form of attention cast on its conduct with Palestinians. And so, like clockwork, internal calls to criminalize the simple … Continue reading “Unarmed Palestinian Protesters with Cameras are Israel’s Greatest Enemy”

On this Nakba Day, Nonviolence Is All the Palestinians Have Left By Joseph Dana - May 13, 2018

On May 15, Palestinians will commemorate the 70th anniversary of their dispossession from their land when the state of Israel was created. Known as the Nakba or “catastrophe,” the somber anniversary is always marked by tension, and this year is no different. After 70 years of fragmentation, violence and dispossession, the Palestinian people find themselves … Continue reading “On this Nakba Day, Nonviolence Is All the Palestinians Have Left”