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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.

Articles By Joseph Dana

How Political Zionism Puts Jewish Communities Aboard at Risk of Anti-Semitism  By Joseph Dana - Mar 28, 2019

Theodor Herzl didn’t want a Jewish state in Palestine. Or at least, not at first. The Austrian journalist, who later became the father of political Zionism, was thoroughly assimilated into Viennese society and saw virtue in Jews being in a similar relationship with their home countries. However, European society continued to view the Jewish community … Continue reading “How Political Zionism Puts Jewish Communities Aboard at Risk of Anti-Semitism “

Local and Geopolitics Intrude in Israel’s Attempt to Supply Europe with Gas By Joseph Dana - Mar 11, 2019

Usually positioned on the margins of the Middle East’s complex energy politics, Israel now is a legitimate player in its own right. More than a decade ago, large natural-gas fields were discovered off Israel’s northern coast in the Mediterranean. Since then, it has scrambled to determine exactly how the gas will make its way to … Continue reading “Local and Geopolitics Intrude in Israel’s Attempt to Supply Europe with Gas”

Racism No Longer Hidden: Israel’s Rightward Shift Is Complete By Joseph Dana - Mar 4, 2019

How powerful is the Israeli settler community? Certainly, it is a testament to the extreme right’s prowess that it has been able to dot the West Bank landscape with its building lots. But it never really flaunted its power. Until now, that is, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms a new coalition with one of … Continue reading “Racism No Longer Hidden: Israel’s Rightward Shift Is Complete”

As Israel Prepares for Elections, Its People Think the Status Quo is Just Fine By Joseph Dana - Feb 24, 2019

Israel’s rightward political shift is fully underway as the country inches toward elections in April. With left-wing parties struggling to maintain relevance, the right’s vision for the country dominates. Thus, instead of advocating for a lasting peace with the Palestinians (or full annexation of the West Bank), mainstream politicians are promising more of the same. … Continue reading “As Israel Prepares for Elections, Its People Think the Status Quo is Just Fine”