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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

Why Israel Is Turning the Screw on Christians in Jerusalem By Joseph Dana - Mar 11, 2018

Israel’s annexation plans for Jerusalem have never been all that difficult to decipher. Since the 1967 takeover of the eastern part of the city, the Israeli government has invested substantial resources in establishing a strong Jewish presence across Jerusalem. Most of these efforts have focused on the city’s Muslim Arab residents and various methods to … Continue reading “Why Israel Is Turning the Screw on Christians in Jerusalem”

South Africa’s Water Crisis Offers Gulf Nations an Opportunity to Showcase their Comparative Advantage By Joseph Dana - Feb 25, 2018

The city of Cape Town is going to be the first major city in the world to run out of water. That is what media reports have been proclaiming for the past several weeks. While the premise is correct, the reality is that Cape Town is not going to completely run out of water. Rather, … Continue reading “South Africa’s Water Crisis Offers Gulf Nations an Opportunity to Showcase their Comparative Advantage”

How Artificial Intelligence and Robotics can Help the Gulf Become Food Secure By Joseph Dana - Feb 15, 2018

At its core, food security is a function of water availability. The Middle East – particularly the Arabian Gulf states – does not have nearly enough fresh water, and therefore is also food insecure. While water insecurity can be mitigated by technology, it is impossible to intervene against nature to sustainably create enough fresh water … Continue reading “How Artificial Intelligence and Robotics can Help the Gulf Become Food Secure”

The Critical Role Language Plays in Israel’s Arsenal Against the Palestinian People By Joseph Dana - Feb 1, 2018

Semantic shifts are often no more than signs of the natural evolution of language. In Israel, however, they often can be intentional and have political repercussions that entrench control. Indeed, as understood by Tel Aviv, language is part of the state’s arsenal of repression. After Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip … Continue reading “The Critical Role Language Plays in Israel’s Arsenal Against the Palestinian People”