Doha and the Middle East: a climate change security hotspot [Eng, Chi]
ChinaDialogue, November 2012
Looming climate change spells a grim forecast for the Arab region, already considered one of the world’s driest. Most researchers see further dwindling water resources and intensifying food insecurity as the main threats. Adding to to a politically volatile region, climate change is considered a threat multiplier, and several studies have even suggested extreme weather events had played a role in the Arab Spring. Nevertheless, analysts are wary of framing climate change as a security threat. In fact, cautiously, some have even suggested that the common challenge might be facilitating cross-border cooperation and peace-building.
In Constant Movement [Heb]
Masa Acher, May 2012
Amsterdam’s De Pijp has gone through several reincarnations since its founding in late 19th century as a workers neighborhood. Through the years, cheap housing has attracted artists and migrants of various nationalities. Today it is home to students and young families, who have in turn bred a new nightlife scene.
Ash and Hope [Heb]
Yedioth Achronoth, July 2010
Vast areas have been flooded, agriculture was in danger, a blanket of ash still covers much of the area, but in Iceland some have already begun cashing in on the recent volcanic eruptions. A beer with the volcano’s image makes for a successful exported, tourists are back and the volcanic souvenir industry is in full swing.
Climate Change in Croatia Threatens the Future of the Tourism Sector [Heb]
Haaretz, November 2009
Temperature rise, water stress and flood risk for historical sites pose a question mark over the future of one of the most important sectors of the Croatian economy. But apart from scientists and environmental activists, it seems like only few in the country are concerned with the implications.
Static Electricity [Heb]
Haaretz, July 2009
Jordan has its own nuclear programme, intended for reducing the country’s dependence on oil imports. But the endeavour has seen domestic criticism regarding the danger to both humans and the environment. And there are, as usual, those who hear the word ‘nuclear’ next to the term ‘a Middle Eastern country’ and are instantly covered with cold sweat.
A Long Way to Go [Heb]
The Seventh Eye, February 2009
Jordanian authorities have a hard time translating their monarch’s declarations on press freedom into practice. Meanwhile, journalists are arrested, or even thrown to jail. “We are trying to be objective,” says the editor-in-chief of state affiliated Jordan Times, “but it’s not always possible.”
Modern Talking [Heb]
Masa Acher, January 2009
Something is going on in Amman. It seems to be engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the Western culture, giving it contemporary local interpretations. In recent years, for example, a new language can be heard on the streets – Arabizi, a fusion of Arabic and English.
A Kingdom for a River [Ger]
Suedwind, July 2008
Arid Kingdom [Heb]
ynet, October 2008
“Israel is drying out,” warn official sources and call on us to consider every drop before reservoirs vanish. Even in the Jordanian capital of Amman each drop counts: water flows in the pipelines only once a week for 24 hours, and people have to manage with the amount stored in rooftop tanks. The neighbors’ grass is yellower.
(co-written with Josef C. Ladenhauf)
Little Kingdom of Mine [Heb]
Haaretz and Haaretz Online, May 2008
The Island Realm of an ‘Ordinary’ King [Eng]
Toronto Star and TheStar.com, May 2008
Monarch over 15 Citizens [Ger]
Sueddeutsche.de, September 2008
On the tiny island of Tavolara an independent kingdom has existed uninterrupted until NATO established a military outpost on its Eastern flank. Its few residents earn their living from tourism. King Tonino takes visitors on his boat, hoping they dine in his restaurant, Da Tonino. But everything stays in the family: Tonino’s sister, Madallena, owns the competing restaurant.
Dispute between the Jewish Central Council and the Israeli Government [D]
Berliner Morgenpost and Berliner Morgenpost.de, January 2008
Germany’s Jewish community is considered one of the largest in Europe, mostly thanks to emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union. Nativ, an Israeli governmental agency, has been active among Jewish communities in the Soviet Union for nearly 50 years, most of the time secretly, promoting Aliyah, immigration to Israel. Now it seeks to expand into Germany, and while gently trying not to put in stake the very unique relations with Germany, which Israel considers its best ally in Europe, it faces a fierce opposition from the German Jewish community.
(co-written with Katrin Schoelkopf)