John Foster / 17 Jan 2020

Playing for the Troops

Adrestia on Rojava

As far as band names go, Adrestia couldn't be better. The goddess of revolt in Greek mythology, it's astonishing no one used it until now. Leave it to a political punk group from Sweden, with a fondness for vintage death metal, to seize the day.(...)
Anna Ahronheim / 24 Jul 2019

Letting Go of Turkey

Why The West Failed

It could have changed Europe. Negotiating to join the EU since 2005, Turkey's aspirations, though still a government priority, could not be further from reality today.(...)
Anna Ahronheim / 12 Jul 2019

The Russian Middle East

Moscow Takes Over From Washington

Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back. Not as an economic power. Western sanctions have seen to that. But as a military power.(...)

Joel Schalit / 26 Jun 2019

Turkey From Israel

The View From Above

I could see Istanbul from the plane. Staring out of the Cessna window at the sprawling city below, from the coastline to the horizon, it was hard to believe that there was anything else to Turkey.(...)