Joel Schalit / 24 Jul 2020

Berlin After Lockdown

Don’t Forget the Kurds

History was at a standstill. The two months that the German capital was under lockdown made its residents seem as though time had stopped. It felt like the end of the world was nigh. Sidewalks were empty. Stores were closed. The hum of traffic had even disappeared.(...)
May Day refugee solidarity flyer. Kobtbusser Damm, Kreuzberg.
Joel Schalit / 08 May 2020

The New Refugee Crisis

Berlin on Greece

Greece is a niche subject. That is if the street art of the German capital is the decider. Off the walls for the better part of the last decade, Athens hasn't figured prominently since the 2008 economic crisis, when it appeared everywhere. That is, until now.(...)
Joel Schalit / 22 Apr 2020

The Italian Campaign

Russia Threatens the Press

The threat was unambiguous. “He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it,” wrote Russia's Defence Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov, on Facebook.(...)
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 / 31 May 2019

The Blame Game

Germans and Antisemitism

“Their decision was racist,” my attorney said. “There was no legal basis to deny you permanent residency in Germany.”(...)

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