The Tower Magazine, Mideast’s Exclusive Long-Form Outlet, Delves into Region Scarred by Syrian War With September Issue
Issue Explores Iran’s Increasingly Savvy Game of Sanctions, a United Nations Divided & the Coming “Kurdish Spring”
Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2013 -- The Tower Magazine, the Mideast’s only digital long-form outlet, announced the launch of its September issue today, tackling Iran’s increasingly sophisticated program of sanctions evasion; the UN’s schizophrenic split; the Kurds’ coming political moment; and the Bedouin-centered conflict in the Negev that’s challenging the core of Israeli democracy. The September issue of The Tower Magazine is available for free online at www.thetower.org/magazine.
“The reverberations of the Syrian civil war are felt through the entire Mideast today,” said The Tower Magazine Editor David Hazony. “In the September issue, we see how Syria is part of a larger dynamic taking shape in the region which will have serious and long-lasting consequences for American policy and the world.”
In “Iran’s Newest Weapons, Sanctions Evasion,” former Oxford scholar and Foundation For the Defense of Democracies fellow, Emanuele Ottolenghi, exposes Iran’s use of “a dizzying array” of front companies--particularly in Germany--to advance its illicit nuclear program. Ottolengthi details how Iranian holding companies are buying stakes in major European energy firms, like Thyssenkrupp, as part of these efforts.
Mideast scholar Jonathan Spyer takes on the coming “Kurdish Spring” with a piece on the the growing reality of Kurdish independence. “It has become overwhelmingly clear to me that Kurdish sovereignty would be of benefit to the Kurds, the region as a whole, and Western interests in the Middle East.”
"Why I Stopped Hating the UN,” by New York based international affairs writer Ben Cohen, looks at the growing division at the United Nations between a world body committed to good and an instrument for dictators and oppressive regimes around the world. And in “A Pitched Battle for the Last Empty Place," journalist Liam Hoare shows the untold story of the battle unfolding between the state of Israel and Bedouin tribes which is cutting to the heart of Israel’s democracy.
The Tower Magazine's July Issue Takes On the Future of Lebanon, Turkey's Brutal Attacks On Democratic Demonstrators, Israel's Revolutionary Oil Technology and a Plan for Saving Syria by Redrawing its Borders
The Tower Magazine (TheTower.org/MAGAZINE),
The Only Digital Long-Form Dedicated to the Middle East,
Launches its JULY issue, Featuring:
Michael J. Totten interviews leaders of Lebanon’s Sunni, Christian and Druze movements, who say they believe in peace with Israel and ALL their neighbors
Claire Berlinski, Oxford-trained author of books on Europe and Margaret Thatcher, gives a stunning first-hand account of the brutality in Istanbul and shows how Turkey is descending into dictatorship
Middle-East Historian Gabriel Scheinmann argues that the key to stopping the bloodshed in the Middle East is to break it up according to ethnic lines—like Yugoslavia and the Former Soviet Union
Plus: Uncovering the Secret of Israel’s 100 Billion Barrels of Untapped Oil; Photo Tour and exploration of the ancient-modern city of Acre, as a model of co-existence between Arabs and Jews; and an Exclusive Interview with Tel Aviv’s Rising Literary Star, Ido Angel
Washington, DC—July 1, 2013—The Tower Magazine—the ONLY long-form monthly focused exclusively on the Middle East—announced its July Issue featuring Michael Totten on “Dreaming of a Lebanon Without War,” Oxford-trained scholar-journalist Claire Berlinksi on “The Gezi Diaries: Can We Still Call Turkey Civilized?” and the untold story of Israel’s 100 billion barrels-worth of oil shale that stands to transform global energy. The July Issue is available for free at TheTower.org/MAGAZINE.
“The Tower Magazine pulls the curtain back on the Middle East, with top journalists and scholars delving into the region in long form,” says The Tower magazine editor, David Hazony. “The result is fascinating, compelling and sometimes shocking reportage on the unseen sides of this region.”
In the July Issue, award-winning journalist Michael Totten heads to Beirut for exclusive on-the-record sit downs with the country’s most influential voices, including Samy Gemayel—son of former Lebanese president Amine Gemayel—who makes shocking revelations about Lebanon’s prospects of peace with Israel.
“There is no excuse,” Gemayel reveals to Totten, “why Egypt is allowed to have a peace treaty with Israel while we [in Lebanon] cannot negotiate for an armistice. Why can Jordan have a peace treaty while we also cannot negotiate for an armistice? Even Syria, without a peace treaty, has had peaceful relations with Israel since 1974. Why can’t we?”
The Tower Magazine July Issue also features Oxford-trained scholar, journalist and Turkey expert Claire Berlinski with the full story on Turkey’s Taksim Square protests, along with her own run-ins with the brutal Turkish security forces. Berlinski looks far beyond Gezi Park and all the way to Turkey’s conflicting roots to explain where Turkey is today, and how it may be headed down the dark path of dictatorship.
Energy expert Daniel Fink reports on Israel’s discovery of more than 100 billion barrels of oil shale beneath the Holy Land to explore what that means for global energy. Fink takes a glimpse into Israel Energy Initiatives, the cutting-edge company headed by former IDF generals and a former US Vice President, developing the world’s most advanced oil shale technology.
The Tower July Issue also introduces US readers to Tel Aviv’s rising literary star, Ido Angel, in an exclusive interview about the new generation of Israeli novelists, the death of the cultural old guard, and why only Israel could produce the show that led to the hit series “Homeland.”
The Tower’s photographer, leading Israeli fine art photographer Aviram Valdman, explores former Templar stronghold and modern-day city of Acre in a stunning photo, while Neri Zilber showcases the city’s buzzed-about new boutique hotel, the Efendi—and shows how Acre can be a model of Jewish-Arab coexistence.
The Tower magazine has made waves with long-form pieces like National Magazine Award Winner Dahlia Lithwick’s emotional exploration of raising children amid gun violence in America vs. terrorism in Israel, and Zvika Krieger’s look at gay parenting in the Jewish State. Monocle’s Tel Aviv correspondent Adi Schwartz blew open the report on Palestinian and Israeli school texts, and Liam Hoare has exposed Scandinavia’s new anti-Semitism.
According to The Daily Beast/Newsweek, The Tower “is emerging as an indispensable new English-language source on Israel and the Middle East.”
Each monthly issue of The Tower magazine includes a photo essay by leading Israeli fine art photographer, Aviram Valdman, whose work is exhibited at the Israel Museum and Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
About The Tower Magazine
The Tower magazine is a digital, long-form monthly published by the Washington-based Israel Project and devoted exclusively to Israel and the Middle East. With essays and exposés ranging from 2,500 to 6,000 words, The Tower’s leading writers from around the globe explore the issues that are changing the world’s most challenging and exciting region. The Tower magazine is led by Editor David Hazony. TheTower.org/MAGAZINE.
Formerly called TIP's Summer Media Fellowship in Journalism, Strategic Communications and Israel Advocacy, The Tower Tomorrow Fellowship offers a select group of university students (undergraduate and graduate) a challenging summer fellowship aimed at educating future journalists, writers and advocacy professionals in the art of research, analysis, writing for publication, communications, public relations and media management.
Working with top-ranked writers and media professionals, our Fellows will learn about coverage of Israel and the region, meet with journalists, scholars, and diplomats, and undertake a writing course and assignments for publication.
The Tower Tomorrow Fellowship gives participants tools and connections they will take back with them to their campuses and will continue to provide them with opportunities to build their skills and make a decisive impact on campus.
If you would like information on how to apply for the Tower Tomorrow fellowship, contact TowerTomorrow@theisraelproject.org .
[caption id="attachment_4436" align="aligncenter" width="235"] Tower Tomorrow Fellow with Israel's Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren[/caption]
The Tower Magazine Third Issue Released May 21
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tower Magazine (TheTower.org/MAGAZINE), a NEW online long-form publication, launched its June issue this week, featuring six in-depth articles and a photo essay from contributors in Israel, Europe and the United States.
Each month the publication offers original, in-depth essays, reviews and reportage to give readers deeper perspective on Israel and the region. A vibrant, colorful home for new ideas, insights, narratives, research and perspective about Israel and the Middle East, The Tower Magazine brings readers to the Middle East with a depth and power never seen before.
TheTower.org, the official website of The Tower and The Tower Magazine, is a new nonprofit digital journalism portal focused on the Middle East, launched in March 2013 as a project of TIP (The Israel Project), a 501(c)3 nonpartisan educational organization based in Washington, D.C.
“The Tower Magazine is Vanity Fair meets Foreign Affairs,” said TIP President and CEO Josh Block. “Together with its daily component at TheTower.org, the website delivers reliable, fresh and definitive context and analysis in real time from well respected journalists and brilliant commentators, helping readers understand the news in what is an active and complex part of the world.”
“On the one hand, Israel is a dynamic, creative bold society that people should get to know better. On the other hand, the Middle East is undergoing a complex, constantly changing conflict. Only in long-form can you fully engage with the depth and the richness of the Middle East. We offer the best veteran writers combined with new voices and brilliant artistic photography to bring Israel and the Middle East to life in a way that has never been done before,” said Editor of TheTower.org/MAGAZINE David Hazony.
The June issue of TheTower.org/MAGAZINE features:
The Abyss: Can Anything Save Syria?: The world reels from the cruelty of the Syrian civil war. But as JONATHAN SPYER writes, a serious look at the rebels' struggle and the stakes of failure suggests that Western nations must get involved, and quickly.
The Greatest Living Hebrew Writer is an Arab: An accomplished novelist, screenwriter, and columnist, Sayed Kashua has taken Israel by storm. DEBRA KAMIN spoke with the non-Jew who has adopted the classic Jewish literary pose of the outsider—and pointed it at the Jewish state.
Hatred Begins in the Classroom: Everyone knows that for peace to prevail, schools need to teach coexistence between Arabs and Jews. But as ADI SCHWARTZ discovered, a recent report comparing Palestinian and Israeli textbooks only made matters worse.
My Jerusalem, Forever Divided, Forever One: As peace activist GERSHON BASKIN writes, Jerusalem after a peace agreement will have to find a new way to live, its beautiful mosaic of neighborhoods working together under multiple authorities, weaving together a very possible dream.
If Peace Never Comes, This Will Be the Reason: DEBORAH DANAN has organized co-existence dialogue for Israelis and Palestinians for years. But one big problem has always gotten in the way—and understanding it may give us the key to peace at last.
Can Street Art Change the World?: LAUREN DAVIDSON takes a look at the healing power of graffiti. An improbable group of tattoo, hip hop, and graffiti artists wants to change the way people see Israel. Is it just too much?
PHOTO ESSAY: City of Gold and Dreams and Blood: Sometimes the most ancient sites offer the most stirring personal moments. AVIRAM VALDMAN aims his camera at the unfathomable human experience that is Jerusalem.
The Israel Project (TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policy-makers and the public.