Author: The Battleground

2020 will be remembered as the year race broke. Not in a popular sense, to refer to the 1991 Dave Markey documentary about American punk. Rather, as the year that diversity became a subject of crisis, again. (More…)

Don’t believe the hype. There’s nothing new about Coronavirus. Everything about it says more of the same. (More…)

Journalists don’t read enough books. Blame it on the 24-hour news cycle. If it’s not a newspaper, it’s social media. Or, if they’re trying to disconnect, it’s TV. (More…)

Salvini is always the winner. Peruse most major news media on the 2019 EU elections, and when you hit Italy, it’s always the case. (More…)

For the last six months, populism has been the only game in town. If it’s not Salvini it’s been Salvini. Not only was the topic over-reported. Predictions of his triumph were wrong. (More…)

Few countries occupy as difficult a place in European news as Italy. Only reported on when there’s an economic crisis or a tabloid-style story about its flamboyant political leaders — read Silvio Berlusconi, or, Matteo Salvini — Italy screams out for more considered coverage. (More…)

Few areas of news coverage are as new to religion as it is to Europe. Particularly for journalists from the United States and the Middle East, where faith and politics are ineluctably intertwined. (More…)

Maxim Edwards cuts a decidedly retro figure. Not for his ideas, or analyses, but his sense of geography.  For nearly a decade, Edwards has made the post-Soviet sphere his stomping grounds. (More…)

Anna Ahronheim is the defence correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s oldest English-language daily. Following the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria, which raised over 8 billion euros in aid pledges, The Battleground spoke to Ahronheim about what didn’t get tabled at the event: European military involvement in the Middle East. (More…)