DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service.
DEBKAfile pioneered intensive news coverage and analysis of global terror before it hit the front pages. Indeed, our profound knowledge of the subject gave DEBKAfile‘s earliest readers advance notice of 9/11 and its target, the World Trade Center.
It has evolved as a niche site specializing in Strategic Analysis. We have stayed a step ahead of Islamist terrorism up until the present day, and provided the same forward-looking coverage on the Iranian nuclear program and its links with North Korea; Al Qaeda’s expansion into North and East Africa and latterly, Syria; the recent convulsions in Arab lands; the rise of radical Islam; shifting Middle East alliances and conflicts; big power rivalries in these volatile regions; trends in oil and energy; and new military weapons and tactics.
Our unique angle on these subjects – and strong intelligence dimension – has earned DEBKAfile a global reputation and a steady readership – which skyrockets in times of crisis.
DEBKAfile and DEBKA Weekly:
Two sites, a magazine and video
DEBKAfile readers typically have a wider scope and understanding of the forces behind the scenes. You may not find financial columns in DEBKAfile, but you will gain a sound foundation for building a financial strategy if you follow us closely. We don’t do gossip, petty local intrigue, or crime. We stick to our bread and butter and leave the day-to-day grind to the local media.
DEBKAfile offers two sites, English and Hebrew, whose content is tailored for relevance to its respective readers. Together, they have a regular audience of millions in 220 countries. DEBKAfile is especially popular in the United States, with viewers in every state, as well as the Middle East and Europe. Our audience is remarkably loyal and has followed us steadily year after year. DEBKA Videos may be viewed on DEBKA’s special YouTube channel.
High on Apps and Social Networks
DEBKAfile has kept pace with the evolution of the Mobile Space. Accessed today on iOS and Android devices, our sites’ GUI is designed especially to suit every phone and tablet user. iOS versions (iPhone and iPad) may be downloaded directly from the site as Web Apps, while Android versions may be downloaded from Google Play. You will also find us on all the social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. In the future too, we promise to keep step with the Mobile Space, social networks and other innovations a they develop.
Giora Shamis is chief editor and CEO of DEBKA Publications.
Diane Shalem is editor of the DEBKAfile English edition.
Giora Shamis and Diane Shalem collaborated at The Economist for 23 years. They covered the first Lebanon War and other Middle East conflicts as a team.
As a specialist in military and intelligence affairs, Giora Shamis also served the magazine’s esteemed newsletter Foreign Report as Chief Foreign Correspondent with special focus on the Cold War.
In the nineties, he turned to freelance journalism, producing cover stories for the US & World Report as contributing editor, and special features for other US and European magazines and dailies, including L’Express and the Daily Mail.
In her 16 years as senior editor and reporter for the News Departments of Kol Israel state radio, Diane Shalem covered a wide range of local topics, such as the Six-Day War, Palestinian terror, domestic politics and international relations. She joined The Economist after serving the radio as London correspondent.
In the year 2,000, they established DEBKAfile as one of the first exclusively digital news sites on the Internet. Together, they have published two books, The Jerusalem Guide 1972 and a Crack in the House of God (Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, London).
Vadim Mikhailov Webmaster. Designer and system administrator of the St. Petersburg Times before emigrating to Israel.