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Faisal Al Yafai

Faisal Al Yafai is currently writing a book on the Middle East. He is also a frequent commentator on international TV networks such as CNN, the BBC and France 24. Al Yafai has been an investigative journalist for The Guardian, a documentary journalist for the BBC and a writer for other news outlets. He is also an essayists and playwright. Al Yafai has reported from across the Middle East, and from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He served as a Churchill Fellow in Lebanon and Indonesia. He can be followed on Twitter @FaisalAlYafai.

Articles By Faisal Al Yafai

Seeking Justice for Assad’s Victims, America’s Caesar Act Will Only Create New Ones By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 28, 2020

A fresh round of US sanctions, the long-awaited Caesar Act, has come into effect against figures within the Syrian regime and those who aid them. The act is named for the pseudonym of a Syrian military defector who provided a wealth of evidence of the regime’s torture program. Ostensibly the act seeks redress for those … Continue reading “Seeking Justice for Assad’s Victims, America’s Caesar Act Will Only Create New Ones”

A Proxy War Forged In Syria Is Now Washing Up On Libya’s Shores By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 14, 2020

Amid the response to the unexpected declaration of a ceasefire in Libya by Egypt’s president on June 6 came another brief detail about the complicated Libyan civil war, one that illuminated one of the most troubling aspects of the conflict. A short Reuters report the day after revealed that Russia was hiring Syrian mercenaries to … Continue reading “A Proxy War Forged In Syria Is Now Washing Up On Libya’s Shores”

Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants His Country to Be Like Singapore; It Will Have to Stop Being Like Lebanon First By Faisal Al Yafai - May 31, 2020

“The third one grows roots” is the colloquial Iraqi equivalent of “third time’s the charm,” and for prime ministerial nominees that has proven to be the case. The new prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, was the third candidate to be put forward in as many months; neither of the others managed to form a government. Al-Kadhimi’s … Continue reading “Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants His Country to Be Like Singapore; It Will Have to Stop Being Like Lebanon First”

The Global Pandemic Has Erased the Difference Between the West And ‘The Rest’ By Faisal Al Yafai - May 7, 2020

For all the “We’re all in this together” rhetoric that many political leaders have adopted as a rallying cry during the coronavirus pandemic, each passing day highlights the shallowness of the slogan. Just as nationwide lockdowns have exposed vast gaps between the richest and poorest in every society – and even between different sections of … Continue reading “The Global Pandemic Has Erased the Difference Between the West And ‘The Rest’”