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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

Iraq’s Revolving Door Politics Has Driven Young People Out on the Streets By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 13, 2019

Protesters are on the streets in Iraq, furious at corruption, unemployment and bad public services. Security forces fire live ammunition, killing protesters. The Iraqi prime minister promises an investigation and the United Nations calls for restraint. That is not a scene from this week in Baghdad but from the summer of 2018 in Basra, when … Continue reading “Iraq’s Revolving Door Politics Has Driven Young People Out on the Streets”

Through Russia and the EU States, the UN Has Handed Syria’s Bashar Al Assad a Way to Win the ‘Peace’ By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 8, 2019

After two years of wrangling, a rare success. In the run-up to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, announced that the long-delayed committee to rewrite Syria’s constitution had finally been agreed. At the summit, the UN’s special envoy, Geir Pedersen, was keen to talk up the positive aspects of … Continue reading “Through Russia and the EU States, the UN Has Handed Syria’s Bashar Al Assad a Way to Win the ‘Peace’”

The EU’s New Migration Policy Is a Gift to the Far Right By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 3, 2019

Against the backdrop of a Maltese fort that withstood an attempted Muslim invasion in the 16th century, the interior ministers of four European Union countries last month outlined a new system for allocating migrants rescued from the Mediterranean. The plan, agreed by France, Germany, Italy and Malta, will see migrants automatically relocated to other EU states, where their request for asylum will … Continue reading “The EU’s New Migration Policy Is a Gift to the Far Right”

Tunisians’ Votes for Political Outsiders Have Handed Back Power to the Insiders By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 22, 2019

By last Sunday evening, as the results began to trickle in of only the second presidential election since Tunisia’s revolution, it was clear a political earthquake was beginning. The front-runners were not the current prime minister, nor the candidate of the largest political party in the parliament, nor yet a previous president. Instead, the two … Continue reading “Tunisians’ Votes for Political Outsiders Have Handed Back Power to the Insiders”

Syrian Bodies Have Become Erdogan’s Latest Bargaining Chip with the EU By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 15, 2019

Just days before getting what he has long been asking for, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asked for more. In a speech just three days before joint border patrols with the US began, Erdogan revealed a new plan – and a worrying potential scenario. If the European Union did not support his plan to move … Continue reading “Syrian Bodies Have Become Erdogan’s Latest Bargaining Chip with the EU”