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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.

Denmark’s Attempt to Forcibly Integrate Muslims Has a Long History By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 16, 2018

For the second time in six weeks, Denmark has passed laws specifically or predominantly targeting its Muslim citizens. At the end of May, Danish politicians voted to ban women from wearing the niqab and the burqa in public. A few days later, the government passed an even more extraordinary set of laws, which have become … Continue reading “Denmark’s Attempt to Forcibly Integrate Muslims Has a Long History”

Squeezed Across Three Countries, the Kurds Now Turn to an Unlikely Savior – Syria’s Bashar Al Assad By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 9, 2018

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the fall of Saddam Hussein, rarely have the Kurds felt so threatened. Across three countries, Kurdish communities have seen territorial and political gains rolled back. In Syria, in particular, the Kurds have seen their alliance with the United States weakening and Turkey flexing its military muscles, … Continue reading “Squeezed Across Three Countries, the Kurds Now Turn to an Unlikely Savior – Syria’s Bashar Al Assad”

As Women Take to their Cars, Saudi Arabia Prepares for Quiet but Dramatic Changes off the Roads By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 2, 2018

A week on from Saudi Arabia’s lifting of a driving ban on women and the kingdom already feels different. Saudi women reveled in the change, gleefully posting photos and videos of themselves in the driving seat on social media and having extended, public conversations about what kinds of car they intend to purchase. Such noticeable … Continue reading “As Women Take to their Cars, Saudi Arabia Prepares for Quiet but Dramatic Changes off the Roads”

Damascus’ New Law Has Made Syrian Refugees Give Up on Ever Returning Home. That’s the Point By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 25, 2018

Since the start of the uprising against his regime, Bashar Al Assad has maintained that all those protesting and, later, taking up arms against the regime were “terrorists.” This definition was important because it situated the regime as part of a global war on terror, allowing it to kill and torture civilians with the fig-leaf … Continue reading “Damascus’ New Law Has Made Syrian Refugees Give Up on Ever Returning Home. That’s the Point”

How Ethiopia’s New Leader Is Reshaping Relations with the Middle East and East Africa By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 20, 2018

Abiy Ahmed is moving fast and building things. The youthful leader of East Africa’s largest country pushed through enormous reforms in the space of weeks, reshaping Ethiopia and its relations with the region and the Middle East. Just a few months ago, Abiy was not well-known even in Ethiopia. But three years of mass protests … Continue reading “How Ethiopia’s New Leader Is Reshaping Relations with the Middle East and East Africa”