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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.

Germany’s ‘Mosque Tax’ Seeks to Pull Muslims Closer to the State – and Further from Foreign Capitals By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 20, 2019

Since the 19th century, Germany’s Catholics and Protestants have paid church taxes in order to fund the churches and schools of their faith. Now, politicians in Europe’s largest country are considering extending the scheme to the Muslim population, as a way of reducing the influence of foreign countries and encouraging the growth of a “German Islam.” … Continue reading “Germany’s ‘Mosque Tax’ Seeks to Pull Muslims Closer to the State – and Further from Foreign Capitals”

Is ISIS Defeated? It Depends on Whether It Is a Terrorist Group or a Terrorist Idea By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 6, 2019

In the mid-2000s, when the United States was heavily deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the US administration was under repeated pressure domestically and internationally to declare when they would leave those countries. The Bush and later the Obama administrations hesitated to do so, knowing that the moment a timeline was set, their adversaries would … Continue reading “Is ISIS Defeated? It Depends on Whether It Is a Terrorist Group or a Terrorist Idea”

Chemical Weapons Debate Plays into Syria and Russia’s Hands By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 18, 2018

Sometime in the late evening on the last Saturday of November, in the aftermath of shelling on the city, men, women and children in Aleppo began reporting symptoms of a chemical attack. The Syrian regime, which is in charge of the city, immediately blamed the rebels, who are in control just on the outskirts. Russia and … Continue reading “Chemical Weapons Debate Plays into Syria and Russia’s Hands”