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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

Turkey’s Secular Opposition is Turning on Syrians, With Consequences For the Border By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 12, 2019

Within hours of Turkey’s opposition party winning the re-run of Istanbul’s mayoral election, a new hashtag began trending on Twitter. “Suriyeliler Defoluyor,” or “Syrians, get out,” makes depressing reading, with tweets repeating all-too-familiar anti-refugee half-truths, inventions and barely disguised racism. That was on a Sunday. The following Saturday, fights broke out in western Istanbul, with … Continue reading “Turkey’s Secular Opposition is Turning on Syrians, With Consequences For the Border”

A Crisis in the Waters of the Arabian Gulf Is Testing a New Generation of European Leaders By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 8, 2019

The crisis in the waters of the Arabian Gulf is causing waves across the European continent. Against a background of attacks on tankers in the Gulf, the seizure by Iran of a British-flagged vessel off its own coast has sparked a debate on the best way to handle the still-escalating crisis. The approach of the … Continue reading “A Crisis in the Waters of the Arabian Gulf Is Testing a New Generation of European Leaders”

Uncomfortable in the Light, Algeria’s Generals Still Refuse to Retreat to the Shadows By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 4, 2019

Even in the capital of another country, Algeria’s interim president could not escape the sight of thousands of his fellow citizens, waving flags and singing songs. On a recent afternoon in Cairo, Abdelkader Bensalah looked out on an exuberant crowd at the Africa Cup of Nations final as Algeria beat Senegal 1-0. Back in Algeria, … Continue reading “Uncomfortable in the Light, Algeria’s Generals Still Refuse to Retreat to the Shadows”

Germany and Italy’s Migration Schemes Are Simply Ways to Avoid Uncomfortable Truths By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 22, 2019

On the same day last week, Germany and Italy offered separate proposals for how to handle Europe’s continuing migration crisis. Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas, called for a core group of European Union countries to agree to a system of “binding” quotas; the group would agree among themselves how many migrants to take, with the … Continue reading “Germany and Italy’s Migration Schemes Are Simply Ways to Avoid Uncomfortable Truths”

Iraq’s Plan to Sideline Iran-Backed Militias Could End Up Gifting Tehran More Power By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 18, 2019

Throughout June there were a series of attacks inside Iraq under murky circumstances: three US bases and the compound of an American oil company were targeted. There were no claims of responsibility, but blame fell on Iran-allied militias, seeking retaliation for ramped-up sanctions against Tehran. Against the backdrop of increased tensions across the Gulf, Iraq’s … Continue reading “Iraq’s Plan to Sideline Iran-Backed Militias Could End Up Gifting Tehran More Power”