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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 Prime Minister Has Won the Most Fragile of Victories Against Shia Militias By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 13, 2021

The last time Iraq’s prime minister tried to arrest members of the powerful Iran-backed militias, they were out of custody within a week. This time, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi held on to one of their own for twice as long, as near a victory as can be imagined, given the fragility of the Iraqi state. Two events … Continue reading “Iraq’s Prime Minister Has Won the Most Fragile of Victories Against Shia Militias”

Al-Assad’s Election Victory Offers the Perfect Pretext for the Return of Syria’s Refugees By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 2, 2021

When, late on the evening of May 25, the foreign ministers of the United States, Britain and three other major European countries jointly declared that the next day’s elections in Syria “will neither be free nor fair,” it seemed like a statement of the obvious. The subsequent declaration of victory from Damascus was unnecessary as … Continue reading “Al-Assad’s Election Victory Offers the Perfect Pretext for the Return of Syria’s Refugees”

Uneven Laws Are at the Heart of Israel-Palestine Violence By Faisal Al Yafai - May 14, 2021

Israel and Palestine are in the grip of the worst violence for many years. A conflict that started with protests outside one neighborhood in Jerusalem has spread across the whole country, with Israel using airstrikes against Gaza and rockets from the territory targeting Israeli areas. At the root of it all is the unequal application … Continue reading “Uneven Laws Are at the Heart of Israel-Palestine Violence”

A Leaked Recording Could Aid Iran’s Reformers By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 29, 2021

In some respects, Iran’s politics function a lot like more-established democracies: there are rival power factions, leaks to friendly media outlets and murky press articles meant to send political messages. The leak this month of damaging parts of an audio interview with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, just eight weeks before a pivotal presidential election … Continue reading “A Leaked Recording Could Aid Iran’s Reformers”

Hezbollah’s Push into Supermarkets Is Accelerating the Fragmentation of Lebanon By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 18, 2021

The news that Hezbollah was officially launching its own chain of supermarkets in Lebanon was greeted with derision on social media. Photos showed shelves packed with what looked to be Iranian-sourced goods, provoking enormous, and often furious, online debate as to why the supermarkets appeared to be reserved for Hezbollah supporters only. The militant group’s … Continue reading “Hezbollah’s Push into Supermarkets Is Accelerating the Fragmentation of Lebanon”