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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.

The Israel-Iran Clash Will Be a Battle of Small Increments, Not an All Out War By Faisal Al Yafai - May 21, 2018

Even now, nearly two weeks on from the most serious clash between Iran and Israel inside Syria on May 9, it is not clear what actually happened. The story, repeated without compelling evidence by most media outlets, is that Iran fired around 20 rockets at the Israeli army in the Golan Heights, Syrian territory that … Continue reading “The Israel-Iran Clash Will Be a Battle of Small Increments, Not an All Out War”

Seventy Years On, the History of the Nakba Has Not Yet Been Written By Faisal Al Yafai - May 13, 2018

On May 15, Palestinians around the world will mark one of the most important dates in their cultural calendar: the Nakba, the commemoration of the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in 1948. The Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,” has become an annual remembrance of the seismic events that changed the Palestinian … Continue reading “Seventy Years On, the History of the Nakba Has Not Yet Been Written”

From the River to the Sea, Palestinians Are Now a Majority. What Next for Israel? By Faisal Al Yafai - May 8, 2018

As so often in politics, a political earthquake can be revealed in a fragment. That happened in Israel at the very end of March, when a seemingly anodyne debate about striking civil servants exploded into an argument about the very deepest fractures in Israeli society. The debate started because of a strike over pay by … Continue reading “From the River to the Sea, Palestinians Are Now a Majority. What Next for Israel?”

Turkey’s President Doesn’t Fear a Political Challenge from the Left – He Fears the War to the South By Faisal Al Yafai - May 3, 2018

The extraordinary success of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a politician is rooted at least in part in his ability to surprise his opponents. For months, ever since a referendum last year agreed a transition from a prime ministerial system to a presidential one, his opponents have expected him to spring an early election on them. … Continue reading “Turkey’s President Doesn’t Fear a Political Challenge from the Left – He Fears the War to the South”

Moscow’s Bargain Basement Syria Strategy By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 26, 2018

In the days before the coalition strike on targets in Syria, Donald Trump engaged in what a Kremlin spokesman dismissively called “Twitter diplomacy,” warning that a military response by the US was imminent. Russia’s reply, though expressed in drier language, was still fearsome, considering the military capabilities of both sides.   Valery Gerasimov, the chief … Continue reading “Moscow’s Bargain Basement Syria Strategy”