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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

Technology Won’t Stop Self-Driving Cars Coming to the Gulf. But Morality Might By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 26, 2018

When Google Glass debuted in 2012, it was hyped as the first step toward a hands-free future of easily accessible information. But within three years, Google had shelved the product. What killed Google Glass was not technology, but morality. The public hated the idea of being filmed without their knowledge. And countries like the Gulf … Continue reading “Technology Won’t Stop Self-Driving Cars Coming to the Gulf. But Morality Might”

The Gulf Faces Competition with a Post-Brexit UK Over an Unexpected and Valuable Resource: Foreign Workers By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 18, 2018

When Saudi Arabia’s crown prince landed in London earlier this month, the focus of his visit was the potential for new trade and investment after Britain leaves the European Union. The same has been true of other Gulf states since the Brexit vote in 2016; the Gulf is keen to strike a free-trade deal with … Continue reading “The Gulf Faces Competition with a Post-Brexit UK Over an Unexpected and Valuable Resource: Foreign Workers”

The Architect of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Shock Therapy’ Introduces Himself to the West By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 12, 2018

As always with visits of world leaders, the real work is done behind the scenes. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was in London last week and will be in Washington for four days next week. In London, of course, there were smiles for the cameras in Downing Street with the British prime minister. But the real … Continue reading “The Architect of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Shock Therapy’ Introduces Himself to the West”

Why Chemical Weapons Have Become a Battleground in Syria’s Information War By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 25, 2018

Ghouta is in the news again. The small enclave outside of Damascus has been a rebel stronghold for years and has been under constant, relentless siege by the Assad regime since early in the civil war. Any time Ghouta is mentioned, it sets off, among the supporters of the regime and the rebels, a potent, raging … Continue reading “Why Chemical Weapons Have Become a Battleground in Syria’s Information War”