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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.

Even for Rafik Hariri’s Son, the Politics of the Present Matter More than Justice for the Past By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 31, 2018

When Lebanon’s oldest newspaper went to the newsstands blank one day this month, it sparked a guessing game about the publisher’s intentions. An-Nahar, published since the 1930s, went to press with empty pages and only the masthead, without offering any explanation. Speculation started immediately on social media. Was An-Nahar giving up on the printed product? … Continue reading “Even for Rafik Hariri’s Son, the Politics of the Present Matter More than Justice for the Past”

A Political “Divorce” in Tunisia Is the Starting Gun for Next Year’s Election By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 21, 2018

After Tunisia’s municipal elections in May, the head of Nidaa Tounes, one of the two main political parties in the country’s parliament, was asked about a possible alliance at the next presidential election between him and the other major political party, the Islamist Ennahda. Hafedh Caid Essebsi was unequivocal: “It will be every man for … Continue reading “A Political “Divorce” in Tunisia Is the Starting Gun for Next Year’s Election”

Countering ISIS’s Propaganda Is a Way of Reclaiming the Middle East’s History By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 8, 2018

Words matter. That was both the starting point and the slogan for a campaign last week reminding the media to use more care when reporting on terrorism. In a series of short films published on social media, the campaign, backed by the Global Coalition Against ISIL, the political and military coalition of 79 countries that … Continue reading “Countering ISIS’s Propaganda Is a Way of Reclaiming the Middle East’s History”

Amid Shifting Alliances Both Pro- and Anti-Assad, Syria’s Kurds Find Themselves at a Crossroads By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 1, 2018

Moments after averting one military clash, Turkey’s president was preparing for another one. A few minutes after Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin finished their critical meeting in Sochi last month, the Turkish government tweeted a message in Erdogan’s name revealing the agreement to create a de-militarized zone in Syria. The message made two further … Continue reading “Amid Shifting Alliances Both Pro- and Anti-Assad, Syria’s Kurds Find Themselves at a Crossroads”