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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

The Middle East’s ‘Game of Drones’ Could Mean More Battles But Fewer Wars By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 8, 2019

The skies over the Middle East are getting crowded. A two-week long escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah (now ended) was sparked by a drone. Israel bombed Iranian forces inside Syria, saying Tehran was preparing “multiple killer drones” to send across the border into Israel. It then sent its own drones into Lebanon, which … Continue reading “The Middle East’s ‘Game of Drones’ Could Mean More Battles But Fewer Wars”

Morocco’s Woe of Words Highlights the Wider Struggle for Linguistic Survival By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 1, 2019

The new school year will begin in Morocco next Tuesday. This year, unlike previous ones, schools will be able to teach certain subjects in French rather than Arabic, the usual language of instruction. In universities, where the language of instruction is French, some courses will now also be taught in Arabic. The education reform law, … Continue reading “Morocco’s Woe of Words Highlights the Wider Struggle for Linguistic Survival”

Forty Days that Reveal Assad and Hezbollah’s New Way to Manipulate Lebanon By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 23, 2019

Weeks on, it remains unclear what exactly happened in the mountains of Lebanon at the end of June that resulted in the deaths of two security guards. What is clear is that it paralyzed all political business in Lebanon and plunged the country into a political crisis. The raw facts are these: Lebanon’s controversial foreign … Continue reading “Forty Days that Reveal Assad and Hezbollah’s New Way to Manipulate Lebanon”

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”