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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

Hollywood’s Muslim Problem Is About People, Not Prejudices By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 1, 2018

Rarely has Hollywood made a film with an Arab actor in a leading role, but Disney’s 1992 musical “Aladdin” features, in a roundabout way, two. (Three if you count the Genie, although he’s a jinn and Arab mythology doesn’t ascribe ethnicity to the spirits.) Still, according to a new test created to expose the one-dimensional … Continue reading “Hollywood’s Muslim Problem Is About People, Not Prejudices”

A Brutal Battle Is Taking Place Inside Idlib as Syrian Rebels Prepare for Assad’s Assault By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 23, 2018

Across the northern Syrian province of Idlib, there is intense diplomatic and military activity, as the last rebel stronghold prepares for an attack by the forces of Bashar Al Assad. It is certainly not the calm before the storm: the province, west of Aleppo, has felt the effect of air strikes, roadside bombs, drive-by shootings … Continue reading “A Brutal Battle Is Taking Place Inside Idlib as Syrian Rebels Prepare for Assad’s Assault”

Denmark’s Attempt to Forcibly Integrate Muslims Has a Long History By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 16, 2018

For the second time in six weeks, Denmark has passed laws specifically or predominantly targeting its Muslim citizens. At the end of May, Danish politicians voted to ban women from wearing the niqab and the burqa in public. A few days later, the government passed an even more extraordinary set of laws, which have become … Continue reading “Denmark’s Attempt to Forcibly Integrate Muslims Has a Long History”

Squeezed Across Three Countries, the Kurds Now Turn to an Unlikely Savior – Syria’s Bashar Al Assad By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 9, 2018

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the fall of Saddam Hussein, rarely have the Kurds felt so threatened. Across three countries, Kurdish communities have seen territorial and political gains rolled back. In Syria, in particular, the Kurds have seen their alliance with the United States weakening and Turkey flexing its military muscles, … Continue reading “Squeezed Across Three Countries, the Kurds Now Turn to an Unlikely Savior – Syria’s Bashar Al Assad”

As Women Take to their Cars, Saudi Arabia Prepares for Quiet but Dramatic Changes off the Roads By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 2, 2018

A week on from Saudi Arabia’s lifting of a driving ban on women and the kingdom already feels different. Saudi women reveled in the change, gleefully posting photos and videos of themselves in the driving seat on social media and having extended, public conversations about what kinds of car they intend to purchase. Such noticeable … Continue reading “As Women Take to their Cars, Saudi Arabia Prepares for Quiet but Dramatic Changes off the Roads”