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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

Grand Delusion: Environmentally Friendly Air Travel  By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 17, 2021

Judging by Boeing’s announcement that in February it received more orders for aircraft than cancellations for the first time in 15 months, the airline industry is back. For aircraft manufacturers, airlines and their shareholders and employees, that is good news. After more than a year of pandemic-induced recession, it is also a positive sign of … Continue reading “Grand Delusion: Environmentally Friendly Air Travel “

Biden Must Reconsider America’s Role as ‘Sheriff’ of the Middle East By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 4, 2021

It was no surprise that the first Arab nation on Joe Biden’s must-call list was Iraq, a state whose destiny has been entwined with America’s for three decades. The timing of the call, however, was interesting. The US president called Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on February 23, the eve of the 30th anniversary of … Continue reading “Biden Must Reconsider America’s Role as ‘Sheriff’ of the Middle East”

The Covid Pandemic Left Davos Bereft of Its Annual Conventioneers. Does It Matter? By Jonathan Gornall - Feb 14, 2021

The Covid-driven decision by the World Economic Forum to abandon its annual meeting in Davos in January has had serious economic consequences – for the owners and staff of the Swiss ski resort’s restaurants, hotels and bars, at least. As for the rest of the world – well, we’ll probably get by okay. According to one … Continue reading “The Covid Pandemic Left Davos Bereft of Its Annual Conventioneers. Does It Matter?”

Analysis: The Difference Between Covid Vaccines’ ‘Efficacy’ and ‘Effectiveness’ By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 24, 2021

The development of anti-Covid vaccines has forced countries to make swift decisions about which ones to go for – choices that are based more on availability than absolute knowledge of their efficacy. But now concerns are being raised that some of these potential life-savers might not be as effective as we have been led to … Continue reading “Analysis: The Difference Between Covid Vaccines’ ‘Efficacy’ and ‘Effectiveness’”