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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

After Its Failure in Afghanistan, the US Should Now Recognize the Taliban in Kabul By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 11, 2021

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hubris as “exaggerated pride or self-confidence,” a character flaw that, in classical Greek tragedy, “led the hero to attempt to overstep the boundaries of human limitations and assume a godlike status.” Affronted, “the gods inevitably humbled the offender with a sharp reminder of his or her mortality.” Enter – or, rather, … Continue reading “After Its Failure in Afghanistan, the US Should Now Recognize the Taliban in Kabul”

Western Countries’ Betrayal of their Afghanistan Comrades By Jonathan Gornall - Aug 14, 2021

“No man left behind.” So goes the unofficial credo of the US armed forces, writ large in the global public consciousness, thanks to countless war movies in which soldiers do the right thing by their comrades. As events currently unfolding in Afghanistan show, however, when it comes to many of the thousands of Afghan interpreters … Continue reading “Western Countries’ Betrayal of their Afghanistan Comrades”

Journalistic Hypocrisy in the Pegasus Spyware Revelation By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 22, 2021

It is difficult to know what is most shocking about this week’s revelations that the security services of many of the world’s governments might be using smartphone-based spyware to keep tabs on those they perceive to be enemies of the state. Despite the outrage expressed by various media outlets and opposition groups with political axes … Continue reading “Journalistic Hypocrisy in the Pegasus Spyware Revelation”

A Water War Simmers in the Horn of Africa By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 18, 2021

With the disturbing clarity of scientific analysis, in 2018 researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre applied “innovative analysis of past episodes of conflict and cooperation over transboundary water resources” to identify “current and future areas where water issues are more likely to arise, and where cooperation over water should be actively pursued to … Continue reading “A Water War Simmers in the Horn of Africa”

The ‘Woke’ Generation Takes Feeling Offended to an Industrial Level By Jonathan Gornall - Jun 29, 2021

When I first arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2008, for several months I stayed at a hotel in the downtown Tourist Club area. Returning to my room late after work most nights, usually I fell back on room service and invariably ordered the excellent meze off the menu. That meze, featuring a smooth hummus garnished … Continue reading “The ‘Woke’ Generation Takes Feeling Offended to an Industrial Level”